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The Fruit of the Spirit

Gal 5:22-26

Theme- The Power for victory over sin by the Holy Spirit’s working in us the fruit of the spirit

 

Introduction- In the passage does Paul mention the fruit of the spirit, which are nine in number. The fruit mentioned here in this passage are not produced by the believer but by the Holy Spirit whom works in the life of the believer. In verses 16-21 of the chapter does Paul mention the desires of the sinful nature and compare and contrast the two natures. The sinful nature seeks not to fulfill the natures of the spirit but of the flesh. The spiritual nature seeks to fulfill the spirit. Paul lists 15 acts of the sinful nature, and so verse 22 he lists the fruits of the spirit.

 

I. The fruit of the Spirit (v.22-23).

A.      Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance (KJV)

B.      Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (NIV).

C.      The fruit falls into categories. The 1st three are inward and can come from God alone. The next three concern each believer’s relationship with others. And the next three presents more general character traits that ought to guide a believer’s life.

 

(Application) Patience is mentioned as a spiritual gift in the NIV and the KJV says Longsuffering. The gift is often difficult for many to practice as most have no desire to put up with the faults of others and to put up with those that irritate us. But the Bible says that we must put up with these kinds of people.

 

II. The provision for victory over sin (v.24-25).

A.      Verse 24 explains that followers of Christ Jesus need not to be responsive to the sinful nature because they have crucified it. 2 Cor 5:17 says that everyone born of God is a new creation, the old has gone and the new has come. Professing Christians that live just like the world and are not separate (2 Cor 6:14) may not be saved and followers of Jesus.

B.      The Holy Spirit gives new life and is the agent behind regeneration. Because he gives new life, believers ought to follow his leading in every part of their lives. Believers cannot please God apart from the working on the Holy Spirit. Believers need to actively follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in order to resist the passions and desires of the flesh (v.25).

 

III. Looking to God and not man for approval (v.26).

A.      This verse mentions three sins that were problems in Galatia and also in the church of today. Conceit, irritating one another, and jealousy (v.26)

B.      Following the Holy Spirits leading will reduce the chance of risk by these sins and by pride (v.26).

 

Conclusion: The power for victory over sin is through the Holy Spirit and by striving for the fruit mentioned in this passage. The real born again have crucified their old nature and seek to please the spirit. This is progressive and does not happen overnight, but is a lifetime process. Reading the Bible, praying, fellowshipping, serving the Lord and so forth are what is needed for those that want to have power over sin.

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