The Precious FRUIT of the Holy Spirit
By David J. Stewart | July 2017
Galatians 5:22-25, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: 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.”
I recently committed our text passage of Scripture from Galatians 5:22-25 to memory. I think about these verses all day long, and I love them. I am often reminded of something that the apostle Paul said in 2nd Corinthians 12:15, “And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.” Paul discovered that as he grew in the Lord, abounding in the FRUIT of the indwelling Holy Spirit, others couldn't reciprocate that love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, temperance and meekness. The reason why is because most Christians don't walk in the Spirit. In fact, most people aren't saved at all, so they do not live in the Holy Spirit either.
If you are saved, you “LIVE” in the Spirit. If you yield in obedience to the Word of God, then you also “WALK” in the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:25, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” I have learned from watching other people that very few believers actually walk in the Spirit. Notice that I always use a capital “S” to refer to the Holy Spirit. The human spirit is always spelled with a lowercase “s.” Never refer to the Holy Spirit in lowercase. Holy Spirit is a proper noun, and moreover, we should always show the utmost respect toward the Lord.
NOTE: By the way, I NEVER place anything on top of a King James Bible, ever. I NEVER place anything on top of a Gospel of John booklet. The Holy Bible ought NEVER be placed on the floor. If a Bible is old and worn beyond use, you should NEVER throw it into the garbage pail. That is disrespectful I think. It is proper to burn an old Bible, but never toss it into the trash. If a Bible is old, I will burn it in my barbeque, as I watch and thank God for His Word. I would never burn it in the presence of others, just between me and the Lord. The Word of God is sacred, holy and not something to be treated commonly, as an old tire. If I burn an old Bible, it is gone. But if I toss it into the trash, someone may find it and see that, which would be like throwing an American flag into the trash. You burn an old flag, in respect. I could be wrong in my thinking, but that is how I feel. I could NEVER toss an old Bible into the kitchen garbage pail. BUT I COULD throw away, and have thrown away, New International Versions and hundreds of others filthy, corrupt, ungodly, tampered with, satanic, Bible versions!!!
Notice that the Bible doesn't speak of the “fruit” of the Spirit in PLURAL; but rather, SINGULAR. You get it all at once! You don't seek love, and then once you obtain love, start seeking joy, and then later find peace, and work toward getting longsuffering. That's not how it works. When you yield in humble obedience to the Word of God, the indwelling Holy Spirit produces His blessed FRUIT (singular) all at once. You get love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance all at the SAME TIME. Nine things are listed. My friend, chalk it up, if a professed Christian is unkind, selfish, mean, unfaithful, cold-hearted, careless, indifferent, complacent, a critic, insensitive, arrogant, high-minded, uncaring and lacks gratitude toward God and others, THEY DON'T WALK IN THE HOLY SPIRIT!!!
I Live; Yet Not I, But Christ Liveth in Me
When we walk in the Holy Spirit, Who indwells every born-again believer (1st Corinthians 3:16-17; Romans 8:9; 1st John 3:24), we become like Jesus, because He lives inside us and we are becoming like Him, that is, Christlike. Romans 8:29, “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” God in His foreknowledge knew that I would trust His only begotten Son at age 13 and be saved. So before I was even conceived, God predestined that I would become like Jesus in character. God did not choose me to be saved, I chose Jesus. The lie of Calvinism says that we believe because God chose us, but the truth of the Bible says that God chose us because we believe. That's a good statement by the way. I learned it from Pastor Ralph Yankee Arnold. You ought to remember it too.
If you hang around someone, you're going to become like them. But the fruit of the Spirit is more than mere influence. Literally, the Godhead lives inside of every believer, in the form of the Holy Spirit of God. I am not God, but I have God living inside me as His redeemed and adopted child (John 1:12; Romans 8:15; 1st John 4:4). I love God so much, that He wanted to be so near to me as His adopted child, that He made it so that He would literally live inside my very soul and body. What a precious Savior!!! John 14:23, “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” Thank you my blessed God, Lord, King and Savior!!! In actuality, God is living THROUGH US, by His Spirit which He has given unto us. Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” The unsaved person CANNOT live the Christian life, because they do not have the Holy Spirit indwelling them, and therefore cannot posses the fruit of the Spirit, nor can they understand the spiritual things of God (1st Corinthians 2:14-16).
The Fruit of the Holy Spirit Produces Goodness, Righteousness and Truth
Also, notice carefully if you will that the fruit of the Spirit are qualities, not deeds. That is very interesting. The Bible doesn't say that the FRUIT of the Spirit is honesty, helping others, hating every false way, abstaining from evil, keeping a pure heart, doing good works and so forth. No, the Scriptures list the fruit of the Spirit as qualities; such as, love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. (Meekness means being docile, a willingness to be led, easily handled or managed. Temperance means self-control, avoiding excesses, moderation, being content with what you have.) It is these godly qualities that are the platform for everything else. A man who has love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance in his heart won't hurt his neighbour.
A Christian woman with those godly characteristics won't steal from her employee, cheat on her husband, gossip about others, dress promiscuously to tempt men and behave in a wicked manner. Granted, we all sin every day. As long as we are in the flesh, we will sin, because it is our human nature (Romans 3:10-23; Genesis 8:21). Forensic experts have spent hundreds of millions of dollars dissecting human brains, studying human anatomy and psychology, trying to analyze and discern WHY people do the evil things they do. My friend, Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Although there are many influencing factors involved, the core of the problem is man's sin nature. Only by the new birth, being regenerated (regened) by the Spirit of God, can any man be renewed unto righteousness.
A good man, who's been visiting my website for many years, and I admire, suggested that I promote a certain organization (I won't give specifics). I kindly wrote him back and told him why I wouldn't promote it. Although the organization has good intentions, they use the wrong methods. Their intentions are noble, wanting to promote peace and eliminate war; yet, their methods of educating and reforming the masses doesn't include the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. As you can already see from the truths I am sharing with you, without the new birth and the subsequent FRUIT of the indwelling Holy Spirit, men are doomed to repeat their failures and crimes against one another. History always repeats itself, because every generation must rediscover THE TRUTH for itself. The Holy Bible really does have all the answers to man's problems!!!
AND OH MY FRIEND (and please don't miss what I'm about to say), the FRUIT of the Spirit is always IN TRUTH!!! Ephesians 5:8-11, “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” I am refuting all works of darkness, which certainly includes the Alexandrian Bible PERversions!!! If you use the English Standard Version (ESV), The Voice (VOICE), The Living Bible (LB), Easy To Read Version (ERV), New International Version (NIV), Standard Christian Bible (CSB), Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB), New American Standard Version (NASV) or some other corrupt piece of trash that deceitfully handles the Word of God... THEN YOU ARE BIDDING GODSPEED TO SATAN'S WORKS OF DARKNESS!!!
And again, the FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT is always in goodness, righteousness and truth. THE FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IS ALWAYS IN GOODNESS AND RIGHTEOUSNESS AND TRUTH!!!!!!! What a beautiful truth!!! You show me a pastor who doesn't care about which Bible his congregation uses, and I'll show you a rascal who doesn't walk in the Spirit, and he has no business being behind any church pulpit. You show me a Baptist pastor who approves of TWO different Bible versions, and I'll show you a man who DOESN'T walk in the Spirit as he ought. How can he? How can a man walk in the Spirit and not walk IN THE TRUTH???
Heresy Has Crept into the Churches Through Corrupt Bible Versions
I am not trying to be unkind. If you are not upset over what is going on in today's churches, you are not paying attention. Satan has crept into the churches UNAWARES. Jude 1:4, “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” Turning God's grace into lasciviousness means those who use their eternal security as a license to commit sin. But may I remind everyone that even though we can never lose God's salvation, “WE MUST ALL APPEAR BEFORE THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (2nd Corinthians 5:10).
Look at the second part of Jude 1:4... DENYING THE ONLY LORD GOD, AND OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST!!! Notice the word “ONLY,” as in King James Bible ONLYism!!! There is ONLY one Savior! There is ONLY one Holy Spirit. There is ONLY one Gospel...
2nd Corinthians 11:1-4, “Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me. For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.”
There is ONLY one plan of salvation! And there is ONLY one Holy Bible!!! So how can so many horrible religious readers today (pastors, evangelists, Bible colleges, clergy, chaplains, teachers, et cetera), promote and use dozens of different Bible versions? I'm sick and tired of corrupt pastors trying to weasel their way out of condemnation, by claiming that they don't approve of all the Bible versions. The truth is that the one they are using is no better than all the others, BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL TRANSLATED FROM THE CORRUPT ALEXANDRIAN MANUSCRIPTS!!!
Mean, Ungrateful and Cold People Don't Have the FRUIT of the Holy Spirit
I recently expressed my heart to numerous believers, telling them how I feel in love, care and utter kindness. One of these people is the senior pastor of the local Baptist church in this article, who employ several dozen Bob Jones' graduates on Guam. I also shared my heart with some of the associate pastors. And then I kindly expressed my heartfelt feelings to two members of the staff. They responded in a very mean, cold and uncaring manner. I gave the two staff members Alexander Scourby Bibles, for which none of them thanked me. That's not the FRUIT of the Spirit. Sadly, they couldn't care less. I've cast my pearl before the swine.
In the process of being a good Christian, I have been hurt by shallow churchgoers who are not good Christians (I'm not sure if any of them are really saved). Something is very wrong with professed believers who are mean, cold, calloused, proud, unresponsive, hateful and hold a grudge. They offer a forgiveness that holds a grudge. They are respecters of persons. They don't walk in the Spirit. I don't care how good of a Christian you may think you are, you are NOT a good Christian if people think you're a jerk because of the mean way that you treat them. Honestly, the Bob Jones crowd down the street from me are a bunch of complete jerks! They have their little click, us four and no more, shunning away anyone who dares disagree with them. They are as Job's arrogant friends who wrongly judged him. Job mocked them in Job 12:2, “No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.”
If I am right on the King James Bible, and I am right that the Easy To Read Version (ERV) and English Standard version (ESV) are of the Devil, then the church down the street from me have hurt me for nothing, and God will hold them all accountable for setting their brother at nought. Romans 14:10, “But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.” They kicked me out of their church in 2014, and have shunned me away since, and the pastors have turned all my neighbours from their church against me (they won't even wave back at me). That is carnality, not the FRUIT of the Holy Spirit. The Bob Jones crowd might as well work in Hollywood or get a job in a local tavern, which is how people act in the world (cold, mean and uncaring). Honestly, I think worldly people are nicer than independent Baptists!
I want all my web visitors to know that God hates pride and arrogance. Proverb 8:13, “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” The Bob Jones crowd are froward, talking crooked when they deny the inspiration of the King James Bible and tell others that it is okay to use the perverted Alexandrian texts. Titus 1:10-13 says that false prophet's MOUTHS MUST BE STOPPED!!! They subvert whole households, corrupting bilingual families in their church with the satanic New World Order Bible versions!!! They are proud and arrogant, hating the Spirit-filled preacher (me) for befriending them with THE TRUTH. They have counted me as their enemy, as the Galatians did the apostle Paul, for telling THE TRUTH (Galatians 4:16). Read Proverbs 8:13 again... “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” I fear God; therefore, I HATE EVIL, PRIDE, ARROGANCY, THE EVIL WAY and THE FROWARD MOUTHY THAT SPEAKETH LIES!!! Do you fear God? The Bob Jones crowd don't fear God! The corrupt, lukewarm, Baptist church down the street from me don't fear God! They don't WALK in the Spirit. They have been blinded and deceived by Satan!!!
I have nothing but love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance toward the Bob Jones camp and the messed-up Baptist church down the street from me. I love my neighbours dearly. I will always wave to them with the unconditional love of God that abounds in my heart. The reason why is because I abide in His Word and His words abide in me. Do you know what John 15:4 means? First here's the Scripture... “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” Jesus is the living Word, and the Bible is the written Word. Hence, when we search the Scriptures, we are abiding in Christ. And when we walk in the Spirit, by yielding to the truth in the Scriptures, Christ abides in us. Trust and obey, for there is no other way, to be happy in Jesus, than to trust and obey. I woke up this morning and started singing a good ole song that I learned in my youth...
Read your Bible, pray every day, pray every day, pray every day,
Read your Bible, pray every day, and you'll grow, grow, grow, and you'll grow, grow, grow.
Read your Bible, pray every day, and you'll grow, grow, grow!
Neglect your Bible, forget to pray, forget to pray, forget to pray.
Neglect your Bible, forget to pray, and you'll shrink, shrink, shrink, and you'll shrink, shrink, shrink.
Neglect your Bible, forget to pray, and you'll shrink, shrink, shrink!
HERE'S THE SWEET MELODY
In the case of Bob Jones University and their graduates, it's read your Bibles (plural) every day and you'll shrink, shrink, shrink!!!
I'm not kidding!!! The man with two watches never knows what time it is. And the churchgoer with two conflicting Bible versions never knows what THE TRUTH is! How could you ever know the score in a ballgame if there are four different scores posted? You couldn't. Everyone would be confused, as are the churches these days. These misled Bob Jones' pastors are not innocently naive, they are defiantly arrogant, stiffnecked, foolishly stubborn and unwise, having been warned by umpteen preachers over dozens of years. THEY JUST DON'T CARE ABOUT THE TRUTH!!! They are the epitome of everything that is wrong with churches today worldwide!!! The Holy Bible is under attack, where are the 7,000 who have not bowed their knee to Baal?
Most Churchgoers Don't Walk in the Spirit, And Many Aren't Saved
Kindly, I have several neighbours who are Bob Jones University (BJU) graduates. Bob Jones University is an independent (no longer fundamental) Baptist college in Greensboro, South Carolina. I walk closely with the Lord and feel love for all people, including those who despise me. God knows that I love and hurt in my heart for the Bob Jones camp. They are being led into the New World Order by the Devil. I highly recommend watching this awesome 1:46 hour documentary, which exposes the Devil's counterfeit Bible versions, titled, “NEW WORLD ORDER BIBLE VERSIONS!” The Bob Jones crowd reject this video, because they are part of the problem, using and selling the Devil's Bible PERversions, pulling on the same rope as the Devil. Galatians 4:16, “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?”
Therefore, I ALWAYS wave with love at my neighbours, as I do to everyone. But the local independent Baptist church down the street have ostracized me, kicking me out the door in 2014, shunning me away for speaking THE TRUTH. The church's numerous yuppie-type pastors have turning my neighbours against me in their hatred, because the pastors are not right with God. They're afraid of people waking up to THE TRUTH that they are dropping the ball for God. They NEVER reciprocate my love. That is because they have not yet learned the great lesson of life that nothing is more important to God than TO LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR AS THYSELF. I would do anything for my neighbours, because I love them all so much. I pray for them every day. I look for ways to befriend them, but such opportunities are rare, as Americans are so spoiled. Perhaps someone asks, “When are you going to shut up about Bob Jones University and their lukewarm graduates?” I'm just calling it as I see it. Acts 4:20, “For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” When Jesus comes back!
A church that uses BOTH the King James Bible and the Alexandrian versions will have a house divided. Some will be saved and others will not be saved. Of course, this is true to some degree in every church, BUT ESPECIALLY in a church with TWO DIFFERENT BIBLE VERSIONS!!! Folks, there's ONLY one Jesus. There's ONLY one Holy Spirit. There's ONLY one Gospel. So why in the world would anyone embrace the fraudulent idea that there is more than one Holy Bible??? In truth, there is ONLY one Bible, the KING JAMES BIBLE!!!
When a group of so-called Christians shun away a man for telling THE TRUTH, they don't walk in the Spirit. They certainly don't have the FRUIT of the Spirit, because if they did, they'd be in goodness, righteousness and truth. Ephesians 5:8-11, “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” There is nothing GOOD about the Devil's Bible versions.
The heresy of Lordship Salvation (which all the modern Bible versions teach), does not put forth the imputed righteousness of God; but rather, man's self-righteousness (aka, the “turn from sins” to be saved heresy). And the Alexandrian theology is certainly NOT IN TRUTH!!! The Alexandrian crowd do NOT walk in the Spirit. No pastor, Bible college or church has the FRUIT of the Spirit who are working against THE TRUTH. Perhaps you have never read Ephesians 5:8-11 before. What a great Scripture!!! The FRUIT of the Holy Spirit is ALWAYS IN GOODNESS AND RIGHTEOUSNESS AND TRUTH!!!
When we walk in the Holy Spirit, we get love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance all at the SAME TIME. These godly attributes cause us to think right, live right, do right and treat others right. If we DO GOOD, it will BE GOOD! People are mean and unkind because they haven't been with Jesus. Their lives are barren of the FRUIT of the Spirit, and so they never lead anyone to Christ. The FRUIT of the Spirit is a changed life, but the FRUIT of a Christian is another Christian.
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