Galatians 6: Parting Comments

By Stephen W. Hiemstra But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world (Galatians 6:14 ESV). What makes a community? Relationship words binding; ….Redemptive words restoring; ……..Burdens shared; sacrifices made; ………….Spirit sowed; life […]

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Galatians 5: Healthy Boundaries

By Stephen W. Hiemstra But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law (Galatians 5:22-23 ESV). An interesting conversation going on in missionary circles concerns the definition of a Christian.  Is a Christian someone who has been baptized and confirmed?  Or, […]

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Galatians 4: Slave and Free

By Stephen W. Hiemstra And because you are sons and daughters, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a child, and if a child, then an heir through God (Galatians 4:6-7). Aren’t you glad that our relationship with God is […]

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Galatians 3: Law and Gospel

By Stephen W. Hiemstra For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them. Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, […]

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Galatians 2: Jews and Gentiles

By Stephen W. Hiemstra There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28 ESV). Are you led by the spirit? One of the most striking things about the Apostle Paul is that he was led by […]

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Galatians 1: Christ Alone

By Stephen W. Hiemstra But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world (Galatians 6:14 ESV). How do you introduce yourself? Paul’s first statement after his name is to say he is an […]

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Introduction to Galatians

By Stephen W. Hiemstra I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel (Galatians 1:6 ESV). What exactly is the grace of Christ and what is the Gospel?  What is this different gospel that Paul writes about?  Over the […]

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