Stage Seven "Witness"
This is day seven of the blog series, “Ten Days Through The Stages of Life.” The series is intended to bring us through the Ten Stages of Life as defined by God’s word through Complete Peace. God has given His people the map, the Bible, to their journeys and we are here to facilitate its reception. God has been gracious enough to give His people His word written in their language to read, meditate on, and receive in His truth that transforms their lives into what He has designed them to be from the foundation of the world. The person of God lives on the Stage of Life they are experiencing until they finish all Ten Truths of the Stage; then, they live in that Stage while they are on the next Stage until they complete its Ten Truths. Complete Peace is, “Drawing a court case for God and painting a portrait for His people.”
The Seventh Stage of Life, the true life in God, is the Stage of Witness and is found in the “Fruit of the Spirit” in 1 Corinthians. The Fruit of The Spirit is a single gift that God has given to His people which manifests itself through nine aspects. It is what gives evidence of and to God’s people in the results of their lives.
The Fruit of the Spirit is simply defined as the production of God through His people.
The first Truth in the Stage of Witness is the fruit of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit manifesting itself through God’s people bears witness to Him just like the fruit of a tree bears witness to itself. An apple tree bears apples, and God’s people bear God’s fruit. The one true God produces His fruit through His people.
The second Truth in the Stage of Witness is Love. Love is the first and most important of all the aspects of the fruit of the Spirit. It is what causes His children to forsake idols, be filled by God, and fulfills all the Law. Love never fails.
The third Truth in the Stage of Witness is Joy. God’s joy filled people have His power to change the world; because they are living beyond the temporary distractions of the world in His joy filled state. God’s people’s joy is in Him and exudes through them.
The fourth Truth in the Stage of Witness is Peace. Peace is found in God’s righteousness; therefore, the fruit of peace is His righteousness coming through His people. The peace received and flowing through His people is God’s people’s eternal rest.
The fifth Truth in the Stage of Witness is Longsuffering. Longsuffering is possible because of the rest received in God. The realization of being an eternal being allows God’s people to understand situations differently than the human mind can. There is no more need to respond quickly to a situation which requires patience. God’s longsuffering mercy flows through His people to honor Him.
The sixth Truth in the Stage of Witness is Gentleness. Gentleness is produced by longsuffering and is defined as the state of being free from unrighteous harshness. Unrighteous harshness is being angry without a cause. Jesus said, “That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment:” The fruit of gentleness removes His people from this judgment.
The seventh Truth in the Stage of Witness is Goodness. The definition of goodness is the quality of being good. Jesus said, “Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.” Jesus did not say He was not good; He told the man that he had just called Him God. God’s gentleness produces goodness and gathers others through His people; because they know God is in them and is being shown through them.
The eighth Truth in the Stage of Witness is Faith. God’s faith in His people produces not only works that Jesus did, but even greater works because He went to our Father. Faith shows God has it all under His control and allows His people to live the life He sent them to live without worrying about the outcome.
The ninth Truth in the Stage of Witness is Meekness. Once faith is operative in His people’s lives, they can possess meekness which is God’s power flowing through His humbled people. Meekness gives them the abundant life separated from the world and outside of their own ability; thereby showing the world who He is.
The tenth Truth in the Stage of Witness is Temperance. Temperance is God’s restraint of His people. This restraint expounds their lives into the state of being joined with Him more intimately. This newly found relational revelation of the intimacy sets them freer in God’s restraint than anyone without it. Temperance is the aspect of the fruit that completes the fruit of the Spirit.
The Fruit of the Spirit begins in love, the greatest of all things, and is completed in temperance, God keeping His people in His path. This loving guidance brings His people through their journeys and displays Him for the world to see. Being God's witnesses opens God's people into a deeper understanding, and they are one Stage of Life closer to receiving Complete Peace in Earth.