Fruit of the Spirit (Goodness)

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT – GOODNESS
(Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC)

INTRO – TODAY WE WILL CONTINUE ON WITH THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT DESCRIBED IN GALATIONS 5:DID YOU EVER SAY “SHE IS A GOOD WOMAN OR HE IS A GOOD MAN.” WHAT DID YOU MEAN BY THAT? THE GREEK WORD ??????????? IS PHONETICALLY PRONOUNCED agatho?sune? IT OCCURS 4 TIMES IN KJ NEW TESTAMENT: ROM_15:14, GAL_5:22, EPH_5:9, 2TH_1:11. GOODNESS IN THE BIBLE IS A VERY, VERY WORTHY TRAIT. ACCORDING TO GEORGE WOOD IN HIS BOOK “LIVING IN THE SPIRIT”, GOODNESS DESCRIBES A PERSON IN WHOM THERE IS NO DETERIORATION, DECAY OR ROTTENNESS. THE GOOD PERSON IS CLEAN AND WHOLESOME. (MORALLY SPEAKING) WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET. AS WE LOOK AT THE NT REFERENCES IN CONTEXT I THINK THAT WE WILL SEE THAT THERE IS ANOTHER DIMENSION TO GOOD:

ROM 15:14 (KJV) AND I MYSELF ALSO AM PERSUADED OF YOU, MY BRETHREN, THAT YE ALSO ARE FULL OF GOODNESS, FILLED WITH ALL KNOWLEDGE, ABLE ALSO TO ADMONISH ONE ANOTHER.

ROM 15:14 (NIV) I MYSELF AM CONVINCED, MY BROTHERS, THAT YOU YOURSELVES ARE FULL OF GOODNESS, COMPLETE IN KNOWLEDGE AND COMPETENT TO INSTRUCT ONE ANOTHER.

EPH 5:8 -11 (KJV) FOR YE WERE SOMETIMES DARKNESS, BUT NOW ARE YE LIGHT IN THE LORD: WALK AS CHILDREN OF LIGHT: 9 (FOR THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS IN ALL GOODNESS AND RIGHTEOUSNESS AND TRUTH;) 10 PROVING WHAT IS ACCEPTABLE UNTO THE LORD. 11 AND HAVE NO FELLOWSHIP WITH THE UNFRUITFUL WORKS OF DARKNESS, BUT RATHER REPROVE THEM.

2TH 1:11 12 (KJV) WHEREFORE ALSO WE PRAY ALWAYS FOR YOU, THAT OUR GOD WOULD COUNT YOU WORTHY OF THIS CALLING, AND FULFIL ALL THE GOOD PLEASURE OF HIS GOODNESS, AND THE WORK OF FAITH WITH POWER: 12 THAT THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST MAY BE GLORIFIED IN YOU, AND YE IN HIM, ACCORDING TO THE GRACE OF OUR GOD AND THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.

GOODNESS INCLUDES GENEROSITY THAT SHARES WITH THOSE IN NEED. ROM 12:9-16 (ESP VS 13). GOODNESS CAN ALSO EXPRESS ITSSELF IN MENTORING, TEACHING, INSTRUCTION AND DISCIPLINE, EVEN REBUKE THAT IS GENTLE, NOT HARSH.

BARNABUS IS AN EXAMPLE OF GOOD MAN USED BY GOD IN ACTS 11:19 – 24.

2PE 1:5 USES A RELATED WORD THAT IN THE KJV IS TRANSLATED VIRTURE BUT IN NIV IS TRANSLATED GOODNESS REGARDING MAKING OUR CALLING AND ELECTION SURE: “FOR THIS VERY REASON, MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ADD TO YOUR FAITH GOODNESS; AND TO GOODNESS, KNOWLEDGE; 6 AND TO KNOWLEDGE, SELF-CONTROL; AND TO SELF-CONTROL, PERSEVERANCE; AND TO PERSEVERANCE, GODLINESS; 7 AND TO GODLINESS, BROTHERLY KINDNESS; AND TO BROTHERLY KINDNESS, LOVE.”

 

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