THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT – 1

Bible Reading: John 14:12-31

And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.” [John 14:16-17]

The fruit of the Holy Spirit is a wonderful theme, but one of the problems is that many people and churches don’t really have a Biblical concept of who the Holy Spirit is. To some He is merely a force, influence, or a power, but He is far more than that.

The Holy Spirit is both a Person and God and He is the third member of the Trinity. He is known by various names, including the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ. In the Old Testament He was there at creation [Genesis 1:2], and came upon people to equip them to serve God. It was the Holy Spirit who inspired God’s Word [2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21]. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, was led by the Spirit, and anointed for ministry by the Holy Spirit [Acts 10.38]. He gave commandments to the early disciples after His resurrection and before His ascension through the Holy Spirit [Acts 1:2].

The Holy Spirit continued the ministry of Jesus on earth after He had ascended back into heaven. Jesus prepared the disciples for the time that He would return to heaven by promising that He would not leave them as orphans, but would send them another Helper. The Greek word translated here as ‘Helper” is ‘parakletos,’ literally the one who comes alongside to help, comfort and counsel.

There are two Greek words that can be translated as “another” in English. The first word is ‘heteros’ that means ‘another but totally different.’‘ The second word, used by Jesus in John 14:16 is the word ‘allos’ which means “another who is exactly the same”.

Jesus is saying that He will send the disciples a Person just like Himself, that is, one who is fully divine. Who was the first Counsellor? Jesus. He had been the disciples’ strength and counsel during the years of his ministry among them. Now He is going away, and in His place He will be sending a second Counsellor who is just like him. The Holy Spirit is a divine Person who is not just with us but living inside of us. Living inside of us, the Holy Spirit wants to make us more and more like Jesus – that is the fruit of the Holy Spirit.

Questions:

Read John 14:12-31. According to this passage of Scripture, what are the things that the Holy Spirit does in our lives?

Will you take time just to thank God that the Holy Spirit is a Person who is living right inside of you? Ask Him to do new things in your heart and life?