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Now as we continue in our look at the book of Hebrews and particularly the life of faith as we have seen it laid out in chapter 11, and then reemphasized at the beginning of chapter 12, we come to the final section that I want to deal with in this series, and that is Hebrews chapter 12 verses 4 through 11...Hebrews chapter 12 verses 4 through 11.

I'm going to read that passage. It is, for most of you, a familiar text of Scripture. What we want to take it not in its pieces as it is sometimes quoted, but in its whole. Starting in verse 4, the writer of Hebrews says, "You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin. And you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons. My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor faint when you are reproved by Him. For those whom the Lord loves, He disciplines and He scourges every son whom He receives. It is for discipline that you endure. God deals with you as with sons, for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us and we respected them. Shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as seem best to them. But He disciplines us for our good so that we may share His holiness. All discipline, for the moment, seems not to be joyful but sorrowful, yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness."...

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