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Fruit or Vegetable Series ~ Part Four – Trait Fruit

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

In this part of the series, we will primarily focus on trait fruit, such as the fruit of the Spirit.

We will start by introducing the fruit of the Spirit – those traits which can be found in the CURRENT Spiritual Remnant of God but that might not be found in religious individuals. In this part of the series, we will not cover the fruit of the Spirit in detail, as we will at a later date; this will be a mere overview. In future pieces we will cover the individual traits found within the fruit of the Spirit in detail.

An import aspect of studying the fruit of the Spirit is to realize and process spiritually the fact that it is “the fruit of the Spirit” and not the fruits of the Spirit, in the plural sense. Most commonly, it is referred to as the fruits of the Spirit but it is not several aspects or traits it is one spiritual trait. It is the evidence of the, singular, Spirit of God within a person’s life, character, heart, and spirit.

No one individual possesses one hundred percent of God’s Spiritual Character, we by His grace manifest portions of that character to certain degrees. One Spiritual Remnant might manifest ten percent “peace” and eighty percent “goodness”. Nevertheless, they manifest both to some degree because they belong to, and are dedicated to, the Almighty. The point being, at different times in life people will manifest different degrees of the fruit of the Spirit. What serves as proof one is walking in the Spirit – being led by the Spirit – is the fact that there is a greater evidence of “the fruit of the Spirit” than there is evidence of the “works of the flesh” in their lives. If an individual after spiritual conversion for an extended period of time continues to manifest more of the works of the flesh than they do the fruit of the Spirit, said individual might need to reexamine the sincerity of their commitment to Jesus the Christ.

Please note the actual spiritual fruit traits are underlined.

Galatians 5:16–26 (NKJV)

Walking in the Spirit

16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness[KJV – lasciviousness], 20 idolatry, sorcery [KJV – witchcraft], hatred, contentions [KJV – variance], jealousies [KJV – emulations], outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, [KJV – strife] [KJV – seditions]21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness [KJV – gentleness], goodness, faithfulness [KJV – faith], 23 gentleness [KJV – Meekness], self-control [KJV – temperance]. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

What are your percentages? Is there more evidence of the fruit of Spirit or more evidence of the works of the flesh? Scripture warns us to ‘examine ourselves and see if we are in the faith’ [2 Corinthians 13:5].

 

Spiritual/Political Disclaimer:

This blog will not be for the faint of heart or the easily offended. It will not be in any way politically correct. It will make every effort to share the truth in love, [Ephesians 4:11-16], to a decaying and dying society and church. I share what I share not to hurt, harm, or offend any person[s] or group; I do it because Christ’s Standard and Truth is not being represented by enough of His Followers and I do it out of love. I love enough to tell His Truth.

Ephesians 4:11-16 NKJV

11And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

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