Emanna for 05/22/2020
God's Loving Discipline Making Us Partakers of His Holiness(2)
Heb 12:11 Now no discipline at the present time seems to be a matter of joy, but of grief; but afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been exercised by it.
Words of Ministry
[Part 2 of 2]
There is a big difference between punishment and discipline. God's disciplining of His children is not His punishment upon them. Even when God chastises them, this chastisement is not a punishment, but a discipline. Discipline is with a definite goal, which is that we may partake of His holiness, that we may not live foolishly day by day. After a Christian believes into the Lord Jesus, although he will never lose his salvation, he may receive severe chastisement from God. We should never say that a Christian can do whatever he wants after he is saved. The Bible clearly tells us that after a Christian is saved, even if he is defeated and fallen, he will not perish eternally and will not lose eternal life. However, he will receive God's chastising on earth today. We should not make the mistake of thinking that because we are eternally saved, we can live loosely on this earth. If a Christian unbridles his lusts, commits sins, falls into defilements, and does not have God's holiness, God will extend His hand and will discipline such a one through his environment, his family, his personal health, and his future plans. He may encounter difficulties in his family. He may experience much illness and misfortune in his environment. The purpose of God in allowing these things to fall upon him is not a matter of punishing him; they are not there to give him a hard time, but to make him partake of God's holiness and to become worthy of the grace of his calling.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible (RcV) and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee, The Gospel of God, pp. 386-387. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 4/23/99) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: email@example.com.