BELLS & POMEGRANATES

ISRAEL

The hem of the Robe of the Ephod was trimmed with 12 bells and pomegranates.  They were alternated in their placement to bring forth a harmonious sound.   The number 12 speaks of the establishment of divine government.  The bells represented the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the pomegranates represented the fruit of the Holy Spirit.  Although there are only nine gifts and nine fruits of the Holy Spirit, it is the very presence of the fruit and giftings in harmonious operation that bespeaks the presence of the divine government of God. 

Harmony/Bells rang forth the gospel of peace and the fruit (Word/Deed) bore witness to it's truth (testimony).  Divine law is a sweet delicious spiritual food according to Psa. 19:8-11; Psa. 119:25, 43, & 50.  Aaron had to move for the bells to ring and the only day of which they were not worn was the day of Atonement. These manifestations (gifts & fruits) come to their fullest expression following the AT-ONE-MENT with God.  It is interesting to note that the Robe of the Ephod represents the Holy Spirit and the baptism of the Holy Spirit.  The bells and pomegranates are on the hem of this Robe to testify concerning the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit.

JESUS

Jesus had more than the gifts and fruit of the Spirit.  He walked in the fullness of the Seven Spirits of God.  True it is that He had the Holy Spirit without measure, empowered to do the will of His Father and bring life and liberty to all that He touched and those who would listen. 

    "And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;"  Isaiah 11:1-2

     He was love personified and love is the firstfruit of the Spirit.  It is out of love that the other eight come forth and find their expression.  You can't have joy without love, or peace without love, etc. 

As the priest of the Lord, the government of God was upon the shoulders of Jesus. "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this."  Isaiah 9:6-7

When Jesus spoke, He spoke out of who He was:  "The officers answered, Never man spake like this man." John 7:46 and the fruit of His words were his deeds:  "And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak."  Mark 7:37  He is the Prince of Peace (Pomegranate) and He is the Word (Bells).

CHURCH

As the children of God, we are to carry the gospel of peace and hope.  Our daily lives are to be filled with the fruit of the Spirit and operative in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Paul admonished us that we were to walk always in love and that all of our work for the Lord would be as nothing if we did not have love.  "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing."   1Cor. 13:1-2.

Just as the Ephod is trimmed with bells and pomegranates, so we too are to are to be trimmed in the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit.  Paul wrote to the Corinthian church concerning the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Throughout the various writings of Paul, we find that the Holy Spirit was prominent in the role of ministry.  Paul let us know through his writings that the Holy Spirit was not just for the early church, but for the entire body of Christ. "Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ."  1Corinthians 12:4-12

Note the following scriptures:

      James 3:18  "And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace."

     Galatians 5:22-23 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." 

     Proverbs 11:30  "The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise."

     Matt. 7:16-20  "Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.   A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.   Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."

     Colossians 1:10  "That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;"  New creatures, born of His Spirit, empowered by His Spirit, gifted and laced with the fruit of His Spirit.  Truly a life of grace.