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This is a Biblical study on Fruit.    Click here for a printable Bible Study Guide.

 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

 


What is Fruit?

Fruit is what is produced from a source.

There are many different fruits listed in the Word of God.

 

Fruit can be included in four main categories: 

1)  Plant fruit is all fruit produced from a plant - the fruit tree, the fruit of the trees, the fruit of the ground, the fruit of the land, the fruit of the earth, the fruits of the valley, the fruits of the field, the fruit of the vineyard, the fruit of the vine. 

2)  Offspring fruit - Children are the fruit of the womb, the fruit of thy body, the fruit of his loins.  Calves are the fruit of cattle.

3)  Fruit from humans - The results and effects of what we do, the fruit of our doings, the fruit of our mouth, the fruit of our lips, the fruit of our hands, the fruit of our doings, the fruit of the stout heart, the fruit of our thoughts, the fruit of lies, the fruit of my labour.  

4)  Spiritual fruit of God.  The fruit of the Spirit of God, the fruit of righteousness. 

 


Why fruit?

Why call it fruit, why not call it something else?

The Holy Bible, the Holy Scriptures were written for all mankind, not just a few.  God knew exactly how to word every verse so that everyone could understand.

Fruit was used because everyone has seen fruit, tasted fruit, knew how fruit grew, how it was harvested. 

Fruit is not a mystery to anyone.  It grows if it is cared for.  It needs pruning.  It needs water and nourishment to grow.  It is harvested.  It can be devoured by insects and other animals.  It can be tasty.  It can be bitter.  It can be wonderful.  It can be rotten.

Our God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33).  God uses language that all people can understand.  Even a child can understand fruit and even a child can understand God's word.

Our Lord God is perfect in all His ways, especially in the Words He chooses to explain Himself to us, explain His love for us, explain His salvation for us.

 


What are the rules of fruit?

Before we continue discussing fruit there are some rules of fruit that must be clarified and remembered, that pertain to all fruit.

 

Fruit is dependent upon its source.

Fruit is what is produced from its source.  An apple tree yields apples, a pear tree yields pears, a peach tree yields peaches, a fig tree yields figs, etc.

In order to live, to grow, fruit must be attached to something alive.

If the tree is diseased the fruit will be diseased.  If the tree is bad the fruit will be bad.  If the tree is dead it will not bear any fruit.

The condition of the fruit is dependent upon its source condition. 

For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Luke 6:43

Just as a good tree will not produce bad fruit, a bad tree cannot produce good fruit.

The rule of fruit is that all fruit produced is dependent upon its source, meaning fruit cannot be different from its source. 

An apple tree cannot produce figs, because the source determines the fruit produced. 

The fruit does not determine its source, but the source determines the fruit. 

 

Fruit is the product

The fruit is not first, the fruit is second to its source.  The fruit comes from the tree, the tree was first.  The tree is first and then the fruit.

Fruit is produced from a source.  Fruit is not independent.  Fruit does not just appear, it is grown from its source.  The fruit of all things is from something. 

Fruit is the product of something, not the source of itself.  

There is a source (apple tree) and there is fruit (apple fruit).  Without the apple tree there can be no apple fruit.  The apple is not the tree, but is the fruit from the tree.  If there is no tree there is no fruit.  The tree yields fruit, the fruit does not yield trees.

 

Fruit is the same as its source

An apple tree produces apples.  An apple can only be produced by an apple tree.  An apple tree will not and cannot produce corn.

The fruit produced tells you what is its source.  You can be certain it is an apple tree if its fruit are apples.

The fruit of all things will be the same as its source.  The fruit of cattle can only be cattle.  Cattle will always produce other cattle.  Cattle cannot produce monkeys.

 

Every source is known by its fruit

The fruit is the same as its source and is known by its source.  You can know it is an apple tree, because we picked an apple from that tree. 

For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. Luke 6:44

We know it is an apple tree because we can see the apples.

 


How do the rules of fruit apply to me?

Based on the word of God, human beings have two bodies:  one natural body and one spiritual body (1 Corinthians 15:44).   We are flesh and spirit.  We have a body of flesh and we have a body of spirit.

Human beings have basically two types of fruit:  1)  Fruits of the flesh from our natural body, and 2) Fruits of the spirit from our spiritual body.

Just as we know it is an apple tree, because we picked an apple from that tree, God says that people are known the same way, by the fruit that we produce - good or bad.

A healthy vibrant tree will produce good fruit, and cannot produce diseased fruit.  A diseased tree will have diseased fruit.  A diseased tree cannot produce good fruit because it is diseased.

Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Matthew 7:17-20

God tells us that a corrupt wicked person produces corrupt wicked fruit.  A corrupt person cannot produce good fruit, because they are corrupted.

A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. Matthew 12:35

 


What is the fruit of the Spirit?

The fruit of the Spirit of God is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.  The fruit of the Spirit of God is in all goodness and righteousness and truth.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Ephesians 5:9

We are to seek the good things of God.  We are to pursue and wholeheartedly seek the things of God.  We are instructed by the word of God to be careful what we seek, what we put into our hearts and into our minds.  We are to think on the things of God, not what is in this world.  We are not to focus on our problems or the cares of this world, we are to be and remain ever focused on Christ Jesus.

We are to concerned and committed to take on the fruit of the Spirit of God, in every way, in every situation, every day.

 


Who has the fruit of the Spirit?

 

People who abide in the Spirit of God by salvation have the fruit of the Spirit.  

Do not be deceived:  Without abiding in God you cannot have the fruit of the Spirit of God.  The fruit of the Spirit of God is produced by God and shown to the world through His faithful children.

The fruit of the Spirit is not automatic, we must purposefully seek God, learn from God, abide in God to produce the fruits of the Spirit of God.

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. John 15:7

Without being attached to the vine no one can bear fruit.  Jesus Christ is the vine, we are the branches, the children of God.

 


What kind of fruit do I have?

Every person bears fruit.  Our lives, the effects and results of our lives is our fruit.

God tells us that every human being produces fruit, either good fruit or bad fruit.

Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Matthew 7:16-20

The word of God is very specific as to what kind of fruit you have.

God tells us that we are known by our fruit (Matthew 7:16).  People know who we are by seeing your fruit, by their fruits you shall know them (Matthew 7:20).

 


What different kinds of fruit do we have?

 

The fruit of our lips and mouths

The fruit of our lips and mouths is what comes out of them.

Good words, song, praise, thanksgiving, blessing, whistling, humming are the fruit of our lips and mouths.

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. Hebrews 13:15

The fruit of our lips and mouths is also bad words, evil words, wickedness, blasphemy, lies, cursing, condemnation, deceit, gossip, slander, vanity, pride, murmurings, hatred, bitterness, arguing, anger, complaining.

 

The fruit of our thoughts

Our thoughts are our unspoken words.  The fruit of our thoughts are our unspoken words.  The fruit of our thoughts can be good or evil.

The Word of God teaches us that sin is not necessarily a physical act, but sin can be thought or acted out in our mind.

All unrighteousness is sin (1 John 5:17), regardless if it is performed physically by us or performed in our minds. 

 

The fruit of our doings

The fruit of our doings are the results of our life, the good and the bad. 

We all have a choice in this life to either live for God or live for our self.  We will all stand before God one day and give an answer for how we lived our life.

Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right. Proverbs 20:11

This is not some great mystery, even a child is known by his doings.  Even a child knows when they are being good or bad, and so does everyone around them.

Our actions, the things we do, how we live our lives, are the product of who we are and what we believe, and are based on our belief and trust, or lack of belief and trust, in God.

If we believe and trust in the God of the Word, we will live our lives to God, for God, loving God, according to His word, because we know Him personally and love Him.

If we don't believe and trust in the God of the Word, we will live any way we want, because we don't know Him.

 

The fruit of our own way

People who reject God, choose their own way.  God promises all who choose evil over good, will eat of the fruit of their own way and be filled with their own devices (Proverbs 1:31).

People who do evil bring evil upon themselves.  God wants everyone to share in His love, to be blessed by Him, but He does not force Himself on anyone.  God loving, gently, and mercifully calls every person to Him.  God does not want anyone to perish, die without Him (2 Peter 3:9).  God calls all people to Him so that He can give them His love and His eternal life (John 3:16). 

Many people choose their own way, they refuse the eternal life of God.  God does not promise to call you forever.  There is a point in time that He will let you alone, you will be left to eat the fruit of your own way, the life you chose apart from Him.

Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. Proverbs 1:31

The end of sin is death.  If you live your life to sin, living in sin every day of your life you will die in sin, in the life of sin that you do.

DO NOT BE DECEIVED, God promises that the result of a life lived in sin is death for all people, the wages of sin is death.  No one is exempt from the word of God (Romans 6:23).

You will receive eternal life based on your life lived now, today.  Who you attach yourself to now - today, will be who you are attached to after you pass from this life.  Unless you abide in Jesus Christ today, now, in this life, you will not abide in Him after you pass from this world to the next.   Your god in this life will be your god in the next.

 

The fruit of our hands

The fruit of our hands is our work, the fruit of our labor.

God is the Creator of work.  Working was created by God.  In the beginning, God worked, He created the heavens and the earth, the universe and all that is in it, all the land, the animals, the plants, the oceans, mankind, everything was created by the work of God.

God's works enabled us to live.  The works of God are all around us.  Every day we benefit from the works of God.

As an example, God continually works and He expects all His creation to work.  Every living creature that God created is capable of work and God expects nothing less.

If you want to be more like God, then work.  This is not a mystery, but a fact since the beginning of time.

It is no secret that working is necessary for our physical and mental well being.  Our human bodies require exercise to function properly.  Immobility causes all kinds of problems to the human body.  Our human minds require mental stimulation to function properly.  Working is required for living life as God intended.

God also created rest.  God mandated that we rest every week to refuel our body and our minds.  Rest is required for every creature God created, including man.  God balanced His work with rest, and God wants us to do the same.

 


How are we fruitful?

In order to be able to bear good fruit for God we must first be saved.  We cannot bear righteousness without first being made righteous through the operation of God called salvation.

We are fruitful when we are faithful to God.  No one is faithful by knowing God's word, but we are faithful by doing God's word.

We must be followers of God, we must walk in love, we must say no to sin, we must not partake in sin with the world, we must walk as children of the light, proving what is acceptable to God, we must not go along with evil people but choose to remain separated to God, we are to walk in God's wisdom not in the foolishness of this world, we must seek God and seek His will and do His will.

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;  And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. Ephesians 5:1-2

Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: Ephesians 5:6-8

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 5:10-12

Abstain from all appearance of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:22

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:15-17

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Ephesians 5:18

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Ephesians 5:19

Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Ephesians 5:20

Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Ephesians 5:21

 


How are we unfruitful?

If we do not have any fruit we are unfruitful.

He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. Matthew 13:22

And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. Mark 4:19

And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful. Titus 3:14

For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:8

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Ephesians 5:11

 


How long are we to be fruitful?

All the days of our lives we are to be fruitful.

Because we love God we remain fruitful all our lives. 

 


How can we remain fruitful?

Fruit does not remain on the plant forever.  Fruit must be harvested so new fruit can grow.  Branches that do not bear fruit are cut back, so that the plant can grow more fruit.  There is a harvesting process of collecting the good fruit and there is a pruning process of cutting off the dead branches and vines that do not produce fruit.

When we maintain good works, live in faith, work out our salvation every day, we can remain fruitful.   

To produce fruit we must be connect to the vine.  We remain fruitful by remaining connected, joined, attached to Christ Jesus, our vine, our life.

Jesus Christ is our vine that we attach ourselves to in order to produce good fruit, fruits of righteousness.  Just like the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, we cannot bear fruits of righteousness without being attached to our vine, Jesus.

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.  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. John 15:4-6

When we separate ourselves from God and the things of God it is impossible for us to bear fruit.

Quench not the Spirit. 1 Thessalonians 5:19

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;  And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.  For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:4-8

 


What causes unfruitfulness?

 

And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. Mark 4:19

When we depart from God, get caught up with the cares of this world, instead of remaining in Christ, we become unfruitful.

Things can block God from our lives, if we let them.  We must purposefully seek God.  We must purposefully pursue the things of God.  We must remain in a relationship with God to remain fruitful.

Unfruitfulness is caused by our distraction from God and His Word.  

 


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