Holiness must begin in the Heart and produce the Fruits of the
The majority of the topics discussed thus far are mostly concerning
outward manifestations of an inner problem.
The fruit produced by a plant provides an excellent representation
of the type of plant it came from. The same is true with the works
or spiritual fruits of people. When a person is born again, they
become a new creature in Christ and begin bearing fruit of
Jesus explains in Matthew 7 that there will be false prophets that
look like Holy people on the outside but inwardly they are far from
righteous. In the days that we live in, there are opportunities
for people to follow the teachings of the Holiness Churches by
maintaining the outward appearance standards but never experience
the “born again” conversion that produces the fruit of the spirit.
It’s a relatively easy task to mimic the dress codes and outward
appearance of others because you can physically see the difference.
But the actions that are used to evaluate the fruits of the spirit
are much easier to hide (at least for a while).
I’m all for maintaining the Holiness standards that we preach and
teach, but I’m afraid that sometimes we forget about the importance
of the inner man by instead substituting measurements that we can
physically see. In
reality Holiness is displayed in both the inward and the outward
attributes that we manifest.
Mat 7:15 Beware of
which come to you in sheep's clothing, but
inwardly they are ravening
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns,
or figs of thistles? Mat
Even so every good tree
bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil
fruit. Mat 7:18
A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a
corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast
into the fire. Mat 7:20
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them
effect will loving God make in the actions of our life? It will
cause us to produce fruit of Holiness in our life.
Rom 6:20 For when ye were the
servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed?
for the end of those things is death.
But now being made free from
sin, and become servants to God,
ye have your fruit unto
holiness, and the end everlasting life.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
we were in sin, we produced the fruit of unrighteousness but after
being saved we are expected to be free from the bondage of sin and
start producing fruits of Holiness. If we claim salvation but do not
bear the fruit of righteousness, we are deceived just as James 1:22
But be ye doers of the word,
and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
Eph 5:7 Be not ye therefore
partakers with them.
For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord:
walk as children of light:
Eph 5:9 (For
the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and
righteousness and truth;)
Proving what is acceptable
unto the Lord.
Eph 5:11 And
have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather
Eph 5:12 For it is a
shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in
Ephesians 5:9 tells us that the fruit of the spirit is in all
goodness and righteousness and truth. This selection of scripture
continues to instruct us to be filled with the spirit and to keep
hymns and spiritual songs in our heart.
Examples of works of the Flesh
Galatians 5 also commands us to
walk in the spirit so we
do not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Verses 5:19 through 5:21
provide examples of the fruits of unrighteousness.
This I say then, Walk
in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit
against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so
that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not
under the law.
Now the works of the
flesh are manifest, which are these;
revellings, and such like:
of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time
past, that they which do such things
shall not inherit the kingdom
Examples of Fruits of righteousness
Galatians 5:22 and 5:23 provide examples of the fruits of
But the fruit of
the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness,
against such there is no law.
And they that are Christ's have
crucified the flesh with the
affections and lusts.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Let us not be desirous
of vain glory, provoking
one another, envying one
A review of the fruit of the spirit is provided below. Since we are
known by our fruits, how are you viewed by others (Matthew 7:20)? Do
you pass the good fruit test of the Lord?
These characteristics will be
just as important to God as our visible Holiness attributes when we
stand in judgment.
An affection of the mind excited by beauty and worth of any
kind, or by the qualities of an object which communicate pleasure.
It is opposed to hatred.
The passion or emotion excited by the acquisition or
expectation of good; that excitement of pleasurable feelings which
is caused by success, good fortune, the gratification of desire or
some good possessed, or by a rational prospect of possessing what we
love or desire; gladness; exultation; exhilaration of spirits. Joy
is a delight of the mind, from the consideration of the present or
assured approaching possession of a good.
In a general sense, a state of quiet or tranquility; freedom
from disturbance or agitation; applicable to society, to
individuals, or to the temper of the mind.
Longsuffering – Bearing
injuries or provocation for a long time; patient; not easily
Gentleness – Genteel
behavior. Softness of manners; mildness of temper; sweetness of
disposition; meekness. Kindness; benevolence. Tenderness; mild
Goodness – The moral
qualities which constitute Christian excellence; moral virtue;
Faith – Belief; the
assent of the mind to the truth of what is declared by another,
resting on his authority and veracity, without other evidence; the
judgment that what another states or testifies is the truth. I have
strong faith or no faith in the testimony of a witness, or in what a
Meekness – Softness of
temper; mildness; gentleness; forbearance under injuries and
In an evangelical sense, humility; resignation; submission to the
divine will, without murmuring or peevishness; opposed to pride or
temperance – Moderation;
particularly, habitual moderation in regard to the indulgence of the
natural appetites and passions; restrained or moderate indulgence;
as temperance in eating and drinking; Temperance in eating and
drinking is opposed to gluttony and drunkenness, and in other
indulgences, to excess.
Patience; calmness; sedateness; moderation of passion.
Can we be accounted as
Holy without demonstrating the fruits of the spirit? Jesus said that every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is
hewn down and cast in the fire. If we do not possess these spiritual
fruits, then we also will be cast into the fire of hell.
Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Can a person professing Christianity go to heaven with a hateful,
provoking, envying attitude toward others? Those are definitely 180
degrees away from the fruits that the Word instructs us to have, and
indicate a serious spiritual deficiency. Based on what I read,
a person lacking in the
attributes of the fruits of the spirit are in as much jeopardy of
hell as a person professing Christianity and wearing clothing of the
You might think of a person very active in your church (maybe even a
minister) that has a downright hateful attitude toward other people
(I’m not talking about preaching the truth and getting on someone’s
toes). Can they get by God’s fruit test because of their position in
the church? I’m afraid that they will hear the words “I never knew
you, depart from me ye workers of iniquity” (Matthew 7:24).
I hate to admit it, but some of the most racist people that I know
are church going people. I’ve overheard people in church services
talk disgracefully about another person singing because they have a
different color skin. Can they get by with an external Pharisean
Holiness shield? Since racism represents variance, emulations, and
hatred, what kind of tree is being represented? There definitely
aren’t any fruits of love, gentleness, goodness, or meekness being
represented in these actions.
Can you truly be sanctified
and still possess the fruits
of unrighteousness (Gal 5:19-21)?
Not in a million years!
What does the term “Charity” mean when used in 1 Corinthians chapter
In a general sense, love, benevolence, good will; that
disposition of heart which inclines men to think favorably of their
fellow men to think favorably of their fellow men, and to do them
good. In a more particular sense, love, kindness, affection,
tenderness, springing from natural relations; as the charities of
father, son and brother.
If we speak in tongues; have the gifts of prophecy, understanding,
and knowledge; have all faith; give our life for the poor but still
lack love (charity) we are nothing before God. If you compare this
to the fruits of the spirit discussed above we see the same
importance placed on these attributes. If we come up short in
charity or love then everything else is in vain.
1Co 13:1 Though I speak with the
tongues of men and of angels, and
have not charity, I am
become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all
mysteries, and all knowledge; and
though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains,
and have not charity,
I am nothing.
1Co 13:3 And
though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my
body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Charity suffereth long, and
is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not
Doth not behave itself
unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no
Rejoiceth not in iniquity,
but rejoiceth in the truth;
1Co 13:7 Beareth
all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all
13:8 Charity never
faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether
there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it
shall vanish away.
1Co 13:9 For we
know in part, and we prophesy in part.
But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part
shall be done away.
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I
thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish
13:12 For now we see
through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part;
but then shall I know even as also I am known.
And now abideth faith, hope,
charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
Good advice from the Apostle Paul
Php 4:8 Finally, brethren,
whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just,
whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good
report; if there be any
virtue, and if there be any praise,
think on these things.
Those things, which ye have
both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and
the God of peace shall be with you.
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