Why Jesus Chastens His Church
Chastening Keeps Overcomers Spiritually Healthy
The Lord also goes to each church with words of challenge and chastening (repent or else). There is a focused desire the Lord has for us that we stay on track and live out what He designed us to do and to be.
This final word for Christ to His Church is so consistent with the constant message His apostles had already taught and written about in all the others books on the New Testament.
- As Overcomers we are:CONSECRATED—ALL NEW TESTAMENT BELIEVERS ARE CONSECRATED TO THE LORD LIKE SAMSON WAS.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”
- As Overcomers we are:ANSWERABLE—WE WILL ANSWER TO GOD FOR WHAT WE DID WITH OUR BODY.
1 Corinthians 9:27 “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”
- As Overcomers we are:WARNED about maintaining Holiness—GOD WILL NOT STAND BY AS WE PERSIST IN UNREPENTANT SIN.
1 Corinthians 11:30-31 “For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.”
- As Overcomers we are:LOVED—CHASTENING PROVES GOD’S LOVE.
Hebrews 12:5-8 “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.”
- As Overcomers we are:CONFRONTED—GOING TOO FAR TOO OFTEN WITH SIN WILL BE DEADLY FOR BELIEVERS.
1 John 5:16-17 “If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that. 17 All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death.”
- As Overcomers we are:JUDGED—GOD KILLS BELIEVERS WHO WON’T REPENT IN THE SPACE HE GIVES THEM.
Revelation 2:22-23 “Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds. 23 I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.”
That is why this entire opening to Revelation is all about Christ desiring His Church to pay attention to our relationship with Him. We are to always be responding to His plans that we be walking in the Spirit and staying close to Him.
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