Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Fruit of the Spirit, 1of9


~ The First Listed Fruit Is Love ~

Overview Scripture  ~  “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them” (Ephesians 5:8-11).   

Series Scripture  ~   “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.  Against such there is no law.  And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22-25).  It is important to note that while this passage lists nine fruits of the Spirit it is not a complete list—which includes “all goodness, righteousness, and truth” as seen above in Ephesians 5.

Comment  ~   Maybe the reason love is listed first in this list of nine fruits of the Spirit is that it is the absolute key.  If you truly have love the other listed fruits will become a natural outgrowth.  Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35). 

Natural Man  ~  The key question is do you love darkness and despise light?  “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19).


~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW blog.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

3 Sources of Redemption


~ 3 Fundamental Truths That Work Together ~         

In the first chapter of 1 Peter we find three aspects of our redemption working together on our behalf. Each is correlated to one of the members of the triune God we serve. 

The Context  ~  Living the daily Christian life as God would have us to live it!  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:3-5). Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, ‘Be holy, for I am holy’” (1 Peter 1: 13-16).

Redemption By Blood  ~  And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one's work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Peter 1:17-19). The shed blood of the Son of God on our behalf!    

Redemption By Power  ~  He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God” (1 Peter 1:20-21). The power of God, the Father, on our behalf!  

Redemption Through the Word of God  ~  Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the Word of God which lives and abides forever” (
1 Peter 1:22-23).  The Word of God quickened in us through the Spirit of God on our behalf!

Every child of God should understand the working of our magnificent God on our behalf. 

~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW blog.
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