Does God chastise believers today?
First of all, let’s look at the definition of chastisement according to the Bible. And we will be able to answee this question, “Does God Chastise believers today?
1. To correct by punishing; punish; to inflict pain by stripes, or in other manner, for the purpose of punishing an offender and recalling him to his duty.
I will chastise you seven times for your sins. Leviticus 26:28.
2. To reduce to order or obedience; restrain; awe; to repress.
The gay social sense, By decency chastisd.
3. To correct; to purify by expunging faults; as, to chastise a poem.
Yes! The chastisment of God is not going to take away the eternal life that you have in Christ Jesus, but he does that so that he can put you back on the righteous path.
Eternal life is guaranteed to all believers, but never make the mistake of thinking Christians can live as they please.
They cannot. They can try, but God will not allow it. This should be made very clear as you witness.
This is very important because failure to make this clear can keep a person from wanting to trust Christ as his Saviour.
When you are saved, you become God’s son, and while you have certain privileges as God’s child, remember that God is now your Father and has the responsibility of taking care of you.
If a person thinks a Christian could live in sin and not be punished for it, he doesn’t know much of the Bible, nor does he understand the working of the Holy Spirit in the life of a Christian.
History attests to the fact that when evil is allowed to go unpunished, it multiplies and causes heartbreaking damage.
Confucius created a social situation that amazed the world: Under his system, there was no crime problem.
He punished evil and rewarded those that do good. Confucius followed the same plan God uses in dealing with His children.
God deals with His children mainly in two ways:
(1) When you respond to and obey the Lord’s leading in your life, God’s discipline for you will be mainly one of guidance, encouragement, and further instruction;
(2) When you rebel against God’s leading, He will deal with you in however strong a measure it takes for you to obey Him.
People are motivated mainly by two things: love and fear. God uses each in a perfect blend that is just right for each Christian.
Proverbs 3:11, 12, “My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of His correction: For whom the Lord LOVETH He correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.”
This is quoted in Heb. 12:6. Notice, when God corrects you, is it because He hates you? No, but because He loves you and knows what is best for you.
Job 5:17, “Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty.”
Bible Verses about God’s Chastisement
I have had conversation with people who believe that God does not chastise believers. But by just looking at few verses in the Bible, you would be convinced that God still chastises believers today.
Hosea 10:9-10 O Israel, thou hast sinned from the days of Gibeah: there they stood: the battle in Gibeah against the children of iniquity did not overtake them.
It is in my desire that I should chastise them; and the people shall be gathered against them, when they shall bind themselves in their two furrows.
|Hos 7:12||When they shall go, I will spread my net upon them; I will bring them down as the fowls of the heaven; I will chastise them, as their congregation hath heard.|
|Lev 26:28||Then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins.|
|Deut 8:5||Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.|
|Heb 12:6||For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.|
|Heb 12:7||If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?|
To answer the question, Does God Chastise Believers? These verses will proof to you without any shadow of doubts that God does deals with believers.
Therefore, it is important for us as believers to be careful of what we do, and how we act, because as children of God, God deals with accordingly to show how much he cares for us.
|Ps 89:32||Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes.|
Therefore, rod symbolizes punishement, God will sometimes visit you with rod so that your brain can be postioned to do what is right.