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43) Hebrews - Chapter 12 - Sons
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Hebrews 12:3 and following

For consider

You have considered the sacrifice of the heroes of the faithful to obtain an inheritance.  That is good.  Now consider
Jesus who endured for you.  How can we turn away from Him in despair?  How can we turn again unto sin?  Let us
study Christ, His attitude in every trial, for He had all the trials.

"Gainsaying" is also translated "contradiction."  The word in Greek is "opposition."  Observe His opposition.  John
1:11: Came to His own, but they did not receive Him.  Chief priest, scribes, John 12:42-46.  Roman law put Him to
death.  To consider Him is to endure.  The interpretation, "endured such contradiction," is sometimes allowed to
show that Christ had contradictions, such as "joy" and "despising shame."  "Of sinners" indicates that men
contradicted and opposed Him.

He was opposed every way He turned.  People said Beelzebub was His power (Matthew 10:25, Matthew 12:24).  He
is Joseph's Son (Luke 4:22).  People said He is a deceiver (Matthew 27:63).  All this may be forgiven (Matthew
12:32).  Romans 8:17: "If so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified with Him."  Galatians 6:9: "Be
not weary in well doing."  Revelation 2:3: "Thou hast not grown weary."  2nd Thessalonians 3:13: "Be not weary."  In
times of distress just keep looking to the Lord, remembering His afflictions.

Your sufferings are far short of those which Christ endured.  For not yet hath the blood of any of you been shed in
combating against your wicked persecutors.

Isaiah 53:  "With His stripes we are healed."  The cross meant shedding blood for Him, although He did not resist the
cross, but sin.  Christ's resistance was against those who would have changed His course.  How simple are our
hardships today in comparison to His.

My Son
A quote from Proverbs 3:11-12:  It is a free quotation but an accurate one.  It is to show a tender relationship that
God has for us even though we are chastened.  If God calls us a son, we ought to bear anything that comes our
way.

The chastening of the Lord
Love and responsibility prompt chastening.  Revelation 3:19:  "As many as I love I reprove and chasten."  We do not
ordinarily discipline other people's children.  We are most concerned with those we love most.  Ephesians 6:4
teaches responsibility.

Chastening has wonderful value for us.  A "thorn" kept Paul humble.  2nd Corinthians 12:7-10.  Trials work patience.
James 1:2-4; Romans 5:3.  Enduring of temptation brings a crown of life.  James 1:12.  It yields peaceable fruit.  
Hebrews 12:11.  It brings eternal glory.  2nd Corinthians 4:17.

There is a difference in punishment, for theirs will be eternal.  The sun shines on the just and the unjust, so the
wicked receive chastening.  How does He chasten the loved ones?  Peter's answer, trial - 1st Peter 1:6, 1st Peter
4:6.  Paul found a thorn in the flesh.  2nd Corinthians 12:7-10.  Through enduring temptation, says James.  James
1:12.  Through suffering, says Peter.  1st Peter 5:10.  God can turn it to good if we love Him.  Romans 8:28.  God
will not allow us to be tempted above what we are able to endure.  1st Corinthians 10:13.  Let us not be like Cain
who said it was greater than he could bear.  Genesis 4:13.

No child of God should expect to enter heaven without passing through the furnace of affliction.  Paul said, "With
much tribulation," we enter the kingdom of God.  Acts 14:22.  God's afflictions are paternal in nature only when we
submit to Him.  For the ungodly, it is fate or chance.  For the Christian, it is a lesson to be learned from God.

That ye endure

Also translated "endure unto chastening,"  "if ye endure chastening."  It is not for punishment, not for any evil
purpose; you are under the attention and affection of the Father.  God deals with you as with sons, for what son is
there whom his father does not chasten?  He reasons from the common practice of men, that it is not right that
God's children should be exempt.  Proper discipline leads to proper conduct.