What’s your favorite fruit? Do you even like fruit? Jesus did. He must have, first of all He created it and secondly, He spoke about fruit quite a bit. I wonder what his favorite fruit was? I love seedless red grapes and tart, crisp Granny Smith apples. Although a perfect nectarine is luscious.
Imagine, with me, your favorite fruit. Can you smell the sweetness as you pick it up to feel if it’s perfectly ripe? Do you examine the outside to see if any bruising might warrant another pick? As you bite into it, does the taste grip you with delightful satisfaction? Can you hear the crunch of the bite and feel the texture in your mouth? What a delicious sensation it is to enjoy a perfect piece of fruit.
Metaphorically speaking “fruit” is used of works or deeds in the scripture. It is the visible expression of an inward, invisible power. According to Vine’s the character of the ‘fruit’ is evidence of the character of the power producing it:
“You will recognize them by their fruit. Grapes are not gathered from thorns or figs from thistles, are they? In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree is not able to bear bad fruit, nor a bad tree to bear good fruit.” ~Matthew 7:16-18
“As the visible expressions of hidden lusts are the works of the flesh, so the invisible power of the Holy Spirit in those who are brought into living union with Christ produces ‘the fruit of the Spirit,'” (karpos –Vine’s)
“He takes away every branch that does not bear fruit in me. He prunes every branch that bears fruit so that it will bear more fruit. You are clean already because of the word that I have spoken to you. Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me.
I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me – and I in Him – bears much fruit, because apart from Me you can accomplish nothing. If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown out like a branch, and dries up; and such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and are burned up. If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you want, and it will be done for you. My Father is honored by this, that you bear much fruit and show that you are My disciples….You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that remains, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.” ~John 15:2-8,16
Did you take note of the singular form of the word fruit? It’s not fruits of the Spirit. It’s one. One whole fruit we receive through union with Christ. His Spirit dwells in us and all aspects of His character are available to us.
What is the fruit of the Spirit?
The fruit of the Spirit is love,joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
If you are in Christ, these qualities are available to you. Every moment you have the ability to choose good fruit. If His Spirit dwells within, then the totality of His fruit is there. The question then becomes: Do you choose to appropriate these qualities?
That’s where the rubber meets the road.