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  • Apr 26 / 2020
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Jesus is the Final Goal in our Race

Hebrews 12:16-24 (Pastor Heo)

16 See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. 17 Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. He could bring about no change of mind, though he sought the blessing with tears.

18 You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; 19 to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them, 20 because they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned.” 21 The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, “I am trembling with fear.”

22 But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, 23 to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, 24 to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.


The Christian life is like a marathon. Jesus is the perfecter of our faith, the final goal of our faith.

Chp 12 begins “Let us throw off everything that hinders, and the sin that so easily entangles…. let us fix our eyes on Jesus Christ, the author and perfecter of our faith.”

One of our terrible sins that we must escape – and one that God also hates – is sexual immorality.

v. 16

“See to it that no one is sexually immoral…”

Sexual immorality should not be tolerated in the church because the church is the body of God. Sexual immorality has the power to destroy us spiritually, physically, emotionally, shamefully. Sexual immorality has devastated countless lives – even nations and churches. God warns us very strongly to protect us from damaging ourselves and others.

This verse gives us a warning against godlessness – with the example of godlessness in the life of Esau.

v. 16-17

“16 See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. 17 Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. He could bring about no change of mind, though he sought the blessing with tears.”

[Genesis 25-27]

Esau was the first son of Isaac and twin brother of Jacob. He was a skillful hunter. One time he came in from the field very hungry, and his brother was cooking stew.

  • He said, “Quick, give me something to eat! I’m starving to death.”
  • Jacob: “Then sell me your birthright.”
  • Esau “I’m gonna die over here, who cares about that birthright?”

He “despised” his birthright in this manner.

Sometime later, Isaac was close to death, blind, and wanted to bless Esau. But Jacob snuck in during that time and was blessed instead. Esau came later and cried, “Is there only one blessing? Bless me as well!” It was too late. He could not turn back the clock.

The Bible gives us Esau an example of godlessness. What was the problem?

Esau seems like not really a bad man. He was a good hunter, he loved his father. Today we also can find Esau around us, maybe even in ourselves. So what was his godlessness?

We must know that this means “life without awareness of, consciousness of, or interest in God.”

It is living in this world for the wants of the flesh and the body and the instinct first, without being able to see what is unseen – to see what is seen only. It is like losing important things (spiritual things) to gain unimportant, temporary things.

“The wrath of God is being revealed in heaven against men … their thinking became futile, their foolish hearts darkened.”

There are two kinds of examples. Esau: bad example that should not be followed.

Q: Are you a good example or not?

God bless us to be good examples to somebody else around us.

How often do you make decisions based on what you want and feel at the moment vs. what you need in the long run?

Impulsiveness can bring heartache and grief, so we must look up because we are running a long distance marathon.

Col 3:1 “Since you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on the things above, in heaven.”

How can we continue to look up, to fix our eyes on Christ?

There is a big contrast in the next verses between the old and new covenant – the giving of the Law of Moses vs. the giving of the covenant of grace of Jesus.

v. 18-21

  • Mt. Sinai represents the Old covenant

v. 22-24

  • Mount Zion represents the new covenant given by Jesus Christ.

So we must move from Mt. Sinai to Mt. Zion.

Mt. Sinai:

v. 18

  • “You have NOT come to a mountain (Sinai)”

v. 22

  • “You have come to Mt. Zion…”

v. 18-21

“18 You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; 19 to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them, 20 because they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned.” 21 The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, “I am trembling with fear.””

[Exodus 19-20]

In the third month, after the people left Egypt for the Promised Land, the people arrived at Mt. Sinai. The people camped there, and the Lord came down to give the Law to Moses. The camp was covered with smoke and the Mt. was trembling. The people could not approach nor touch the mtn – even animals would be killed. This means that God was too holy and great for them to approach.

God was an unapproachable, transcendent God.

v. 22-24

“22 But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, 23 to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, 24 to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.”

Mt. Zion represents the new covenant, the giving of grace by our Lord Jesus Christ.

Rev “The Deliverer (Savior) will come on Mt. Zion… The Lamb of God who took away the sin of the world is standing on Mt. Zion.”

All Mts in the Bible show us only our sin, but do not provide the remedy for sin. The remedy for sin is provided only in the blood of Jesus Christ.

God is a holy and righteous God – and he cannot grant forgiveness simply on the grounds of a sinner’s repentance. He can forgive and pardon sin only when the penalty is first paid. So, in order to forgive sin, but also have the penalty paid at the same time, Jesus paid the price for us.

Therefore, Jesus’ blood is an absolute necessity for us if we are sinned.

Romans 3:23-34 “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. But we are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Jesus Christ.” He was given as an atoning sacrifice for us, so that we might be forgiven by putting our trust in him.

In the Old Testament, God was untouchable, unapproachable. But in Jesus Christ, the unapproachable God becomes approachable. The untouchable God becomes touchable.

John 1:14 “The Word became flesh and made its dwelling among us and we have seen his glory.”

We can approach, touch, feel, the presence of God in Jesus Christ, through his word.

There is also here a comparison between the blood of Abel and the blood of Jesus Christ.

v. 24

“to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.”

Keywords: Jesus, mediator, new covenant, blood, speaks, better word, blood of Abel (almost all words)

This is a comparison between Jesus’ blood and Abel’s blood.

  • Abel was the first person in history whose blood was shed because of his sacrifice.
    • And Jesus is the first, last, and only person whose blood was shed on behalf of the sins of others.

Do you remember Abel? In chp 11, “Abel is still speaking through his blood.”

And Jesus’ blood is speaking better things than the blood of Abel.

What are the differences?

v. 24

“to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.”

  • The blood of Abel spoke from the ground, from the earth and cried out for justice.
    • But the blood of Christ is speaking from heaven and announces mercy and grace for sinners like you and me.
  • The blood of Abel made his brother Cain guilty and drove him away in despair.
    • The blood of Christ set us free from guilt and opened the way to God.
  • The blood of Abel called out for vengeance.
    • The blood of Jesus opens up the way of reconciliation, the way of peace.

The blood of Christ made it possible for us to become friends of God. This is possible only through the blood of Jesus Christ.

That’s why the Bible says, “Since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God…” We are also reconciled to God through the blood of Christ.

“Rejoice in the Lord always! Rejoice in the Lord always!”

After Jesus came, lived, and died, and rose again, and now lives forever, the God who was very far distant was brought near to us, and we can enjoy his presence at any time through Jesus.

“The blood of Christ purifies us from all sins.”

God bless you to enjoy the power of the blood of Christ through your daily lives.

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  • Apr 19 / 2020
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We are Spiritual Marathoners

Hebrews 12:12-15 (Pastor Heo)

“12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13 “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.

Warning Against Refusing God

14 Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.”

We are in Hebrews. Chp 12 starts as we studied a few weeks ago. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders…Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…”

“Let us run the race…”

We can say that the Christian life in this world is like a spiritual marathon. Do you know about marathons? We know about physical marathons. They are 42.195km. This is a LONG distance. We know how difficult it is to finish this full course well. So, since we know how difficult it is to finish well, when they do finish well, they are filled with a big smile.

Like this, when we finish this race set before us well, we also will be very happy and satisfied.

2 Tim “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith, and there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, that the Lord will award to me and to all who have longed for his second appearance.”

Remember, the Christian life is a marathon. God bless us to finish the race well.

v. 12-13

“12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13 “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.”

God is our coach, pushing us beyond our limits.

Yet, difficult times should not cause us to fear, but we are not to be satisfied with only self-survival in mind. We must be good to others to follow Christ very well. We must run tough and hard, very well. We must not choose the easy way for ourselves, but make an easier way for others to believe in Christ – by becoming good examples.

As we know, in every Christian community and society, there are some who are weaker, likely to go astray and abandon the struggle. So it is up to us to put fresh vigor into weak arms and fresh strength into failing feet.

One of life’s greatest privileges is to become an encourager to one who is in despair and a strengthener of one whose strength is failing.

As Christians, we have double-duty – before God and before man. Make your way straight in the sight of men, and God, then we will find favor before God and men. We must have a pure heart before God and an upright life before man. We are long-distance runners in this world.

So, let us run rough and tough together.

1 Peter 2:21 “To this you were called because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in his steps.”

If we want to become a good example for others, we need discipline, and suffering. We must run hard and run together as co-marathoners in this world.

v. 14

“Make every effort [do your best] to live in peace with all men [even your enemies] and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.”

This means, without holiness we cannot be saved. Let us run rough and tough and run after peace and holiness. In our marathon, all the time, we must run after peace and holiness.

Peace

Peace is not negative in the Bible – it is intensely positive. God bless us with his peace.

Peace = everything that is made for man’s highest good and happiness (i.e. to be found in obedience to God), also right relationships between God and man, and man and man. Hatred is no more and each person pursues his neighbor’s good.

We must pursue peace with all people in this world. We must have peaceful relationships with our unbelieving relatives and neighbors, our enemies, and people in the church.

Yet, in this imperfect world, we know it is impossible for all men to live together in peace – but we must DO OUR BEST.

  • Romans “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with all men.”
  • Romans 14 “Let us do all we can to bring peace and mutual edification.”
  • Romans 5 “Therefore, we have been justified, so we have peace with God.”

How is this possible? Only through Christ.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons and daughters of God.”

2 Cor “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old is gone, the new has come.” If you memorize this, you must also memorize the next verse. 18 “All this is from God who reconciled himself to us and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.”

This means we have been given the ministry of reconciliation – to reconcile people to God and reconcile with other men. We are to be kind, thoughtful, considerate, to help others, pray for others, even for our enemies – even those who hate us.

But the best way to make peace between God and man and man and man: To preach the gospel – the “good news of great joy for all the people.”

“Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God.”

Jesus is the author of our peace and the source of our peace. That’s why long ago, before he came, it was prophesied, “He will be called Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah) and in Eph “He himself is our peace.” Only real peace can be found in Jesus Christ.

Holiness

We must be holy. What is the meaning? It is literally: different and separated.

  • “Holiness” applied to God = his moral perfection and the fact that he is totally separated from all humanity and all creation.
  • “Holiness” applied to us = set apart, consecrated, set aside for a purpose.

Remember, the world’s standards are not our standards.

Romans 12 “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

Our actions, thoughts, concerns, purpose. Our final goal is different.

“Without holiness, no one can see God” because sin always blocks our vision of God. If we want to see God, we must renounce sin and obey God.

Important: We are made holy once for all by the one-time sacrifice of Jesus Christ. We are perceived as holy by what Jesus has done for us on the cross and we are called “saints” which means “holy ones.”

But in a practical way, “holiness” means “honoring God in how we treat others” – neighbors, husband, wife, spouse, employees, children, parents, co-workers, and how we run our business, how we behave at work, etc. Holiness causes us to behave differently from unbelievers.

Yes, we must do our best to live at peace with everyone, but at the same time, we must be different (set apart) from the world.

1 John 3:2 “Yes, dear friends, we are now children of God. If we are, though what we will be has not been made know now, yet when he appears we shall be made like him and we shall see him as he really is.” This is the fulfillment of holiness when we finish our marathon course.

This is why we run after peace and holiness.

Finally, we need his grace. Without it, we cannot finish this race well. His grace is essential for us to continue our race and finish very well.

v. 15

“See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.”

We must run in the grace of God.

“See to it that no one misses the grace of God” means that it is possible to miss it. Remember, the grace of God does not fail, but we can fail to depend on his grace. The grace of God brings us the opportunity / chance to make our lives what they are meant to be. But we can miss that chance because of our sin, ignorance, laziness, procrastination, and pride. So, against that, we must be on watch in spiritual visions.

Romans 5:20 “Where sin increased, the grace of God increased all the more.” What does this mean? We should not misunderstand this sentence. It does not mean that we should sin more to experience more grace, rather it means that the more we realize HOW MUCH we need his grace, the more we realize HOW GREAT his grace is.

  • “It is by grace that you are saved by faith. It is not of yourselves, but is the gift of God so that no one can boast.”
  • Romans 5:2 “Through Jesus Christ, we have gained access into this grace in which we now stand.”
  • James 4:6 “God gives us more grace, greater grace, but he rejects the proud, but gives more grace to the humble.”

For our daily needs, there is daily grace. For sudden needs, there is sudden grace. For overwhelming needs, there is overwhelming grace. His grace is always available to us.

“Let us approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Remember, his grace is always very near us, but we must be spiritually vigilant to appreciate and enjoy this grace.

Yes, the Christian life is like a marathon. So let us run hard, but let us also run together. Let us run toward peace and holiness. And let us run focusing our eyes on Jesus Christ – only he is the author and perfecter of our faith and he is the final goal of our faith.

God bless you with his peace, holiness, and grace.

Let’s pray.

  • Apr 12 / 2020
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Resurrection power is available for us in our daily lives.

1 Corinthians 15
The Resurrection of Christ

1 Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,


Christ is Risen! Amen!

Christ is alive in your life all the time? Yes, Christ is risen. He died for our sins, rose for our salvation, and is still alive now forever and ever.

Rev “That Jesus is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those that pierced him.”

Yes, Jesus is the reason we celebrate. What power! What love! What victory! What triumph!

v. 1 “Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you,”

Every Sunday, I preach the gospel to you, but let me now remind you of the gospel message. It is “Good News” of great joy for all the people, eternally. Yes, every day we need good news, especially nowadays especially in these not good looking situations thanks to corona virus.

Imagine, if a perfect vaccine for corona virus is made and all patients are cured immediately, what good news! Yes, I pray and hope for peace for the suffering of those people with the virus.

But the gospel is so much BETTER news than even that kind of good news.

v. 2 “By this gospel you are saved.”

Gospel is the perfect vaccine for life.

v. 3-4 is clear in the message of the gospel.

“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,”

This is very clear. This is the core message of the gospel. Jesus died for our sins and rose again for our salvation.

Here, we can see twice “according to the Scriptures” (v. 3, 4).

From Genesis to Revelation, this phrase appears only 2 times, here. So what does this mean?

You may think it means, “as prophesied in the OT”, and that is not wrong, but it means so much more than that. It is the summary of the whole Bible – the message, the theme, the main topic of the whole Bible:

  • Jesus died for our sins, and rose again for our salvation.

This is what “according to the Scriptures” means.

Now, let me summarize the gospel message.

  • OT: The prophecy of the coming Messiah, his death, and resurrection.
  • Gospels (Matt, Mark, Luke, John): The literal fulfillment of this – and Jesus’ death is a substitutionary death for us. That is why these books are called gospels.
  • Acts: The fruit of the resurrection of Christ: the church (called the body of Christ) – He is the “head” of the church.
    • So the period of time between his resurrection and second coming = the period of Mission – the growth of the church.
  • Revelation: the future, the coming king, the lord of lords, the final God.

There is no gospel message without the death and resurrection of Christ. This is the heart, the core of everything we believe, receive and experience both on earth and in heaven later.

Jesus said, “It is finished.”

He was pierced for our transgressions, and crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought us peace was upon him, by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah)

God made him who was without sin to become sin for us so that we might become the righteousness of God.

1 Peter: Jesus himself bore our sins on the cross so that we might die to sin and rise to righteousness.

1 Peter 3:18 Jesus died for the sins of this world, once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you and me to God.

Romans 5:8 “God demonstrated his own love for us in this: that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have been reconciled, how much more shall we be saved through his resurrection.” The cross and the resurrection go together all the time, they are inseparable.

Without the resurrection, the cross is a complete failure.

“Jesus was delivered over to death for our sins, and raised for our life. Who is it that condemns? … He is able to save completely those who come to him.” (Romans?)

Remember, by his resurrection, Jesus defeated all enemies, and Satan. He defeated the source of sin, all worry, anxiety, bitterness, the past, the shame, all problems which come from sin. Satan was defeated and conquered and under the feet of Christ. This means, Satan is not “going to” be defeated at some point in the future, but he “was” defeated in the past already. Jesus sealed Satan’s defeat by his resurrection. So we must know that Satan has no power over you and me unless you give power to him. He has no authority unless you give it to him.

Col 2:15 “Jesus Christ has disarmed all powers, authorities, principalities, and has made a public spectal of them, triumphing over them by his cross.”

His resurrection power sets us free from all enemies, from Satan, from sin, from worries, from anxieties, shame, the past, bitterness.

Romans 8:11 “If the spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because he lives in you.”

The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is available in you.

Resurrection power does not come from heaven tomorrow, but is in you now.

Galatians “I have been crucified with Christ and no longer live. The life I live in the body I live by faith in the son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Jesus “I am the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes in me shall live even though he dies.”

This is the resurrection power.

Then, how is it possible to enjoy this resurrection power in our practical lives?

How can we enjoy this?

Let me share HOW we can enjoy this power practically and really this power in our daily lives. Let me share 4 things about this power in our lives.

1. By believing

– By faith we can enjoy the resurrection power in our daily lives. By believing in Christ as Savior and Lord, we can experience and enjoy his resurrection power.

We know that resurrection power / life is available for us. Jesus died for our sins, and rose again for our justification. He rose for our salvation. But we must believe it, we must accept it by faith. When you believe it, the truth becomes a reality. We must recognize the reality of God’s spirit living in us and making our mortal lives immortal.

2 Cor 5:17 “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. Behold! The old has gone, the new has come!”

2. By confessing

– With our words, our mouths, our tongues we can enjoy this power.

Speak with your words what you believe in your heart. Your word has power. “My word has power.”

Romans 10:9-10 “If you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart you believe and are justified, and with your tongue that you confess and are saved.”

Please, every morning when you wake up, declare, “Jesus’ resurrection power is living in me! It is available for me! It is living and working through me today.”

3. By applying

– The name of Jesus Christ, the blood of Christ, the resurrection power to every situation, we can enjoy resurrection power practically.

Yes we know Satan is defeated already. If any challenge or trial comes to you, for example, fears, worries, shame, bitterness, temptation to sin, etc, apply the name of Jesus and declare, “The curse is OVER in my life!” Declare it and act on it.

The enemy is defeated, we know that. He was sealed, we know that. But we must still act on it.

Romans 8:11 “If the spirit of him who raised Christ from the dead is living in you and me, he will also give life to your mortal bodies through his spirit who lives in you.”

Practically, this means that the same power that raised Christ from the dead is available for you and me, by faith. So, every day, we must apply the blood and name of Christ.

4. By preaching the gospel

– (very important)

Let’s return to the text:

v. 1 “I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you”
v. 3 “what I received I passed on to you as of first importance”

Please remember all the time, the gospel is Good News of great joy for the salvation of everyone who believes.

If we accept this, and believe it, we are to preach it to others as well.

If you are saved, the gospel message is passed on to you by somebody.

Why was it passed on to you? In order to BE passed on to others.

Gospel: “Good news” News should be announced. News is news when it is announced and shared with others. That’s why after his resurrection, there was one comment and commission he left for us to do as his followers as of first importance.

Mark: “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”

Amen.

By believing in Christ,
by confessing with our mouth,
by applying the name of Christ, the blood of Christ,
by preaching the good news of Christ,
we can enjoy the resurrection power in our daily lives.

God bless you.

Let’s pray.

  • Apr 05 / 2020
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A real child needs discipline for growth

Hebrews 12:5-11 (Pastor Heo)

12:5 And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons:

“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,

and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,

6 because the Lord disciplines those he loves,

and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.”

7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? 8 If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. 9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! 10 Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.


Today’s message is a little solid food for adult children of God. God bless us with this solid food.


Here’s one simple question: very important. Are you a child of God? Are you a daughter / son of God?

Before receiving this passage, we must be clear in this matter – because today’s passage is for the children of God.

If you are sure of your sonship / daughtership of God, then today’s passage is just for you. One keyword: “children / son” this word is repeated 7x.

v. 5 “The word of encouragement that addresses you as sons…”

We must be children of God to receive today’s passage. How can we become children of God. It is very simple, but only in one way. By believing in Christ as Savior and Lord can we become children of God.

John 1:12-13 “To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to be call children of God…”

Only Jesus is the source of our faith – the ground, object, foundation, author, perfecter, pioneer, finisher of our faith. If we are really children of God, he will provide what we need – both in this world and the world that comes next.

However, we must also realize that discipline is essential.

Another keyword: “discipline.” In these 7 verses, the word “discipline” is repeated. The root of “discipline” and “disciple” are the same etymologically. This may have many meanings: punish, rebuke, train, teach, instruct. If we are really children of God, then discipline is essential for our growth and maturity.

Think about your personal experience between father / son, parents / children. Once, we were all children to our fathers and mothers. Today we may be fathers or mothers to our own children today.

v. 9 “moreover we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it… “

If our human fathers are normal and faithful to their human children, they will discipline them. Without discipline, our children may become tyrants. If I let my son do whatever he wants all the time, with no rules, he will become a bad boy, and I will be a bad father.

Sometimes we may feel like spanking our neighbor’s children, and they may feel like spanking our children, but we do not do that. Human fathers only discipline their own children, this shows that the children are their own.

Yes, sometimes human parents discipline children when they should not, or in the wrong way. And sometimes they do not discipline when they should. No human fathers are perfect but they do their best in the time the have with their children. And this human imperfection reminds us of the perfection of our heavenly father.

v. 8 “If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons.”

At that time: “illegitimate children” were from slave girls or concubines. They received no recognition from their fathers, no discipline, no inheritance.

So, if we are disciplined by God, we can be encouraged that we really are children of God. “…if indeed we share in his sufferings that we may share in his glory. We know that our current sufferings cannot compare to the glory that will be revealed in us.” (Romans)

God disciplines only adult children, those he loves.

Also, as parents, we do not discipline infants – we only care for them.

And so if we are disciplined by God, it shows that we are growing and maturing and given adult standing in God’s family.

In our personal experience, there are many kinds of discipline, but let me say according to the Bible, roughly speaking, there are three kinds of discipline:

1. Corrective discipline

When we sin or do wrong we can receive corrective discipline – because he is our father and loves us.

When he disciplines us, he is not happy, he doesn’t enjoy it, he feels pain. But he disciplines us when we do wrong, when we sin, because he wants us to grow and mature.

King David is a good example of this. We know some of his stories.

He committed adultery with Bathsheba, then had her husband Uriah killed in the battlefield to hide his sin. But God knew, and like this we can hide nothing from God.

Then, his son Amnon raped his half sister. Absolom killed him, then rebelled against David to become king.

This was STEEP correction – but through this, David learned much and grew in grace. He confessed, “My God, my God, have mercy on me according to your unfailing love, and cleanse me from my sin. I know my sin. I was sinful at birth from the moment my mother conceived me.”

Yes, through this terrible experience, David grew in knowing God more. God disciplined David because he loved him so much, he was a son to God.

2. Preventative discipline

The apostle Paul is a good example of this. We know he was very dedicated and committed for his whole life to preaching the gospel. He was humble. Nevertheless, God gave him a thorn in his body to keep him from becoming conceited due to the great revelations he had from God. God allowed him to have weakness and sickness to keep him humble. Paul prayed 3 times to remove this weakness, but God answered, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

Paul confessed, “For Christ’s sake, I rejoice in my weakness, in my difficulties, in my persecutions, for when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Through his physical weakness, he experienced the power of Jesus Christ manifested and demonstrated through his weakness.

3. Educational discipline

Job is a good example of this. God gave him to us as a good example of patience, perseverance, and endurance. Recently, today, we need these more than ever.

Job was blameless, upright, feared God, worshiped God sincerely, shunned evil. God was so proud of him even before Satan. But Satan challenged this, “Does Job fear you for nothing? If you take away all the blessings you’ve given him, then he will stop worshiping you.”

God said, “OK, strike him, but spare his life.” So Satan afflicted him.

Usually, discipline comes because we are doing poorly. But also sometimes, discipline can come because we are doing so well.

Job was a spiritual athlete. Because of his excellence, God brought a greater challenge to him so that he might rise to higher levels of spirituality.

In the later chapters of Job, “God knows the levels he is testing me, and when I come out of the fire, I will come out as gold.”

When God disciplines us, Satan tempts us to believe, “God doesn’t care for me, he has left me.” Actually, the very opposite is true. He disciplines us because he is with us, loves us, cares for us, and he wants us to grow and grow and grow until we are like Jesus in our character and attitude.

What are the benefits of discipline? There are many, but we should remember God’s right discipline in the right time, in the right way.

God’s discipline is always for our good, for our highest good. “God is good, all the time; all the time, God is good.”

God’s discipline is always to our advantage. Here are some advantages to our discipline, sufferings, and difficulties, and problems. In this world, we cannot escape these things, but we must be able to respond positively by faith.

1. Helps us to look upward and forward instead of inward

God provides patience, endurance, good character, hope, love in our suffering.

Romans “Therefore, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have gained access to this grace in which we now stand. We rejoice in the glory of God and also in our sufferings, which produces patience, endurance, character, and hope, which does not disappoint us because God has poured his love into our hearts.”

2. We can trust in God’s sovereignty for our lives

Romans 8:28 “In all things, God works for the good of those who love him and have been called according to his purpose.”

3. Sufferings enable us to help others who are suffering

2 Cor 1:4 “God comforts us in all our troubles so that we may comfort others in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”

For children, remember, discipline is essential. But discipline is not the purpose, it is only the means.

What is the purpose of God? Let’s see the last two verses:

v. 10-12 “but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”

God’s plan for us is righteousness, peace, joy and holiness, sharing in his nature.

So, what about this world around us? Why do we need discipline? To live a righteous life in this unrighteous world; to live peaceful; to live holy; to live godly life in this ungodly world. So, we must continually focus our eyes on Jesus Christ, the author and perfecter of our faith.

Let us continue running with patience this race set before us. God loves you so much and desires we grow and grow and grow without stop until we become like our example, Jesus Christ.

God bless you to be victorious in living a Christian life in this world.

Let’s pray.

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