Chastened as Sons
- Date: June 13, 2016
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?” (Hebrews 12:7)
- From Into Your Hands
Turn to Hebrews for just a moment. Let's establish a couple of these principles; it will be good for us to have our eyes on it. He says in Chapter 12, "Make sure that you are laying aside every weight and sin that surrounds you, that holds you captive" (verse 1). He didn't say pray that it would go away. He said to lay it aside.
Obedience is not works. "It doesn't matter if we are laying these aside or if this is still allowed in my life, there are just certain things that are hanging on and God understands." I don't want to get into a works mentality, because the Bible said, "It's not by works of righteousness which we have done, but it's by grace which we are saved" (Titus 3:5). We are saved unto good works! What are good works? "Good" works are works that God is working through us, because only God is good. There are no works that originate from us that are good. All of our works, all of our efforts are as filthy rags in the sight of God. Obedience is good works, anything that is done in obedience to the commandments, and not out of our personal self-initiation to bring about an appeasement to God, a satisfaction to God. Tragically, so many of us use this as an indicator of how righteous and holy we are. "As long as my 'good works meter' is up to a certain level then I'm pretty much at peace. I'm satisfied with myself. I'm not like these publicans."
God wants to destroy that type of a mentality in us. It's through obedience. He says it's through obedience that He wants us to, "Lay aside every weight and the sin which doth so easily beset us and look to Jesus the author and the finisher our faith" (Hebrews 12:12). He goes on says this, "[And I want you to] consider Him who endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest you be wearied and faint in your minds" (Hebrews 13:3). "Have you forgotten [verse 5] 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: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth" (verse 5-6).
What are these 'bad things' that happen in our lives? They're opportunities to prove sonship. Because if you endure these things, this chastening, you're a son; and if you reject them then your adoption is not secure. You are not a son; you're bastards the Scripture says. We know the doctrine, but wouldn't you like God to be able to show that He loves us some other way? Wouldn't you like to be able to prove your maturity without having to assume any responsibility? Wouldn't you love to show your love for God simultaneously with your self-indulgences and your love of self? "Lord, you know how much I love you. Two for me, one for Him; three for me, one for Him. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills. All for me." Then Father says, "I'm going to have to deal with my boy. I'm going to have to express my love for him and scourge him." "If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?" (Hebrews 12:7).