Hebrews 12 God disciplines his Sons

This should be a tough passage for Steve and myself. So its tough to talk about sanctification without the making it sound like a Christ plus kind of thing. But yet it says in Hebrews that we have not yet resisted to the point of shedding OUR blood. I am not even sure how to get started here.

Below is the complete passage:

Hebrews 12

God Disciplines His Sons

4In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5And 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,
6because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.”[a]

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2 thoughts on “Hebrews 12 God disciplines his Sons

  1. theoldadam

    Jon,

    Good thoughts. I think it’s possible that the author of the passage may have had that in mind. Trusting more to the point of suffering for that trust.

    I really didn’t know what to make of it, myself, so I called upon my pastor for his opinion. rather than mess up wht he said I’ll just paste it in here for you to read for yourselves:

    “I BELIEVE THE CONTEXT OF THESE VERSES IS THE IMMINENT POSSIBILITY OF PERSECUTION, PARTICULARLY IF THIS LETTER WAS MEANT FOR THE CHURCH IN ROME OR IT’S VICINITY – WHICH IT PROBABLY WAS.
    THE AUDIENCE WAS MOST LIKELY COMPRISED OF JEWISH CONVERTS TO THE FAITH WHO WERE IN DANGER OF BAILING OUT BECAUSE OF PERSECUTION. THE AUTHOR REMINDS THE CHURCH THAT SUFFERING CAN BE A NECESSARY CONSEQUENCE OF FAITH AND A SIGN OF THAT FAITH – PAINFUL IN THE FLESH BUT SPIRITUALLY PROFITABLE.
    THE STRUGGLE AGAINST SIN IS NOT ONLY AN INWARD BATTLE BUT ALSO A CONFLICT WITH THE POWERS AT WORK OUTSIDE OF US.”

    Anyway, that’s Pastor Mark Anderson’s take on the passage.

    I think that both Jon and Mark’s view could be in play here.

    Thanks!

    – Steve M.

  2. theoldadam

    Jon,

    Right, ‘Anderson’…he didn’t have a chance!

    “The battle of sin is already won for us”.(paraphrased your statement)

    You said it, Brother!

    Romans 6 tells us that that “we were baptised into His death”…and a bit later…”we are to consider ourselves dead to sin.” “Sin no longer has dominion over us.”

    All this God has done for us!

    What a great God we have!

    Thanks very much, Jon.

    – Steve

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