|Galatians 5:23 |
23 Gentleness (including meekness and humility), and self-control (mastery of sensual appetites, passions, and desires). Against these there is no law.5 [After you have mortified and crucified your sinful nature on the inward cross of self-denial, you receive the fruit of the spirit. Then you are no longer subject to the law because then you are led by the Spirit. Rom 8:14, Gal 3:25, 5:18. The law has dominion over a man until his death, Rom 7:1, which death occurs when he has been crucified, Rom 7:6,Gal 2:20; as the next verse emphasizes.]
5 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace (quietness and confident trust forever), patience (including longsuffering, steadfastness, and perseverance), kindness (including morality and integrity), goodness, faithfulness, gentleness (including meekness and humility), and self-control (mastery of sensual appetites, desires, and passions). Against these there is no law. To receive the fruit of the Spirit, you must have mortified and crucified your sinful nature on the inward cross of self-denial. Until you have produced the fruit of the Spirit, you are under the law; until fruit, you do not have freedom from the law. To produce fruit is the mark of the true follower of Christ; the mark of the true disciple. To produce fruit, you must abide [remain, live] in Christ's word and light, and Christ must remain in you. When you produce much fruit you bring glory to the Father. Until you produce fruit, you are subject to being thrown into the fire of Hell at death. Until you have produced the fruit of the spirit, you must obey the law that is in every man's heart, which includes the moral core of the outward law, as supplemented by all the commands you receive directly from the Lord speaking to you as you wait on Him in humble silence. After your selfish spirit has been crucified on the inward cross of self-denial to then receive the fruit of the Spirit, then all your thoughts, words, and deeds are prompted and commanded by God; then you are no longer subject to the law. From the Word of the Lord within: "There are no laws when you are under complete control of the spirit; you walk in love in obedience as prompted — you don't walk in restricted flesh. Until you witness receiving faith from Christ, you are under the law."
The receipt of this level of faith within the receipt of the fruit of the Spirit is:
- the faith that comes, Gal 3:24, to free from the schoolmaster, Gal 3:25
- the faith that results in you being led by the Spirit, Gal 5:18
- the faith that imputes righteousness to you, Rom 3:22
- the faith that allows you to walk by faith rather than by sight. 2 Cor 5:7
- the faith that is a mystery held in a pure conscience. 1 Tim 3:9
- the faith that is revealed. Gal 3:23
- the faith that is authored and perfected by Jesus. Heb 12:2
- the faith that is the gift of God. Eph 2:8
This faith is not the faith that everyone assumes they have by believing in Jesus; but by persistent listening to Him and believing what He says, you will produce fruit and receive faith then.