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previous lesson we saw that every saved person has the Holy Spirit,
for if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his
(Romans 8:9). Not only does every child of God have the Holy
Spirit but each believer has experienced the "baptism."
This baptism, or placing into the Body of Christ, by the Holy
Spirit, accompanies salvation. I Corinthians 12:13 states: For by
one Spirit are we all baptized into one body . . .. The
baptism, administered to ALL the saved immediately, endows each
believer with at least one of the gifts found in Ephesians 4, Romans
12, and I Corinthians 12. The gifts are not for a select few who
"strive" or "work" in order to appease God for
spiritual favors. Never! Are ye so foolish? having begun in the
Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? (Galatians 3:3).
Instead, the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to
profit withal (I Corinthians 12:7), and . . . all these
[gifts] worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to
every man severally as he will (I Corinthians 12:11).
Believers are not commanded to seek any gift but instead the Giver -
the blessed Holy Spirit.
because He divides to every man as He wills, one gladly accepts His
choice of gifts for his life. If one feels his gift is unimportant,
remember that we are all members or parts of Christ's body and . . .
those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are
necessary (I Corinthians 12:22). Fingernails and toenails may
seem to be inferior parts of one's body, but what problems one
encounters without them. So every member has his place of importance
in Christ's body.
in the gift God has given you and do not seek another's gift. You
might be out of place if the Holy Spirit wants you to be a finger
instead of an eye. Likewise, you may be out of order when you seek
the gift of faith and the Holy Spirit wants "helps" for
your lifelong gift. Whatever the gift, every believer has at least
see, there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there
are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are
diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh ALL
IN ALL (I Corinthians 12:4-6). Praise God, it is He who works ALL
THE GIFTS and IN ALL. All that God requires is that every believer
use his gift to the best of his ability. To do so will bring great
reward at the Judgment Seat of Christ. Disobedience in administering
the gift will bring loss of rewards (II John 8).
move now to the teaching concerning the filling of the Spirit. The
"baptism" and the "filling" are two distinct
things. The baptism is a once-for-all experience which places the
believer into the Body of Christ. Since the Holy Spirit is God and
all-knowing, He makes no mistakes as He places the saved into
Christ's body. If He did make mistakes, and members of the Body of
Christ were eventually removed, there would be a mutilated,
amputated, disfigured atrocity in eternity. Instead, every true
believer is "baptized" and "sealed" into that
Body by the Holy Spirit unto the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30).
there is only one "baptism," there are many "fillings."
Ephesians 5:18 states: . . . be filled with the Spirit. The
literal Greek declares: Be being filled which implies a
continuous process. Every believer needs it, as much as his
fuel-guzzling automobile needs gas, in order to run efficiently for
Christ. The baptism produces the gifts but the filling enables one
to minister the gifts spiritually. Though all have gifts, not all
are spiritual. Thousands today who claim "the gift" are
carnal because they are not being filled daily by the Spirit.
prove this from I Corinthians 13:1-3: Though I speak with the
tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity [love], 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, and have not charity, l am nothing. And though I bestow
all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be
burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
gifts are mentioned in these three verses: tongues, prophecy,
knowledge, faith, and helps. They can all be ministered in a state
of carnality. One is not spiritual because of tongues, prophecy,
knowledge, faith, or helps. Why? Because it takes the fruit of the
Spirit to minister the gifts spiritually.
carefully: Love is Number One on God's listing in Galatians 5:22 as
the fruit of the Spirit. This is the same love of I Corinthians 13
that suffereth long, and is kind;
that envies not; that vaunts not itself and is not puffed up; that
does not behave itself unseemly, that seeks not her own, that is not
easily provoked, that thinks no evil, that rejoices not in iniquity,
but rejoices in the truth; that bears all things, believes all
things, hopes all things, endures all things
have this fruit? You may speak in tongues and be mean, or you may
have the "gift of faith" and be cantankerous. You may be a
"helper" in the vineyard and do nothing but cultivate
poison grapes for other Spirit-filled believers.
says even though one prophesies, preaches with power, or has the
gift of knowledge and faith and has not love, the "gifted"
one is nothing in God's eyes. And even though one "helps"
by giving his all for the poor or being burned to death and has not
love, he will end up with nothing at that day when God's rewards are
distributed for service. You see, it is the fruit of the
Spirit that counts. The gifts can be ministered without the fruit.
fact, the gifts can be duplicated by Satan. The present situation is
sometimes similar to Moses' day when the devil's magicians
counterfeited the miracles of God's servant. Do not take my word for
it but look at the statement of the Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew
7:22: Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not
prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in
thy name done many wonderful works? They manifested the gifts of
prophecy, discernment of spirits, miracles, plus helps or works. But
Christ never knew them (verse 23). Since "never"
means never, they manifested the gifts without being saved. They did
not possess the "fruit" of the Spirit but were workers
of iniquity. Let's seek the fruit of the Spirit to minister the
gifts. This will produce godliness and holiness.
Fruit of the Spirit
believer needs a daily infilling of the Spirit in order to live a
spiritual life. No believer has ever reached the place where he does
not need to walk by means of the Spirit, for when we walk in the
Spirit, we shall not fulfill
the lust of the flesh
(Galatians 5:16). The nine words describing this fruit
are: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
meekness, and temperance (Galatians 5:22). These represent
superhuman qualities which the flesh could never produce. Only God,
the Holy Spirit, is able to make mortal beings act this way. No
human can duplicate, nor devil counterfeit, the fruit of the Spirit.
It is the only way to be like Jesus, for someone has well said:
"Galatians 5:22 is the shortest biography of Christ ever
written." Only the "fulness of the Spirit" can make
one like Jesus. The term fruit is singular, meaning that all
nine graces form the fruit. The Holy Spirit does not produce a few
of these but usually all nine when one is Spirit-filled. They are:
This is not the romanticized or sexual love of the street or of
society's rebels. It is the divine love that is shed abroad in our
hearts by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). It makes one love the
lowly, the unlovely, and the unclean. It makes one love members of
another race or denomination. It does not look down upon those
whose gifts differ.
Corinth this love was missing and the gifts became a source of
competition among the "spiritually elite." That is why
Paul said in I Corinthians 13:1: Though I speak with the tongues
of men and of angels, and have not charity [love], I am
become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
presence of gifts is not the evidence of the Spirit's filling. You
may have gifts, but prophet, miracle worker, helper - do you have
the fruit? This is where Satan can fool and deceive us. He
can imitate the gifts mentioned in I Corinthians 12, 13 and 14, but
he cannot imitate or produce the fruit of the Spirit. Do not
misunderstand - I am not against gifts, but gifts prove nothing. The
real evidence is found in the fruit one bears as he ministers the
that we might be filled with all the fulness of God (Ephesians
3:19). This Holy Spirit produced love makes us love others. Beloved,
let us love one another: for love is of God . . . (I John 4:7).
Do you have the real evidence of the Spirit's filling? It is
described in I Corinthians 13:4-7: Love suffers long, and is kind;
love envies not [or is not jealous]; love vaunts not itself
[boasting about its gifts]; love seeks not its own; is not easily
provoked; thinks no evil; rejoices not in iniquity but rejoices in
the truth; love bears all things; believes all things; hopes all
things and endures all things. The world is waiting to see this
evidence. Get filled and show it to them. Don't split churches
arguing about superior gifts, but manifest the love that proves one
has the Spirit's fruit.
in line is JOY.
Joy is not the superficial happiness that springs from sports or
television, for happiness depends upon happenings. Instead, it is
the joy of the Lord which
is one's strength
(Nehemiah 8:10). It is a contentment in times of suffering, sorrow,
and even death. It is joy unspeakable and full of glory (I
also fills the minds and hearts of those who are Spirit dominated.
This is not peace with God that accompanies salvation (Romans 5:1)
but the peace of God, which passeth all understanding
(Philippians 4:7). This peace produces a sublime calm of heart
and mind in spite of every disturbance, heartbreaking circumstance,
or adverse condition and glorifies God before an unsaved world.
within a believer is a quality that only the Holy Spirit can
produce. It is the opposite of impatience. It cannot be produced by
members of Adam's race but must be wrought within a Christian by
God. The Lord God, [is] merciful and gracious, longsuffering,
and abundant in goodness and truth (Exodus 34:6). This is why
the ungodly receive countless opportunities to be saved, for: The
Lord . . . is longsuffering to us-ward, not will ing that any
should perish, but that all should come to repentance (II Peter
3:9). This same attitude may be the believer's portion, for God
strengthens us with all might, according to his glorious power,
unto all patience and longsuffer ing with joyfulness (Colossians
1:11). We are to walk with all lowliness and meekness,
withlongsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavouring to
keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians
4:2,3). Yes.... be patient toward all men (I Thessalonians
5:14). How are you doing? Do you have the real evidence of the
Again, this is a fruit from God, for . . . the wisdom that is
from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be
intreated . . . (James 3:17). Paul could also say: .
. . we were gentle among you . . . (I Thessalonians 2:7).
Bickering, fighting, fussing church members forget that the
servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men (II
Timothy 2:24). Do you have the fruit? Remember, it cannot be
attained by human effort or by imitation, but only as a direct
filling by the Spirit.
is produced at salvation and made to bloom in one's life as the
Spirit fills a believer. Jesus said: . . . none is good . . .
(Luke18:19). Paul said: . . . there is none that doeth good,
no, not one (Romans 3:12). Men talk about doing good, and it is
only egotism seeking praise. However, the Spirit within produces
real goodness toward others.
in this listing, is actually faithfulness. Lamentations
3:23, speaking about God, states: . . . great is thy
faithfulness. This same faithfulness in a Christian may become
a daily reality. One does not have to be up and down spiritually.
God's faithfulness, wrought in a Christian by the Spirit, can make
him faithful daily.
is the hardest fruit to possess, for as soon as we think we have
it, we've lost it. However, let it be remembered that meekness does
not consist in pretending to be less than one really is, but rather
when one does not pretend to be more than he really is. Again, the
flesh cannot generate meekness because it is only puffed-up flesh.
It takes the filling of the Spirit to put on meekness
is self-control. The term speaks for itself and, praise God, the
Holy Spirit produces it in those who have the fulness of the
seen that God demands a high and holy standard of life, but He has
also provided the means to produce it .. . . Walk
in the Spirit, and ye
shall not fulfil the
lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16). Let's begin seeking the
fruit instead of gifts. Gifts are for all, but the fruit - though
for all - may only be realized by those who grieve not the Spirit
(Ephesians 4:30), quench not the Spirit (I
Thessalonians 5:19), and then walk in the Spirit (Galatians
5:16). In simple terms, one must turn from all known sin to a daily
reliance on the Holy Spirit if he is to evidence the fulness and
fruit of the Holy Spirit. Why not begin today?
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Testaments; the Trinity of the Godhead; the creation of man by the
direct act of God; the fall of man and his need for redemption; the
Deity, incarnation and virgin birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus
Christ; His vicarious atonement for the sins of mankind by the
shedding of His blood on the cross; the resurrection of His body
from the tomb; His ascension into heaven; His personal, imminent
return; the Deity of the Holy Spirit; justification of the believer
by grace through faith; a literal devil who is our adversary; a
literal heaven for the redeemed and a literal hell for the lost; the
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itself; and the requirement of implicit obedience to the expressed
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