22 Strengthening the souls of the disciples and warning and exhorting them to stand firm in the faith; saying that it is through many trials and tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.1 [Tribulation is pain and suffering, which destroys sin and works patience. Obtaining purity on earth through crucifixon of the selfish, human nature is not easy; but purity on earth is far less painful than purification in Hell. Everyone passes through the fire, in this life or the next.]
32 But remember the former days, in which, after you were enlightened6 you endured a great fight of afflictions; [From the Word of the Lord within: "First the light arises, then the kingdom. Light comes from faith in the voice." The light had risen in the hearts of the people to whom Paul is writing; they were very advanced believers who were near the first stage of perfection and entering paradise.]
6 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and scourges every son whom he accepts."4 [The pain of a wound cleanses away evil, so do stripes purge the inward parts [including the heart] of man, Pro 20:30; he who has suffered in the flesh has finished with sin. So that you should not live the rest of your time in the flesh in the lusts of men, but to the will of God. 1 Pet 4:1-2.]
7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom the father does not chasten?
8 But if you are without chastisement [correcting rebuke and discipline], of which all must share, then you are illegitimate,5 and not sons.
9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh who corrected us, and we gave them respect; shall we not much rather be in subjection to the Father of spirits, and live?
10 For truly for a short time they chastened us according to their best judgment; but God chastens [rebukes and disciplines us] for our benefit, to enjoy a share in his holiness.6
11 Now no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous; nevertheless afterwards it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who are tried by it.
20 And he who received the seed into stony places, the same is he who hears the word [spoken by the Spirit], and quickly with joy receives it; [When you hear the Lord speak to you, you have great joy!]
21 Yet has he no root in himself, but endures only for awhile; for when tribulation or persecution rises because of the word, he is eventually offended. [Tribulation, suffering, and persecution occur because a person endures in obeying "the word," which is the spoken words they hear, (spoken by the Lord to them), as they wait, watch, and listen. Every believer who takes up the inward cross of self-denial and endures for awhile will experience trials and tribulations with suffering and persecution; some will be offended, causing them to give up their enduring — they cease their first priority of obedient following and seeking of God to fall back into the ways of the world.]
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4 So that we ourselves speak proudly of you to the churches of God because of your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure;