David Kirk

Chapter One The Explanation of Chastening.

The word used for chastening and words akin to it in the Scripture come from a Greek word, paideuo„. There are different translations of this word, an examination of which helps us to appreciate the meaning of Divine chastening. In 2 Timothy 3:16 we read that the Scriptures have been given to us, and are profitable for “instruction in righteousness.” Here our word is “instruction.” When the Lord Jesus stood before Pilate he (Pilate) sought to appease the Jews by offering to c...

Chapter Five The Reactions.

“Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous; nevertheless, afterward it yield-eth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby” (Hebrews 12:11). There are three very interesting words in this verse: present, afterward and exercised. Chastening is an “exercise” in the “present” with the “afterward” in view. When the Apostle used the word “exercise” he had in view a gymnasium training. One expositor makes an allu...

Chapter Six Metaphors.

“… we went through fire and through water; but Thou brotightest us into a wealthy place” (Psalm 66:12). These two metaphors are often employed by the Holy Spirit to describe chastening—fire and water. Job saw himself in a furnace when he wrote, “But He knoweth the way that I take: when He has tried me I shall come forth as gold” (Job 23:10). David wrote, “For Thou, O God, hast proved us; Thou hast tried us as silver is tried” (Psalm 66:10). Job sees himself as gold i...

The Foreword

Walterick Printing Co. Fort Dodge, Iowa To Aggie and Harry and all their fellow-sufferers, patient in tribulation, cheerful in spirit, serving the Lord. The Foreword “The law of average eventually catches up with each one of us,” said a nurse to a friend who entered the hospital for an operation. “Man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward,” declared Eliphaz the Temanite. “We all have our troubles, for in life we are in the midst of death,” asserts the ...

The Mystery of Divine Chastening

Walterick Printing Co. Fort Dodge, Iowa To Aggie and Harry and all their fellow-sufferers, patient in tribulation, cheerful in spirit, serving the Lord. The Foreword “The law of average eventually catches up with each one of us,” said a nurse to a friend who entered the hospital for an operation. “Man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward,” declared Eliphaz the Temanite. “We all have our troubles, for in life we are in the midst of death,” asserts the ...
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