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Understanding God's Discipline

January 20, 2019 Speaker: Gibson Largent Series: Hebrews

Passage: Hebrews 12:4–11

Hebrews 12:4-11

4 In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? "My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. 6 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives." 7 It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8 If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9 Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. 11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

What you need to know about God's discipline:

  1. Discipline is not punishment, it's training
    1. The heart of all godly discipline is correction and redemption
    2. Discipline in the biblical sense training and correction
    3. "Paideia"- greek word meaning discipline and training
  2. Discipline is love (vs. 5-6)
  3. Discipline is a sign of genuine salvation (vs. 7-8)
  4. Discipline leads to life (vs. 9-10)
  5. Discipline is painful (vs. 11)
  6. Discipline produces the fruit of peace and righteousness (vs. 11)