The Christians Chastisement

By Chette Nichols Jr

Introduction
Chastisement of the Christian does not seem to be as active as Paul saw in his day.  Yet the word of God is clear that we will be and are supposed to suffer chastisement.  If we will look at Chastisement as a privilege instead of punishment we may learn a greater spiritual blessing than we have come to know in our lives today.

Let’s look at the four points found in our Scriptures today I) The Example of our Chastisement, II) The people of Chastisement, III) The duty of Chastisement and IV) The Purpose of Chastisement.

Vv 1-4 The Example of Chastisement

Heb 12:1-4 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.  Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

Christ the example of Chastisement
Here we see that it instructs us to consider him, that is Jesus Christ as an example of endurance lest we be weary and faint in our minds and hearts.  Having Jesus as our roll model and the fact he lives in us we can and will by the Holy Ghost have victory over any trial, tribulation and affliction that may come our way and they will.  

While this is true that we go through the chastening of the Lord many of us have not resisted unto the giving of our life for what we believe, yet many others have and will.

First we understand Isa 53:4, 5  Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.  Jesus bore the chastisement of our peace.  That is he endured to the giving of his blood, the death on the cross so that we could have peace with God.  As you know this peace is made for all men but only those who accept this peace treaty made by Christ on the cross will actually have this applied to their lives.

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Confession of Sins

By Dave Reese

A short answer on “confession of sins” and “forgiveness of sins”:

Our sins have all been paid for by Christ’s death–past, present, future and we are now seated in heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 2). That is a POSITIONAL, eternal guarantee of never needing any more of anything to PAY that debt and have this position.

The longer answer…

However, the problem is that we are still down here on earth and drag around an old man who can get us in a lot of trouble (he can’t get us out of Christ down here because we are sealed by the Holy Spirit until the day God redeems this flesh. ( Romans 8; Ephesians 4:30). Because of this many try to deal with this problem and pull anything they find to answer it. Of course without right division, there is confusion and error.

When we sin NOW, after being saved, we are walking according to the flesh. We are acting just like the old man before we were saved and sealed. The old man (what the Bible also calls “the flesh”) is running the show.

Ephesians 2 gives us our eternal security question answer. Ephesians 4 gives us our what happens when we sin AFTER salvation question, which sin is more often and other than most people think!!

Ephesians 4 says “put off the old man” and “put on the new man”. How do you do that? Reading the chapter makes it clear that we must do this not only daily but continually. IT IS NOT GETTING OR KEEPING SALVATION BECAUSE IF THAT IS SO–ALL THE OTHER SAID IN EPHESIANS 2 IS A LIE AND CHRIST’S WORK WAS IMPERFECT TO SAVE AND THE HOLY SPIRIT’S WORK OF SEALING UNTO THE DAY OF THE BODY REDEMPTION IS WEAK.

Putting off the old man and putting on the new man–the NEED and RESULTS are described in detail in Ephesians 4 but details on HOW are broadly given. Why? I think because men are not the same in many ways although they are in others. For me, I may need to pray for one hour to get done what you only need to pray for 10 minutes. I may need to read many verses and pray, meditate, seek, plead, whatever for some time before I can have confidence my attitude and action is right. Does this involve asking God to forgive you for disobedience? YES. Does it mean that if you do not do it, you are lost? NO.

Scripture forbids us in this age of Grace to think our prayers and works of righteousness save us in addition to Christ’s work and Righteousness. (Titus 3:5). In other ages a man’s faith was his righteousness (Hab 2:4) and required for salvation because he was not sealed by the Spirit and he was only under the blood of bulls and goats. Romans 11:5-6 is clear that salvation is NO MORE of works, which is a good indication it WAS OF WORKS in the past. And, indeed when you read the passages regarding those times, faith with works were required. God tells us in Eph 2:8-9 that salvation in “NOT OF WORKS” in Romans 11:6 “NO MORE OF WORKS” and Titus 3:5 “NOT BY WORKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS”. Praying, living right, going to church, etc., etc., are WORKS of righteousness.

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Spiritual Depression

By Chette Nichols Jr

Ever get depressed to the point of not wanting to go on in life?

Ever feel like you’re the only one in all the world going through what your going through?

That is Spiritual Depression.

Well spiritual depression is a condition of all men, even among the saved, because we have an enemy that would seek to rob us of our vitality and strength.  There are cycles in a Christians life, well anyone’s life for that matter, and we go through times of plenty and times of want (Ecc 3:1-8).  And it always seems that during the times of want we see wickedness prevail in our lives but God uses all things to work for good in our lives Romans 8:28.

Depression is common to all men, secular psychiatrist call it a “mental or nervous breakdown”.  However God has given us a way of escape.   1Cor 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it].    We only fail to recognize this and go quickly to him with all things.  I like the attitude of Job when wickedness and evil befell him he said, “What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?”  We must always remember for us these events are nothing more than a form of chastisement for he who trust in God and Christ for salvation. The symptoms of a nervous breakdown or spiritual depression include despairity, worry, anxiety, fear, sinfulness, thoughts of suicide, and anti-social behavior.

The greatest example of the spiritual depression that we all experience is that of one of the greatest prophets ever known.  He did great deeds, his words came true and yet he was just a man like you and me.  This man was Elijah.  We have no record of his birth, though we know he is a Tishbite from Gilead.  He seems to come from obscurity and in the pages of scripture he jumped into action and when he has completed his course God carried him away.  

James wrote this about him. James 5:17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, . . .  Did you get that he was a regular guy and man like any other troubled the same way as we.

A little context might help.  He just finished proving to Israel that the LORD was the true God and that the people should serve him.  After the Baalite priest were unable to get their god to answer with fire upon their sacrifice.  Elijah not only built an alter and set in place the sacrifice but he drenched it with so much water that no man could ever get it to ignite with a gallon of gas and a large box of matches.  After God answered and consumed the sacrifice he then killed the 400 Baalite priests.  He has gone home and receives word that the queen is out to get him.

Let’s look at this moment in the life of this enigmatic man, lets see how one gets into a spiritual depression and what it takes to get out of it.  Like all problems in our lives there are generally steps that lead to its onset and to its end.

1Kings 19:1-18

I.   Vv 1-5 The Cause and Symptoms of Spiritual Depression

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