Saturday, October 20, 2007

GOD CHASTENS THOSE WHOM HE LOVES


Whenever a child of God strays from the Word of God and becomes involved with actions and activities that dishonor Christ and the Gospel of grace, God will chastise him and bring him to Godly sorrow over sin and repentance.

If he is truly a child of God, he cannot lose his salvation or be brought back under condemnation; for the blood of Christ cleanses him from ALL sin and the righteousness of Christ has been imputed to him for his complete and eternal justification before God --
“Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.”
(Romans 8:34).

God is his heavenly Father, and the Father will wisely, firmly, and lovingly correct His children and bring them to their spiritual senses. Mark it down – the worst thing that could happen to any of us in such situations is for God NOT to chastise us. If He leaves us to ourselves, we are not His children --
“For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.”
(Hebrews 12:6-8).

By Bill Parker

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