The Fruit Of The Spirit: “Christ In You; Is He In You, Or Is He Not?”

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. (2 Corinthians 5:17). Consider being “in Christ.” With those words, we view the result of all of us whom, after we have been “born again/born from above.” Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23).

I have been saved. I am being saved. I will be saved. The salvation of the spirit, soul and body.

Each born again spirit finds its place indwelling the Spirit of the triune Father, Son and Holy Spirit; and the triune Spirit of Father, Son and Holy Spirit finds Himself dwelling each born-again spirit. Such a “born again” spirit begins experiencing eternal life with Father, Son and Holy Spirit, which is “eternal life without end.” At the time of our “new birth,” we have been saved. That is, our Spirit has been eternally saved from the penalty of sin…Our soul, which has not been born again, which will be affected by age and the temptations of Satan and sin, has not been born again, but will suffer the effects of age until death, and will face sin’s temptations until our mind, which is our soul, ceases to have life in our present body. At the time of the rapture of the church, which is the “catching up” of the born again believers in Christ (2 Thes 4:16-18), our souls will be joined with our spirits which have been “in Christ” ever since we were born again. Not until our body’s mortal death, or being caught up to meet Christ in the air, will our soul be free from the effects of sin, whether that may be immoral thoughts or decay of our minds. During our walk with Christ in this life we are “being saved.” Each day of our born-again life should be a life that more closely matches that of Christ, as we try to achieve “Christ-likeness.” Upon our death, we will have an awareness of our surroundings, just as we see in Luke 16:19-31, where Lazarus experienced comfort in the Presence of God. The unsaved rich man experienced torment in “Hades,” which is “the abode of the wicked dead,” and was separated from God’s peace and comfort. Believers in Christ who experience death have as their surroundings, “the Presence of God,” (2 Corinthians 5:8). But, in our every-day life, we are also in “the Presence of God.”… Our mortal bodies will feel the effects of sin and decay until we die. At the time of our death, our bodies will decay in the ground, or wherever that final internment may find itself. At the time of the rapture of the church, our body will be caught up into the air, will be changed into a glorified body which is imperishable, and will be joined with our soul and spirit (1 Corinthians 15:50-57/1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). At the time of the rapture, our body “will be saved” and will spend eternity with God (1 Thessalonians 4:17). Of course, the only way that we can have the promises of this discussion is for us to be born again and be spiritually, “in Christ.” Consider the following verses of scripture that discuss such an indwelling.

John 1:4-5 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (This verse speaks of the Light of Jesus covering the darkness of a world of mankind.)

1 John 1:5 New American Standard Bible (NASB) (God is Light) “This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.” (Unless we are born again, and become light, we can not indwell God. We are either, light or darkness. We can’t be a light bulb that is flickering on and off.”)

Colossians 1:27 New American Standard Bible (NASB) : to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (“Christ in you,” is a literal presence of His Spirit in our spirit).

Romans 8:1 New American Standard Bible (NASB) “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (If we have the presence of the Spirit of Christ indwelling our spirit, we are free from any condemnation that awaits those who do not have that literal indwelling of the Spirit of Christ in their spirit.)

John 3:3-8 New American Standard Bible (NASB) (Someone may want to know how the new birth happens.!” The following verses show that the new birth is caused by God’s Holy Spirit.)

3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus *said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

John 3:16-18 New American Standard Bible (NASB) (If a person has been born again, that person believes in Christ as their Lord and Savior. If a person believes in Christ as their Lord and Savior, that person has been born again.)

16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

1 Corinthians 1:18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)(The Wisdom Of God) “For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (Those who “are perishing” are people who have not been born again. Nothing of God’s saving power means anything to them.)

1 Corinthians 2:14 New American Standard Bible (NASB) “But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.” (A natural man is someone who has not been born again and filled with the Spirit of God. Such a person does not understand spiritual things because he doesn’t have the Godly influence of the indwelling Spirit of God within his spirit.)

Let’s consider how we are taught by God’s Holy Spirit.

John 14:16-17 New American Standard Bible (NASB) (The role of the Holy Spirit; the Helper is the Holy Spirit.)

16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world can not receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. 16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.

John 14:25-26 New American Standard Bible (NASB) (The Holy Spirit teaches believers in Christ)

25 “These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.

John 15:26-27 New American Standard Bible (NASB) (The Holy Spirit teaches His believers about the teachings of Jesus.)

26 “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me, 27 and you will testify also, because you have been with Me from the beginning.

John 16:5-15 New American Standard Bible (NASB) (The Holy Spirit judges and teaches the world through believers in Christ.)

5 “But now I am going to Him who sent Me; and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. 8 And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; 11 and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged. 12 “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.13 But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.

Galatians 5:22-23 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (When God’s Holy Spirit indwells our spirit we have every character trait of Jesus, which become our character trait.)

Scofield Study Bible Notes (From Scofield Study Bible, New King James Version; New International Version; English Standard Version)

Verse 22

“But The Fruit.”

Verse 22: Christian character is not mere moral or legal correctness, but the possession and manifestation of the graces of vs 22-23. Taken together they represent a moral portrait of Christ, and may be understood as the apostle’s explanation of 2:20, “no longer I … but Christ,” and a definition of “fruit in John 15:1-8. This character is possible because of the believer’s vital union with Christ (John 15:5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13) and is wholly the fruit of the Spirit. “Fruit” (singular), in contrast with “works” (plural verse 19) suggests that the Christian’s life in the Spirit is unified in purpose and direction as opposed to life in the flesh, with its inner conflicts and frustrations.

My comments.

When we are born again, born from above, through our born again spirit we are “in Christ,” with our spirit indwelling the triune Spirit of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Either we are fully “in Christ,” or not in Christ at all. Very simply stated, either we have “all of Jesus” or we have “none of Jesus,” indwelling our spirits. No “fence straddling” is seen anywhere in God’s Holy Word. Either, we have all of Christ or we have none of Christ. So, either we are “in Christ,” or we are “not” in Christ.

Consider the following verses of scripture that relate to “the fruit of the Spirit.” The fruit of the Spirit “is.” It is clear that, “it’s a package deal.”

Galatians 5:22

New International Version
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

New Living Translation
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

English Standard Version
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

New American Standard Bible
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

King James Bible
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith,

International Standard Version
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

NET Bible
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But the fruits of The Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, sweetness, goodness, faith,

GOD’S WORD® Translation
But the spiritual nature produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Jubilee Bible 2000
But the fruit of the Spirit is this: Charity, joy, peace, tolerance, gentleness, goodness, faith,

King James 2000 Bible
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

American King James Version
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

American Standard Version
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Douay-Rheims Bible
But the fruit of the Spirit is, charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, longanimity,

Darby Bible Translation
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, fidelity,

English Revised Version
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Webster’s Bible Translation
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Weymouth New Testament
The Spirit, on the other hand, brings a harvest of love, joy, peace; patience towards others, kindness, benevolence;

World English Bible
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith,

Young’s Literal Translation
And the fruit of the Spirit is: Love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith,

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