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Rev. Smit is pastor of the Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. As it was true at the time of the Reformation and as it continues to be true, one of the key points of conflict and separation between the Roman Catholic Church and the faithful children of the Reformation is the nature and extent of scriptural authority. In that conflict, there are two distinct sides: either the church (or man) is the supreme authority in matters of life and doctrine, or Holy Scripture is the supreme authority in matters of life and doctrine. The Roman Catholic Church...

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Previous article in this series: January 15, 2010, p. 177. In the previous article, we focused on a description of gentleness and on its only source for us in Jesus Christ. Now, we follow through with some application of that virtue to our daily life, particularly by means of the admonition of Colossians 3:12. The Lord commands us, “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness….” We must clothe ourselves with this virtue of kindness, or, as it is also called in Scripture, gentleness. What is this spiritual fabric that must be worn...

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Previous article in this series: December 1, 2009, p. 111. The next item in the list of the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22 is gentleness. This word is sometimes translated elsewhere in the Bible as “kindness.” This is another virtue that we learn to desire and that we pray that the Spirit of Christ will work in us more and more by the means of grace and His inner working. In fact, it is one virtue that the Lord calls us “to put on” in Colossians 3:12. “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved,…...

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Previous article in thes series: November 15, 2008, p. 82. Longsuffering is first in the second main group of what is called, in Galatians 5:22, “the fruit of the Spirit.” While the first group of three virtues (love, joy, and peace) seems to emphasize inner virtues, the second group of three virtues (longsuffering, gentleness, and goodness) seems to highlight virtues that are evident in our outward dealings and communication, especially with those of our church families and covenant homes. Longsuffering begins the second set of aspects concerning the fruit of the Spirit because it is basic to gentleness and goodness....

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