You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
5 And [kai] ye have forgotten [eklanthanomai] the exhortation [paraklesis]
which [hostis] speaketh [dialegomai] unto you [humin] as [hos] unto children [huios], My [mou] son [huios], despise [oligoreo] not [me] thou [oligoreo] the chastening [paideia] of
the Lord [kurios], nor [mede] faint [ekluo] when thou art
rebuked [elegcho] of [hupo] him [autos]: KJV-Interlinear
5 and you
have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, My son, do
not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, Nor faint when you are reproved
by Him NASB
Approximately two-thirds of
the worlds population is Christian.
Christianity is by far the largest faith on this planet. One would think that with so many Christians,
the prosperity of the world would be far greater than it is. And, if everyone were on track with their
spiritual lives, then that would be the case.
The Millennium will be history s example of this principle.
However, most of the
believers alive today are not spiritually strong, but more or less indifferent
toward Gods exhortation. And that is the
subject of this passage.
Christians are well aware
of a great deal of the content of the Bible.
Most know of Christ of course.
Most know of the differences between right and wrong. Most folks know the difference between
honesty and dishonesty. Most know and
understand how to conduct ones life in this world, and that is generally the
problem. Knowing how to conduct ones
self is one thing, but when your conduct is the focal point of your life, then
a lot gets left out with respect to Biblical principles.
As a result, we have the
many opinions which arise in the many talk shows on the air, on radio and on
television, and in print. That is why
you will see many attitudes and beliefs toward abortion for example, toward war,
toward charity, toward politics in general, toward alternative life styles, even
in the way you decide whether or not you will like or dislike someone.
Without sound doctrine in
the soul, then attitudes and opinions develop from popular belief and not from
Gods teaching. Popular beliefs are
rarely based on sound doctrine. Which
also means that popular beliefs are rarely based on truth.
The spiritual life requires
a sound foundation of Bible doctrine in the soul. This is acquired in only one way through
the daily study of the Word of God, in the proper teaching format. That is, by being in fellowship and by
listening and being open minded about what it is that you are being taught. The Holy Spirit will make all things that are
truth, clear to you sooner or later.
You can attend a church
every Sunday and think that you are doing what is expected of you. Perhaps the church is a more into social
activities for its members, or perhaps the church is a forum for political
propaganda or other philosophies. If you
ever get outside of that church and hear truth, then you will eventually learn
that your attendance there is doing you no good. At least spiritually.
Likewise, when you hear a
controversy on some subject, then like most folks, you probably jump to quick
conclusions after hearing the early reports.
But if you are open minded and wait for more information, you will
eventually make better decisions or form better opinions based on sound and
more thorough information.
Gods teaching should be
treated no different. You need to hear it, learn it, and remember it. And better still, apply it to your daily
life. Those last three parts are
generally where people get messed up in their spiritual life. They hear doctrine, but don t listen. They do not maintain their life in fellowship
and so they never get a clear picture of what it is that God is teaching. They get things all mixed up.
So some wear black
only. Others reject technology. Still others don t see any harm in living a
life style so long as it doesn t hurt anyone else (so they think). Then there are the crusaders for this belief
or that belief, for this standard of living or that standard of living. And on and on and on the attitudes of
humanity continue, into an almost infinite number of beliefs, most of which are
way off base with Bible doctrine.
Opinions become so numerous
that doctrine gets lost in the fog, and thus we have Gods discipline.
God teaches us through discipline. He corrects us, educates us, even prevents us
through His discipline. After all,
discipline s primary purpose is for teaching and training not for beating.
Gods exhortation is His
strong urging, His strong arguments, His advice, His appeal to each one of us,
such that we will learn truth, learn the correct orientation to God, to life,
to people and especially to ourselves.
And, to build capacity for life, for prosperity, and again, especially
to build capacity for suffering that is certain to come along from this world.
When we get away from God,
then discipline is right around the corner.
We will only figure it all out when we get truth into our soul. Truth in the soul gives you capacity and
orientation for discernment in life. If
you depend on the things you have in life, then that is your first
mistake. Things do not and cannot
provide wisdom. If you depend on your
life style, if you depend on the way you live your life, if you depend on your
habits in life, then you are making another big mistake. Wisdom does not come from your habits of
11 My son, do not reject
the discipline of the LORD, Or loathe His reproof, 12 For whom the LORD loves
He reproves, Even as a father, the son in whom he delights. NASB
Forgetfulness causes lots
of difficulties in life. Gods purpose is
not to entertain us with new miracles every day, but He expects us to learn and
retain that which we should already know.
exhortation never learned (properly), exhortation ignored, exhortation used
selectively, exhortation which is modified to your own standard of life, leads
to trouble for your life.
So you can make things
easier on yourself, or you can make life more difficult for yourself simply by
your adopted attitude toward God and doctrine.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.