Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
I was thinking the other day how blessed we are as Christians, not suffering the same fate as the Jews did if we sin. They were stoned for certain sins and severely rebuked for others, but we get away with everything... don’t we? Well no, so that we are not condemned with this World we too receive due punishment for our actions, and we receive it now.
4 - Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
5 - And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
6 - For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
7 - If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
8 - But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
Sometimes we may suffer sickness...
1 Corinthians 11:27-32
27 - Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.
28 - A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.
29 - For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself.
30 - That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep.
31 - But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment.
32 - When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world.
...or even death...
3 - But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land?
4 - While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.”
5 - When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last. And great fear came upon all who heard of it.
6 The young men rose and wrapped him up and carried him out and buried him.
How we soon forget the severity of our Holy God, when recalling His kindness towards us. Then I remembered that we too are Jews, the majority of us not by genealogy as of Abraham’s flesh... but through the faith of Abraham are we reckoned...
Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham.
We certainly did not attain such righteousness through the Old Covenant, but through the New, yet a Covenant agreement we have entered with Him and we aught to remember it, and I’m one speaking from experience, having felt the rod of rebuke from a Father... whom having invested much in His child, wishes to spare the wiles and snares of a cruel enemy.
And if our Holy God, to spare His own will rebuke them until the be wise..
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
...what will be the end of those who hate God, and have despised His only Son who came that they might be saved?
1 Peter 4:17
For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?