Rhapsody of Realities TeeVo Devotional 10th June – The Branch Bears Fruits

(You’re The Fruit-Bearing Part Of The Vine)

TO THE BIBLE: Galatians 5:22-23 NIV
“…The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

The capital letter “S” used for “Spirit” in the verse above is quite misleading to the original meaning of that verse.

Many have thought that because it’s a capital “S” then Paul must be talking about the Holy Spirit, but that couldn’t possibly be, because the Holy Spirit doesn’t bear fruits. There’s nowhere in the Scriptures that suggests that He does. The opening verse actually refers to the recreated human spirit, the spirit that’s born again.

Recall the words of Jesus in John 15:5 TLB, “Yes, I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in me and I in him shall produce a large crop of fruit. For apart from me you can’t do a thing.” The branches are the fruit-bearing part of a tree. Jesus didn’t say, “I am the vine and the Holy Ghost is the branch,” no. He said “YOU,” referring to the believing ones; we’re the fruit-bearing part of the Vine.

When Jesus uttered those words, He conveyed a deep spiritual truth showing us that, first, we have the same life as He does. Secondly, we have the same Name. This is indicative of a life of ever-increasing glory as you keep bearing fruits.

The Master also said in John 15:16 TLB, “You didn’t choose me! I chose you! I appointed you to go and produce lovely fruit always….” “Always” here means more than a one-off experience; it’s a life of limitless possibilities and unending productivity.

God wants your fruits to continually and consistently increase. Just as the farmer prunes his trees in order to harvest more fruits, so also the Lord prunes His body that it may bear more fruits (John 15:2). Hallelujah.

Go Deeper
Ephesians 4:22-24; John 15:1-5

I’m a member of the body of Christ, of His flesh and of His bones. I’m manifesting the fruits of the new creation life. Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance are products of my recreated human spirit. I live out the life of righteousness in Christ Jesus. Amen.

Daily Bible Reading
Acts 2:1-21, 2 Chronicles 5-7
2 Corinthians 1:12-24, Ecclesiastes 11-12

Spend time studying the fruits of the recreated human spirit in Galatians 5:22-23 and their meanings.

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