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Subject: Christian Religious Studies
Topic: The Fruit Of The Spirit (Gal 5:19 – 25, Acts 2:38, Romans 10:9-10)
Lesson Objectives: At the end of the lesson, learners should be able to:
i. Distinguish between the fruit of the spirit and that of the flesh,
ii. Identify whether their conduct is in consonance with the fruit of the spirit or the fruit of the flesh.
Fruit in the biblical concept refers to human conducts. Fruit of the spirit are godly conducts and those of the flesh are ungodly.
The Fruit of the Flesh (Gal 5:19 – 21)
Apostle Paul admonished the Galatian Christians to walk in the spirit so as not to fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lust against the spirit and the spirit against the flesh. The flesh is contrary to the spirit. The works of the flesh are against the law of God. He listed the works of the flesh as adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envying, murderers, drunkenness, reveling and so on. Anyone that does any of these things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
The Fruit Of The Spirit (Galatians 5:22 – 25)
The fruit of the spirit are those conducts that are godly. Every Christian attached to Jesus produces good fruits (conducts) such as love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. The fruit of the spirit encompassed the ten commandments. Christians are expected to bear good fruits as they have been crucified with Jesus. The flesh with the affection and lust are already crucified, they should learn to live in the spirit and also walk in the spirit.
How To Bear The Fruit Of The Spirit (Acts 2:38, Romans 10:9 – 10)
The following are steps to bearing of the fruit of the spirit.
i. Repentance from sin
ii. Salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.
iii. Baptism in the name of Jesus
iv. Gift of the Holy Spirit
v. Abiding in Jesus Christ
Lessons To Learn
The Bible is clear on the conduct God wants from His children, they are clearly listed. As Christians, we should not allow the pressure of peer group make us to indulge in the works of the flesh which lead to hell. Rather, we should strive to have and manifest the fruit of the spirit that brings peace from God and inheritance of His kingdom.
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Take a quick test for this lesson
i. Distinguish between the fruit of the spiirt and that of the flesh
ii. Enumerate the process of bearing the fruit of the spirit.
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