Transcript based on a Sermon given 8 February 2003

Fruit of the Spirit - Introduction

by Jon Bowles

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The days between Unleavened Bread and Pentecost, certainly over here in the UK, are an incredibly beautiful time. We look outside and we find the trees right now are just bursting into leaf, and the spring and early summer is probably the nicest time, I think certainly in Wales. If anyone wants to come over to see Wales, it's certainly a beautiful time to come; spring and early summer. These days that fall between Unleavened Bread and Pentecost are particularly so.

If you turn to Leviticus 23, you find that these particular days mentioned here. They are mentioned as a special group of days between Unleavened Bread and Pentecost, because of certain things that took place during Unleavened Bread, which tie Pentecost into Unleavened Bread.

"And the [Eternal] spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits [or the first of the firstfruits] of your harvest unto the priest:" (Leviticus 23:9-10)

So before they had actually used any of the early spring harvest themselves, they had to take a certain quantity to the priest as an offering.

"And he shall wave the sheaf before the [Eternal], to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it." (Leviticus 23:11)

Now this is in the context of Unleavened Bread. So it's the first Sunday, in pagan terminology, that you come to within the Days of Unleavened Bread. It is the first, "day following the Sabbath", within the Days of Unleavened Bread.

"And the meat-offering thereof shall be two tenth deals of fine flour mingled with oil..." (Leviticus 23:13)

Now to Leviticus 23:15:

"And ye shall count unto you from ['from and including', as the word actually is in Hebrew] the morrow after the sabbath, [that, "day following the Sabbath", that falls within Unleavened Bread] from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave-offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete: Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days [all together, including the day you start on]; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the [Eternal]. Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave-loaves..." (Leviticus 23:15-17)

Now earlier on there was the wave offering, that was during the Days of Unleavened Bread, which is the first of the first fruits. Remember what happened when Christ was met by Mary Magdalene and He said; "...Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father [He said]: but go to my brethren..."(John 20:17).

Then as they were going down into, Jerusalem, they actually came across Him again, and they held Him by the feet on another occasion. So it is very clear that between that time, and the time they met Him the second time, He had gone up and been presented to the Father, 'waved' before the Father, and come back again. That's the wave offering within the Days of Unleavened Bread. This other one, however, is another wave offering that we will be discussing at Pentecost. Pentecost means count fifty. It says in Leviticus 23:17:

"Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave-loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven..." (Leviticus 23:17)

So they would actually have leaven in them. It is the only offering that you find where leaven is used. It is actually representing the firstfruits, which are you and me. It is representing the Church at this particular time. And it ties Christ as the first of the firstfruits, as the first born, and the firstfruits themselves. The ones that will be resurrected at the last trump, ready to actually serve within the millennial rule.

"...they are the firstfruits unto the [Eternal]. And ye shall offer with the bread seven lambs..." (Leviticus 23:17-18)

And it gives various other offerings that were to be offered at that time. Looking at this particular time that we find ourselves in today - the time when we are counting fifty, from that Sunday morning, all the way through until Pentecost, which also falls on a Sunday, there you have fifty days. It's seven Sabbaths complete and the day following the seventh Sabbath. I feel it is very appropriate to do a series of sermons before Pentecost, specifically on the fruit of the Spirit that you will find over in Galatians, chapter five. It lists nine attributes and it describes them as the fruit of the Spirit: things that you will find come from the very Spirit of God.

What I want to do today is to give an introduction into this series of sermons and I want to first of all talk about:

The Tree of Life (PLAY FROM 07:26)

Now in Genesis 3:24, it is very clear that God shut off the tree of life, when our first parents took of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Took the decision making process of what is right and what is wrong to themselves, and they decided; "Right, we will make that decision." Then, on that God knew, or Jesus Christ - as it was then, dealing with them - He, and the Father, knew and could see, that they were going in a completely alien direction.

He already had given His word that if they took of the tree of life they would live forever. So, imagining that it was a literal tree in a literal garden, if they had taken of that tree then they would have lived forever, because God's word cannot be broken. So they could have gone in there and taken of that tree, and to stop them from doing so, they were barred. And therefore also symbolically barred from the Holy Spirit as well, which is much more important. Whether it was a literal tree or it wasn't, it was a symbolic tree. Certainly the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was a symbolic tree, and that is the focus of the account there.

If you turn over to John chapter 1, you find the Word that came through Christ, as recorded by John. He goes right back to the very, very beginning, and it says there in John 1:1:

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (John 1:1)

It was the One that actually gave the Word, but He was an individual also. There were two individuals there at the beginning of time. So presumably He was instrumental in creating time. They were bound together by a common Spirit and that Word was also God:

"The same was in the beginning with God [the Father]. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men." (John 1:2-4)

Now remember we are talking about the tree of life, and that tree of life is a symbol of the Spirit of God. The process leading from that Spirit means that we actually can become the sons of God. In this individual that came down, who divested Himself of His glory, and everything else that He had with the Father before time began, in Him was life. That life was the light of men, so this tree of life actually gives us also the light so we can see, we can actually walk by, make judgements by, can construct our life by.

"And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not." (John 1:5)

The darkness couldn't grasp it. It couldn't get hold of it. It couldn't grasp it mentally. It had no real concept of what was being said.

So when we are looking at the fruit of the Spirit, we are looking at the fruit of that tree of life. The fruit that was exhibited in Christ's life came from that tree, the tree of life. In Him was that life, in Him was that Spirit. He was the Christ, the Anointed One. He was also the Word, the Logos. He exhibited the Word of God in action. He was the living Word that was actually here.

If we go now to John 6:44

"No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day." (John 6:44)

Now that is a certain group. The tree of life was shut off from mankind, and mankind as a whole has not able to get access to it at all. All through the ages, the millennia, mankind has been excluded. And yet when Christ came, even then, even with Christ there, there were still only certain individuals, particular individuals that were called, who are going to be raised up at the last day. Now this particular group, as we draw the parallel on the Passover evening, are circumcised of heart. These people are a particular, special group, circumcised of heart so that the very Spirit of God can work with them. Circumcision is something that God does, He takes off the foreskin of the heart and allows the Spirit to then work within us. So when we are looking at fruit of the Spirit, we are looking at the product that comes from that. It's interesting that here in John 6:53 it says:

"Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you." (John 6:53)

Remember, it's the tree of life we are talking about, and these people are keeping the Passover. They are eating the bread of Passover, they are drinking the wine of Passover.

"Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him." (John 6:54-56)

I want to focus your attention on that word 'dwelleth' (Strong's 3306) in verse 56. Here this special group of individuals, circumcised of heart, called of the Father, taken to Christ, that actually keep the Passover, part of the very true Church itself; that particular group of individuals "...that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me and I in him" (John 6:56). That word is the same identical word in John 15:5, where it says; "Unless you abide in me and my words abide in you, then you cannot produce fruit" (John 15:5 paraphrased). It goes and gives you the source of the fruit, where the fruit is coming from, and how it's done. And here it says:

"He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, [abides] in me, and I in him." (John 6:56)

It is through the indwelling of the Spirit of God within us, and it is the fact that we walk in flesh which is the same kind of flesh as Christ Himself had. Because He was a Son of God, the first of the first fruits, the beginning, the firstborn from the dead - as He is now - and that has made Him the firstborn Son of God. We are walking in the same flesh. We are going in the same way. We have the same Spirit inside us. We are of the same type, the same kind as Jesus Christ Himself was, so that we can be born therefore as sons and daughters of God. It is that profound. When you are looking at the tree of life that is what it's talking about. It's talking about the impregnation of that Spirit, allowing us to become of the same kind as the very Son of God who walked on this earth, the same kind of being. And so we see here, as it said in John 6:63:

"It is the spirit that [makes alive]; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." (John 6:63)

Turn over to Matthew 12:33, you find here He is talking to the Pharisees of the day, and He says to them:

"Either [you] make the tree good, and [therefore] his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit [will be] corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit." (Matthew 12:33)

In other words, if you want the fruit of the Spirit, the tree has got to be right. If the tree is wrong - we can keep the law till we're blue in the face, we can try as hard as we possibly can, we can do whatever we like - but if that tree is wrong, we will not succeed. We can't. Again; "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up..." (John 6:44). Why? Because He opens his mind, he accepts the sacrifice of Christ, and then is able to get on his knees and talk to the Father, and having access to the Father, the Spirit then starts to flow. And from that Spirit comes fruit.

It is expressed in the nine different ways that you find over in Galatians. But it says here you; "Either make the tree good [get the fruit right], or you make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt..." (Matthew12:33). You can't put the fruit right independently. It is the tree that is absolutely crucial to the process. If we are looking at the kind of fruit that is needed, if you go back again to John 10:7, Christ talks here and says:

"Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them." (John 10:7-8)

If you go back into the Passover, you find the lintels above the door were actually covered with blood. The household - protected by that blood - was protected by that door. The ones that are actually keeping the Passover, are the ones that are able to be protected by the door, and are called by the Father.

"I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." (John 10:9-10)

It is the tree of life, the Spirit of life. It gives an abundant life and that is what Christ is looking towards. Before we look at John 15, let us remind ourselveswhat we've read over in John 6, where it says; "He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth [or abides] in me, and I in him" (John 6:56). Those two ways. We are actually in that flesh, we are walking in that flesh, the same kind of flesh that Christ had, and the Spirit of God that made Him the Christ is inside. Here in John 15:1 it says:

"I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me [notice, in Him] that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he [prunes] it, that it may bring forth more fruit." (John 15:1-2)

So God is actually working with us to produce the fruit. The fruit is vital. The fruit of the Spirit - the fruit of the tree of life - is absolutely, utterly, vital for every single one of us.

"Now ye are clean [the word 'clean' is pruned, it is the same root as the word mentioned in the King James as 'purges it' in verse 2 (Strong's 2513) now you are pruned] through the word which I have spoken unto you." (John 15:3)

What is He saying? My Words are Spirit and they are life (John 6:23). It is the Word that is pruning us. It allows the Spirit to go ahead and produce the fruit that is necessary. It prunes us to make sure that we are directing that Spirit in the right direction. So that we have a life that is more abundant. Not just now, but way into the future, into eternity as well. That's what we're looking at.

"Abide [or dwell] in me, and I in you..." (John 15:4)

It's the indwelling of that Holy Spirit. It's the fact that we walk in flesh that is the same kind as Christ's flesh.

"Abide in me [or live in me, stay in me, dwell in me, be housed in me], and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine [unless it stays there, even though the wind sways it backwards and forwards, as long as it's stuck onto that vine it's all right, because the sap is flowing, it gets the sap inside it]; no more can ye, except ye abide in me." (John 15:4)

You live in me. You walk in the same kind of flesh that Christ was walking in at that time. He was God in the flesh. He was Emmanuel. That's what it's all about. We must be the same living Word in the flesh. The Word is the Spirit-led Word of God.

"I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit..." (John 15:5)

So if we're going to look at the subject of fruit of the Spirit which we find over in Galatians five; this is the key. This is where it is comes from. It comes from the tree of life. The tree of life that was cut off from mankind all those years ago, and that was in Christ, and it says:

"...the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do [absolutely] nothing [if we don't get that part right it is impossible, we can't do it]. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned [we can't go into the Kingdom of God, we haven't got the fruit there to go into the Kingdom of God, but -]. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you [living, staying, dwelling, that's where it is], ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." (John 15:5-7)

Why? Because our mind will be going down God's route. Whatever situation we find ourself in, we will be thinking as Christ thought, because we are in the same kind of flesh as Christ was in. We have the same Word living in us as the Living Word was when He walked this earth. And as long as that is the case we therefore ask in the right way, we are asking according to the right thing, we can therefore receive if we have our minds on the same things as God Himself, the Father.

So understanding the tree of life is vital. The fruit of the Spirit is the fruit of the tree of life. When we come into Revelation, we find that at right at the very end, after all the physical is gone you still have this river of life. With the tree of life on either side of the river of life, producing twelve manner of fruits, one every month. And again it is a symbolic tree, the same as it was in Genesis A symbolic tree, giving us information.

But it is showing us very clearly that in these days between Unleavened Bread and Pentecost - a crossover time from the Word of God that we ate at Unleavened Bread, and the Spirit of God that we have actually coming in the Day of Pentecost - that the fruit of the Spirit is a worthwhile topic to look at.

Works of the Flesh (PLAY FROM 24:50)

Turn over to Romans 8:1 and we'll talk a little bit about the works of the flesh:

"There is therefore now [that is, having the spirit of God] no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit [they are led by the Spirit of God, they are walking in a certain direction]. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death." (Romans 8:1-2)

So if we are walking in the same kind of flesh, if we have the same mind, the same Spirit within us, producing the fruit that we can see within Christ's life, of "...love, joy, peace, longsuffering..." (Galatians 5:22), and all the other ones mentioned in Galatians five, then, as it says here; "...[He] hath made me free from the law of sin and death." (Romans 8:2). It's not a case that 'I must obey the law, or otherwise I will die'. But rather that our mind is going in a certain direction, and the law that is over us will not go ahead and take its penalty. Why? Because our mind is thinking like God's mind, like He thinks. Therefore we will not come under the penalty of the law.

"For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh [so if we are looking at works of the flesh, there's the problem, it's a fleshly mind that is basically selfish, it's plugged into Satan's wavelength], God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh [He didn't walk in sinful flesh - it was in the likeness of sinful flesh. In other words, He looked like the same flesh as you and me], and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:" (Romans 8:3)

He lived a life that was perfect. We also have that as an example that we can go to, and say; "It can be done!"

"That the righteousness of the law might be [filled to the full] in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." (Romans 8:4)

We are not walking as if we are fleshly human beings. We are walking being led by the very Spirit of God, and therefore the fruit that will come from a life like that, will be the fruit of the Spirit. It is a profound segment of scripture here in Romans eight.

"That the righteousness of the law might be [filled to the full] in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh [set their minds on] the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit [set their minds on] the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally [that's fleshly] minded is death [there's your works of the flesh, the works of the flesh end up in death]; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace." (Romans 8:4-6)

It comes from the tree of life. That tree of life is the Spirit of God within us, and it gives peace. One of the very characteristics mentioned in the fruit of the Spirit.

"Because the carnal [fleshly] mind is enmity against God [it doesn't want anything to do with God]: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God." (Romans 8:7-8)

Those in the flesh, that is all they've got, just an ordinary chemical, physical existence. If that is all we have, if there is no Spirit-led existence there, no tree of life there, no indwelling of the Spirit, if there is no walking in the same kind of flesh as Christ walked in, as it says those; "...that are in the flesh cannot please God" (Romans 8:8). It is impossible for them to please God. Skip down to Romans 8:13:

"For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die [if that's all we have, is a fleshly chemical existence we will die, and that's the end of it]: but if ye through the Spirit [put to death] the deeds of the [flesh] body, ye shall live [if you are led by the tree of life, the Spirit of life, then you will live]. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." (Romans 8:13-14)

That is the entire process. The entire process is to be led by that Spirit, and in being led by that Spirit, having the indwelling of the Spirit. It comes out then in the fruit of the Spirit, and the fruit of the Spirit is exhibited in these nine areas mentioned over in Galatians five, which we will be going into one by one. We can see over in Ephesians 5:1 a segment of scripture where it says:

"Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;" (Ephesians 5:1)

Now notice what it says there. You follow God, "...as dear children;" (Ephesians 5:1) of God. We follow God as children of God. We construct our lives as a God-being would construct his life in this flesh that we find ourself:

"And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us..." (Ephesians 5:2)

Again, what's the fruit of the Spirit? "...love, joy, peace..." (Galatians 5:22). Love being the first one.

"...and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness...Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not [fitting]: ...no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God" (Ephesians 5:2-5)

So he lists a whole string of things. Again, where is that coming from? Where are those qualities coming from? They come from the flesh, they come from "...the lusts thereof." (Romans 6:12), from incoming thinking. We are wanting things for ourselves. We want to grab whatever we want for ourselves. It is incoming thinking. It therefore gives certain works. It works in us in a certain way. These are the works of the flesh that are being mentioned here.

"Let no man deceive you with vain words..." (Ephesians 5:6)

Because a lot of people do out there. They will say things like, "Oh well, you can't help it." Or, "Wrong doing is okay, we're never going to be perfect, therefore we don't need to try." "We're never going to be perfect, we're never going to be like Christ, therefore we can go ahead and sin and be forgiven." That's not the approach. If we have that approach, we are not going ahead and being led by the Spirit of God.

It is those led by the Spirit of God that are the sons of God. It is those "...that eateth [His] flesh, and drinketh [His] blood, [that abide] dwelleth in me..." (John 6:56) . Unless you abide in the vine, you cannot produce fruit. If you can't produce fruit, you cannot go ahead and be in the Kingdom of God, and those branches are burnt. It is that serious. There is only one way of doing it. There is only a single way. That is to live the same kind of life, the same kind of existence that Christ lived. That is the Way, He says; "...I am the way, the truth, and the life..." (John 14:6). That's what He means, that's what we have got to do.

"Let no man deceive you with vain words [they are vain words if anyone says that to you; "Wrong doing is okay, you can't help it." That's nonsense]: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them." (Ephesians 5:6-7)

Don't go down that route. Are we ever going to be a hundred-percent perfect? Probably not, but the aim is to become as Christ was. Can we become a hundred-percent perfect, completely white, our robes washed white? The answer is absolutely yes, because if we are repentant, continually repentant, the sins that are past are forgiven. That is the life that we need to be living.

"For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:" (Ephesians 5:8)

Remember Christ; "...the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness [couldn't grasp it]" (John 1:5). It had no idea of what was being talked about.

"(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth [God is totally Holy - remember what Mr Armstrong said about hungering and thirsting after God's righteousness, God is totally that way];) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret." (Ephesians 5:9-12)

So we don't have any fellowship with these works of darkness. Why? Because they are unfruitful, they are the natural things that occur when we live a life that is completely physical. If we live a life that is completely physical, that hasn't got the Spiritual element there, with no Spirit of God leading that life, then it is the unfruitful work of darkness. We're walking in the dark. We don't know where we're going. We can't see the path of our steps. We're walking inexorably towards death and that's all we've got. That's the way the world lives. The world is going to pass away and all that is in it will eventually pass away. The only hope we have is to walk in the same kind of flesh as Jesus Christ, led by the same Spirit that was in Him. These works of the flesh; the only thing we are waiting for if that's the way we walk, is eventually death at the end of our lives. Go back to Galatians 5:1, he starts:

"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." (Galatians 5:1)

Now these people, as far as we can gather, were using some kind of Kabbalah, some kind of Gnosticism that was there. It was very pagan in its expression, but it was also linked into Judaism as well in certain instances. The Gnosticism went across the board between all kinds of different religions:

"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing." (Galatians 5:1-2)

If you tried to be circumcised to be obedient, to be clean, to go ahead and keep the law. You need to be circumcised on the eighth day if you are going to keep the law perfectly.

"Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace." (Galatians 5:4)

In other words, if you've got to go back and pay every tithe you haven't paid, every sin - if you're going to try and justify yourself that way, you will never do it. It's impossible. The only way we can be justified is to go to God and ask for forgiveness based on the sacrifice of Christ. Once that sacrifice of Christ is applied on genuine repentance - which means a full desire and intent to turn - the past is wiped out. The past has been paid for, it's gone. So in this context, he mentions in Galatians 5:7:

"Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? [There is a certain obedience that is necessary, but it's obedience in a certain direction] This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be." (Galatians 5:7-10)

It looks as if there was an individual in the Galatian Church that was causing mayhem within the Church at that time.

"And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased. I would they were even [castrated] cut off which trouble you. For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another [the works of the flesh is not what's necessary, but start putting on the same kind of mindset that Christ had]. For all the law is fulfilled in one word [in regards to serving one another, notice the context of this verse; it's 'by love serve one another'], even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." (Galatians 5:11-14)

Now the other aspect of the law is; "...Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind" (Matthew 22:37), but in the context that he is dealing with, he's talking about "...[loving] thy neighbour as thyself." (Matthew 22:39)

"But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh." (Galatians 5:15-16)

As we read before, it says; "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death" (Romans 8:2). In the same way, what he's saying here:

"...Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh [you will not walk in that way, it will stop you from going in that direction]. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law." (Galatians 5:16-18)

You are not under the penalty of that law. You don't have to worry about the law, because if you are led of the Spirt, it's the Spirit of God and that Spirit therefore will lead you in the way of God. That way is the mind of God - what He would do living the life, as you and I are currently living.

"Now the works of the flesh are manifest [they are easily seen, you can notice them, you can go around the world, you can switch on your television set, and they are there, they are manifest], which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies," (Galatians 5:19-20)

As I say, you can switch on your television set and you can see this, or you can go down to the movies. Particularly in today's society, you don't have to go down to the pagan temple. You don't have to go very far at all. You can literally just turn on the television, put on a DVD, do whatever, in the modern media, it is absolutely rife.

"Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God." (Galatians 5:21)

And then contrasted with this, because remember what it says; "...the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the another..." (Galatians 5:17). And then contrary to this is the fruit of the Spirit.

Fruit of the Spirit (PLAY FROM 40:35)

Now I want you to notice in Galatians 5:22 that it says:

"But the fruit [singular] of the Spirit..." (Galatians 5:22)

It doesn't says 'fruits', plural. It is not a case of; "Right, today I'm going to work on love. Today I'm going to work on joy." By all means be aware of love, be aware of joy, but the way in which that is actually generated is that it comes from the Spirit of God itself.

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law [they are completely subservient to God's Law, there is no law against them]. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." (Galatians 5:22-25)

So these qualities, these attributes that are mentioned here in Galatians 5:22 come from the Spirit itself. Although I'll go through them one at a time, you can't just develop a fruit of the Spirit in love, and yet ignore everything else. It's impossible, they all stand and fall together, because they flow from that kind of mind. It flows from the tree of life. It flows from the same kind of mind that was in Christ. It flows from the same kind of flesh that Christ was, that we walk in, and the same vine that we are plugged into. All those attributes should therefore flow from that, not just one. We therefore should be seeing the whole gamut of them.

Back in Luke 8:11, we find a parable about the sower and the seed. Mr Armstrong pointed out that Christ says, if you don't understand this parable, how are you going to understand any parable? [Mark 4:13] Because this is the very basic one. This is the one where the word of God goes out, and it is the way the word of God is actually received by various people. Notice:

"Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God [remember; "...the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life" (John 6:63). [The word of God flows from the Spirit of God]. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved [so they completely miss out, they just simply hear, and it's like water off a duck's back]. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root [it says; "And have no root in themselves..." (Mark 4:17) they are trying to do it on their own strength], which for a while believe, and in time of [trial] fall away." (Luke 8:11-13)

They are trying to do it on their own strength. Completely, totally impossible. Some of those will be in the Churce - people trying to do it on their own strength, trying to do it in a physical, carnal way, doing it through the works of the flesh, in a fleshly way, and will not succeed. It has got to be done in a different way.

"And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life..." (Luke 8:14)

This is the biggest warning to all of us, because all of us can be choked with all the various things we have to do physically, everything that is on our shoulders that we have got to do. But I want you to notice what it says:

"...and bring no fruit to perfection." (Luke 8:14)

How many of you have actually eaten a green apple - an apple that wasn't supposed to be green, a cooking apple? Or an apricot before it's really ripe, or anything that's not quite ripe. Avocados to me are lovely but you can get avocados that are green and they're not nice at all! It takes time to bring fruit to maturity, to ripeness, to perfection.

Fruit is different from gifts ... we'll go on to look at the gifts of the Spirit. Gifts of the Spirit were actually given to people in ancient Israel to construct the temple. They weren't converted at all. You'll find many cases and examples of faith that were necessary at a particular time, but they were as converted as our dog here. They weren't converted at all. What was necessary for the people in this parable (Luke 8) was that they needed to bring fruit to perfection. Doing that requires time, it requires patience, it requires consistency. It requires something that we need to do.

"But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart [a heart that is circumcised], having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience." (Luke 8:15)

They bring it forth all the way through to perfection, to maturity, to ripeness, to the time where it can be used in the future during the millennial rule of Christ.

So when we are looking at this subject, remember, the days that we are in today are the days between Unleavened Bread and Pentecost, and they are not just arbitrary Holy Days. They are actually built into the harvest periods for Palestine. They are built all around the early harvest and the later harvest - the two harvests corresponding to the harvests of men. The early harvest being you and me, who basically are called ahead of time, in order to help and assist Christ during the Millennium. The later harvest after Christ's return, when the Kingdom of God has been established.

But when we look at the subject of harvests and we look at the subject of fruit, and how the fruit is actually produced - what do we need? How does it work? Does it mean that we have to go out and produce fruit ourself? Does it come from our own effort and energy and everything else? Well yes it does, and no it doesn't.

Let's look at the fruit. First of all you need a field, you need some ground somewhere. You then need some sun, you need some rain, you need some seed, and you need it to grow. Have you done any of that yourself? Suppose you were going to plant some aubergines. Did you make the ground? You may have bought a Gro-Bag or something but no, you don't make the ground. We don't make the sun. Even the power that comes from the burning of coal producing electricty, and if it's grown in a dark place with an artificial light over it - you are still producing it from the sun ultimately, if you go back far enough in time. You don't produce the rain, you can't create rain. It's given to you. It comes down automatically out of the sky. The seed; you can't produce seed, you have got to get it from another plant. And the growth itself has come from God's mind, from the actual command of Christ into that DNA to make the thing grow. We did none of that, nothing at all.

But there are things that we've got to do. If you go ahead and you think come December, January time over in Canada; "Okay, I'm going to go out and sow my seed." And there is five feet of snow on the ground, so you clear the snow, plant your seed in the ground - aubergines maybe - and hope it comes up. It's not going to work. I can almost guarantee you. Or you decide you're going to grow lemons, in Alaska or somewhere like that. It doesn't work. You have to work within the constraints that you've got.

You have to sow the right seed in the right ground. You wait for the time when the rains are going to come. People over in Africa, they have got to wait for the rainy season in order to sow at the right time. It takes time, it takes work. You have to dig the ground over, you have to prepare the ground. You've got to water it if necessary. If there's no water there, irrigate it.

Let me just give you a few scriptures that describe the things that we are given, and they are huge. Even in this process of producing fruit.

First of all: I Corinthians 4:7 - Paul asked the question of the Corinthian Church; "...what hast thou that thou didst not receive? ..." (I Corinthians 4:7) What have we been given? What have we got as far as the understanding that we have today? Many groups behave as if they are the ones that came up with the understanding in the first place. Ridiculous! The understanding was given from God through an apostle. It was through an apostle, it didn't come from Mr Armstrong, it came through him, but it came from God.

Romans 2:4 - It talks about how; "...the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?" (Romans 2:4) You need to repent before you can even start, and He leads you in that direction. So, the leading of God is given to you.

Acts 11:18 - "...Then hath God...granted repentance unto life." (Acts 11:18) Repentance then is granted by God. It's something given to us.

Acts 2:38 - "...and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38) You didn't come up with the Holy Spirit, I didn't come up with the Holy Spirit. It was given to us, it is something given as a free gift.

Romans 5:17 - "...they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ." (Romans 5:17) Righteousness is given to us. Why? Because every time we get on our knees and repent before God the Father, He therefore gives us righteousness. He is imputing righteousness to us because Christ's sacrifice covered the sin.

Ephesians 2:8 - "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:" (Ephesians 2:8). Grace through faith. Not of yourself, but it is a gift of God.

So many things are given to us, but does that mean to say that we just lie back and do nothing? Ridiculous. Of course we have a great deal to do. The same way as when you have fruit, you don't leave it, you prune it. You look after it. You work with it. You give it the right environment. You do everything that's necessary.

We need to be praying. We need to be studying. We need to be meditating on what we study. We need to fast. These are the things that keep us close to God, that feed us with the information necessary. It takes effort to make the time. Only in that way does the fruit then come from the Spirit that is then given to us. So much of this is given to us, just the same as a farmer, but there is a great deal that we have to do as well. Turn to James 5:7;

"Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold [just look], the husbandman [gardener or farmer] waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain." (James 5:7)

He waits until the maturity is there. If the farmer went in there and tried to harvest grain, that was just forming in its ear and was immature, it would shrivel up and disappear. There would be nothing there. You couldn't store grain that is immature, it just doesn't work, impossible. So he has got to wait. If the weather is inclement, he still has to wait until that grain is ready. He cannot go ahead and harvest it. He can't put a combine harvester in there too early - if he puts it in too early he doesn't get a crop.

That is true of peas, tomatoes and virtually everything. You harvest green tomatoes; yes, you can use them for chutney. But then you've got to store them then in the drawer somewhere and hopefully they'll slowly ripen. Then once they are ripened you can use them. But you've got to have patience, long patience for it until you receive the early and latter rain.

"Be ye also patient; stablish [stabilize] your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh." (James 5:8)

So we've got to be patient, patient for that fruit. That fruit has got to mature. It has got to ripen. It takes a lifetime for that fruit to ripen. So when we are looking at the fruit of the Spirit, we are looking at the same kind of analogy that we see here as far as ordinary fruit is concerned. We are looking at time, and we are looking at many, many things that are given to us, but we still have to put out the effort, we still have got to do our part. We still have to make sure that, although God gives us all the raw materials, we have got to yield to God, we've got to make sure we work within the 'seasons'.

We are not going to suddenly come into the Church and be perfect overnight. It doesn't work that way. It takes time. Allow God to work with us. Relax in His hands. As Mr Armstrong said, he had this knee that was giving him problems, and he had to allow the person to massage the cartilage back inside. And in order for that to happen, he had to relax and allow that cartilage to be moved by the osteopath doing the massage, working the cartilage back underneath the knee. We have got to yield to God and yield to His natural laws as we yield to natural laws when we are wanting physical fruit.

We also apply our own effort. It's not just a case of going to sleep and letting the weeds grow. That's not the way it works at all. We've got to pray. We've got to be studying with meditation. It's not just a case of "I've got to do my study. I've got twenty minutes" - study, study, study, and off we go, and that's the end of it, with no further thought. Far better to spend ten minutes and really meditate on that, and make sure that, that Word is digested. And then as we go around in our daily life, we also digest that Word, so that it becomes part of us. So that Word is living. It's not just a Word of God that we study, that we academically read. It's a Word of God that then has got to live.

Gifts of the Spirit (PLAY FROM 56:36)

Now when we come into the gifts of the Spirit, we have an example over here in I Corinthians 1:6 that really makes you shake your head and wonder. But to the Corinthian Church - that he is just about to go ahead and lambast for the problems that they've got - Paul says:

"Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:" (I Corinthians 1:6-7)

They were a talented bunch. They were spiritually talented in the Corinthian Church. They were able to go ahead and do things, probably, that we today couldn't do spiritually. Turn over to I Corinthians 3:1 and what does Paul say?

"And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ." (I Corinthians 3:1)

So here they were, talented with the gifts of the Spirit, and yet at the same time carnal. How can that be? This is where you have to understand the difference between fruit of the Spirit, and gifts of the Spirit. Gifts of the Spirit and fruit of the Spirit are different, and don't be fooled.

Here I am, I'm preaching. I think I've mentioned before, I noticed a particular different comprehension of scripture that I didn't have the day before I was made a minister to the day after I was made a minister. It was as if somebody had flicked a switch. I can give no other explanation for it - the understanding of this book that I just simply didn't have before. That was a gift, there was nothing I did. I didn't grow it. Hopefully I've developed it since then, but it was just like somebody turning on a tap. Now do I therefore deceive myself and say; "Oh therefore I'm spiritual"?

These people in Corinth had gifts of the Spirit, but they were carnal. They were as babes, and they needed to be treated like that. We have got to grow in grace and the knowledge of Christ. The fruit of the Spirit is part of that growth.

We can go ahead and have a gift. Maybe you are very gregarious, or hospitable, and God has given you that gift. Perhaps you're very good with money. Perhaps you're able to look after the finances in a wonderful way, and really help within the Church, or whatever in that area. Whatever the gift that you have been given, don't be misled, don't be fooled into thinking that, that gift therefore makes you, or me, or anybody else converted.

Even faith - when you are looking at faith, if you look over in Hebrews 11 there is no question that some of these people were not converted. Let's have a look at some of them:

"By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians [wanting] to do were drowned [were these people converted? No, absolutely not, yet it was through faith that they did it]. By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days." (Hebrews 11:29-30)

Did they have the Spirit of God dwelling in them as a fruit of the Spirit? Could you find the fruit of the Spirit in them as a group of people? No, of course you couldn't.

"By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace. And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae..." (Hebrews 11:31-32)

Are you going to say these people all had the Spirit of God, were converted individuals? I don't think so. There is no indication of that, but they were given gifts. Why were they given a gift? Why was Samson given a gift of strength? Because he was needed as a judge at that time. It is when somebody is needed for a particular purpose within the Church, within wherever, they are given a gift from the Spirit for that particular time, for that particular purpose.

Don't be fooled, thinking that therefore is the fruit of the Spirit. Fruit of the Spirit is like fruit that you grow. There is effort that you need to put out. Most of it is given to you, but there is still a great deal we have to do ourselves. Turn over to I Corinthians 12:4:

"Now there are [differences] of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord [the One who is over these administrations is over them all]. And there are [differences] of operations [or activities], but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit [everybody]." (I Corinthians 12:4-7)

To profit the whole Church. It is there for the time, for the things that are needed at that time. That is the gift of the Spirit. If we have a certain gift, whatever that gift may be, we have a duty. How we use that gift is absolutely vital. How we use that gift should be exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit. What's that fruit? "...love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance..." (Galatians 5:22-23). All these things, there are nine qualities that are mentioned. That's how we use the gift that we might have been given, but the fact that we have a gift doesn't make us righteous. Those aren't the works that God is looking for. It is something He has given completely for us to profit other people with.

"For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;" (I Corinthians 12:8)

Some people get up here to preach and are wise in the way that they preach. Other ones have knowledge, they have the background, and it is fascinating to listen to the background that is there.

"To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues [I know of certain cases where people have excellent language abilities]; to another the interpretation of tongues [being able to interpret as well is a skill in itself,]: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man [differently] as he will." (I Corinthians 12:9-11)

So these gifts are different from the fruit.

"For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. (I Corinthians 12:12-14)

We all have the various qualities, the various traits that we have been given, and we have been given them for a purpose.

"If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? [ridiculous - each of us has been given gifts] If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him." (I Corinthians 12:15-18)

He has given gifts to people accordingly, to serve. As I said before, how we use those gifts is vital. How we use them, in other words, with; "...love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness..." (Galatians 5:22). We can use these gifts in a way that in fact develops the fruit of the Spirit.

Don't be misled, don't be fooled, thinking that because you have a gift of whatever - perhaps you have a gift of making people feel at ease, perhaps you have a gift of being gregarious, being friendly, fun to be around, whatever the gift may be. Don't assume that, that therefore makes you spiritual. Just because I can get up here and speak, I shouldn't assume that, that makes me spiritual. It's how do I use that? Do I apply the very Spirit of God to it, and make sure that Spirit of God is applied throughout life as well?

"And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee..." (I Corinthians 12:19-21)

I Corinthians 12:24:

"For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another [we need to make sure that we make allowances for each other because we are different, but we are one body]. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? [the answer is obviously not] But [desire] earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way." (I Corinthians 12:24-31)

I Corinthians 13:1:

"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels [there are your gifts], and have not [agape - the first fruit], I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains [I can get up here and speak and do all these things], and have not [agape], I am nothing." (I Corinthians 13:1-2)

If I haven't got agape which is a fundamental fruit, I am nothing. Notice, I am nothing. It doesn't count for anything at all:

"And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor [I am very wise with money, I make a lot of money and go ahead and use it in a wise way and am generous by nature], and though I give my body to be burned, and have not [agape, I don't have the fruit], it profiteth me nothing." (I Corinthians 13:3)

Then it doesn't profit me at all. We need to make sure we remember where this chapter comes from; right after the section on gifts of the Spirit.

So fruit and gifts are very different. And we have got to develop, we've got to allow the fruit to grow. We have got to be patient and allow it to mature. We have got to realize that God is the husbandman, He is pruning, He allows us to be pruned. It's not always pleasant, but we still stay plugged into the vine. We still allow that fruit to grow from the very Spirit of God, walking in the same kind of flesh that Christ walked in.

The World Tomorrow (PLAY FROM 1:08:48)

If we do, we will come to the World Tomorrow. If we turn over to Isaiah 32:1, regarding the future:

"Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment. And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land." (Isaiah 32:1-2)

We are looking for an age when this will be the case, and our kids can run free. They can go out in the woods in the morning, stay there all day, and come back in the evening, or even stay there overnight. All the parents in the room nod their heads in wonderful agreement. Well, we're not there yet. Isaiah 32:9:

"Rise up, ye women [you churches, I am convinced that is who it's talking to, and I'm convinced that it's talking to the days that we are in today] that are at ease; hear my voice, ye careless daughters; give ear unto my speech. Many days and years shall ye be troubled, ye careless women: for the vintage shall fail, the gathering shall not come [the fruit is not there, there is a problem with fruit within these churches]. Tremble, ye women that are at ease; be troubled, ye careless ones: strip you, and make you bare, and gird sackcloth upon your loins. They shall lament for the teats, for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine [it is not going to be there, the fruit of the Spirit of God is not going to be there]. Upon the land of my people shall come up thorns and briers; yea, upon all the houses of joy in the joyous city: Because the palaces shall be forsaken; the multitude of the city shall be left; the forts and towers shall be for dens for ever, a joy of wild asses, a pasture of flocks; Until the spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest." (Isaiah 32:9-15)

The fruit will come back. It means it literally. It means that we are going to be over this earth, where the "...king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment." (Isaiah 32:1) It means spiritual fruit as well. It's a dual meaning - just notice what the next verse goes into:

"Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field [these are spiritual fruits that are being talked about]. And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever." (Isaiah 32:16-17)

So it is vital that we understand that when we are looking at the World Tomorrow, it's going to be shaped by the fruit of the Spirit of God. The Spirit of God that we need to be using today has got to be there, and will be there all the way through into eternity and will shape the very structure of the World Tomorrow. Notice Isaiah 59:20:

"And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the [Eternal]. As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the [Eternal]; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the [Eternal], from henceforth and for ever." (Isaiah 59:20-21)

Isaiah 60:1:

"Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the [Eternal] is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the [Eternal] shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light [the fruit that will come from the Spirit of God, the light which will show the way, which will allow people to see for the first time], and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall [praise], and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces [or wealth] of the Gentiles shall come unto thee." (Isaiah 60:1-5)

Now Isaiah 60:19. Notice the context of this, going right into the future:

"The sun shall be no more thy light by day..." (Isaiah 60:19)

So what's this light they've been having? "Arise, shine; for thy light is come..." (Isaiah 60:1) It's the spiritual light, the light that is coming from the fruit of the Spirit of God:

"The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the [Eternal] shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory. Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the [Eternal] shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended. Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified [notice, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, the pruning, the fruit that will be produced, the Spiritual fruit that will come out of this]. A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the [Eternal] will hasten it in his time. (Isaiah 60:19-22)

It flows straight into the next chapter, Isaiah 61:1:

"The Spirit of the Lord [Eternal] is upon me; because the [Eternal] hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives..." (Isaiah 60:1)

It flows into the same thinking. It's the Spirit of God producing the fruit of God, that is flowing from that Spirit, that mindset, that Way of life. The tree of life, that's what it is. It is the tree of life that we are looking at.

Be aware that just as we look in Genesis, the spiritual identification of the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they are trees that are symbolic trees predominately. So here in Revelation 22:1 they are predominately symbolic trees being mentioned. Is it literal as well? Well, how can we possibly say looking into the future, how this all fits together:

"And he shewed me a pure river of water of life [the tree of life remember, it's a river of water of life, it's the very Spirit of God], clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street [or bed] of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations [so again, here are the spiritual attributes that actually will be there in the future doing the work that is necessary]. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads [so actually, God, the Father, will be down at this time and we will be there as the family of God, only those resurrected and born family members will be there]. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever." (Revelation 22:1-5)

This is the purpose of the fruit of the Spirit, that they shall reign forever and ever.