Every day, an email is received from Merriam-Webster dictionary, which contains a “Word of the Day.”

The emails are the result of someone else signing up this writer.

The emails are almost always informative.

Today, the “Word of the Day” was “chasten.”

The definitions of “chasten” are given as follows.

1: to correct by punishment or suffering If he commit iniquity,
I will chasten him with the rod of men
— 2 Samuel 7: 14 (King James Version)
also: PURIFY

2a: to prune (something, such as a work or style of art) of excess, pretense, or falsity :
2b: to cause to be more humble or restrained:
He was chastened by his team’s defeat.

When later discussing the Word of the Day with someone else, it was pointed out that “punishment” seemed to be the central theme of the definitions (at least main definition #1) offered by Merriam-Webster.

It was also pointed out that this is a different emphasis than the manner in which “chasten” is used in the Bible.

In the Bible, “chasten” is a discipline/tool used to TEACH, as a loving father teaches his son.  It is also emphasized that God ONLY chastens the ones He loves.

“I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men”
–2SAMUEL 7:14

“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.”
–Revelation 3:19

“For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?”
–Hebrews 12:6-7

“He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.”
–Proverbs 13:24

Chastening also involves a humbling during the lesson being taught by God.

Learning to be humble is one of the most important lessons to be learned.

“A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.”
–Proverbs 29:23

“When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person.”
–Job 22:29

“Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.”
–Proverbs 16:19

“And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.”
–Matthew 23:12

“Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.”
–1PETER 5:5

The believer KNOWS that God only chastens those He loves.

The believer also knows that one can either be chastened or judged.

Therefore, it makes sense to the believer to prefer the temporary discomfort of being chastened (taught) over the permanent torments of eternal judgment.

ONLY those who have received the mercy and grace of God may be chastened.

In addition, the believer also KNOWS that God exalts those who are humble (chastened).

Therefore, occasions when the believer is chastened are occasions for rejoicing, as this means 1- God loves the one being chastened as a father loves a son; and, 2- God is spending time teaching the believer important lessons.

Being chastened is an important part of learning to be a Son of God.

DOES the reader know if he is chastened by God?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation


“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: June 12, 2019.]




by Jeremiah James
–with Mondo Frazier

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