The Fruit of th Spirit is...
J. V. Fesko
Every Christian should desire to manifest godliness and the fruit of the Spirit. Yet too often we try to achieve it by mere good intentions and efforts to pull ourselves up by our moral bootstraps. Such attempts always fall short of spiritual reality. Godliness should be a defining characteristic of Christians, so how does one obtain it?
In this fascinating work John Fesko shows us that godliness comes through the work of the Holy Spirit and manifests itself as the fruit of the Spirit. We do not produce this fruit on our own, but rather Christ through his Spirit produces it in us.
As he looks at Paul's famous fruit of the Spirit passage in Galatians 5, the author shows that this work of the Spirit is not merely a New Testament idea, but is written throughout the pages of Old Testament history, from creation, the Exodus, through the prophets, to the fulfilment of promised blessings in the work of the Lord Jesus. When this fruit is displayed in our lives, God is fulfilling ancient promises of redemption through Christ and the Spirit and we are experiencing and manifesting the very things God promised over 2,500 years ago.
In the midst of our sin-darkened world today, Jesus continues to create anew his kingdom, where those who trust in him will manifest this holy and righteous fruit. This work will continue, until one day it fills the entire earth.