Common and Corporate Chastening

“O Jacob My servant, do not fear,” declares the Lord, “For I am with you. For I will make a full end of all the nations Where I have driven you, Yet I will not make a full end of you; But I will correct you properly And by no means leave you unpunished.”

Jeremiah 46:28, New American Standard Bible

In view here: chastening without condemnation and punishment that excludes death (the usual consequence or sentence for sin). If Jacob (Israel) was not named in this consolation we would not be able to identify the means of the chastening (correction), and that agent is Babylon.   In the case of believers the agents of correction are those put in charge of us (pastor-teachers and other administrative officers), more precisely,  those whose oversight we accept. 

“But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another.”

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13

Enduring lovingkindness

If God loves us we are going to be okay and the gospel is bigger than any person, practice or doctrine. Once we become part of the leadership our responsibilities (to God and our peers) have a new foundation which provides a new perspective.  That perspective is an accepted level of maturity. 

“Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of instruction about washings and laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment.”

(Hebrews 6:1-2, NASB)

“I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it.” (1 Corinthians 9:23, NASB)