The apostle Paul says that we are light, and we are to “walk as children of light” (Eph 5:8). Then, in the very next breath he says, “For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness…” This thus signifying that “light” is equal to bearing the fruit of the Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance (Gal 5:22-23).
We become the children of light when we have His Spirit abiding in us, bearing the fruit of the Spirit. Light is what makes something known; therefore, God will be manifest in us when others see and experience His love, joy, and peace coming through us. We are the light of God when we have the fruit of the Spirit because others will see God in us.
We bear this spiritual produce when we abide in the Savior Christ. We are commanded by the Savior to “abide in me,” and let me abide in you. Let my Spirit live and flow through you. Then you will bear much fruit (John 15: 4-5). Much love from above, joy, and peace will flow down from Him by His Spirit within us and out to others.
How Does His Spirit Abide in Us?
Yes, we are told by the Savior to let the Spirit of God come and flow through us. But how does this happen? Is there something that we, His children, need to do to effect this? How will His abiding presence come into us so that we can bear this fruit of His Spirit?
The Savior Jesus (Yahshua) makes a conditional promise to us concerning this. “If a man love me, he will keep my words…” (John 14:23). Good things will come to the man who loves the Son of God. Loving Him will mean he will obey his words and what He tells us to do. “If you love Me, keep my commandments”. If we do this, then He will give us the Spirit! And the Father “shall give your another Comforter; that He may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth…for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you” (John 14: 15-17). This is the Spirit of God coming down into us!
He just said, those that love Him will keep His commandments. “He that hath my commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loves Me” (John 14:21). The person that loves the Son of God understands just what He requires of him, just what He wants him to do. This person that loves the Son of God will comprehend what this pre-requisite is before we can receive the in-dwelling Spirit.
What exactly are these commandments that Christ wants us to keep?
The first new thing that He commands us to do is, “Believe Me.” Real simple. Not complicated. Even a child can comprehend this. He is saying, Believe Me when I tell you about my relationship with the Father. “Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me.” That is a command. Those of us who take this to heart and do it will receive His Spirit in a reality and bear much fruit of the Spirit.
He did not request mythic gargantuan tasks to prove that we love Him. He merely gives us a simple command: “Believe me that I am in the Father and believe me that the Father is in Me” (John 14:11). We are to believe that He was in the Father’s will, heart and mind, soul and body. And we are to believe that the great Spirit Father, Yahweh Himself, was walking around doing the great miraculous works through Christ!
That’s it in a nutshell. That is what the book says. This is worshiping God in spirit and in truth. This is the truth: The Father dwelt bodily in the man Christ Jesus (Yahshua) of Nazareth. “For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily” (Col 2: 9)…”He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father…I and my Father are one…God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself…”
There is so much riding on this. If we get this one, then the gates of heaven will open, and we shall be the recipients of His very Being in our bodies! He goes on, “He that believes on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works shall he do!” (John 14: 12). Because the Father will be abiding in us, too! HalleluYah! This is how we get the Father to come down and live in us: we must first believe that the Father was dwelling fully in the Son of God.
We get this right and great joy, great peace, and great love will come down through us and on out unto the world. Believing that the Father walked around in the Son of God and did the works is the first step in us receiving the Father and having Him walk around in our bodies here on the the earth. It will be He loving others through us. He will be touching others with peace and joy.
Christ goes on and confirms it again: “If a man love me, he will keep my words; and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (Jn 14:23). This is how the Spirit will come down and abide in us.
“He that abides in Me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit…” Much love, joy, peace and all the rest, coming down and through us to the love-starved world. This is how we glorify the Father–that we bear much fruit of the Spirit (John 15: 8). These fruit-bearers will be His disciples.
Once the belief has begun–belief that the Father is in Christ fully–then “whatsoever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” We now have confidence to ask for more of His presence, more of His Spirit, so that it can be channeled out to others who need to know that God is real.
In this way the light of God’s Spirit will shine so that all men can be drawn to God. “If I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto Me.” We are then to “let your light so shine that others may see your good works and glorify your Father (which is walking inside of you, doing the works).
Why is this so difficult for us to comprehend? It is because of the old leaven, the old teachings about the Father and Christ taught by the false prophets and teachers throughout the centuries. They have made it mysterious and difficult to understand God through subtilty, lest our “minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (II Cor 11: 3). Kenneth Wayne Hancock