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.
7 If [ei] ye endure [hupomeno] chastening [paideia], God [theos] dealeth [prosphero] with
you [humin] as [hos] with sons [huios]; for [gar] what [tis] son [huios] is he [esti] whom [hos] the father [pater] chasteneth
[paideuo] not [ou]?
8 But [de] if [ei] ye be [este] without [choris] chastisement [paideia],
whereof [hos] all [pas] are [ginomai] partakers [metochos], then [ara] are ye [este] bastards [nothos], and [kai] not [ou] sons [huios]. KJV-Interlinear
7 It is for
discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is
there whom his father does not discipline? 8 But if you are without discipline, of which
all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. NASB
The primary purpose for
discipline is to teach. This is done through correction, and punishment in some
cases, but primarily so that we will learn to keep our eyes on the Lord and not
on our self or on the world.
God deals with us as a
parent would with children. If you are a believer in Christ then you can expect
discipline from time to time in your life. But if you are not a believer in
Christ then you will not be a recipient of Gods discipline. However, you will
be the recipient of the world s discipline and Gods judgment.
It is far better to be Gods
child, and therefore subject to His discipline, than it is to be an unbeliever
and subject to the whims of the world.
Discipline for the believer
in Christ is proprietary. Gods discipline is unique to the believer only and is
not available to the unbeliever. The person who has not believed in Christ does
not have a relationship with God and therefore does not have access to Gods
We are the recipients of Gods
discipline not because we were born human beings, but because through Christ we
have become His son. Or, better stated we have become his adult child because
we have believed in Jesus Christ.
Any loving parent will be
committed to helping their child conform to the highest standards of life. They do this through instruction and
training. God does no different. God
teaches us through doctrine, and our training comes through the application of
the doctrine we learn, or the miss-application of what we should have learned.
Our feedback from Gods
teaching, discipline, or training, is through the blessing we receive or the
correction we receive. Whichever is appropriate.
2 Tim. 3:16-17
16 All Scripture is God
breathed and profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction
in righteousness; 17 that the man of God might be mature, thoroughly furnished
unto all good works. NASB
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.