Fruit of the Vine?

Baptism Stott

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control…’
Galatians 5:22-23a ESV

Jesus said, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” (John 15:4 ESV). Problems arise whenever we try to produce fruit of our own rather than bear the fruit that only the Holy Spirit can produce in us through our living connection with the ‘true vine’ Jesus (John 15:1) and under the careful cultivation of our heavenly Father. This first of three brief posts on the theme of the fruit of the Spirit comes from John Stott…

John Stott wrote… “Various attempts have been made to classify the nine qualities Paul lists. No classification is altogether satisfactory, however, and there is a danger of imposing an artificial one. Perhaps the simplest is to take them as three triads, which depict our Christian relationship first to God, next to others and lastly to ourselves.

“First our relationship to God: ‘love, joy, peace’. The Holy Spirit puts God’s love in our hearts, God’s joy in our souls and God’s peace in our minds. Love, joy and peace pervade a Spirit-filled Christian. Indeed, these may be said to be his principal and abiding characteristics. Everything he does is conceived in love, undertaken with joy and accomplished in peace.”

From John R W Stott in Baptism and Fullness

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Quality without the E?

Spurgeon

 

We waver between pride and wounded pride, with egos inflated or deflated, often depending on nothing more or less than whether we get our own way, whether we enjoy success on our own terms or not. Paul says (Romans 12:3) we should not think of ourselves more highly than we ought to think. How dare we imagine we may ‘walk in the light as (God) is in the light’? This final brief post on the theme of the Christian’s experience of walking in the light also comes from C. H. Spurgeon…

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 
1 John 1:7. ESV

Spurgeon says…. “But what does it mean that the Christian is to walk in light as God is in the light? We conceive it to import likeness, but not degree. We are as truly in the light, we are as heartily in the light, and we are as sincerely in the light, as honestly in the light, though we cannot be there in the same degree.

“I cannot dwell in the sun—it is too bright a place for my residence—unless I shall be transformed, like Uriel, Milton’s angel who could dwell in the midst of the blaze of its excessive glory, but I can walk in the light of the sun though I cannot dwell in it; and so God is the light. He is Himself the Sun, and I can walk in the light as He is in the light, though I cannot attain to the same degree of perfection, and excellence, and purity, and truth in which the Lord, Himself, resides.

“Trapp is always giving us the truth of God in a way in which we can remember it—so he says we are to be in the light as God is in the light for quality; but not for equality; we are to have the same light and as truly to have it, and walk in it as God does, though as for equality with God in His holiness and perfection—that must be left until we cross the Jordan and enter into the perfection of the Most High.”    

From Charles Spurgeon in a sermon delivered on Sunday morning, December 3rd, 1865, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington.

Sitting in the dark?

Spurgeon
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light,
we have fellowship with one another,

and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
 
1 John 1:7. ESV

Sometimes it’s good to just sit in the sun but if we just sit, we soon find ourselves in the dark.
This second brief post on the theme of the Christian’s experience of walking in the light also comes from Charles Spurgeon…

Spurgeon says ….

“I have no right to say I have the light of God unless I walk in it … The Christian, then, is in the light, and he is practically in it; his walk and conversation are regulated by the truth of God, by holiness, and by that divine knowledge which God has been pleased to bestow upon him. He walks in the light of faith, in another path than that which is trod by men who have nothing but the light of sense. He sees Him who is invisible, and the sight of the invisible God operates upon his soul; he looks into eternity. He marks the dread reward of sin, and the blessed gift of God to those who trust in Jesus, and eternal realities have an effect upon his whole manner and conversation—from now on, he is a man in the light, walking in that light.” 

From Charles Spurgeon in a sermon delivered on Sunday morning, December 3rd, 1865, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington.

WALKING in the Light?

Spurgeon

“So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”
James 4:17 ESV

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105).

“God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”
(1 John 1:5b).

This first of three brief posts on the Christian’s experience of walking in the light comes from C. H. Spurgeon….

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.  1 John 1:7. ESV

Charles Spurgeon preached…. “As soon as God the Holy Spirit begins to work upon the soul of man to illuminate him, he perceives at once his own sinfulness, he abhors that sinfulness, he labors to escape from it, he cries out for a remedy, he finds it in Christ; therefore, he no longer loves sin. He is not guided any longer by the darkness of policy, and selfishness, and error, but he walks after the light of the truth of God, of righteousness, of holiness, of true knowledge.

“God has brought him into His light—he sees now what he never saw before; he knows, feels, believes, recognizes what he never had known anything of before—he is in the light of God.

“Therefore, you constantly find the Christian called a child of light, and he is warned that he is of the light and of the day. He is told, “You are not of the night, nor of darkness.” “You were sometime darkness, but now are you light in the Lord: walk as children of light.””

From Charles Spurgeon in a sermon delivered on Sunday morning, December 3rd, 1865, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington.