The Holy Spirit and Fruit of the Spirit*
The last preparation which Jesus Christ made before His ascension was to instruct His apostles about the coming of what we call Pentecost, the day on which the Church was founded. With the establishment of the Church, the promise of the Father was given. Acts 1 states these events.
The Church was given great ability with the coming of the inherent power of the holy spirit. Before studying the Word of God to see what is meant by the holy spirit, let us first clarify the difference between the Giver, Holy Spirit, and the gift, holy spirit.
At this point a law is involved. God cannot give mashed potatoes and gravy or books or houses. God can only give that which He is. Since God is Holy Spirit, He must give this as His gift. On Pentecost He gave holy spirit. The same words are used in the critical Greek text and in the Aramaic; and these texts have not differentiated between the Giver and His gift. That is where the confusion has come in. God is Holy Spirit with a capital H and a capital S; His gift which was given on the day of Pentecost was pneuma hagion which is holy spirit and should always be translated with a lower case h and a lower case s. God gave what He is-Holy and Spirit; His gift is the power from on high, holy spirit.
Since this gift is spirit, it cannot be seen, heard, smelled, tasted and touched. How then can I know by my senses what I received when God put His spirit in me and made me a being of body, soul and spirit? From God's Word. God's Word tells me what I have received and then I deliberately put it in my mind and begin to act on the knowledge of His Word. As I act, I see the manifestations of the spirit in the senses world.
The Holy Spirit gives one gift to a receiving believer, but this one gift has nine parts or manifestations. There are no more and no less than nine manifestations of the spirit. These are set forth in I Corinthians 12.
The gift from the Holy Spirit was given on Pentecost and is readily available in our times as it was to the apostles for we all belong to the Church of God. The gift comes with an individual's acceptance of Christ as his Lord according to Romans 10:9. The book of Acts and the Pauline Epistles are constantly making reference to the power of the holy spirit or else demonstrating the power which those men of God knew they had. The reason we see so little (if any at all) manifesting of the spirit today is that we have never been taught. We have the gift, holy spirit, but the manifestations must be operated by us; and this most believers know nothing about.
The manifestations are divided by their usage into three groups: (1) inspirational manifestations; (2) power impartation manifestations; (3) informative manifestations. The characteristics of the manifestations suggest the names. The following will be a brief definition of what the nine manifestations do for those who operate them.
It is urgent, if we are going to have the power which Jesus Christ made available, that we study God's Word and begin evidencing the nine manifestation of the holy spirit.
The gift, holy spirit, is not the fruit of the spirit spoken of in Galatians 5, just as fruit is not a manifestation or a gift. Fruit is the result of the manifestation of the spirit. First a person has to receive spirit and then he has to manifest the power of the spirit in the senses world that finally the fruit will be produced.
If we have been born again and are manifesting the gift of the holy spirit, we are producing love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. Our evidencing the fruit of the spirit indicates the quality of our Christian walk.
With the knowledge of our sonship rights and having the renewed mind combined with the operation of the manifestations of the holy spirit producing fruit of the spirit, we are certainly more than victorious.** We certainly can be powerhouses! We need not wait any longer for we have the power to manifest the more abundant life now.
* Wierwille, Victor Paul, Power for Abundant Living, chapter 25. American Christian Press, New Knoxville, Ohio. 1979.
** Wierwille, Victor Paul, Receiving the Holy Spirit Today. American Christian Press, New Knoxville, Ohio. 1977.
For the Glory of God and Accuracy of His Word