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Luke 12:47-48

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 47 And that servant who knew his lord's will and did not prepare himself or did not do according to his will shall be beaten with many stripes.[From the Word of the Lord within: "Never give up, however good it feels looking back. It is blind to give up, knowing the will of God. Don't even think about giving up."]

 48 But he who did not know and did things worthy of stripes shall be beaten with few [stripes]. From everyone who has been give much, much will be required; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, even more will be asked.5 [The pain of a wound cleanses away evil, so do stripes purge the inward parts [including the heart] of man. Pro 20:30.]

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5 that servant who knew his lord's will and did not prepare himself or did not do according to his will shall be beaten with many stripes. But he who did not know and did things worthy of stripes shall be beaten with few [stripes]. From everyone who has been give much, much will be required; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, even more will be asked.

If someone has been given the true belief and hope, that the power of God can deliver them from all sins, and: 1) he then fails to exercise his faith to build up his faith more, and 2) he sins repeatedly until he has seared his conscience, being past feeling regret for sin and twice dead. These are those of whom the Lord spoke: And that servant who knew his lord's will and did not prepare himself or did not do according to his will shall be beaten with many stripes. Luke 12:47. Since faith is authored by Christ, and is the gift of God, which not all men receive, then to fail to follow-thru to true salvation is worthy of greater punishment. From the Word of the Lord within: "Never give up, however good it feels looking back. It is blind to give up, knowing the will of God. Don't even think about giving up."

Until such have killed their conscience in sin, they can still hear and possibly be motivated to renew their efforts to exercise their faith. However, be warned, for every act of disobedience they commit, after being convicted of some particular sin in the light, they must first effect the same number of acts of obedience before that sin is taken out of their heart; and it may take some time of your demonstrating commitment to obedience before you hear from the Lord again. From the Word of the Lord within: "When the light shows you something to do, every act of disobedience has to be carried away by an act of obedience."

Notice! God's punishment in Hell is described with: a) a varying numbers of stripes, based on what you knew you should have done and did not do, and b) a penalty imposed in proportion to the offence; and to a purpose — to cleanse the heart and inward parts of a man: the pain of a wound cleanses away evil, so do stripes purge the inward parts [including the heart] of man. Pro 20:30. The popularly believed eternal torture of all "unsaved" people is a myth, and assumes a monster for God. Simple logic tells you that he who is love, would not torture people forever; that whatever punishment there was, would be instructive, and whose purpose would be to create a discipline that would not need further correction. For more on this subject, visit the web page, Is There Hope for All.

God lets us sin on earth to our heart's content; we fill our cup with our sins, but then we have to drink that cup until we sicken of all sin and evil. On the inward cross of self-denial we can drink that cup on earth with the loving encouragement of the Spirit of Grace, teaching us what to deny and how to live a godly life, ending in the reward of the kingdom and union with God; or we can drink the cup in Hell, where there is little love, forced repentance (in effect), no time-outs, and far less reward for the pain, time, and effort to learn.

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