On the cover – October/November 2023

Fruits of the Spirit

The Fruit of the Holy Spirit is a biblical term that sums up nine attributes of a person or community living in accord with the Holy Spirit, according to of the Epistle of Paul to the Galatians: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other (vv22–26 NIV).

Image: Grapes, By Rhiannon Evans

Grapes: The vine is a symbol for God’s providential care and steadfast love [faithfulness] toward his people. No plant is mentioned more times in the Bible than the grape vine and its products, chiefly wine but also raisins and vinegar. The grape vine was grown solely for its fruit; there is no other use for the vine in the Scriptures. Even the wood of the vine is worthless (Ezekiel 15:1–5).

Special text: I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5

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