Summary: What and how does God chasten His Children, find out in this sermon.Also, list Scriptures for God’s chastening in two ways 1. Personal 2. National

God’s Chastening Pastor Michael Church 11-15-06


Hebrews 12:5-11 (NKJV) Ref Proverbs 3:5-6

5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: "My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;

6 For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives."

7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?

8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.

9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?

10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.

11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.


1. What Discipline is NOT

A. God is NEVER Abusive

B. God is NOT standing over you, hoping you’ll mess up so He can hit you over the head.

2. What Discipline IS

As we look at God’s Discipline. We must remember that God does it all of a heart of love for us. But, because of His love he must correct us.

The purpose of godly discipline is positive. The writer of Hebrews tells us it is administered so “we may share His holiness.”

Holiness has little to do with a religion or denomination. Holiness is being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. When our behavior fails to align with our true identity in Christ, God disciplines us for our own good. He is willing to bring into our lives whatever is necessary to accomplish that purpose.

Does that mean we’ll be perfect? Of course not. It does mean we’ll have a heart bent toward Him—to ultimately be like Him. He brings about correction so that our behavior parallels our identity. -Charles Stanley

Def- Chastening or Discipline

Greek Strong’s Number: 3809

Greek Word: ðáéäåίá

Transliteration: paideia

Phonetic Pronunciation: pahee-di’-ah

Root: from

Cross Reference: TDNT - 5:596,753

Part of Speech: n f

Vine’s Words: Chasten, Chastening, Chastise, Chastisement, Instruct, Instruction, Instructor

Usage Notes:

English Words used in KJV:

Chastening 3

nurture 1

instruction 1

chastisement 1

[Total Count: 6]

From (paideuo); education or training; by implication disciplinary correction: - chastening, chastisement, instruction, nurture.

—Strong’s Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary

God will chasten us Through His/ this is also the order in which God deals with us

Spirit - Romans 8, Gal 5

Servant- Nathan the Prophet is an example 2Sam 12:1-15

Suffering- Examples, David, Jonah, Prodigal Son Lk 15:11-32

Think About This-There are 2 types of Children in God’s Family

1. Submissive

2. Strong-willed

Some children are compliant to the hilt. They eat their vegetables. They don’t scream at bedtime. They don’t touch the vase. They don’t hit the dog. They smile. They do what Mom and Dad ask, without a lot of questions. Other children keep parents humbled.

God has children. Some are more compliant than others, but all need correction. Some respond to a gentle, “Don’t do that.” Others push the limit before they listen.

Earthly parents get angry. They often overcorrect, under correct, or neglect discipline. God never gets to harsh. He has never once been too harsh on one of His children. He has never been too easy. And He won’t neglect His fatherly role. The reason for God’s consistent insistence on discipline is simple. He wants all His children to grow up and be like their Elder Brother, the Lord Jesus.

God is the perfect Parent to strong-willed children. We need to thank Him for His constant training. And learn from it. -Charles Stanley

1 Corinthians 10:11 (ESV)

11 Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.

Personal DisciplineThe Church- 1 Corinthians 11:27-34 David -2 Samuel 11:27; 2 Samuel 12:1-15 Jonah-whole bookThe Prodigal Son- Luke 15:11-32Aaron and Miriam Numbers 12Korah’s Rebellion Numbers 16:16-35 National DisciplineBlessing -Deut 28:1-14 Curse- Deut 28:15-682 Chr 7:13-14Haggai 2:17

General References

Psalms 119:67 (ESV)

67 Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word.

Psalms 119:75 (ESV)

75 I know, O Lord, that your rules are righteous, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.

Lamentations 1:5 (ESV)

5 Her foes have become the head; her enemies prosper, because the Lord has afflicted her for the multitude of her transgressions; her children have gone away, captives before the foe.

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