LOVE. The most powerful emotion, it has the power to build, the power to destroy in its absence. I was recently giving Galatians 5:22-23 a read, where the first Fruit of the Spirit is love; then I decided to give these verses a thorough study, and wow did God reveal some magnificent truths to me.
So for those who haven’t read the verses, here they are:
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Now When first reading this it all seems admirable, things that I should set as a goal to become more like and more of. Then I read it word by word, but, the, fruit. Nothing yet? Well I started to think, because there has to be a reason they are not called the fruits of the Spirit but the fruit of the Spirit?
So I looked up the word in the original greek, karpos, which can actually be singular, plural or collectively singular, the word fruit is the same in english. For example in the new testament:
Singular “Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit [karpos] of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby” (Heb.12:11).
Plural “They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits [karpos] in their seasons” (Matt.21:41).
Collective singular “And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit [karpos]” (Jas.5:18).
So here we can see all the possibilities. I found the above examples from a website, which goes into a lot of depth about this, however I will jump straight to the conclusion. In Galatians 5, the word karpos, fruit is to be interpreted as collective singular, although some say it is just singular. This doesn’t make sense though, as the verb “is” should be “are” but it isn’t, thus I have come to agree with this interpretation of collective singular.
So what does this mean?
Well it means we should read the above verse as “The fruit of the Spirit is love: joy, peace, longsuffering” and so on. This is important, as by my interpretation, it means the fruit of the Spirit following love are all encompassed in love, and this makes sense if we look at 1 Corinthians 13. So you still may not be convinced? Well I would hope not, because it means you are then just taking my interpretation of the word of God to be your own without first checking my interpretation against other scriptures! So instead of leaving you to go figure this out on your own, I am going to share with you what God has shown me, by means of a series of posts. Each post will cover one of the aspects fruit of the Spirit, and I will attempt to show you how scripture shows, that all aspects are encompassed in that first word, love, agape in greek, full, true love! So here begins our journey. I hope you learn the wonders of God’s word as He has shown me!