Ephesians 5:9 KJV
(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
The fruit of the Spirit, according to Galatians, is:
love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. Here we learn that this fruit manifests itself in three qualities:
It works as a light in that:
- All goodness,
- All righteousness and
- All truth
are evidences of the fruit of the Spirit.
- There is no true goodness except it is the fruit of the Spirit.
- There is no true righteousness except it is the fruit of the Spirit.
- There is no true truth except it is the fruit of the Spirit.
The forces of this world will deny this and point to goodness or righteousness or truth which proceeded forth from something other than God's Spirit.
First, who is man to judge what is good or righteous or true?
It is the very sin nature of man to take upon himself an authority belonging solely to God.
Second, the Spirit of God, for reasons of His own, is capable of and often chooses to work through people who would never credit the living God.
At least one reason I believe is to demonstrate His sovereignty over all. Another reason is to humble His own people lest they become pharisaical and self righteous.
Regardless of the denials of men this truth is still true; all goodness, righteousness and truth are evidences of the working of the fruit of the Spirit.