22 Strengthening the souls of the disciples and warning and exhorting them to stand firm in the faith; saying that it is through many trials and tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.1 [Tribulation is pain and suffering, which destroys sin and works patience. Obtaining purity on earth through crucifixon of the selfish, human nature is not easy; but purity on earth is far less painful than purification in Hell; and the reward for obtaining the kingdom while on earth is to be a king and priest to God with eternal peace, continual joy, and pleasures forevermore. Everyone passes through the fire, in this life or the next. From the Word of the Lord within: "Either pain in this life or the next." The pain of a wound cleanses away evil, so do stripes purge the inward parts [including the heart] of man. Pro 20:30.]
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6 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and scourges every son whom he accepts."4 [The pain of a wound cleanses away evil, so do stripes purge the inward parts [including the heart] of man, Pro 20:30.]
7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom the father does not chasten?
8 But if you are without chastisement [correcting rebuke and discipline], of which all [true sons of God] must share, then you are illegitimate,5 and not sons. [He who has suffered in the flesh has finished with sin. So that you should not live the rest of your time in the flesh in the lusts of men, but [live according] to the will of God. 1 Pet 4:1-2.]
9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh who corrected us, and we gave them respect; shall we not much rather be in subjection to the Father of spirits, and live?
10 For truly for a short time they chastened us according to their best judgment; but God chastens [rebukes and disciplines us] for our benefit, to enjoy a share in his holiness.6
11 Now no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous; nevertheless afterwards it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who are tried by it. [As many as I love, I chastise [rebuke, discipline]. Be zealous therefore, and repent. Rev 3:19]