Discipline: God’s Medicine

Some helpful biblical insights here…

The Reformed Reader

Sometimes God disciplines his children when they stumble and sin. Does this mean God no longer loves those he chastens? Quite the opposite! Samuel Bolton explains it well:

“I grant that God’s justice is fully satisfied in Christ. He can require no more than what Christ has already done and suffered. Abundant satisfaction has been made. Therefore, far be it from any to say that God chastises his children for their sins as a means of satisfying his justice. Christ having done that has left nothing for us to bear by way of satisfaction. The Papists indeed say that our sufferings are satisfactions, and therefore they punish themselves and submit to penances. But no Protestant divines say so. We say that God does not chastise us as a means of satisfaction for sin, but for rebuke and caution, to bring us to mourn for sin committed, and to beware of…

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Pastor of the Free Reformed Church, Launceston, Tasmania. View all posts by Wes Bredenhof

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