Friday, August 20, 2010

Galatians 5:22-23

"Galatians 5:22 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."


So often it seems the when the Apostle Paul makes a list of something, in this case attributes, he tends to be  descriptive rather than exhaustive.

4 comments:

Donners said...

What do you mean by comprehensive or exclusive?

( blogger had a rude word for word verification)

Luke said...

I probably should have written exhaustive, would that make more sense?

ish said...

No confined space in what Paul alludes to. He gives a sense or general direction of what God's Spirit would produce in our lives. That items on this list overlap in meaning gives support to the sense of being descriptive too.

John Tongue said...

Hi Luke,
You may well be right, and there probably will be other evidences of the "fruit of the Spirit" in believers' lives. The only caution I'd give against pushing this line too far, though, is the 'number' Paul uses. Usually, when he gives such a list, it's a list of a variety of different, distinct features or characteristics - eg Spiritual gifts (plural), or the like. However, in the "list" in Galatians 5:22-23, Paul is describing THE fruit (singular) of the Spirit, which happens to be the LIST he then outlines. This also cautions against people 'picking and choosing' which of these characteristics they see (or would like to see) in their lives. THE fruit of the Holy Spirit's activity in our lives is to produce ALL of these characteristics (and quite possibly more??) in us. This 'list' of features is then really equivalent to "the likeness of Christ".