Sunday, December 7, 2014

He Deals With You as a Son

"If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?" (Hebrews 12: 7)

We need to recognize that when God chastens us, it is not with sickness, poverty, or shame:

"How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him." (Acts 10: 38)

Jesus did not go about condemning, killing, and destroying people. That is Satan's attempt:

"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." (John 10: 10)

Jesus did not bring sickness, but life.

Jesus did not intend for us to be punished with poverty, either:

"5And when his disciples were come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. 6Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. 7And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread. 8Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread? 9Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? 10Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? (Matthrew 16: 5-10)

Jesus amply provided for His disciples, and the many people who followed Him as a curiosity and celebrity, even though they had not planned ahead and brought bread for themselves. He fed thousands with a few loaves of bread and small fishes, whether they were good or bad, regardless of their status. He helped Peter pay a temple tax, even when Peter had rashly promised before speaking to Jesus about it (Matthew 17: 24-27)

One of the last prayers in the Bible is about prospering, too:

"Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth." (3 John 2)

Nor does God discipline us with shame:

"10When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 11She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more." (John 8: 10-11)

How does God deal with us? By the grace of God:

"But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me." (1 Corinthian 15: 10)


"11For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." (Titus 2: 11-14)

As we see our need for Him in more areas of our life we grow in grace, and become mature sons, like Jesus in every way.

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