Let’s talk about fruit. There’s fruit in the bible right? There are dates, figs, grapes, olives and others. And fruit is used in figures of speech like as in “be fruitful and multiply” and fruit of the spirit. Fruit is referenced and talked about a lot in the bible. Why is that? Why is fruit so important?
What Exactly is Fruit?
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Fruit is the reproductive part of a plant. Most fruit bears its own seeds within itself. When planted, it grows and multiplies bearing even more fruit of the same kind. Fruit is also known as something desirable for being sweet, tasty, healthy and good for you. Fruit, when used as a figure of speech, is known as a result, an outcome or profit like “fruit of your labor” or progeny (children) like “fruit of your loins”.
The first usage of the word “Fruit” goes back to the first book of the bible in the first chapter, Genesis 1:12 “And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.” Notice that this happens on the 3rd day of creation. That marks it with a spiritual significance of being “complete”.
The first time God uses fruit as a figure of speech is found 10 verses later in Genesis 1:21-22
21) “And God created great whales, and every living creature that moves, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
22) And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
Notice that this happens on the 5th day of creation. That marks it with a spiritual significance of “divine grace”.
The Biblical Definition of “Fruit”
Fruit is complete in itself and by grace it multiplies
creating an endless loop of perpetual sustainability
when it is within a perfect environment
God sees this perpetual motion as good,
meaning that it meets his approval,
and He blesses it.
The first commandment given to Adam and Eve in the Book of Genesis 1:28 was to "be fruitful and multiply." That by the way is the second usage of the word “fruit” as a figure of speech (denoting that it is established) used on the 6th day of creation because it refers to mankind. (I love numbers in scripture! God’s word always fits together like a hand in a glove!)
Originally, in Paradise before the fall, everything started out spiritually blessed and God gave mankind only 6 commandments to live by: Interesting to note there are 6 commandments as that is the number of man. Those commandments are:
(1) To be fruitful and multiply replenishing the earth (with a new order - man); (Gen 1:28)
(2) to subdue the earth to human uses; (Gen 1:28)
(3) to have dominion (control) over the animal creation; (Gen 1:28)
(4) to freely eat of herbs and fruits of every tree in the garden; (Gen 1:29)
(5) to take care of the garden; (Gen 2:15)
(6) to not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil; (Gen 2:16)
Five positive commandments of grace, one singular unique negative commandment; 5+1= 6 the number of Man.
What Really Happened to Adam & Eve?
Now that we know fruit is used literal and figuratively, God said man can eat fruit from every tree of the garden... real fruit, i.e. Food. And then he goes on figuratively and says in contrast to the physical food, concerning their spiritual food, do not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, because eating something makes it a part of you that is irreversible.
You can’t eat something and then un-eat it. Even if you throw it up right after you swallowed it, digestion already began and some of it made it into your system, integrating with your cells, becoming a part of you. It’s even worse with a thought or idea that you eat, meaning listen to and consider and make a part of your thinking.
That’s why God says to not eat of the spiritual fruit that comes from knowing good and evil. Don’t even make a small piece of it a part of you. Why? Because in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die! God did not go into any long explanations; he just plainly stated the outcome.
Did God know what He was talking about? Let’s find out…
Did Adam and Eve die? Well, they did not drop dead right there on the spot physically, but spiritually they died immediately. Remember the context. That verse is about spiritual food. They died spiritually. They dropped spiritually dead right there that very second. They also lost their eternal life and eventually physically died about 900 years later.
When Adam & Eve "ate" the forbidden fruit, what they really did was consider the temptations and lies that Satan was telling them and made his lies part of their thinking. For maybe only a moment, they wondered and visualized what it might be like to live the lie that the serpent described.
That was the moment they lost their divine connection with God. Adam and Eve lost their innocence, became separated from God and were exiled from the Garden of Eden where they were forced to work the land under less than desirable conditions in order to survive. Things suddenly became very difficult for them.
They now know what “good” is by the loss of it
through the knowledge of evil.
What exactly is this fruit that they ate that killed them spiritually and completely ruined the remainder of their natural lives?
The fruit of the knowledge evil is also described as the “Works of the Flesh” i.e. human nature devoid of God. "The works of the flesh" are called "the unfruitful works of darkness" in Ephesians 5:11.
“Be Fruitful and Multiply” Works for Evil Fruit Too
In other words, "the works of the flesh" do not produce a valuable or desirable fruit. "The works of the flesh" are the evil fruit of the evil tree. They bring forth no blessings and no real benefits but they do increase and multiply when planted and grown.
The works of the flesh are listed in Galatians 5:19-21
19) “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these;
Adultery [one person married but having sex with someone else],
Fornication [having sex and not being married to each other],
Uncleanness [morally impure, evil, vile, unlikable],
Lasciviousness [indicating sexual interest or expressive of lust or lewdness],
20) Idolatry [the worship of idols, excessive or blind adoration, reverence or devotion to anything other than God],
Witchcraft [practicing magic using demonic powers],
Hatred [intense dislike or hostility],
Variance [bitter conflict, fighting]
Emulations [resentment against a rival, a person enjoying success or advantage],
Wrath [vengeance or punishment as the consequence of experiencing fierce anger],
Strife [struggling together in opposition of each other],
Seditions [rebellious disorder],
Heresies [divisions in religious communities],
21) Envyings [close to jealousy, a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another's advantages, success, possessions],
Murders [the intentional killing of another human being],
Drunkenness [intoxication, in this case alcohol but can include any mind altering drug],
Revellings [partying hard, indulging in loud boisterous festivities for no apparent reason],
and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”
The root of all conflict, regardless of the outward cause, is always found somewhere in the fruit of the flesh. The root of all that is good is always found in God through the Gift of Holy Spirit.
This gives great insight into people. Do you want to know the truth about what is in a person’s heart? Don’t listen to what they say, don’t watch what they do. But rather pay close attention to what develops around them. What kind of fruit is multiplying in their life? Is it of the Fruit of the Spirit or the Works of the Flesh?
It’s like what Jesus Christ said in Matthew 7:20, “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”
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Daniel Sweet is the founder and President of God's Word First and is a leading expert on the Gift of Holy Spirit. As an ordained minister, biblical scholar, humble follower and faithful teacher, he and his wife Debbra Sweet have been instrumental in helping many people come to the knowledge and truth of God’s Word. Affectionately known as the "Rock and Roll Pastor" due to his previous vocation as a professional musician and award winning recording artist , he is widely known for his lively sense of humor, his fun loving attitude and openly candid opinions. Daniel Sweet is also a published author on the subject of Leadership, an investor and an entrepreneur owning several small businesses.