God’s Chastening in the Lives of His Sons

Heb. 12
5  And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
For whom the LORD loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.”
7  If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?
8  But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.
9  Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?
10  For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.
11  Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
12  Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees,
13  and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.

It is very difficult to understand the chastening of the Lord. It is easy to rejoice in its theory. We can preach and teach about the Lord’s chastening right up to the point we begin to experience it. And then verse 11 comes into play. “Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful…” All the air goes out of our balloons when God begins to chasten us. How does His chastening work in the lives of His sons, and why does He chasten us to begin with? Verse 10 says He chastens us that we might become partakers of His holiness. Partaking of His holiness is just another way of saying partaking of His nature. God’s purpose is to create His nature in us. God’s nature formed in us only comes about as the old, Adamic nature is broken. Claiming it broken does not make it so. We are to experience the transformation. Continue reading