articles of chapter 9

What Is the Discipline of God?

For when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness. 

1 Cor 11:31-32 But if we [chosen ones] judged ourselves correctly, we would not be judged. Now, while we are being judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned along with the world.

The word for judging is in Greek κρίνω krinō. When the church of God is judged, it includes the Lord’s discipline. The contents of the discipline, on the other hand, are the reprimand and blame for the wrong behavior. Discipline is in Greek παιδεύωv paideuo, which, according to Strong’s, contains the following attributes: educate, discipline (by punishment): chasten, instruct, learn to teach. Further. God stretches out by producing suffering, pain, or great loss. The church is not included in the same ranks with the rest of the world.

God’s chosen ones are chastened (which also includes education and instruction) already in their lifetime. When they have a part in the first resurrection, they are happy, because the second death has no power over them. Rev 20:6 How blessed and holy are those who participate in the first resurrection! The second death has no power over them. They will be priests of God and Christ, and will rule with him for a thousand years. – In other words, they no longer need to participate in the final judgment and be cleansed with God’s fire.

From verse 1 Cor 11:32 it can be concluded that if the Christians are chastened and reprimanded, such a world is subjected to a more severe punishment;… “when we [Christians, chosen ones] are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world”.

This penalty is shared by the saints under the direction of Christ: 1 Cor 6:2 You know that the saints will rule the world, don’t you? – More severe punishment is called in the Bible damnation or throwing into the lake of fire and it is carried out by the saints [those who had a part in the first resurrection] and Christ. When the saints, together with Christ, carry out God’s law, a straightforward interpretation has been made that the fiery lake which is a figure of speech means Christ and His saints.

Tit 2:12 instructing (teaching, kreik. παιδεύω paideuō) us that having denied ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live discreetly and righteously and godly in the present age, – Teaching, instructing us… is in Greek παιδεύωv paideuo’ G3811.

God’s disciple comes from the same word. This is a very important issue; God’s punishment actually means teaching, educating.

Isa 45:24 He shall say, only in Jehovah do I have righteousness and strength; to him he comes; and they are ashamed, all who are angry with him. (NIV:who have raged against) –

If all God’s enemies, those who do not believe in God, have come to repentance and are ashamed of their earlier behavior, how is that possible? Are they not in the lake of fire burning forever?

How long will God’s punishment last? Paul’s punishment lasted a total of three days, after which his blindness left him. Paul considered himself the greatest sinner, but after that there have been more even more horrible people. I would draw a conclusion that those who have “built their house” on the foundation of Christ can survive through a short punishment in God’s cleansing fire, and at the other end those who deny Christ (like Saul once did) have to endure fire for a longer time. If this is true, Christianity has been badly misguided for two thousand years, and the everlasting torture in a fiery lake is a big misunderstanding.

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