The Blessing of Fatherly Discipline (Hebrews 12:4-11)

Tony FelichTony Felich, February 26, 2006
Part of the Exposition of Hebrews series, preached at a Morning Worship service

Because of Christ’s work as our Savior, we have God as our Father. We are blessed by our Father’s loving discipline.
I. Our Father disciplines us
– The Old Testament reveals this
– The New Testament reveals this

II. Our Father disciplines uses two forms of discipline with us.
– Instructive discipline
_ Corrective discipline

III. Our Father disciplines because he loves us
– To correct and protect
– To make us be partakers of His holiness
– To cause us to bear fruit for His Glory


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Hebrews 12:4-11

In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?

“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
nor be weary when reproved by him.
For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and chastises every son whom he receives.”

It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. 11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. (ESV)

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