We continue our series on The Roles or Work Of the Holy Spirit. As I noted I found this list, there are many others, called 70 Functions of the Holy Spirit and while I have some reservations that some of the items on the list (could easily be taken out of proper biblical context) it can be a helpful tool. We however will only look at a few of the many roles the Holy has concentrating on those in a believers life including those as;
He ministers truth. (John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13)
He teaches. (Luke 12:12; John 14:26; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 1 John 2:27)
He restrains. (Acts 16:6)
The Holy Spirit brings direction and guidance. (Mark 13:11; Acts 10:19; 11:12; 21:11; 1 Timothy 4:1)
The Holy Spirit invites us to walk with Him. (Romans 8:4-5)
The Holy Spirit produces fruit in our lives. (Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 5:9)
He washes, sanctifies, purifies and justifies. (Romans 15;16, 1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 1:2,22)
The Holy Spirit builds us together for a house for God. (Ephesians 2:22)
The Holy Spirit gives comfort, health, and strength. (John 15:26; Acts 9:31)
Yesterday in part V of our series on the Roles of the Holy Spirit we discussed how The Holy Spirit invites us to walk with Him (Romans 8:4-5). Today we will be looking at the Role the Holy Spirit plays in Producing Fruit in our Lives, so let us break it down:
CONTEXT: Before we look at the two verses for today lets talk about what the “Fruit of the Holy Spirit” is and is not. On of the primary roles of the Holy Spirit is to conform us to the image of Christ. He helps make us more Christ like in our everyday walk and talk.
Have you ever heard someone argue that ‘only “God” knows the heart of a true believer and we should never judge someone.’ That is really UNBIBLICAL on so many grounds but since we are focused on the Holy Spirit let us look at one. The Holy Spirit produces fruit, that is a positive action one that can be seen and attested to, in all truly converted born again believers. While it may be true I cannot look into the heart of a person I can see their fruit if there is any to see. If not, well a righteous judgement concerning their eternal state is warranted.
The Holy Spirit IS NOT some magical genie that you can call upon to produce fruit on a moments notice. There is no on/off switch here, it is an ongoing, living process called sanctification and it will last our entire lifetime.
v.22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
But the fruit of the Spirit It is made clear immediately that this is not of man, his nature or will for we know that the corrupt sinful man is incapable of producing good fruit.
love, not just the love of God and brethren that should be expected, but the compassionate concern for others
joy, even in times of trouble true “Christians” can find joy because they have fellowship with God and like minded believers.
peace, This does not mean bringing peace to the world around us; it refers to peace in ones own self, conscience. Some folks struggle with their past the Holy Spirit alone can provide peace.
patience, ever heard ‘never pray for patience’ well this is not referring to the act of waiting but how we act while waiting. The KJV rendered it longsuffering; a word not used much anymore but fits quite well, meaning patience while enduring something.
kindness, & goodness, I combined these two because you can not be a child of God and continue to be evil towards people, it just won’t work.
faithfulness, this is not the faith word game played by far too many. This is faith in action that James and Paul spoke about. You want to really know if someone is a Christian what are they doing for the Kingdom.
v.23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
gentleness, or Meekness (KJV) means to go about our daily lives with humility and lowliness of mind. The difference is a true believer puts him(her)self second and God first always.
self-control; this is a tough one for many especially those of us to came to Christ late in life. It includes obvious things moderation of eating and drinking, watching our language, avoiding conflict, etc. Again this will be a work in progress for our whole lives so never give up, always seek help if needed to bolster the work of the Holy Spirit in real problem areas.
against such things there is no law all of these things v.22-23, are completely agreeable to the Law of God.
v.9 (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true),
The result of or effect of the Holy Spirits work is found in all that is all true converted born again believers. It is our new nature in Christ 2 Corinthians 5:17
that is good as opposed to unrighteous and evil
and right as opposed to unjust, fraudulent and covetous
and true as opposed to lies, hypocrisy and errors
CONCLUSION: The Holy Spirit plays a key role in the maturing Christians life. He works in us daily to shape our lives to be more like Jesus. The process known as sanctification is one that will last a lifetime and will continually Produce Fruit.