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Spiritual Fruit and Gifts

Galatians 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.”

1Corinthians 12:7… “But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for what is profitable. For to one is given the word of wisdom..to another…[and] to someone else…”

Church age believers have a significant advantage, even over Old Testament believers, in that the Holy Spirit actually takes up residency in the believer’s physical body (1 Cor 3:16 and 6:19  as well as other verses.)

Through this indwelling, all believers receive the “fruits of the Spirit” as listed in Galatians 5:22 – love, joy, peace etcetera.

Additionally, all believers receive a special combination of “gifts of the Spirit” as described in a number of verses including 1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12, Ephesians 4, and 1 Peter 4. These gifts include, for example, administration, discernment, prophecy, interpretation of languages, wisdom, faith, helps, teaching, serving, evangelism, pastor, encouragement, giving, and mercy.

As believers, we should be aware of the distinctions between fruits and gifts, understand which gifts we possess, and more importantly, walk worthy in fulfillment of those fruits and gifts as part of our sanctification process and witness to the world.

Galatians 5:22 lists the nine fruits of the Spirit, that all believers receive, as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12, Ephesians 4, and 1 Peter 4 list various gifts of the Spirit which are individually combined and given to each believer. These gifts include administration, discernment, prophecy, interpretation of languages, wisdom, faith, helps, teaching, serving, evangelism, pastor, encouragement, giving, and mercy.

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"It wasn't a potential atonement actuated by the sinner, it was an actual atonement initiated by the savior."

John MacArthur

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