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The Fruit of The Spirit is... (Fesko)

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Evangelical Press

Every Christian should desire to manifest godliness and the fruit of the Spirit. Yet too often we try to achieve it by mere good intentions and efforts to pull ourselves up by our moral bootstraps. Such attempts always fall short of spiritual reality.  Godliness should be a defining characteristic of Christians, so how does one obtain it?

In this fascinating work John Fesko shows us that godliness comes through the work of the Holy Spirit and manifests itself as the fruit of the Spirit. We do not produce this fruit on our own, but rather Christ through his Spirit produces it in us.
As he looks at Paul's famous fruit of the Spirit passage in Galatians 5, the author shows that this work of the Spirit is not merely a New Testament idea, but is written throughout the pages of Old Testament history, from creation, the Exodus, through the prophets, to the fulfilment of promised blessings in the work of the Lord Jesus. When this fruit is displayed in our lives, God is fulfilling ancient promises of redemption through Christ and the Spirit and we are experiencing and manifesting the very things God promised over 2,500 years ago.

In the midst of our sin-darkened world today, Jesus continues to create anew his kingdom, where those who trust in him will manifest this holy and righteous fruit. This work will continue, until one day it fills the entire earth.


Dr J. V. Fesko is Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Seminary, California. He earned a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. He also received a Master of Arts in Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and a B. A. from Georgia State University. He was the church planter of Geneva Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Woodstock, Georgia, from 1998 to 2004, before serving as pastor from 2004 to 2009. Dr Fesko is married to Anneke and they have two sons.


"John Fesko encourages us to pursue godliness in this insightful examination of the fruit of the Spirit. This little book is no narrow study of Galatians 5:22-23, however, but a thoughtful and practical exposition of godliness in relation to Christ, the Spirit and the Old Testament. If you desire to be more holy - and you should - this book will help." - W. Robert Godfrey, President, Westminster Seminary, California

"'Reformed Christianity is great on doctrine, weak on the Christian life.'  One sometimes even hears this caricature in our own circles. After reading this book, you'll think otherwise.  United to Christ through faith, we are not only justified but are bearing the fruit of that faith--the fruit of the Spirit.  The gospel is big enough to handle our sanctification, too!  This is a wise and devotional work, full of life-changing truth for believers at every stage.  It's not only to be read, but to be digested in prayer and thanksgiving." - Michael Horton, Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California