Hi. continuing my series on Revelation 2&3 and looking at Jesus’ letter to the church in Laodicea.
Revelation 3:19 ‘Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline.
There are various ways of understanding this rich verse. I am exploring Jesus’ letter from a forward-looking end-time perspective. We can therefore consider the rebuke and discipline of Jesus as relating to the period of end-time tribulation.
One of the main purposes of this end-time tribulation will be to renew and restore Israel’s relationship with God.
Deuteronomy 4:30 ‘When you are in distress and all these things have happened to you, then in later days you will return to the Lord your God and obey Him.
Christians have also known the disciplining ways of the Lord, it is part and parcel of walking with the Lord.
Hebrews 12:7 ‘Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons.’
The hardships of the end-time period of tribulation will serve as a means of discipline where the Lord will strip away our selfish, luke-warm ways and turn us into a radical Church.
The testimony of countless churches down through the ages testify to this purifying nature of persecution.
This is the love of the Father, that he should bring us into full maturity.
God’s tribulation discipline will refine us beyond measure!
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