Fruit of the spirit

Presented by: Pastor Lynden on August 6, 2017.

Fruit and all agricultural products are used throughout the Bible as metaphors of life sustaining and uplifting blessings of God. Following are some selected examples.

Genesis 1:29 King James Version (KJV)

29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

Beginning with the Creation, God provides food for Adam and Eve in the form of fruit.

Deuteronomy 28:4 King James Version (KJV)

4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

With the covenant of Moses, God requires faithfulness to his words as a condition of the continuing fruitfulness of Israel. The covenant is our protector.

Deuteronomy 28:11 King James Version (KJV)

11 And the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers to give thee.

God promises to bless the fruit of our bodies.

Deuteronomy 28:1 King James Version (KJV)

28 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:

We must diligently listen to the voice of the Lord.

Nehemiah 10:35 King James Version (KJV)

35 And to bring the firstfruits of our ground, and the firstfruits of all fruit of all trees, year by year, unto the house of the Lord:

The Jews returning to Jerusalem from Babylon were required by law to bring the first fruits of their land to the temple. But under the new covenant, we are free.

You’ve got the seed of freedom already inside of you. You’re free to give as much or as little as you want. You’re also free to receive as much or as little as you want. But this still works. Because in Genesis, God put the rainbow in the sky as a symbol that he would not destroy the earth by water again, but he also said it is a covenant that as long as the earth shall remain, seed time and harvest.