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Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know You are a Teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs You are doing if God were not with him.” In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the Kingdom of God unless he is born again.” “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!” Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at My saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.[1]

He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him. Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.[2]

He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.[3]

There are the children of God, and there are the sons and daughters of God. The children of God believe as per John 3:16-17. The sons of God also believe but are born of the Spirit. They have been permitted to mature as per Hebrews 6:1-3. Matured by the Spirit, their own spirits are given birth too, and matured till full grown. They are no longer children, but sons and daughters maturing towards the fullness of Jesus Christ.

Discipline your son, and he will give you peace; he will bring delight to your soul.[4]

He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.[5]

A son is to listen to his father. A son who does not listen to his father is rebellious. And a loving father is to be careful to discipline his son with discipline that is just, for God said, “I will discipline you but only with justice.”[6] To be a son or daughter of God, you must accept the fact that your heavenly Father will discipline you. It may seem to you that God is punishing you, but rather, it is His discipline. Do not get the two confused.

If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father and mother and will not listen to them when they discipline him, his father and mother shall take hold of him and bring him to the elders at the gate of his town.  They shall say to the elders, “This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious. He will not obey us. He is a profligate and a drunkard.” Then all the men of his town shall stone him to death. You must purge the evil from among you. All Israel will hear of it and be afraid.[7]

Understand well. All those sons and daughters who are being matured by the Spirit and who rebel against the Father’s command, “Listen to Him” and the Father’s discipline, are to be treated like rebels, who are rebellious against their Father. If they rebel against Him, they will certainly rebel against you. They are sons and daughters who choose not be disciplined by their Father, as they refuse discipline. They war against their Father, carrying out their own plans, not accepting the discipline that has been given to them, or misunderstanding the discipline given to them. They are not godly and have matured into rebellious sons and daughters.

This is what the LORD says to the rebellious: “Remember this, fix it in mind, take it to heart, you rebels.  Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill My purpose. What I have said, that will I bring about; what I have planned, that will I do.”[8] “If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan? Your brothers, your own family— even they have betrayed you; they have raised a loud cry against you. Do not trust them, though they speak well of you. I will forsake My house, abandon My inheritance; I will give the one I love into the hands of her enemies. My inheritance has become to Me like a lion in the forest. She roars at Me; therefore I hate her. Has not My inheritance become to Me like a speckled bird of prey that other birds of prey surround and attack? Go and gather all the wild beasts; bring them to devour.”[9]

So warn the rebellious. Warn them that if they do not repent and accept the discipline the Lord God, their Father, has for them, if they will not listen to Jesus, they will receive what God has planned for them. For He has summoned a bird of prey and the wild beasts to devour them.

Take the following in context of going and warning the rebellious in the church:

He said: “Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have been in revolt against Me to this very day. The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn. Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says.’ And whether they listen or fail to listen—for they are a rebellious house—they will know that a prophet has been among them. And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns are all around you and you live among scorpions. Do not be afraid of what they say or terrified by them, though they are a rebellious house. You must speak My words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious. But you, son of man, listen to what I say to you. Do not rebel like that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you.”[10]

And God shall have peace even within His house, for the rebellious sons and daughters will be given as prey to the wild birds or as prey to the beasts to be devoured. The discipline your Father gives you is so that you will not be devoured by the birds of prey or by the wild beasts of the Earth. It will give your Father peace, and that peace you give your Father shall also be yours.

Fear the Lord and the king, my son, and do not join with the rebellious, for those two will send sudden destruction upon them, and who knows what calamities they can bring?[11]

[1] John 3.1-9

[2] John 1.10-13

[3] John 1.10-13 KJV

[4] Proverbs 29.17

[5] Proverbs 13.24

[6] Jeremiah 30.11; 48.26

[7] Deuteronomy 21.18-21

[8] Isaiah 46.8-11

[9] Jeremiah 12.5-9

[10] Ezekiel 2.3-8

[11] Proverbs 24.21-22


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