Paul lists, 15 examples of the deeds of the flesh in Galatians 5:19-21

These were contrasted with the fruit of the Spirit, of which there are how many?

 

Answer: Just 1.

The word “fruit” is singular. It is not fruits (plural).

There are no “and’s” in between each word in verses 22-23 to separate them out.

These 9 ‘parts’ of the same fruit occupy the one ‘space’ to create the whole.

This then has implications about how we show forth this fruit and how each ‘part’

must be interconnected in some way with the other parts, to make the whole.

We don’t show forth it in part, but in the whole of it. So it behooves us to allow the Holy

Spirit to bring forth the all that He has for us; not lacking in any good thing.

 

Let’s remember that this one whole fruit is “of the Spirit”- that is, it belongs to Him, is from Him and is of Him, the Holy Spirit, so it stands to reason that the Spirit Himself has this one expression of “fruit”. He doesn’t have 9 different fruits to give out here and there, but just the one fruit, to be expressed in the believer in these many ‘ways’, but only in the believer who shuns (“crucifies”) the flesh, (v24), which wars in opposition to the Spirit.

Verses 13 and 14 describe who this fruit is for and how it shows itself. It is in being free, to serve one another through love. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word. “You shall love your neighbour as yourself”. Against the fruit of the Spirit there is no law. Therefore, we are free to serve through love, and thus exhibit the wholesomeness of the whole, single fruit….of the Spirit.

 

 

 

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