We continue our examination of this passage, which deals with the way the Lord disciplines His children. We see that we are commanded to endure this discipline because:

  • It is a mark of God’s love toward us and is done for our good
  • It will lead to life for us
  • It will produce righteousness and holiness in us

We see that we ought to rejoice in this discipline. The text says that it doesn’t ‘‘seem’’ to be joyful but sorrowful. But it produces such good things in us and has such wonderful ultimate rewards that we should indeed rejoice in such an evidence of our membership in God’s family.

Finally, we see how the discipline of God gets us back in the race that we have been earlier commanded to run with endurance. We also see that if we do not respond, the Lord will increase His discipline, because of His concern for us to win the race. Some, under these circumstances, may not endure and may show themselves never to have been God’s children - there is a warning here for us not to be among them.

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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