God Chastens His Sons, Heb 12:5-11

According to Heb 12:5-11, if you are a child of God, then you are going to be chastened by God in your life.  In this passage, there is a good bit to learn about God’s chastisement.  

God chastens us for:

Our Profit – Heb 12:10 – ”but he for our profit.”  Our fathers, on the other hand, chastened us “after their own pleasure.”  God wants us:

  • To “live,” Heb 12:9.  He’s not trying to destroy us.   
  • To “be partakers of his holiness,” Heb 12:10
  • To bear the “peaceable fruit of righteousness,” Heb 12:11

When God chastens us:

He loves us – Heb 12:6 – “for whom the Lord loveth, he chaseneth.”  

He deals with us – Heb 12:7 – “God dealeth with you as with sons.”  Notice that we “are exercised thereby,” Heb 12:11

He corrects us – Heb 12:9 – “we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us.”

When God chastens us, he doesn’t want us to:

Despise him – Heb 12:5 – “despise not thou the chastening of the Lord.”  If you do despise him, you’ll become angry and bitter with God.

Faint – Heb 12:5 – “nor faint when thou art rebuked of him.”  He doesn’t want us to faint in the same way that a coach doesn’t want an athlete to quit.  

When God chastens us, he expects us to:

Endure his chastening – Heb 12:7 – “if ye endure chastening.”  Chastening is not “joyous, but grievous,” Heb 12:11.  It’s going to be tough, but in the end it’s going to be better.  

Repent – Heb 12:9 – “which corrected us,” and Rev 3:19 “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.”  Job 34:31, “I have borne chastisement, I will not offend anymore.”

Subject ourselves to him – Heb 12:9 – “shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?”  Once we are going his way willingly, the exercise of chastisement has succeeded.

Note: God doesn’t chasten bastards.  “If ye be without chastisement… then are ye bastards and not sons,” Heb 12:8.  A bastard is not genuine; he’s not a son.  He resembles a son but he is false.  You see, God chastens ALL his sons.  Heb 12:6 – He chastens “every son whom he receiveth.” Chastisement is something “whereof all are partakers,” Heb 12:8.  So, if you see a fellow who professes to be a Christian and God is not chastening him, there’s a good chance you are not dealing with a child of God.

In the next lesson, we’ll learn about some of the ways God chastens his sons.