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.
Furthermore [eita] [men] we have had [echo] fathers [pater] of our [hemon] flesh [sarx] which
corrected [paideutes] us, and [kai] we gave them reverence [entrepo]: shall we [hupotasso] not [ou] much [polus] rather [mallon] be in subjection [hupotasso]
unto the Father [pater] of spirits [pneuma], and [kai] live [zao]?
10 For [gar] they verily [men] for [pros] a few [oligos] days [hemera] chastened [paideuo] us after [kata] their own [autos] pleasure [dokeo]; but [de] he for [epi] our profit [sumphero], that [eis] we might be
partakers [metalambano] of his [autos] holiness [hagiotes]. KJV-Interlinear
Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them;
shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time
as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, that we may share
His holiness. NASB
While children, we were
subject to the discipline we received from our parents. When parents discipline
appropriately then the child knows that the discipline he is receiving is for
his own good and that his parents love him dearly.
Earthly parents aren t
perfect. Sometimes parents punish out of
anger or even inflict punishment where it isn t deserved. Too often, parents
perceive discipline as nothing more than a form of punishment, rather than a
tool for correction and teaching. And this is where parents usually mess up
when dealing with their children.
Two items related to
discipline are mentioned in these versus. The first is that discipline produces
life, and the second is that discipline produces holiness. Both of these form a
foundation for our relationship with God.
The surest way to lose the
respect of a child is to apply discipline unfairly, or to not discipline all.
Without the boundaries established by discipline a child lacks guidelines and a
frame of reference as to what is proper, or improper behavior.
In order to have a
relationship with God we must have a life equivalent to His life. That is
eternal life. Eternal life comes with salvation, and salvation comes with
believing in Christ.
But also, a relationship
with God requires that it must be holy, just as He is holy.
65 Those who love Thy law
have great peace, And nothing causes them to stumble. NASB
1 Peter 1:16
16 because it is written, You
shall be holy, for I am holy. NASB
Holiness consists of
righteousness plus justice. Righteousness is the state of sinless
perfection. Justice is the state the
cleanliness. Both of these are
illustrated by the confession principle of doctrine.
When we were saved, at that
moment, all of the sins that we had committed during our life were forgiven. At
the cross all sins were judged by God, however they were not forgiven. During our life we commit sins, and those
sins, though they have been judged, are forgiven initially when we believe in
Christ. This places us immediately in
fellowship with God.
However, within a few
minutes or perhaps hours of being saved, we will commit another sin. This
places us out of fellowship. Being out of fellowship with God means that we
have tainted our life. God will not receive us when we are filthy. That means
we need a bath. Our spiritual bath comes in the form of confession.
Confession is Gods
authorized form for restoring us into fellowship with him. This places us back
into a state of sinless perfection and cleanliness. We call this being in fellowship with God.
It is within this sphere of
fellowship that we are required to live our spiritual life. When in fellowship,
any form of suffering that we might receive is for the purpose of teaching and
training us in our spiritual life. It also serves as a form of testing of our
When we live outside of fellowship,
then the other categories of discipline apply to our life. That is for
punishment, for correction, or even simply to regain our attention.
Most children know
intuitively that the discipline and training they receive is for their good and
to make them a better person. The discipline and training we received in this
life from our earthly parents helped us to orient to life and to be better
citizens in our community.
The discipline and training
we receive from God does no less. Actually our spiritual life prepares us for
far greater things than anything we might encounter or receive in this life.
Earthly parents are
imperfect and yet the training we receive from them gives us an opportunity to
have a better life in this world. God is perfect and therefore His training is
perfect also. Any discipline or training
from God is far more important because it has eternal repercussions.
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.