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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 3254 Holy Spirit, fruit of
3254 Holy Spirit, fruit of

3254 Holy Spirit, fruit of

The living presence of the Holy Spirit in believers leads to Christlike virtues within them, just as a living tree will bear good fruit.

God expects his people to bear spiritual fruit

Isa 5:4 See also Mt 7:12-20 “fruit” is a term used to indicate the produce or outcome of a person’s life; Jn 15:8

The fruit of the Spirit leads to believers becoming Christlike

The gift of the Spirit begins this lifelong process 2Co 3:18

Christlike qualities are contrasted with sinful ones Gal 5:16-17 See also Ro 8:5-14; 1Co 12:7; Gal 6:8; Eph 5:8-16; Col 3:1-17

The fruit of Spirit-filled living

Gal 5:22-23 “fruit” is singular, emphasising that these qualities are mutually dependent aspects of Christian living. See also Eph 5:9

Examples of the fruit of the Spirit

Love Ro 5:5; 1Co 13:1-13

Joy Php 1:18-19; 1Th 1:6

Peace Ro 8:6; Ro 14:17

Patience Heb 6:12; Jas 5:7-11

Kindness 2Co 6:6; Col 3:12; 2Pe 1:7

Goodness Ro 15:14; 2Pe 1:5

Faithfulness 1Co 10:13 God’s faithfulness is also here presented as the reason for faithfulness; 3Jn 3

Gentleness Mt 11:29-30 Jesus Christ displays such gentleness; 1Th 2:7

Self-control 2Ti 3:3; 2Pe 1:6

Other evidence of the Holy Spirit’s activity

Ro 14:17 righteousness Hope: Ro 15:13; Gal 5:5
Eph 1:17 wisdom; Eph 5:18 temperance

The evidence of the fruit of the Spirit is a result of divine activity, not of human effort

1Co 3:9,16; Gal 2:20

See also

1035God, faithfulness
2339Christ, example of
2378kingdom of God, characteristics
3020Holy Spirit, joy of
3209Holy Spirit & love
3215Holy Spirit & peace
3233Holy Spirit & sanctification
3278Holy Spirit, indwelling
7966spiritual gifts
8255fruit, spiritual
8258fruitfulness, spiritual