1. Introduction

I feel that I have exhausted (at least for the time being) the topic  of  Black Race in the Bible and the revelation that humans originated from a black man and woman.  I will now resume with Revelation 3 and Lord Jesus’  harsh letter to the church of Laodicea.  

Today, we see that Lord Jesus warned the church that they were candidates for His rebuking and chastening, two concepts that have puzzled us for a long time:

I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and [that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent  (Revelation 3: 18 & 19).

 

2. How does Lord Jesus rebuke those who He loves?

In order to juice the revelation from the text, I went to blueletterbible.org, searched for Revelation 3: 19 and looked up the Greek word for rebuke. 

Elegchō (G 1651) is  the Greek word used for rebuke in Revelation 3: 1 9. As I tracked its usage in scripture, I discovered some amazing truths about how the Lord rebukes those who He loves.

 

3.  Lord Jesus  rebukes us by TELLING US OUR FAULTS when we sin

This truth is revealed in Jesus’ teaching to the disciples in the following text:

Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell  (elegchō/G 1651) him his fault (elegchō/G 1651) between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother  (Matthew 18: 15/KJV).

“If your brother sins*, go and *show him his fault *in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother.
Lord Jesus begins by privately revealing  the fault to the believer.  If the person corrects the fault, they would have saved their soul from hell. However,  Lord Jesus will reveal the fault to other believers in an attempt to persuade the individual if he or she fails to change. 
 
Jesus said that He would then make the issue public and bring it to the attention of the church when the person resists correction.  He then treats the individual as a sinner if they continue to heed the rebuke and entreaty to repent. Please note that sometimes  years may elapse before the Lord treats the individual as a “heathen and sinner” since He is not willing for anyone to perish:

But if he will not hear [thee, then] take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell [it] unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican (Matthew 18: 16 & 17).

 

4.  Some of us prefer to  let the brethren go to hell rather than  telling them about sins that need to be repented of

I must confess that it is very difficult to point out an individual’s sin in an attempt to save them from hell.  I have been sent to do so on several occasions.  I have also known instances when believers were not corrected even when it was known that they either covertly or blatantly live contrary to the Word of God.  The problem becomes compounded when young believers follow the bad example, thinking it is acceptable  to sin. However, Lord Jesus reveals in scripture that a person who is responsive to correction will save his or her soul from hell.

I also believe that Jesus’ Doctrine of  Rebuke should also be applied in the secular arenas.  When applied to the secular, the Doctrine of Rebuke is called Performance Appraisal  and is intended for improved performance. Rebuke or Performance Appraisal becomes particularly critical  when individuals  are responsible for the lives of others.

We become aware of some people’s’ sins when they become public.  This is the stage at which Lord Jesus finds it impossible to correct the sin with the help of the individual. Rather than covering the sin, Lord Jesus is forced at this time to protect other young and susceptible individuals from the criminal.  I am sure that you are aware of many examples.

5. Scriptures are replete with examples of people who were rebuked by Lord Jesus

Here are five  important examples:

  • the seven churches in the Book of Revelation. Today we say “ouch” when we read their story, now exposed for all the world to see. 
  • Adam was rebuked for his rebellion. The Lord God asked if he had eaten from the tree. Rather than confessing, Adam tried to hide his iniquity in his bosom (Job 31: 33).
  • God sent Nathan the Prophet to rebuke King David about his adultery with Bathsheba and murder of her husband to cover the  resulting pregnancy  (2 Samuel 12).
  • The nation of Israel was rebuked over hundreds of years for rebelling against God then sent into captivity when the Lord could no longer bear their resistance to His correction.
  • Apostle Paul rebuked the church of Corinth for allowing a brother to have a sexual relationship with his father’s wife. The Apostle instructed the church to deliver the brother to satan in order to save his spirit. I infer that the church and the Lord had already followed the first two steps of privately telling the brother, then speaking to him in a small group of two or three when he had failed to repent or change his behavior  (1 Corinthians  5).

When we return we will explore the Doctrine of Rebuke further by continuing  to track the usage of the Greek word  Elegchō (G 1651).  The Lord bless, keep and prosper you.

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