The great difference between Jesus’ teaching and others is that His words are Spirit and Life. They have within them the capacity to produce supernatural fruit. He told his followers: “If ye abide in me and my words abide in you , you shall ask whatever ye want and it shall be granted unto you.”
He taught them that as followers, they were to be “as their master,” and expected the Holy Spirit to fully take up the role of leading them into all truth in that his physical departure would be to their advantage.
What would it look like if we were to be as He is, in this world?
The nine virtues of the Spirit describe the perfection of Jesus’ character. They are called the fruit of the Spirit.
Jesus taught the disciples that a tree is known by it’s fruit and a character is known by it’s deeds.
The nine virtues or expressions of the fruit of the Spirit are: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness, and Self Control.
All these expressions of the divine nature exist in you because the Spirit of Christ dwells in you.
This is the divine nature in every person born from above… to minister Christ is in practical terms, to impart supernatural grace in…
•Love to the unlovely
•Peace to the fearful or frustrated
•Joy to the sad and depressed
•Patience to the driven
•Gentleness to the rude
•Goodness to the undeserving and selfish
•Faith to the doubting and uncertain
•Meekness to the haughty and proud
•Self Control to the hasty, impulsive, unthinking
You cannot only minister these virtues, but you can, and indeed must partake of them for yourself. This is one of the powerful ways disciples ‘put on Christ.’
As believers we can “partake of the divine nature” and draw life from the very presence of “Christ in you the hope of glory.”
There is sufficient divine provision in the indwelling Holy Spirit residing in you to cause every weakness and human character trait, fault, ignorance and tendency to be overcome.
By abiding in Jesus’ words and letting his Spirit abide in us, we can be the solution to problems around us. You are called to be an “Able Minister” of the New Covenant. Thus, the disciple can minister the character of Christ.