(July 17, 2021) Robert McQuillan responds to a question linking with our The Wigglesworth Challenge article and Geraldine Brandt’s Abiding in the Vine…
Dear Dr Robert
You’ve encouraged me to trust the Holy Spirit. Please explain about the fruit of the Spirit. Mitch
Most happy to share on this… but it means writing a full article!
Firstly, fruit grows and is meant to be enjoyed. ‘Fruit’ is karpos, usually used in connection with the vine (See John 15:1-5’s requirements!). Singular in source, it’s collective multiple manifestations are as if the first mentioned – love – is the fruit that contains all the rest.
In Galatians 5:25, Paul urges us to follow the Spirit. Follow is stoicheo – keeping in step, walking virtuously and orderly in respect to flowing in the fruit of the Spirit, thus displaying the character of Jesus, not the works of the flesh.
To simplify Galatians 5:22-23’s declaration of the love aspects of the Spirit’s fruit, let me quote Donald Barnhouse’s definition: ‘Love is the key. Joy is love singing. Peace is love resting. Long-suffering is love enduring. Kindness is love’s touch. Goodness is love’s character. Faithfulness is love’s habit. Gentleness is love’s self-forgetfulness. Self-control is love holding the reins.’(more…)