TRAINED BY DISCIPLINE
Aug. 23, 1998
INTRODUCTION: As a Christian drifts from the Word and
backslides, the Father chastens him back to the place of
submission and obedience. The Father does not want us to be
pampered babies; He wants us to become mature adult sons
and daughters who can be trusted with the responsibilities of
life. The emphasis in this passage is on the Heavenly Father’s
use of discipline in the lives of His children.
I. DISCIPLINED RUNNERS. 4
Key word in these verses is chastisement or discipline.
It signifies what parents and teachers do to train, correct,
cultivate, and educate children in order to help them
develop and mature as they ought. Word is used 9 times
in 8 verses.
A. WHAT YOU HAVE NOT FOUGHT FOR. 4
None of the Hebrews to whom this letter was written
had endured what Jesus had endured. None had given
his life for the gospel. Nor had any of them lived an
absolutely sinless life as Jesus had done.
It refers to Jesus’ battle against sin - He shed His own
blood. Resisted sin, even to the point of shedding
B. WHAT YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN. 5-6
“do not despise” - make light of or treat lightly.
1. My Word of Encouragement. 5
Refers to Prov. 3:11-12. The Word of God
encourages. This was to serve as a Bible promise to
the sons of God. Our greatest need is not for new
light from God, but for paying attention to light we
already have. Sometimes the answer or the help we
need is in a truth we learned a long time ago but
have let slip away.
2. My Word of Enlightenment. 6
“don’t faint (be discouraged) when you are
rebuked by Him.”
The Father’s discipline is not to cause us weariness,
but it is to encourage and strengthen us in the race.
Don’t loose courage, don’t buckle under, don’t give
a. Purpose of Discipline.
(1) To draw His servant closer to Himself
(2) To convince us not to sin
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