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is Proof of Salvation

Up-Dated - Friday, April 04, 2014

Table of Contents
* The Father corrects His sons
* Chastisement vs Punishment
* Summation

The Father corrects His sons

Heb 12:5  "And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:"

Children are corrected by the Lord, their Father.  Do not wish away this correction, nor give up during it.

Heb 12:6  "For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth."

Our Heavenly Father corrects only His children and does it out of love.  Punishment is for those who are not His children.

Heb 12:7  "If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?"

Those who experience correction know they are sons of the Father.

Heb 12:8  "But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons."

Chastisement is not a sign of being lost, but a son. 

Heb 12:9  "Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?"

Since we revere our natural fathers for correcting us, shouldn't we even more be in subjection to our Heavenly Father when He corrects us?  This is the path to a spiritual life.

Heb 12:10  "For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness."

God corrects us for our own good, so that we share in His holiness.  "Be holy as I am holy."  This is not a command to get saved, but how to live after being saved.

Heb 12:11  "Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby."

Chastening is never a joy, but it yields righteousness to those who give in to correction.


Chastisement vs Punishment
God chastises his family to correct bad behavior (sin), never to punish.  Chastisement is always before one dies. 

Punishment is for those who are not saved (God is not their Father, verse 8, above) and it is always after death.


Chastisement is proof of salvation.  It is for sin in the life of saved individuals.  So, when a saved person is chastised, he or she is assured of their salvation.


G. Steven Andres
Psalms 45:17
Missionary Evangelist
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