Acts 16:21+ and are proclaiming customs which it is not lawful for us to accept or to observe, being Romans. There was a time when I had come to the place where I thought I didn't need to be disciplined anymore. "And all things are possible to him that believeth. But God's discipline is the very thing that will save us from the ruin of our selfish, stubborn ways. 12:11). It is used nine times in these eight verses. Blessed is the man, O Lord, whom You chasten, and draw closer within the sacred pavilion of Your loving, sheltering bosom. 12:9 nasb). Those who endure, accepting the discipline instead of running from it, benefit in ways they would otherwise miss. That He has given the world over to Satan and the free will of man. Oh, ye who escape the rod, begin seriously to ask whether indeed ye be born again! Now Dick and I know that the old way was right." And ye have forgotten the exhortation, which reasoneth with you as with sons, My son, regard not lightly the chastening of the Lord. What says our adorable Lord himself? Sharing His Holiness -There is another major difference between the discipline of our fathers and the discipline of God. How much more should we respect the training of the Father of spirits and LIVE!…By being subject to God we ENJOY LIFE IN ITS TRUEST SENSE. How grateful we should be that He isn’t. Proverbs 15:10 Stern discipline awaits him who leaves the path; he who hates correction will die. He endured hostility from sinners … you too have resisted, but have not yet had to shed your blood. Despite persecution, and what felt … But Satan was behind all of them! . Hebrews 6:6, NLT: "and who then turn away from God. The fire which is kindled is not a bonfire, blazing heedlessly and unguardedly, and consuming precious things; it is a REFINER'S FIRE, and the Refiner sits by it, and He is firmly and patiently and gently bringing HOLINESS out of CARELESSNESS and STABILITY out of WEAKNESS. But a great calm settles down upon us when we realize that life is a schoolhouse, in which we are being taught by our Father himself, who sets our lessons as he sees we require them. In the case of Jesus (Luke 23:22) it was inflicted before the sentence of crucifixion was pronounced. Whatever the experience, we can be sure that His chastening hand is controlled by His LOVING HEART. The writer points to the importance of discipline and proceeds to show that for Christians suffering is rightly understood only when seen as God's fatherly discipline, correcting and directing us. Charles Stanley rightly reminds us that "The writer of Hebrews knew all too well our tendency not to take the discipline of God as seriously as we should. We need to look beyond the rod to the all-wise hand that wields it. Let's learn from our losses. (The Strategy of Satan: How to Detect and Defeat Him by Warren Wiersbe), How do you view your troubles? It deepens relationships. Should we see these things as part of God's overarching discipline of his children for their good? Do not make it of little account; do not neglect to consider its real scope and end. I get things straightened out with Him about every day. He loves me unconditionally. What then? THE MYSTERY OF GOD'S PROVIDENCE True, God does “spank” his children if they rebel and refuse to repent. GOD, through chastening, brings the Christian to his knees in tears. Our Guide, the Lord Jesus, knows that if we are to avoid dangers in our pilgrimage, He must sometimes lead us on detours that seem unnecessary. Even now, He is working on us. There is a great difference between these two. In every trial He will give strength and blessing. Hebrews 2:6(HCSB) Verse Thoughts. The next morning he arrived at the house with his box of paints of brushes and he went over to the corner, chastisement corner, where the little girl had stood and there he painted a beautiful mural. The carelessness, the unwatchfulness, the prayerlessness which have been working within us pass slowly before our minds. At the same time, the book provides several stern warnings about the consequences of rejecting Jesus. I do fail Him-I guess I'm still as hardheaded as I ever was-but I go to Him and confess my sin. But it is also - and this is a great hope for us - it is also the loving, painful discipline of our Father in heaven. Less would not have done. Our reactions cannot be right if our view of what is happening is not right. (, Compiled & Edited by BibleStudyTools Staff, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. (From Shadow to Substance), Delitzsch says: The main purpose which the sacred writer has here in view is to reconcile the minds of his readers to the sufferings entailed by their Christian profession, that is, the cross in the proper sense of the word. The book of Hebrews is intended to solidify Jewish believers' trust in Jesus as all they need for salvation. We realized that they were interested in our welfare, and we paid them respect. Barclay says: HERE the writer to the Hebrews sets out still another reason why men should cheerfully bear trouble and affliction when it comes to them. Jowett explains: "The purpose of God's chastening is not punitive but CREATIVE. Our flesh murmurs and rebels under the heavy strokes. For example in Titus 2 we read that "the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing (paideuo so more literally disciplining - present tense = continually) us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age (Titus 2:11-note, Titus 2:12-note) So the same grace that saves us, sanctifies us! Eventually they settle in a depression where the soil is damp several feet deep. I have met in my ministry people who professed to be saved, but for some reason they NEVER EXPERIENCED ANY CHASTENING. This will help us to persevere unto the end because he persevered to the end. (6) The chastening of the Lord can be an occasion of fainting, as the author of Hebrews pointed out a moment later (Hebrews 12:5). How does God chasten us? “Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth;” it is a token of his favour to us that he takes the trouble to remove our love of sin by sharp and bitter pain. I took it away, and the tears filled her eyes, I thought I had come a long ways. Is there a limit to the adversity He might send? . But it is not yet martyrdom, though that could come. When a child was born, he decided whether to keep or discard it. He brought Jonah within an inch of his life. Here, the persecutions were used of God in an effort to clarify the spiritual vision of the readers as to the relative merits of the First Testament and the New Testament, warning them against returning to the temple sacrifices and urging them on to faith in the Messiah as High Priest. Scourges (3146)(mastigoo from mástix = plague, whip, scourge) means literally to flog or scourge. My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor faint when you are reproved by Him; for those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He scourges every son whom He receives. 2:10, ASV); and again, "though he was a son, yet learned [he] obedience by the things which he suffered" (Heb 5:8, ASV). There is patience, which endures the Father's will; and trust that sees the Father's hand behind the rough disguise; and peace, that lies still, content with the Father's plan; and righteousness, that conforms itself to the Father's requirements; and love, that clings more closely than ever to the Father's heart; and gentleness, which deals leniently with others, because of what we have learned of ourselves. 12:6). FOR CHRIST 13 But all things become visible when they are exposed (elegcho) by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. To make the exchange I was really afraid, The reason for God’s consistent insistence on discipline is simple. Moody Press), Proverbs 3:12 says "For whom the LORD loves He reproves, Even as a father, the son in whom he delights. It’s the view that Satan wants us to harbor so we will resist the discipline God sends our way. NIV And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, NLT: And have you entirely forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you, his children? Consider Him. But trust Him for His grace; God's discipline is designed to make us like His Son. When the Lord disciplines you like that, let Him have His way with you. Instead of trying to escape the difficulties of life, we should rather be "trained" by them so that we might grow (He 12:11). Am I prepared to let God grip me by His power and do a work in me that is worthy of Himself? God is the ultimate Doer here. I think I would rather have my "whipping" from God than from my grandfather! I know that earthly parents sometimes discipline out of anger. causing the sun of my earthly joys to set in clouds? You can't put your sins behind you until you face them. He brought Jonah within an inch of his life. If you run with the footmen, and they weary you how will you contend with horses? In other words this verb speaks of far more than an indifferent or apathetic reception, especially here in Hebrews 12:6. Such giving up is inexcusable because none of God’s children will ever be tested beyond their strength. Reader, is the hand of your God heavy upon you? God’s purpose is not to persecute us, but to perfect us. Yet God's chastening doesn't feel very loving. But the good that I have received from my sorrows and pains and griefs is altogether incalculable. He must not murmur or withdraw himself from it. the Chastening is not the work … Do not misinterpret His dealings; there is mercy on the wings of "the rough wind." Moody Press, Notes and quotes on suffering and trials - 1Peter 1:6-, Exposition on how God uses suffering in the life of a saint - 2 Cor 12:9-, Exposition on present pain versus future joy - Matthew 5:10, 11, 12-, faint - He 12:3,4; Josh 7:7, 8, 9, 10, 11; 2Sa 6:7, 8, 9, 10; 1Chr 13:9, 10, 11, 12, 13; 15:12,13; Ps 6:1,2; 2Co 4:8,9; 12:9,10, Shows Father's love and Christ's love for us - Heb 12:6, Christ = Re 3:19, Produces endurance, "perfection" (having reached the intended goal); "completion" (perfectly sound) Jas 1:3, 4-, To let us know what is in our heart Dt 8:2 (note that Dt 8:2 describes God's testing as discipline), Proves we are His legitimate sons (& His heirs) He 12:8-, Way of life (reproofs for discipline) Pr 6:23, Being Subject to God's discipline yields true "life", life indeed (Jn 10:10 type life!, cp Christ our life Col 3:4) He 12:9-, Removes foolishness from our heart - Pr 22:15, Allows us to share God's holiness - He 12:10-, Peaceful fruit that is the result of a righteous life He 12:11-, That we may not be condemned along with the world - 1Cor 11:32 (Note the effects of taking the Lord's Supper without confession - weak, sick, sleep - 1Cor 11:30), Tested proven faith results in praise and glory and honor at Christ's return 1Pe 1:7-, He who regards reproof will be honored. The father of a family does not concern himself with those on the outside--but those within he guides and disciplines to make them conform to his will. But He has to get me into the state of mind and spirit where I will allow Him to sanctify me completely, whatever the cost (1Th 5:23, 24-notes). Forgetfulness causes a lot of unnecessary problems and heartaches. Ex 5:14), but for certain transgressions of the Law it was justified (Deut 25:2). I would answer with a question: Which is harder to attribute to God's design: the hostility of sinners against God's people or the destruction of a hurricane? And so also is it with our earthly discipline. 17:10; Prov. It is fearful to contemplate the result of its absence! We’ll get some significant help from this portion of Scripture. Pilate hoped to avert the extreme punishment and satisfy the Jews at the same time. In the life of the believer, discipline is to prevent future disaster and drifting. — M. R. De Haan (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Neither, here is the other danger--faint when thou art reproved of Him. (Gaebelein, F, Editor: Expositor's Bible Commentary 6-Volume New Testament. Hebrews 6:19 “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. (MacArthur, John: 1 & 2 Thessalonians. We are blessed by His insistence on disciplining us when we stray. Why not ask Him, “Father, are You allowing something in my life to get my attention? A very important part of the Christian life is to recognize that the Lord is dealing with us as sons and daughters and that He is teaching and training us through the various experiences and stresses He allows to come into our lives. They often overcorrect, under correct, or abdicate. We forget that God treats us as sons and daughters. It was king David in Psalm 8 that testified: What is man, that You are mindful of him? IN THE PAIN OF OUR LIVES. Many hours later Mother almost fainted when she opened the basement door and was greeted by billowing clouds of smoke. The good news of salvation and life eternal is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. (see Luke 23:16). Finally, this interpretation sees the “falling away” (Hebrews 6:6) as a reference to those who have tasted the truth but, not having come all the way to faith, fall away from even the revelation they have been given. This whole passage is built on another answer to the question: Where does this suffering come from? Am I prepared to let God grip me by His power and do a work in me that is worthy of Himself? It is trial and vexation, care and anxiety, persecution or reproach that often causes this. I am deeply concerned about the popularity of these antinomian ideas that you can be a Christian and live any way you want to live. It is essential to observe the distinction between punishment and chastisement. 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