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Are the ungodly punished in hell?

What will happen to the ungodly after death? Are they punished? Indeed, what will happen to evil men like Adolph Hitler? Do they have a hope in Hell? Will they have to pay for their crimes?

The day of judgement – the ungodly are punished

the wrong way2 Peter 2:9 “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished :”

This verse clearly shows that the unrepentant wicked will certainly be punished on the day of judgement. Consequently, Adolph Hitler will not escape his crimes! However what is the nature of this punishment? Is it vindictive or restorative and in the interest of the sinner?  What is interesting, is that greek word for punished ‘kolazo’  used here is very specific:

Kolazo (G8249 Strongs)

1. to lop or prune, as trees and wings
2. to curb, check, restrain
3. to chastise, correct, punishment
4. to cause to be punished

Therefore, according to this verse, unrepentant sinners are pruned, corrected and chastised; repentant believers are delivered out of all trials!

Chastised

Discipline and chastising therefore, are only necessary for those who refuse to be trained!

Romans 2:5 “But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous” judgment of God;

Kolaso (G8251 Strongs)

A derivative of the word ‘kolaso’ is also used in the following scripture – often quoted by those who advocate eternal conscious torment!

Matthew 25: “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: G2851but the righteous into life eternal.” KJV

“And these shall go away to punishment age-during, but the righteous to life age-during.’ YLT

Again therefore, the punishment is pruning and discipline for the good of the sinner and his or her ultimate repentance. Additionally, as YLT makes clear, the word for everlasting doesn’t mean for ever: it means for an age – a period of time.

No fear!

Additionally, another scripture where again the same greek word kolaso is used is:

1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. G2851 He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”

Imagine, an unrepentant sinner comes into the presence of Jesus Christ the judge, the God who is described as a consuming fire and yet perfect love! It would like an ice-cube meeting a blow torch!

Indeed, Saul of Tarsus  experienced something like this when he encountered the risen Christ on the Damascus road! It took him three days to recover! Some pretty extensive soul-searching repentance took place – I imagine!

Hebrews 10:31 “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

Yes, it is if you don’t know the love of God!

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Has Hitler got a hope in Hell?

Has Hitler got a hope in Hell? Are there people that are just too bad to save? Does God ever give up on anyone? Does his grace run out at death? Is there a finite limit to the amount of grace and mercy available? How many chances do you get? These are the sort of things I think about and unfortunately some believers avoid thinking about!

According to Calvinists and Arminians (if you don’t know what they are then read click the link)  then yes, God does indeed give up on the individual and that point is death. That’s the point of no-return; a bit like paying your taxes: if you don’t pay by that date then its a hefty fine for you!

What are the consequences of this thinking?

Autumn treesTherefore, for the Calvinist, grace is only available for the elect – damm the rest. For the Arminian grace is available to all but seems to be earned by repentance and like the Calvinist – ends at death.

Indeed, they both sternly intone: “after death the judgement”, forgetting that the throne of judgement (in the same Epistle) is called the throne of grace and mercy!

However, if God gives really does give up on the sinner, then maybe they should rewrite the words of Jesus contained in the parable of the Good Shepherd (Luke 15) to better fit their theology?

Calvinist version:

The Good Shepherd has 100 sheep but only one of those lost is elect so he leaves 99 un-elect to perish in the wilderness while he rescues the lost sheep – which is destined to be rescued anyway!

Arminian version:

The Good shepherd has 100 sheep. All are lost and he would like to save all of them but he just doesn’t have enough under-shepherds to help him in the task and most of the sheep don’t seem to want to be saved anyway – so saving one out of a hundred is a pretty good result!

Of course, most Christians I know have a mixed up Calvo-Arminian theology: which asserts that people are elected by God (keeping the Calvinists happy) but only in the sense that God knows the choice they are going to make before they know it themselves – so he elects them……… sounds like a fudge to me!

The actual parable

Let’s have a close look at the real parable though:

Luke 15:14 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?

Therefore, in the light of this parable: “Does God ever give up looking for the lost sinner?” Is it really true that the minute you die then that’s it? No more chances? Jesus is powerless to save you even though he has the keys of death and Hell?

I mean, wouldn’t it be a good thing therefore if children died before the age of responsibility? At least that would save them from hell! Indeed that was the twisted thinking of Andrea Yates who murdered her children to save them from hell! 

Personally, I can’t believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ever gives up on anyone or is unable to save anyone – even someone as evil and twisted as Adolph Hitler! Do I believe that Hitler will just waltz into heaven. No of course not! As St Paul found out on the Damascus road an encounter with the risen christ can be a terrifying and painful experience!

My belief is that the words that we sing in the song taken from Lamentations 3: “the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercy never comes to an end” – are in fact true!

In the next article we will look at what it actually means to be lost.

 

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Christ descended into Hell!

The Apostles Creed

The Apostles Creed is one of the first early Christian creeds and contains  and interesting and important line of theology: he descended into hell.

descendedI believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was

conceived by the Holy Spirit,  born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified,

died, and was buried; he descended into hell.

On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to

judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic and apostolic Church, the

communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

Amen.

Definition of terms

Before we begin though, let’s define our terms clearly because as I discussed in an earlier article: (a hellish confusion) the biblical words Sheol, Hades and Gehenna are all confusingly translated Hell in some translations!

In this article, when we speak of Hell we are speaking of the temporary abode of the dead – in other words Hades/Sheol.

What do we know?

What do we know about Hell? The scriptures confirm the Apostles Creed, in that they tell us that when Jesus died – He descended into Hell. This seems to be a subterranean region in the centre of the earth?

Acts 2:31 “He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.”

Ephesians 4:9 “Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?”

Victory over death

Therefore, the victory of Christ’s resurrection is a victory over death and Hell. Jesus won the battle and now possess the keys to the prison! He now has complete access to every prison cell!

Revelation 1:18 “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”

Therefore, He is not only the Lord (master) of the living –  but of the dead also!

Romans 14:9 “For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.”

1 Corinthians 15:5 “O death, where is thy sting? O grave (Hades/Hell), where is thy victory?”

Hell is not forever

One day then, Hell will cease to exist because it will be emptied completely.

Revelation 20:13 “And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.”

Indeed, even at His resurrection and prison break He even seems to have let a few people out early!

Matthew 27:52 “And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.”

What did Jesus do in Hell?

Consequently, Jesus not only broke in, he plundered Hell on his exit! So, even though he was there only for a short while, He spent his time preaching to the dead (which proves that the dead are aware!) Specifically, he preached those who rebelled and were destroyed in the flood of Noah.

This is a mind boggling concept. I mean, how would you like to go and preach to the dead in Hell for three days – a pretty tough assignment I would imagine – they probably don’t get many visiting speakers!

1 Peter 3:19 “By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the long suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.”

1 Peter 4:6 “For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.”

Of course, some commentators would say: that in 1 Peter 3:19  the word preach: ‘karusso’, is used in the sense of proclaiming or boasting. However, if you look at how the word is used elsewhere – that argument is very weak:

For Example:

Matthew 4:17 “From that time Jesus began to preach (karusso) and to say, repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

In 1 Peter 4:6 the argument for preach in the normal sense is even stronger as the word used is the one we know as evangelise. It clearly says that he preached or evangelised the dead so that they might live according to the spirit – surely suggesting that even perhaps in the lowest depths of Hell, God’s mercy and grace reach out? Maybe God did give them a chance to repent?

Psalm 139:8 “If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.”

Hells angels

Another of the lower regions or compartments of Hell is called Tartarus. This is the prison of some of the fallen angels or ‘hells angels’ awaiting their punishment:

2 Peter 2:4 “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell (Tartarus), and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;”

Jude 1:6 “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

Paradise

Hell is not just a prison though. No, indeed it has a first class accommodation block called paradise (a garden) or Abraham’s bosom: the Jews believed that this is where the pious and God-fearing were kept. Indeed, this is the destination that Jesus promised the penitent thief on the cross:

Luke 23:41 “And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

It was also the place of comfort that Lazarus is carried to by the angels in Luke 16 after death.

Luke 16:22 “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;”

Hell

Similarly, the rich man of the story ends up in Hell but apparently in the basement somewhere!  Unfortunately, there is no air conditioning and the temperature is over a 100 degrees!

Luke 16:23 “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.”

Of course, the man doesn’t seem to be repentant at all, he just seems interested in lessening his pain. Thus, he doesn’t seem to have learnt anything in the time he has spent there so far; I mean he seems to think Lazarus should be commanded to help him when in his life-time he never even lifted a finger to help Lazarus!

A second chance?

What if, in this life, unregenerate men and women build the kind of holding cell that they will spend their time in after death till judgement day? Does this mean they are beyond God’s mercy and grace?

As we have seen, Jesus preached the Gospel to those in Hell but there are a few other hints that of God’s mercy:

Jonah 2:2 “And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.”

Psalm 86:13 “For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.”

Hope for the broken

I hope so, because what about the millions of people that never heard the Gospel before and after the birth of Christ and died in their sins? What about those whose lives are a living hell right now, the abused and the suffering and victims of genocide?

We do know two things about God: He is a righteous judge; he is absolutely fair.

Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”

Everything he does is redemptive and flows out of his love: 

Romans 2:4 “Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

Anyway, in conclusion, please note that these thoughts are not intended to be a definitive statement on the subject  – so don’t burn me at the stake as a heretic! I welcome your comments and thoughts.

Further reading:

Let’s talk about Hell

Paul Ellis on hell

Lecture on hell – Edward Fudge (Video)

Is the devil in charge of hell

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2 Corinthians 7 verse 1 – holiness?

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” Therefore, having these promises beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

What does this verse mean? How do we perfect holiness? How do we cleanse ourselves?

Cleansing OF all filthiness

Andrew Wommack enlightens us, his excellent article on this verse ,  making the distinction that this verse is not talking about cleansing ourselves OF all filthiness but cleansing FROM all filthiness.

In other words, firstly as believers we are already made holy and cleansed of all unrighteousness by faith in Jesus.

Acts 15:9 “And put no difference between us and them, purifying (cleansing) their hearts by faith. “

1 John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”

1 John 1:9  “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Cleansing FROM all filthiness

This verse though (2 Cor 7:1), calls us to cleanse ourselves FROM all filthiness and this is a different concept. It is something we do. God can’t do it for us! If we read the preceding verses we find that the context is ungodly relationships and partnerships.

For example, if you are a member of the freemasons then you are in an unholy and ungodly partnership and you need to leave fast!

Likewise, if you are in adulterous affair – leave now!

Having promises – the motivation

Consequently, the motivation for holiness is not to attain something but is as a consequence of the holy calling we HAVE. Notice, how the call to holiness in this verse is preceded by the phrase: “having these promises beloved”.

So, what are these promises? The word ‘therefore’, gives the clue; it’s the preceding verses which are speaking about the acceptance of the Father, being the people of God and the temple of God. As God’s church we are God’s holy and special people or saints.

Sin in the church

In the previous Epistle to the Corinthians, Paul writes about serious public sin in the church that believers are committing and the church is ignoring. He tells them as a church to deal with it!

1 Corinthians 5:11 “But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.”

It is important to see however, that  he is not saying that as believers we are to withdraw from the world like monks but  we are to judge and deal with sin in the church else the leaven will leaven the whole lump! (verse 6)

1 Cor 5:10 “I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.”

Apostasy in the church

Again, Paul describes this principle of holiness or separation, in a different fashion but using the same word cleanse translated purge, in 2 Timothy 2:19:

“If a man therefore purge (cleanse) himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.”

Is Paul advising Timothy to withdraw from all relationships with unbelievers? Certainly not. No, in context he is addressing a situation where serious apostasy has entered the church:  Hymenaeus and Philetus were teaching that the resurrection of the dead had already taken place. Therefore, persons teaching heresy, even if they call themselves christians, must be avoided and separated from because they are like a cancer in the body of christ.

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Freedom from sin

can a believer sinChrist in you (part 3).

If you could take a pill to be totally free of all sin would you do it right now? If you are born again then your answer would be mostly likely a resounding yes! The desperate man at the end of Romans 7 we have been discussing in the previous post, would certainly grab the chance. I mean, as believers, don’t we all long for that day when we will be in heaven where we will we never ever sin again – a glorious thought!

The God’s-pill

However, the Gospel (God’s-pill) is not just a promise of freedom from sin in the future, its freedom from law of sin and death NOW.

If you jump back a few chapters in Romans to chapter 6, it is clear that the crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the means by which God had not only forgiven all you sins but has dealt with sin in the flesh. Therefore, your freedom is a done deal. It happened 2000 years ago!

Romans 6:18 “and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness”

Romans 6:22 “but now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome eternal life.”

When Jesus was crucified you were crucified with him

Romans 6:6 “knowing that our old self was crucified with him, that our body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin”
When Jesus died you died with him

Romans 6:7 “for he who has died is freed from sin. Now if we have died with Christ….”

When he was buried you were buried with him

Romans 6:4 “therefore we have been buried with him through baptism into death”

When he was raised you were raised with him

Romans 6:4 “in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father so we too might walk in newness of life”

The resurrection of Jesus therefore is the key. Life is more powerful then death. Light always overcomes darkness. Therefore, resurrection and eternal life defeats and trumps death completely.

1 Corinthians 15:54 “Death is swallowed up in victory”.

One of my favourite scriptures and the one of the best bits in the Bible (in my opinion), is Romans 8:1. It’s like a victorious fanfare of trumpets announcing the termination of the wrestling match of Romans chapter 7.

Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, for law of the spirit of life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”

Wow! What this amazing verse is saying and we have been saying already, is that resurrection life, christ in you, the law of the spirit of life, breaks the hold, the chains, the patterns and the habits of sin in our lives! Just like Jesus came to life and walked out of that tomb, so God is able to raise you from the dead! Similarly, as Jesus called forth Lazarus from the tomb –  so he calls your name!

No condemnation

It’s because we have been set free, that there can be NOW (this moment and at any moment), NO (zero) condemnation or future judgment and penalty for sin. Nothing you do, no sin you can commit (even right now), is going to suffer a penalty because when Jesus died you died!

In the next verse, verse 2 of Romans 8, the writers gives a bit more detail how this is possible. He explains how what the law was powerless to do (free you from the law of sin and death), God did at the cross and judged sin in the flesh. So, not just sins were dealt with and judged but the whole of your sinful flesh was judged – exhausting any possible future penalty.

Romans 8:2. “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: “

This is the ‘too good to be true news’ that is the Gospel of Grace – and the legalists hate it! Without conditions, caveats and multiple hoops to jump through, they just can’t cope – indeed the original translators of the KJV even added extra text (without any authority I may add), “who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Why? Because they couldn’t believe verse 1 was that good!

How can it be that good? Surely, the first thought that goes through the mind of the believer is: “yippee, lets go out on the town and sin as much as I can get away with.” Of course, that takes no account that if you are born again you actually do want to live Holy and you have a new nature. In fact, now you are a willing slave to righteousness and to God. Romans 6:18 and 6:22.

It’s a bit like thinking that if you said to your children that they could now do what they liked, that they would somehow smash your house up, drink all your beer and drive your car into a wall! No, if they really are your children and truly love you they probably won’t in fact. This however is the risk of grace and of love that God undertakes. The good news is, that God now treats us as a sons who are led by the spirit of God (Romans 8:14); the law is for immature kids who need rules.

Therefore, when Jesus said the following he wasn’t kidding:

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Let’s us therefore, learn to stand and enjoy this freedom that Christ has purchased:

Galatians 5:1 “It was for freedom that Christ set us free, therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject to a yoke of slavery”

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Does the Holy Spirit convict believers of sin?

What do we mean by conviction?

Before I answer the question: does the Holy Spirit convict believers of sin? I first want to look at what the word ‘conviction’ actually means.

Found guilty by a court

conviction or correctionFirstly, imagine for a moment, someone standing in the dock having been convicted or found guilty by the judge and jury of drink driving. They are now under condemnation and are judged guilty by the court and deserving of punishment. Of course rightly, they are probably feeling guilty, ashamed and fearful of the penalty they have to pay. They have felt the full force of the law! 

Strong beliefs

Another use of the word conviction could also be in the sense of someone who has strong convictions or beliefs. In other words, they are fully persuaded or convinced of what they believe.

Lastly, conviction can also be used in sense of convincing someone else of fault.

What does John 16:8 mean?

So what does the Bible say about this subject? John 16:8, is usually the verse most people pull out of the hat when the topic under discussion is raised.

John 16:8 “And when he is come, he will reprove G1651 ( convict in some translations) the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:”

Reproving the world of sin

Firstly though, this verse is not talking about the conviction or correction of believer’s  sins but the reproving of the world of sin.

The sin of unbelief

Secondly, the next verse tells us the sin which is being corrected: “ Of sin, because they believe not on me”.

Therefore, its is quite clear that this verse is referring to the Holy Spirit convincing the world of the sin of unbelief. It is not talking about believers – they believe and don’t need convincing!

The rebuke of the Father

The Greek word G1651 elegchō is of course used elsewhere. For example, it used in Hebrews 12:5 to describe our relationship with the Father.

Hebrews 12 “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 G1651 of him:”

However, the discipline of the Father, is hardly our first definition of conviction: “The act of proving that a person is guilty of a crime in a court of law”. Wouldn’t it be strange if we treated our own children like that? No, we rebuke, correct and discipline them but never convict in the sense of condemn or judge them.

The rebuke of Jesus

Likewise, it also speaks of the Lord Jesus himself chastening and rebuking believers but again in the sense of relationship and not in condemnation.

Rev 3:19  “As many as I love, I rebuke G1651 and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.”

Look at how Jesus interacted with his disciples. Did they make stupid mistakes and say stupid things? Yes they did, the Apostle Peter often the chief culprit! I mean, how often has Jesus said to you or I : “get behind me satan”. However, even when Jesus did rebuke them sternly, his love, kindness and patience shone through.

Similarly, as a professional driving instructor I have authority to rebuke, correct, convince, train and coach my pupils but never convict them!  Of course, when they have passed their test then my authority ends and if they break the law then that’s the job of the police and the authorities!

The rebuke of church leaders

Likewise, those with spiritual authority in the church have a mandate to correct and teach:

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, G1651 rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

Titus 1:13 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince G1651 the gainsayers.

John 8 – the woman caught in adultery

So, how does Jesus deal and interact with unbelievers? For example, in John 8 the Pharisees bring a woman caught in adultery before him and try and force him to make a judgement. He refuses and simply says:

John 8:7 “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”

Is Jesus accusing them of sin? No, his words of truth and light simply shine into their dark hearts revealing their sin.

Ephesians 5:13 “But all things that are reproved G1651 are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.”

Of course, what happens is that their consciences are awakened.

John 8:9 “And they which heard it, being convicted G1651 by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.”

The story then further unfolds as Jesus is left alone with the woman.

“When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”

Interestingly enough, what we have been saying about Jesus as the light of the world, is supported by what Jesus says about himself in the next verse:

“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”

Therefore in conclusion, I believe like the woman caught in adultery,  the Holy Spirit does not convict or condemn you either. You are not a convict you are a convert!

A believer is not daily standing in the dock before the judge as declared guilty. No, you have been declared righteous (justified) and transferred into the household of faith; you are a child of God. There is therefore, NOW, NO condemnation (penalty to pay), for those in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1

So the good news is: yes, he will correct you, train you, and even rebuke you at times but NEVER CONVICT you.

Further Reading.

God will not convict believers of sin – Phil Drysdale
Why you need to repent
The driving test and the law
Training for reigning

 

 

 

 

 

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The Gospel For Those Broken By The Church – Rod Rosenbladt

I came across this on the Internet and believe the Holy Spirit will use it to help those broken by the church.

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