Fruit Of The Spirit

Greetings!

Our greatest inheritance (‘treasure’….2 Corinthians 4:7) as believers while we are still on this earth is the Holy Spirit and His ‘fruit’ (Galatians 5:22). Let’s take a look at some of the aspects of these.

‘Fruit’ is used to describe the qualities listed in Galatians because they take time to develop, especially to their full potential. Our progress as Christians is described as a growing process in the New Testament.

When we were first called and were given the Holy Spirit in our hearts we obviously did not automatically receive a boatload full of ‘love’, ‘peace’, etc., especially of the quality that is of a superior, ‘Holy’ nature. This will take time and is the growing process already mentioned.. In 2 Thessalonians 1:3, Paul speaks of how their ‘faith’  “grows exceedingly” (Green’s “Literal Translation Of the HOLY BIBLE” and Rotherham’s)….even our faith has much room to grow.

Each individual believer’s share of her or his ‘fruit’ will depend on at least three endeavors, which is like a ‘nourishing’ of the ‘fruit’ as it grows (just as earthly fruit needs proper ‘nourishment’ as it grows): (1) prayer….BOTH formal and informal….please reference the Posts “Pray on the Potty” and “Practicing The Presence Of God”, (2) heartfelt Bible study (2 Timothy 3:16) and (3) to the degree there is ABSOLUTE SURRENDER to God and Christ Jesus (please reference the Post “Absolute Surrender”).

Number 3 is very important and the Post  “Bible Study Is Good…”If”…”But”…” discusses this. Being ‘lukewarm’ does not cut it with God and Jesus, as indicated in Revelation 3:16. An excellent article on ‘the lukewarm Christian’ can be found at http://chrismarlow.me/2008/06/are-you-a-lukewarm-christian/ .

Even though experiencing the FULL measure of the ‘fruit of the Spirit’ will take time, we can nevertheless enjoy lesser degrees of each quality of the ‘fruit’ as it ripens to ‘fullness’. This follows the example used by Paul in 1 Corinthians 13 telling how he was receiving knowledge by “installments” or in “part” until the ‘fullness’ has come. Likewise with the ‘fruit of the Spirit’, we can receive and enjoy in “part” of the ‘fruit’, in stages, until we finally partake of its ‘fullness’.

However, there are benefits from the Holy Spirit within us that are IMMEDIATE! We can INSTANTLY begin to utilize the power of the Spirit to change our lives for the better. We can INSTANTLY be comforted by the Spirit when the need arises. We can INSTANTLY be led by the Spirit in every aspect of lives. We can INSTANTLY rejoice in what we have received because of the sacrifice of Christ Jesus. And, the list goes on.

The ‘fruit of the Spirit’ is as different from its human equivalent as is the Holy Spirit from the human spirit. In other words, it will EXCEED it in QUALITY beyond measure! For instance, consider the ‘peace’ from the Spirit’s ‘fruit’. Philippians 4:7 says this ‘peace’ is “surpassing all understanding”! The ‘love’ of the Spirit’s ‘fruit’ will likewise far EXCEED the quality of human love. This is a HOLY ‘love’, a HOLY peace’, a HOLY ‘joy’, etc. because it is the product of the Holy Spirit.

Notice, as well, that the verse does not say ‘fruits’, but rather, “fruit”. To the degree that we possess one aspect of the “fruit” we will proportionally experience ALL  the other aspects of the “fruit”….they come as a ‘package deal’! For instance, we will not experience Holy “love” to a considerable degree but yet be lacking in Holy “patience”….they will both mature at the same rate.

How blessed we are to have the opportunity to enjoy this ‘fruit’ while we are waiting for the presence of our Lord and Savior and to be glorified with Him (Colossians 3:4).

All the best in Him.

Fred

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God and Christ Jesus Are In Us ALL THE TIME!!!

Greetings!  This is one of the most beautiful and blessed truths that a believer possesses. Literally, God and Christ Jesus are within us every second of our lives and They NEVER, EVER leave us!  And the best part, They are always there to help, comfort and do ALL They can for our highest good! WOW!!!

Let’s look at a few Scriptures concerning this.

Jesus is within us: 2 Corinthians 13:5;Galatians 2:20; Colossians 1:27

God is within us: Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 3:16: Ephesians 2:22

The Holy Spirit is within us: 2 Timothy 1:14; 1Thessalonians 4:7

Now, it is true that They have Their “Headquarters”, so to speak, in the ‘3rd heaven’ where Paul visited….2 Corinthians 12:2. However, God and Jesus not only defy the concept of time as we humans know it (2 Peter 3:8) but space and distance as well: They are EVERYWHERE at one time….Acts 17:27,28.

The joyous and most valuable lesson we must come to realize is that we have to GET PASS the FALSE CONCEPT that God and Christ Jesus are “up there somewhere in heaven” while we are down here on earth, separated from Them. NOTHING can be further from the truth: They are ALWAYS as close to us as our breathing. And, we need to learn to look to Them as being EVEN CLOSER than that….and be going to Them continually, as well as ‘chatting’ with Them, aside from any formal prayer.

This is truly ‘Practicing The Presence Of God’!  (Please reference the Post on this subject.)

Until later,

Fred

God’s Creative Handiwork

Greetings….I thought I would use this Post to display some of the  pictures taken by the Hubble spacecraft and found at the website below. These are just a few more examples of God’s astoundingly beautiful, creative “Genius” (I speak as a human, as Paul would say!) carried out by His Son (John 1:3).

Can you imagine how much more awesomely glorious is the “third heaven” spoken of by Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:2, where the Father and Christ Jesus now dwell, and which will be our future home!!! ( At the time when Paul penned this, the “first” heaven was considered what a person saw when they would look up to the sky. The “second” heaven was the universe beyond what the naked eye could see, or these pictures from Hubble. The “third” heaven was the unseen or “other dimensional” realm where the Father, Christ Jesus, angels [messengers] and other celestial beings reside.)

To get to the pictures just point the arrow on your mouse to the website address below and left click. To return to this website just click your “back” arrow, which should be in the upper left corner of your screen.

https://www.google.com/search?q=hubble+pictures&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=Tvx&tbo=u&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ei=VssLUaGHAemOygGh1ICIDQ&ved=0CDMQsAQ&biw=960&bih=607

Actually, you can purchase calendars exhibiting pictures taken from Hubble at Amazon.com. I have one in my kitchen and just about every time I glance at it I am reminded of how blessed we are to have God as our Father and Christ Jesus as our Savior.

Later, in Christ,

Fred

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The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

“for Him Who did not know sin, He did make sin in our behalf, that we may become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21….Modern Young’s Literal Translation)

“7.but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross”. (Philippines 2:7-8….NAS)

The Creator of the universe and of all living beings (John 1:3), because of Divine Love, was willingly nailed to a tree He had created by the creation He had created, after beaten beyond recognition by His creation (Isaiah 52:14; 50:6), so that even His crucifiers would come to experience unimaginable glory and joy along with the ENTIRE creation at the end of the ages….along with Him….when God will be ALL in ALL! (1 Corinthians 15:28….New American Standard)

I cannot think of a Greater Love Story!

Please reference the Categories “All Creation Will Be Saved” and God’s Plan Of The Ages”

Later, in Christ,

Fred

The Ruler Of This World

Hey, there.

Although there is some limited human goodness and decency exhibited by some, we nevertheless live in a sick, sick and sad, sad world. Actually, it is a REFLECTION OF WHO RULES OUR WORLD!!. Jesus called living in this world as being “darkness” (John 1:5), as did Paul in Ephesians 5:8; 6:12. Paul went on to call this time we live in as “this present evil age” (Young’s).

Satan is definitely the ruler of this world….yes, WORLD….as in ALL nations (John 12:31, 14:30 and 16:11….Young’s). He is also called “the god of this age” (2 Corinthians 4:4….Young’s, Rotherham’s). This is verified in Matthew 4:1, 8-10 where he offered Jesus ALL the kingdoms of the world and Christ did not dispute his authority to do so.

Never blame God and Christ Jesus directly for ANY and ALL the tremendously terrible and abominable events, conditions and individual suffering we so readily and constantly see about us….rather, blame Satan and his sidekicks (as well as those individuals with evil stored in their hearts, of course) for it ALL.

Also, in Ephesians 2:2, Satan is described further: “in which you formally walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience” (New American Standard).

The United States is no exception to Satan’s rulership. I am a natural born citizen and Marine veteran who appreciates and  enjoys our country’s wonderful freedoms, prosperity and opportunities BUT there is no denying we are not a nation of God in reality…. in vocabulary only. For instance, God would NEVER endorse NOR embrace a nation that specifically excludes Him from their government by its constitution (as we do), much less allows freedom of religion (as we do).

From a human standpoint, allowing freedom of “religion” sounds very appealing, fair and noble; HOWEVER, guess how many “religions” God allowed when dealing with Israel in the Old Testament and is going to allow in the Millennium, much less during the “new heaven and new earth”….you guessed it: one (1)….ONLY the worship of Him and Christ Jesus.

For now, we Christians are “strangers and sojourners upon the earth” (Hebrews 11:13….Young’s) and “temporary residents” (1 Peter1:17, 1 Peter 2:11….Holman’s)  in a FOREIGN LAND  and it is NOT our duty NOR our  chore to change any of the ways of any of the nations of Satan’s world; but rather, to be subject to the authorities (Romans 13:1-5) while we are GUESTS here, and are to be setting an example by walking in the Light (1 John 1:7).

A final note on Satan. As the ruler of this world, he and his cohorts  have to receive God’s permission to do EVERYTHING (directly or indirectly), as clearly illustrated by the example of Job. And, sometimes, as with Job, there are limitations placed on the Adversary’s actions. As believers, rest assured that any assault by Satan on any of us in any way was conditionally authorized and approved by God FOR OUR EVENTUAL GOOD! And, as brought out in many other Posts here, as well for the EVENTUAL good and glory of the ENTIRE CREATION when He is “ALL in ALL….1 Corinthians 15:28!

God and Christ Jesus NEVER allow any evil or sin to occur that They will not be able to bring about a GLORIOUS GOOD from it….regardless of how this may not appear at the moment.

How fortunate and blessed we (all humans) are to have a God and Savior such as They are!!!

Until later,

Fred