The Fruit of the Spirit

Yesterday I happened to be reading in Galatians and I noticed something about the Fruit of the Spirit.

Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness, self-control
; against such things there is no law.

This is our good works, the Fruit of the Spirit.

Notice that the fruit of the spirit is singular.  This isn’t Fruits of the Spirit.  It doesn’t say we will be given one of the fruits.  This is every characteristic that is in a Christian unlike in the case of Spiritual gifts.  The sum is one fruit not multiple fruits of different types.  This means we cannot have love but be impatient or have kindness and yet lack self-control.  It is a bundle plan, all or nothing.


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6 thoughts on “The Fruit of the Spirit

  1. Oooohhh…very astute! You are so absolutely right! It has always bothered me (more from an English grammar point of view, though) when people said “fruits” instead of “fruit”, but you are absolutely correct that the fruit of a tree is “one fruit” and the fruit of the Spirit is “one fruit”–all of it or none of it. Great observation! I’ll be mulling over that one for awhile!
    Just as an aside: How’s your church going? I’m praying! We have a mini “revival”, it seems, going on in ours, for which I’m very grateful! God has been really getting ahold of the hearts of the young adults, especially, convicting of sin, (which has produced some wonderful testimonies on the young men’s parts) and causing them to repent and turn from ways which are not pleasing to God and their parents.

    Please pray for my family as my unsaved brother and 20-year-old nephew come for their annual visit, staying for 2 weeks–it can be pretty intense! Pray we’ll be bold, but speaking the Truth in love!
    Thanks!
    Love,
    Wendy
    Faith’s Firm Foundation
    http://www.wendygunn.net

    Berean Wife Reply:

    Wendy,

    I’m glad you see the significance here also. I have often heard Christians say “Well, I’m just not a patient person.” or “I’m just not a joyful person.” As if that is an excuse for not being such. But the truth is a Christian’s fruit will include all of those traits. Now granted we aren’t perfect but we should be moving closer and closer to maturity.

    The church is going great. Much growth spiritually and physically. Glad to hear about the growth in your church. Just imagine what can happen if every person in a church was really excited about the gospel.

    Maybe some of the young men in your church will be able to reach out to your nephew with what the Lord is doing in them. I pray the visit is fruitful. 🙂

    Berean Wife

  2. This was a very good post, BW. I have often mused about the possibility of having some of the “fruit” but not others.

    Is it possible that just like in 2 Peter 1:5-11, these characteristics build on one another? Or am I mistaken since these are fruit and those are virtues that Peter implores believers to cultivate?

    Just thinking out loud after your very enjoyable and thought-provoking post.

    Berean Wife Reply:

    Terry,

    That’s a good question. I think the key is verse 8 “For if these qualities are yours and are increasing…” I’ll ponder upon it some more and get back to you.

    Berean Wife

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