Spiritual Fruit and the Fruit of the Spirit

As I was working on a Bible Study today, I ran across the concept of the difference between spiritual fruit and the fruit of the Spirit. We can find a clear description of the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22 and 23 (“22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” New American Standard Bible). These nine qualities or characteristics give us a fairly clear picture of what the Bible calls the fruit of the Spirit. When Jesus said in John 15:8 “”My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples”, I believe He had something more in mind than just the fruit of the Spirit. Of course, Jesus certainly meant for us to possess and demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit as listed in Galatians 5:22 and 23. However, I am convinced that He also expects us to bear spiritual fruit. To understand spiritual fruit, I think we need to look at the parable of the sower in Matthew 13. The Bible seems to give us the answer to what Jesus means when He speaks of spiritual fruit when He explains the parable and says in Matthew 13:23 “23But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” Spiritual fruit seems to speak of the fruit produced by receiving the Word of God (the Gospel), understanding it and then allowing it to yield “fruit” through us. Just as the Holy Spirit produces fruit IN us, the Gospel should produce fruit THROUGH us. When we hear (believe) and understand the Gospel, we should be about the business of sharing the Gospel and that will produce spiritual fruit!


~ by brotherfaron on April 8, 2015.

4 Responses to “Spiritual Fruit and the Fruit of the Spirit”

  1. SO, If we seek and absorb spiritual fruit, then the spirit of fruit will follow. Thanks for this thought-provoking blog. Definitely gives me food for thought and meditation.

  2. I assumed the two fruits were the same. Time to pray and dwell on this new information.

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