THE EPISTLE TO THE HEBREWS
BIBLICAL DISCIPLINE BIBLE STUDY
CHRISTIAN DISCIPLINE IN THE BIBLE
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THE EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE HEBREWS
BIBLICAL DISCIPLINE BIBLE STUDY TRUTH
CHRISTIAN DISCIPLINE IN THE BIBLE QUEST
Another lovely day for more Daily Bread. In our last study,
Paul told us about many people who endured trials and tribulations because
of their great faith, and the example that they should be in our Christian
walk of faith.
Since we also are encircled with so great a cloud of witnesses
(named in the last chapter), let us lay aside every burden,
and the sin which so easily weighs us down,
and let us run the race that is set before us with patience,
looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before Him
endured the cross, despising the shame,
and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Think about how Christ endured such opposition of sinners against Himself,
so you don't grow weary and weak in your minds.
You have not yet withstood trials and temptations unto blood (death),
striving against sin.
BIBLICAL DISCIPLINE BIBLE STUDY FACTS
CHRISTIAN DISCIPLINE IN THE BIBLE WARNING
Being our Heavenly Father, God disciplines
us. Unless you understand His loving way of doing this, you may mistake His
love and discipline for something else. If there is sin in your life, God
will intervene. He will warn you first, then if you choose to cease from
your sin, the warning will cease as well. If you choose to continue in sin,
the degree of discipline that God uses will increase. If you're a parent,
you've used this method of discipline yourself, probably hundreds of times.
If you're a child, you've experienced gradual intensity of discipline too.
If one thing doesn't get your attention, you move up to the next stage of
discipline. Here's an example in stages of how a child may be disciplined by
an earthly parent, and how an adult may be disciplined by the Lord.
A child disciplined by a parent
An adult disciplined by the Lord
1. A cross look.
2. The child is sent to their room or "time out" to think about what they've done.
3. A privilege is taken away.
5. Undesirable chores or even spanking.
1. A feeling of guilt.
2. Distress, frustration, and/or anxiety (maybe financial hardship or problems at work).
3. Something important is taken away.
4. Emotional pain, sadness, fear.
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CHRISTIAN DISCIPLINE IN THE BIBLE AND YOU
Of course these are just examples, and the
way that God disciplines you is as individual as you are. The great thing is
that God gives us all the choice to stop our sin at any time which stops the
discipline. Many times we are in denial of our sin, which keeps us from
escaping from continuing discipline. We simply don't want to admit to or let
go of our sin. Yes, it's ugly, but it's true. A parent's love is what
motivates them to discipline, and the same is true of God. Continuing with Paul:
And you have forgotten the instruction which speaks to you as to children,
My son, despise not the
chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction ...
For whom the Lord loves He corrects,
and scourges every son whom He receives.
If you endure discipline,
God deals with you as with sons;
for what son is he whom the father doesn't scold?
But if you are without discipline,
of which we all are a part,
then you are illegitimate, and not sons.
Furthermore we have had mortal fathers which corrected us,
and we gave them respect:
wouldn't we much rather be in submission
to the Father of spirits, and live?
For they truly for a few days chastened us to please themselves;
but God disciplines us for our benefit,
that we might be partakers of His holiness.
Now no chastening at the time, seems to be joyous, but grievous:
nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness
for those who learn by it.
We've all known unruly children who are not
well disciplined, and adults who are not self-disciplined. Can you imagine
the chaos that the world would be in if it weren't for our loving Father's
So strengthen up the hands which hang down,
and the weak knees;
And make straight paths for your feet,
so the weak won't be rejected;
but rather be healed.
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
Follow peace with all men, and holiness,
without which no man shall see the Lord:
Watching carefully so that no man falls short of the grace of God;
so that no root of bitterness springing up troubles you,
and by this many are defiled;
In case there be any fornicator, or dishonorable person, as Esau,
who for one morsel of meat (In a moment of weakness) sold his birthright.
And Jacob said, Swear to me
this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.
For you know how that afterward,
when Esau would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected:
because he didn't repent,
though he sought it (the blessing) carefully with tears.
This is that "root of bitterness" that Paul
was just talking about. Instead of being truly sorry for what he did, Esau
was bitter and consequently the blessing he received made him even more
bitter, which is what Paul meant when he said, "and by this many are
defiled." The point is, don't resent the discipline of your Father, because
you may make things worse.
BIBLICAL DISCIPLINE BIBLE STUDY INSIGHT
CHRISTIAN DISCIPLINE IN THE BIBLE CONCERNS
Now Paul compares the discipline from the
Old Testament, to the New Testament.
For you are not come unto the mount that might be touched,
and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,
And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of God's words;
which voice they that heard pleaded
that the word would not be spoken to them any more:
(Because they could not endure that which was commanded,
And if so much as a beast touch the mountain,
it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart:
And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said,
I exceedingly fear and quake:)
But you have come to mount Zion,
and to the city of the living God,
the heavenly Jerusalem,
and to an innumerable company of angels,
to the general assembly and church of the firstborn,
which are written in heaven,
and to God the Judge of all,
and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
and to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant,
and to the blood of sprinkling,
that speaks better things that that of Abel.
BIBLICAL DISCIPLINE BIBLE STUDY TALK
CHRISTIAN DISCIPLINE IN THE BIBLE MEANING
Now Paul encourages us even more, to listen
carefully to God's discipline.
Make sure you don't refuse Him that speaks.
For if they didn't escape who refused him that spoke on earth,
how much more shall we not escape,
if we turn away from Him that speaks from heaven:
Whose voice then shook the earth:
but now He has promised, saying,
... Yet once, it is a little
while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and
the dry land ...
And this word, "Yet once more,"
signifies the removing of those things that are shaken,
as of things that are made,
that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
Things that are shaken, are all earthly,
fleshly, worldly things, whereas things that cannot be shaken are spiritual.
If your desires can be "shaken" they will be done away with, but your faith,
and your obedience to God is unshakable.
So as we receive a kingdom which cannot be moved,
let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably
with reverence and godly fear:
For our God is a consuming fire.
BIBLICAL DISCIPLINE BIBLE STUDY SUMMARY
CHRISTIAN DISCIPLINE IN THE BIBLE CONCLUSION
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