At present, we are working with the light of truth presented by Dr. Francis Schaeffer from his book True Spirituality where we are discussing the basic considerations of the Christian life, or true Christianity.
Continued…..The ‘way back’ …restoring fellowship with God….
And the first step of the way back is not new either. No man is justified, no man becomes a Christian, until he acknowledges he is a sinner and acknowledges his need for a Savior. And 1 John 1:4-9 makes it plain that the first step in the restoration of the Christian after he has sinned is to admit to God that what he has done is sin. He must not excuse it; he must not call it by another name; he must not blame it on somebody else; he must not call it less than sin. He must be sorry for it.
And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, (and that light is not just a general illumination; it is clearly his holiness), we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin (a present cleansing). If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:4-9 ESV
This is the gentle dealing of God with his children after we have fallen. This is the purpose of God’s chastisement of the Christian; it is to cause us to acknowledge that the specific sin is sin.
And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” 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? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Hebrews 12:5-8 ESV
If we have sin in our lives, and we go on, and God does not put his hand in loving chastisement upon us, then we are not children of God. God loves us too much for that. He loves us tremendously. He loves us as his adopted children.
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? 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. 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. Hebrews 12:9-11
He does all this for a purpose. It is not only to bring righteousness int my life, but it is also that I might have that ‘peaceful fruit of righteousness’—that these things being dealt with, I may be a peace. That is God’s loving care. (to be continued 😊)
Thoughts developed or used directly from the work of Schaeffer, Francis. True Spirituality . Tyndale House Publishers, Inc