Discipline & ReconciliationJesus says, “If it should occur to any man with a hundred sheep, that even one of them should be led astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine sheep on the mountains, and go and seek the one which is straying? And if he should come to find it, I am telling you that he will be rejoicing over it, rather than over the ninety-nine that have not strayed. Thus it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be perishing. Now, if ever your brother should be sinning, go expose him between you and him alone. If he should be hearing you, you gain your brother. Yet, if ever he should not be hearing, take still one or two along with you, that at the mouth of two witnesses, or maybe three, every declaration may be made to stand. Now, if ever he should be disobeying them, tell it to the ekklesia/edah. Now, if ever he should be disobeying the ekklesia/edah also, let him be to you even as a man of this world and a tribute collector.”
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For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears; not that you should be made sorrowful, but that you might know the love which I have especially for you. But if any has caused sorrow, he has caused sorrow not to me, but in some degree --- in order not to say too much --- to all of you. Sufficient for such a one is this punishment which was inflicted by the majority, so that on the contrary you should rather forgive and comfort him, lest somehow such a one be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. Wherefore I urge you to reaffirm your love for him. For to this end also I wrote that I might put you to the test, whether you are obedient in all things. But whom you forgive anything, I forgive also; for indeed what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, I did it for your sakes in the presence of Christ, in order that no advantage be taken of us by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his schemes.
II Corinthians 2:4-11
Brethren, even if a man is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, be restoring such a one in a spirit of meekness; taking note to yourselves, that you also may not be tested.
The prayer offered in faith will restore/save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man accomplishes much.
A trespassing brother He will have rebuked. If one failed in this duty of reproof, he in fact sinned, either because out of hatred he wished his brother to continue in sin, or else spared him from mistaken friendship, although possessing the injunction in Leviticus: “You shall not hate your brother in your heart; your neighbor you shall seriously rebuke, and on his account shall not contract sin.” Nor is it to be wondered at, if He thus teaches who forbids your refusing to bring back even your brother's cattle, if you find them astray in the road; much more should you bring back your erring brother to Himself.
Tertullian Against Marcion
Hebrews 10 & 6
For at our sinning voluntarily/willfully after obtaining the recognition/knowledge of the truth, no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, and so also a certain fearful waiting for the judging and fiery jealousy which will consume the adversaries.
For it is impossible for those once enlightened, and tasting the heavenly gift/grace and becoming partakers of the Holy Spirit, and tasting the ideal word of God and the powers of the impending age, and if then they fall aside/away, to be renewed again into repentance, seeing they crucify for themselves the Son of God again/afresh and so hold Him up in infamy/shame.
--Hebrews 10:26-27; Hebrews 6:4-6.