“Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.” – Romans 12:9-13
LIGHT FOR NOW: When we got saved, we were born with love.
In our previous studies, where we examined Paul’s words in Ephesians 4:31-32 and Ephesians 5:1-2 which in context, Paul was referring to walking in love, it has come to the fore that love is the believers’ nature. Hence, a vital fact we’ve established is that when a believer realizes his nature, then to walk in love becomes exhibiting that nature and not observing or obeying rules and regulation. Thus, in the love walk, a vital fact is recognition. Let’s observe Paul’s letter to the Galatian church in Galatian 5 because in Galatians 5, Paul used the word “love” with respect to the believer, it reads “But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodnews, faith,” (Galatians 5:22). The word “fruit” here used 66 times in the New Testament is the word “karpos” in Greek; it could mean actions, nature, deeds, and results. Notice, Paul did not say “fruits”. Hence, the term “fruit of the spirit” will imply “the product of” or “the result of the spirit”. Therefore, the question that comes to mind is, what “spirit” is he talking about? In context of the same letter, Paul says in chapter 3 verse 2 and 3 of Galatians, “This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” The phrase “hearing of faith” refers to salvation; hence, why in context he echoed in Galatians chapter 1 verses 8 and 9 “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed”. Thus, the believer received the spirit when he/she heard and believed in the gospel at the point of salvation. Two things are seen here in Galatians 3:
- Received the spirit (verse 2)
- Having begun or to be alive in the spirit (verse 3)
In our subsequent studies, Paul’s words in Galatians 5:22 will come to the spotlight. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Precise understanding of your nature is vital if you must walk in it; so value that precise understanding.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for your spirit which dwells in me at the point of salvation; therefore, I walk in the spirit which is my nature, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: Your thoughts, words and actions are influenced by what you know.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GALATIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: GALATIANS CHAPTER 5