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Correction within the Body of Christ – Part 4

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December 4th, 2013 | Filed Under: Author, Body of Christ, Mitch Kuhn, Topical Studies0 Comments | Author:

The Day of the Lord, Judgment, comes upon us when we are caught up in sin like a thief in the night. We do not see it coming and the Lord takes things away from us. We do not realize that the thief is for our good until we are children of the day and come to see that it is God who sent the evil spirit, and the trials that take things away from us. The judgment of the Lord takes our life away that we may find true life.

Mat 10:39 (NKJV) He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.

Joh 12:24 (ESV) Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.


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By Mitch Kuhn
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The Day of the Lord, Judgment, comes upon us when we are caught up in sin like a thief in the night. We do not see it coming and the Lord takes things away from us. We do not realize that the thief is for our good until we are children of the day and come to see that it is God who sent the evil spirit, and the trials that take things away from us. The judgment of the Lord takes our life away that we may find true life.

Mat 10:39 (NKJV) He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.

Joh 12:24 (ESV) Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.

This dying is good and the only way to come to experience true life. Lord willing we will come to see His judgment, His chastening, and the trials He sends all as a blessing to give us life.

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 12:11 (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.

Clearly we have seen in God’s word that He wants us to purge sin from the body that it may be healthy. It is also important to realize that we are all at different levels of understanding within the body of Christ. God has made provision for us to have a safe place within the body to grow in our faith and not be put out while we are working out our salvation. He has also set up very clear rules for us to follow that govern, allowing the weak brother to remain among us (which we all are at times in our life). God rules His house and will keep it in order while He raises and disciplines His children.

Let’s look at how God has commanded us to handle this issue within the body of Christ.

Rom 14:1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.

Doubtful (G1261)

Php 2:14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
1Ti 2:8 (ASV) I desire therefore that the men pray in every place, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and disputing.

Disputations (G1253)

Heb 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
1Co 12:10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

Romans 14:1 would be better translated as “Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to disputing discernments.

Romans 14:1 is speaking to the strong in faith and says that we should receive the weaker brother, but not to allow them to dispute our discernment of the word of God. In other words, don’t let them take our meat away just because they can’t eat it. We are both the strong and the weak brother at times in our lives regarding different doctrines.

Tit 3:10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;
Tit 3:11 Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.

2Ti 2:23 (ESV) Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.

If a weaker brother approaches a stronger brother to question one of his doctrines, and the stronger brother is convinced in his mind by the council of scripture, then he should admonish the weaker brother twice with the word, and then continue on through the process of correction laid out for the body to follow.

The weak of faith and the strong of faith are commanded not to despise one another, but to understand that God has them both where they are.

Rom 14:2 (ESV) One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables.
Rom 14:3 Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him.

Rom 14:5 One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.
Rom 14:6 The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God.

In anything we do, we are to do it in honor of the Lord, seeking to please him. We must have a clear conscience about what we approve and what doctrines we believe.

Col 3:17 (ESV) And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

1Co 10:31 (ESV) So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Rom 14:22 (ESV) The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves.
Rom 14:23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.

This is key for both the weak and the strong in faith. They both must realize that the other must first be obedient to God based upon the level of understanding that they have been given. This is a part of love.

1Co 13:5 (ESV) or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;

Love does not force anyone to give up their meat nor to eat meat when they cannot do it in faith. Love will however put you out of the body if you are disobedient to the word of God.

The bottom line is that to love God is to obey His commandments. We understand His commands through the Spirit giving us an understanding of the word of God. We are to correct and admonish one another to obey the word of God. Any discussions we have about what we should or should not be doing or believing MUST be based on the word of God.

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