Bringing forth fruit has two main meanings. The individual believer having the fruit of the spirit in their lives, and the fruit of the earth. Recall in Genesis where this is first mentioned. Here God commands the fruit of the earth to come forth on the Third Day. Prophetically, The Third Day is a Day of Harvest.
And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. Genesis
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
And the evening and the morning were the third day. Genesis 1:11-13
The fruit of the spirit is the evidence of Christ being formed in the believer. The fruit of the earth speaks of the harvest of souls into the kingdom of God. The fruit harvest that coincides with the Feast of Tabernacles, celebrated in the fall of the year, speaks of this harvest of souls.. Both of these are vital to our end time understanding.
First comes the harvest of souls that will come with preaching the gospel. This is touched on in both Matthew and Mark.
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. Matthew 24:14
And the gospel must first be published among all nations. Mark 13:10
So looking back at Romans 1:8-13 what Jesus, speaking through Paul, is saying it this. He desires to return to us, but cannot until the gospel is preached to all the nations [Gentiles] and there is a harvest of souls from all nations. And these are not just political nations but ethnic nations as seen in Revelation 5:9.
And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; Revelation 5:9
Second comes the fruit of the Spirit, here itemized in Galatians 5.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: Galatians 5:22-23
Now how does this fruit of the Spirit come forth. In Colossians 1 we find this discussed along with other topics. Here are the key verses pertaining to our essay.
We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;
Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth: Colossians 1:3-6
If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; Colossians 1:23
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Colossians 1:27
Now this is quite a mouthful. Let's simplify it by bringing out the basic sentence structure of verses 3-6. When we do this is what we get:
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