My last post, I spent some time in Hebrews 12:10. considering the benefits of patience.
I’ve been a believer for well nigh onto 4 decades and the phrase “share his holiness” somewhat caught me off guard. I must have read it dozens of times, and yet it jumped off the page this time.
9 Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live?
10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.
11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
To Share His Holiness.
First off. lets consider what this sharing issue is.
The word translated “to share his” is metalambánō. I found a word study that seems to help.
- 3335 metalambánō
- from 3326 /metá, “change after being with,”
- and 2983 /lambánō, “aggressively take or receive” –
- properly, to lay hold of with initiative which prompts “a change afterward,” i.e. to show real interest which brings certain change.
This term is found in seven verses within the New Testament. Lets take a quick look.
And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,
The believers took food into thier bodies, consumed the bread, ate the grub, internalized the material. They chewed it, experienced it, took it for thier own.
And as he reasoned about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, “Go away for the present. When I get an opportunity I will summon you.”
Felix was in command of the situation. He would decide when to summon Paul. He was in control of this prisoner and, possibly in his mind, in control of the message (Not really!)
As day was about to dawn, Paul urged them all to take some food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day that you have continued in suspense and without food, having taken nothing.
Same concept as Acts 2:40, only in the negative – they hadn’t taken any food.
Therefore I urge you to take some food. For it will give you strength, for not a hair is to perish from the head of any of you.”
Golly, this term is used alot in reference to gulpin’ food stuff into the machine.
It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.
Paul is simply setting priorities and making the observation that the farmer has a right to the first crops. This idea of “a right” is interesting. Could this term have the connotation of a right, and if so, how does that impact the verse we care considering?
For land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God.
What is the blessing that the land takes/receives? Not sure that it is important in this study, but it is a curious statement, and makes me want to figger what that blessing is. Someone help me with this???
For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.
Back to our original verse.
The term “share” in our verse is sometimes translated as take, receive, or even more interesting “ought to receive”, implying a right.
As believers this verse holds much promise. Under the discipline of God, one of the intended outcomes is that we “ought to receive” His holiness.
Do I get this? The aim of Godly discipline, if we are patient and stay under the discipline, is that I have a right to receive holiness from the Lord. I understand this as an experiential holiness, a holiness that a believer walks in, is part of his life and can be seen by others.
Check out the next blog to find out where I’m going with this.
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