2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
The Bible says when you are saved you become a new creation, or God did a creative act inside you and gave you a new nature (2 Cor. 5:17; 2 Peter 1:4). God puts His nature in you, and that Godlike nature is who you really are, it’s the life of Christ in you. This new nature has these characteristics or expressions: love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. The fruit of the spirit listed here are the fruit of the spirit in a Christian. It’s called fruit because they manifest visibly like fruit. They are recognizable like fruit on a tree and fruit on a tree cannot be imitated. A tree is either bearing fruit or it isn’t.
I like to call them the Christian’s new nature or character traits or characteristics of the new nature in you. We can say, “because Jesus lives in me, my new nature is one of love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.” The nine fruit of the spirit listed here are really a picture of Jesus in His true character in us. The Father’s plan is for our character to grow up in Him in all things. Jesus came not just to die for us but also to show us how to live, and He wants our life to reflect love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.
If you are in Christ you’ve received a new nature. As you walk by that new nature, it prompts these characteristics, and at the same time cancels the old nature’s characteristics. For every human character weakness, there is in the new nature of a Christian nine corresponding Christ like character traits potentially available. These are strengths potentially available for every natural weakness so no one has to stay the way they are. Every drug addict, alcoholic, murderer, adulterer, fornicator, unclean person can be transformed. The potential for change is in you in Christ so no Christian needs to stay the way they are in the areas of their life that are not Godly or Christ like.
If there’s a new nature, the potential for fruit is there, but it’s not automatic. We must:
1. Remain in fellowship with God by staying in His Word and staying out of sin (John 15:1 8; 1 John 1:9).
2. Grow in knowledge which gives us power to choose right and not wrong (Col. 3:10).
3. Do things that deposit or sow spiritual life to our new nature (Gal. 6:7 9), like reading, studying, meditation in the Word, prayer, worship, praise, fellowship at church and involvement in serving God.