Can Someone Be Saved And Not Have The Fruit Of The Spirit?
the chapter about True Joy in Should You RUN
From Jesus Always it states that all believers have the
Holy Spirit, thus all believers have the fruit of the Spirit. Is this
a true statement. Yes. It is based on the following scripture.
1 Corinthians 12:13 tells us there is one Holy Spirit and all believers
were baptized into one body, and all have the same Holy Spirit.
For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether
Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to
drink of one Spirit.
In Romans 8:9 scripture tells us that, if someone does not
have the Holy Spirit, they are not saved. In other words, all true
Christians have the Holy Spirit.
But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not
belong to Him.
And Ephesians 1:13-14 states that the Holy Spirit is given
as a pledge of our inheritance in that we are sealed
in Him. He could not promise to be the seal of our salvation,
meaning the guarantee of our salvation, if we do not receive the Holy
Spirit the moment we are saved.
In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the
gospel of your salvationhaving also believed, you were sealed
in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge
of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of Gods
own possession, to the praise of His glory.
These, as well as other scripture, teach that all believers possess
the Spirit the moment they are saved.
Since joy is one of the fruits of the Spirit, if you have saved,
you have that fruit of the Spirit. So, if you do not have joy, then
there is the possibility that you have no foundation... you are not
saved. The book Should You RUN From Jesus Always recommends
doing as scripture commands... test yourself to see if you are in
the faith. Several ways to test yourself are provided in the book.
However, some believers say there is another option: you are saved
, but do not have the Holy Spirit. This belief is based on scripture
they feel shows that believers do not receive the Holy Spirit the
moment they become a Christian. Receiving the Holy Spirit comes later
and may require actions such as the laying on of hands. This comes
from Acts 8:12 & 15-17:
But when they believed Philip preaching the good news about
the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were being
baptized, men and women alike.
Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received
the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who came down and
prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For He
had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been baptized
in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they began laying their hands
on them, and they were receiving the Holy Spirit.
However, there are a number of problems with this interpretation
- The purpose of the text in Acts is not to teach how a believer
receives the Holy Spirit or even to teach about the Holy Spirit.
It's purpose is to teach that all people, Jew, Gentile, and even
Samaritans can be saved. On the other hand, the verses quoted above
(from 1 Corinthians, Ephesians and Romans), that make it clear we
receive the Holy Spirit the moment we are saved, are teaching about
the Holy Spirit.
- The time period recorded in the book of Acts was a unique time
of transition from Old Testament times (God working through Israel)
to New Testament times (the church age). Part of this transition
involved getting rid of erroneous Jewish beliefs and traditions,
one of which was that only Jews were saved.
What is seen in Acts are people from each of the three major people
groups; Jews, Gentiles, and Samaritans, becoming Christians and
receiving the same signs of the Holy Spirit. This is a one-time
occurrence for each people group. The Samaritans in particular were
hated by the Jews, and every Jew knew that God also hated the Samaritans.
But, just as the Jews (at Pentecost) and the Gentiles (Cornelius
and his household) were saved and received the Holy Spirit with
physical manifestations, so do the Samaritans in Acts chapter 8.
These physical signs were necessary so that doubters (and there
were many) would have no reason to exclude anybody from the saving
grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
These signs of the Holy Spirit appeared only once for each people
group, and were not repeated. God had demonstrated that all people...
every tongue and tribe... could become one of His children.
Scripture plainly states that all believers receive the Holy Spirit
as soon as they become a believer. God had a specific reason for delaying
the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in three cases (actually four, there
was a fourth people group that encompassed all others not in the first
three groups) as a special case at the beginning of the church age.
Thus, all believers have the fruit of the Spirit from the moment they
What about Acts 8:12?