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Correction within the Body of Christ – Part 1

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November 5th, 2013 | Filed Under: Author, Body of Christ, Mitch Kuhn, Topical Studies0 Comments | Author:

From the moment we are conceived we begin to grow and mature. This is a physical example of what is taking place within us spiritually. When a baby is born, its parents do virtually everything to take care of them. The only thing they can drink is milk. Over time the baby grows and matures, begins to eat solid foods, and eventually starts to learn about right and wrong. Loving parents see the benefits of disciplining and teaching their children, and recognize that it is crucial to their child maturing and gaining wisdom.

This process takes a long time and a great deal of patience and perseverance. Children often do not want to take instruction from their parents and often despise the wisdom that their parents are offering to them.

We all start off as spiritual babies and go through the exact same process spiritually. God our Father uses many different things in our lives to teach us and help us mature and gain wisdom. He works within us through the Spirit, teaches us through our experiences, and uses other members of the body of Christ to teach us as well. Today we’re going to look at this process in scripture.

During this process we will all fall short and miss the mark. The “falling” which we experience will eventually lead to our completion.

Pro 24:16 (ESV) for the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.


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By Mitch Kuhn
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Correction within the Body of Christ

From the moment we are conceived we begin to grow and mature. This is a physical example of what is taking place within us spiritually. When a baby is born, its parents do virtually everything to take care of them. The only thing they can drink is milk. Over time the baby grows and matures, begins to eat solid foods, and eventually starts to learn about right and wrong. Loving parents see the benefits of disciplining and teaching their children, and recognize that it is crucial to their child maturing and gaining wisdom.

This process takes a long time and a great deal of patience and perseverance. Children often do not want to take instruction from their parents and often despise the wisdom that their parents are offering to them.

We all start off as spiritual babies and go through the exact same process spiritually. God our Father uses many different things in our lives to teach us and help us mature and gain wisdom. He works within us through the Spirit, teaches us through our experiences, and uses other members of the body of Christ to teach us as well. Today we’re going to look at this process in scripture.

During this process we will all fall short and miss the mark. The “falling” which we experience will eventually lead to our completion.

Pro 24:16 (ESV) for the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.

Heb 11:30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.

Gen 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

Jas 3:2 (ESV) For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.

Php 3:12 (ESV) Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.

Eph 1:13 (MKJV) in whom also you, hearing the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, in whom also believing, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
Eph 1:14 who is an earnest of our inheritance, to the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

Why is correction necessary?

To love God is to keep his commandments. If we love God then we will obey his commands and encourage others to do the same, correcting them when necessary.

Joh 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

1Jn 5:3 (ESV) For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.

Keeping God’s commandments may not seem important to us at times as we view certain commandments as small and insignificant, just no big deal. However, things start off small, and grow into large issues.

Gal 5:9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump.

Mat 16:11 (CLV) How is it you are not apprehending that I spoke not to you concerning bread? Now take heed of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
Mat 16:12 Then they understand that he did not say to take heed of The leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”

Mat 13:31 (ESV) He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field.
Mat 13:32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

The birds that nest in the branches can be false doctrines, evil spirits, or the truth, the Holy Spirit. Either way it is the tiny seed, or the small amount of leaven that grows into a huge tree where these things dwell.

• Negative: typically evil, deceitful spirits

Jer 5:27 (ESV) Like a cage full of birds, their houses are full of deceit; therefore they have become great and rich;
Jer 5:28 they have grown fat and sleek. They know no bounds in deeds of evil; they judge not with justice the cause of the fatherless, to make it prosper, and they do not defend the rights of the needy.

Deu 32:15 (ESV) But Jeshurun grew fat, and kicked; you grew fat, stout, and sleek; then he forsook God who made him and scoffed at the Rock of his salvation.

Mat 13:4 (ESV) And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them.

• Positive: typically Holy Spirit as a dove.

Psa 55:6 (ESV) And I say, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest;

Mat 3:16 (ESV) And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him;

Since we live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God, we will have false doctrines in our lives and the Lord will cut them down and throw them into the fire.

Mat 7:19 (ESV) Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

Joh 15:2 (ESV) Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.

Even if we do bear fruit, he is still going to prune us, that we may bear even MORE fruit. God’s objective is to bring us to the point that every false doctrine is out of our lives, meaning that every thought we have will be in obedience to Christ. There will not be even ONE thought that is not obedient. Just think about that …

2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations (thoughts), and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
2Co 10:6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

Here is the same point in the Old Testament. The Lord commands that all the false doctrines must be killed, that we may not sin against God.

Deu 20:16 (ESV) But in the cities of these peoples that the LORD your God is giving you for an inheritance, you shall save alive nothing that breathes,
Deu 20:17 but you shall devote them to complete destruction, the Hittites and the Amorites, the Canaanites and the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites, as the LORD your God has commanded,
Deu 20:18 that they may not teach you to do according to all their abominable practices that they have done for their gods, and so you sin against the LORD your God.

To accomplish His purposes of purging all the false doctrines from our lives, the Lord disciplines us.

Heb 12:5-10 (ESV) And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline (chastening) of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. 6 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” 7 It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8 If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9 Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.

Tit 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Tit 2:12 Teaching (chastening) us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

The Lord has taught us through physical fathers that loving fathers discipline their children because they love them and because they know it is for their good. The Lord does this that we may be holy, righteous and Godly in this present world. Lord willing, we will see that the Lord’s discipline is good and we can come to the point of taking joy in it.

Jas 1:2 (ESV) Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,
Jas 1:3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
Jas 1:4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Heb 12:2 (ESV) looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Rom 8:18 (ESV) For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

Heb 12:11 (ESV) For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Story of Joseph in Genesis
• Given dreams of rulership
• Sold into slavery by his brothers
• Falsely accused in Potiphar’s house of attempted adultery
• Thrown into prison

These were intense trials. Joseph had to endure through all of it. He ends up saving all of Egypt from the famine and ruling Egypt under Pharaoh. The story is saying the same things as the verse we just went over. Our sufferings are for our good and over time they cause us to bear good fruit and to be righteous.

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