The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT
Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – PATIENCE #6
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]
The Birth of John The Baptist Foretold
Luke 2:25-32 (NLT) says, “25 At that time there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him 26 and had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 That day the Spirit led him to the Temple. So when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required, 28 Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying, 29 “Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace, as you have promised. 30 I have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared for all people. 32 He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and He is the glory of your people Israel!” When Herod was king of Judea, there was a Jewish priest named Zechariah. He was a member of the priestly order of Abijah, and his wife, Elizabeth, was also from the priestly line of Aaron.
Luke introduced another person who would be divinely told of the Messiah’s arrival and who would confirm the baby’s identity. Simeon was spiritually in tune with God: righteous, devout, expecting the Messiah to come. He had all his life held on to God’s promise of a coming Deliverer, so through the Holy Spirit, God promised that Simeon would not die before seeing the Lord’s Messiah.
When Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the Temple to present Him to the Lord (Luke 2:22), Simeon was there – having been led by the Holy Spirit to be at the Temple on that particular day. God was ordaining this meeting, in keeping with His promise to Simeon (Luke 2:26).
Mary and Joseph arrived in the Temple to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required. This obedience to the Old Testament law is mentioned several times in Luke. It points out our Lord Jesus’ credentials as one who obeyed the law, even from birth, because His parents did exactly as they were commanded. At the Temple, Mary and Joseph met an old man who took the baby Jesus in his arms and praised God. The Holy Spirit led Simeon to recognize this baby as the Savior.
Simeon’s song is often called the “Nunc Dimittis,” the first words of its Latin translation. Simeon praised God that He had done what He promised. Luke, writing to Gentiles, pointed out that from the very beginning God’s plan was to offer salvation to all people – Gentiles as well as to Jews.
On 1 John 3:2-3 says, “2 Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but He has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like Him, for we will see Him as He really is. 3 And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as He is pure.
Let’s observe and meditate on 1 John 3:2-3 > Not sometime in the future, not when our Lord Jesus Christ returns, but already believers are God’s children. Yet God’s people have a future, as John further explained that we can’t even imagine what we will be like when our Lord Jesus Christ returns. Christians have been born into God’s family, and they presently enjoy God’s kindness and blessings through Jesus Christ. But in the future they will also fully share in His glory. We as Born-Again Christian believers don’t yet know the specifics, but we do know that when He comes we will be like Him. This hints of what this future glory will be like. Our Lord Jesus Christ will be revealed and His people will be like Him, for we will see Him as He really is. The Greek word for “see” involves more than a merely physiological occurrence; it means “perceiving,” “recognizing,” even “appreciating.” In order for people to truly know each other – to see each other as they really are – they have to share similar experiences. Therefore, in order to see our Lord Jesus Christ as He really is, we as Born-Again Christians must experience the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings. This was Paul’s aspiration.
Because Jesus Christ lived without sin (He was pure), believers will keep themselves pure. To be pure means to be morally and ethically free from the corruption of sin. This is an ongoing cleansing process, beginning at rebirth and continuing until the day our Lord Jesus Christ returns. The more pure His people become, the clearer will be their view of our Lord Jesus, who is pure through and through. God also purifies Christians, but they must take steps to remain morally fit (see 1 Timothy 5:22; James 4:8; 1 Peter 1:22)
On Philippians 3:7-14 NLT says, “7 I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. 8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ 9 and become one with Him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with Himself depends on faith. 10 I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised Him from the dead. I want to suffer with Him, sharing in His death, 11 so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!
Pressing toward the Goal
12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
As a runner straining toward the finish line, Paul pressed on to reach the end of the race and receive the prize. While Paul didn’t identify the prize, it seems from his writing above that the prize refers to gaining full knowledge of Jesus Christ (see also 1 Corinthians 9:24; 2 Timothy 4:7-8). Paul aimed to win the prize, but all who finish the race win it as well. The full knowledge of Christ is the final prize for which believers gladly lay aside all else.
For this prize, our Lord Jesus Christ Jesus is calling us up to heaven. Some think this refers to the rapture; others say that it means the call to be saved; still others connect it to the high purpose or high vocation of Paul as apostle. Yet because of Paul’s use of the metaphor of athletic games, it seems more natural to understand the “call” as the calling of athletes up to the winner’s stand. Thus, the heavenly call is the summons to win the victor’s prize of salvation.
Let’s meditate and ask the Holy Spirit to guide, lead, and gives us the wisdom to apply these Scriptures in our lives. Amen!
I hope and pray that we will understand how God thinks and sees us when He created us all.
God bless you all.