(November 24, 2015)
The old canard about lawyers is really true (straining a gnat and swallowing a camel), but at times the problem isn’t so much straining the gnat (no one wants a cup of soda full of gnats). The problem is when we allow our intellectualism to be misappropriated into swallowing camels, and not when we are able to strain a gnat along the way (or, at least, that is the way that I understand things).
With that in mind, I was struck by something as I read through this Section. It was one word, and focusing in on that word made a substantial difference in my understanding of what was being said. The Lord taught us that if we cannot endure chastening, we cannot be sanctified. Not will not be sanctified – cannot be sanctified.
That cannot (as opposed to will not, or anything similar) is informative. It shows us that the process of sanctification has, as a necessary component, both chastening and the necessity that we endure that chastening. There is no other way (cannot, not will not) – if we are seeking a comfortable route to Exaltation, this is another reminder that we are not going to find it.