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 crucifixion 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.]
9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, in the kingdom, and patient endurance in Jesus Christ,3 was on the isle that is called Patmos, because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. [John, still on the earth, had been through tribulations; and he was in the kingdom. If any man wants to serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there my servant will also be. John 12:26. You live in heaven, but you are also on the earth serving the Lord. From the Word of the Lord within: "You can live in heaven and still walk the earth. I will come again to the elect; I will be a crown to lead and guide them." As George Fox ministered on the earth, he was translated to paradise; and then he lived in paradise.]
5 And you have forgotten the exhortation that speaks to you as to children, "My son, do not despise the chastening [training and discipline] of the Lord, neather be weary of his correction by him.
6 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and He 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 Endure your trials with suffering as a discipline [not punishment, but training from God to improve your virtue]; God deals with you as with sons, for what son is there whom the father does not discipline? [We are fallen men, slaves to sin, who must must be cleansed of sin through the inward cross of self-denial, which includes trials with suffering to be rid of sin. Your faith is tested through trials: is it strong enough to last through trials with suffering, or do you become offended and cease seeking God as your first priority? Trials and tribulations do not occur until the Lord judges your faith strong enough to withstand the hardships of suffering.]
8 But if you are without 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 [reproves and disciplines] us for our benefit, to enjoy a share in his holiness.6
11 Now all discipline [trials] seems painful for the present, not joyful, but later recompenses the peaceable fruit of peace and righteousness to those tried by it. [As many as I love, I chastise [reprove, discipline]. Be zealous therefore, and repent. Rev 3:19]
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19 As many as I love, I chastise [reprove, discipline]. Be zealous therefore, and repent. ["Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame." 1 Cor 15:34]