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Galatians, Chapter Five, Lesson Four

THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT           Page 6
V.23 (Cont'd.)

** Is it important for a Christian to bear fruit?

Absolutely, it is our defining characteristic. cf. John 15:8 "...you shall bear much fruit..."

** At this point, let's try to answer the question that was asked at the beginning of today's study. How does the Holy Spirit of Christ make His presence known in the life of a Christian?

By producing His fruit in their thoughts, words and deeds. That is why John the Baptist said to the hypocritical Pharisees and Sadducees, "Therefore bring forth fruit in keeping with repentance" (Matthew 3:8)

V.24 ** As he begins to wrap up his thoughts, what kind of person is Paul describing in verse 24?

A Christian, we do not belong to ourselves but to Jesus Christ. cf. 1Corinthians 6:19-20

** What have Christians done according to this verse?

We have "...crucified the flesh with its passions and desires." cf. Galatians 2:20 and 6:14

V.25 ** How practical is all this talk about the Holy Spirit producing His fruit in my life? What possible difference should it make to my everyday decision making process?

If [or since] I am alive by the Spirit, I should want to be controlled by that same Spirit.

V.26 ** Well, what if you are thinking that you agree with all of this? In fact, you even think that you have
got your spiritual act together and are producing fruit all over the place. What warning does Paul
leave us with?

Don't get over confident, in fact put no confidence in your flesh at all! Boastful confidence will only produce the failures of challenging and envying one another.
cf. Galatians 6:1 and Proverbs 16:18

EXTRICATE

** Which three groups of sin did Paul address today?

1) Sexual
2) Religion
3) Human Relationships

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