“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/God Disciplines His Sons

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“God Disciplines His Sons”, Acts 12:1) Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,  2) Looking unto Jesus the Author (or Beginner) 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.  3) For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.  4) Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.  5) And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of Him:  Job 5:17.  6) For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth.  7) If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?  8) But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.  Psalm 73:14.  9) Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence:  shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?  10) For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but He for our profit, that we might be partakers of His Holiness.  Leviticus 19:2.  11) Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous:  nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.  James 3:18.  12) Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees:  Job 4:3, 4.  13) And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way, but let it rather be healed.   

Quest Study Bible – v1, Cloud of witnesses:  Using the analogy of a race, the writer describes earlier heroes of the faith seated in the stadium, as it were, cheering us on to the finish line.  The testimony of their lives of faith is their witness.  The record they left behind, like cheers from a grandstand, can encourage us to persevere in our faith.  v5, How does the Lord discipline?  God disciplines in many ways, sometimes to train or prepare us for His ways, sometimes to punish us for unfaithfulness.  He can use sinful people as instruments of discipline (v3), our own inner struggles against sin (v4) or perhaps hardships (v7). Occasionally discipline may come in the broader context of physical suffering (11:35-38).  Israel suffered 40 years in the desert (Numbers 14:34); Paul received a “thorn in the flesh” (2Corinthians 12:7). 

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v10-13, our profit:  Although fathers discipline for a while as they see fit, with every trial God is fashioning us into a Holy people, set apart for His purpose.  (v14; 10:10).  The peaceable fruit of righteousness suggests that the result of God’s chastening is peace and righteousness.

John Gill’s Bible Exposition – v3, For consider Him In the greatness of His person, as God, the Son of God, the Heir of all things; and in His offices of Prophet, Priest, and King, and Saviour of lost sinners, we should consider Him under all His reproaches and sufferings:  and consider the analogy between Him and us, and how great is the disproportion.  that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself; against His person. His sufferings should be recollected for imitation and encouragement.

Amen.

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