Attitude Toward Unbelief
What warning is given in
the Bible concerning unbelief?
See to it,
brothers, that none of you has a sinful,
unbelieving heart that turns away from the living
God. Hebrews 3:12.
In whom does the Lord
have no pleasure?
But my righteous
one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back,
I will not be pleased with him. Hebrews
Against what are we
warned when rebuked of God?
And you have
forgotten that word of encouragement that
addresses you like sons: My son do not
make light of the Lords discipline, and do
not lose heart when he rebukes you.
Whom does the Lord
Because the Lord
disciplines those he loves, and he punishes
everyone he accepts as a son. Verse 6.
Examples of, and Lessons from,
What kind of report did
the ten spies bring back concerning the Promised
And they spread among
the Israelites a bad report about the land
they had explored. They said, The land we
explored devours those living in it. Al the
people we saw are of great size. Numbers
What did Caleb say of the
ability of Israel to take it?
The Caleb silenced the
people before Moses and said, We should go
up and take possession of the land, for we can
certainly do it. Verse 30.
What did the ten spies say?
But the men who had
gone up with him said, We cant
attack those people; they are stronger than we
are. Verse 31.
Why did many fail to enter
into Gods rest anciently?
And to whom did God
swear that they would never enter his rest if not
to those who have disobeyed? So we see that
they were not able to enter, because of their
How does the Apostle Paul
speak of the unbelieving ones who failed to enter
And with whom was
angry for forty years? Was it not with those
who sinned, whose bodies fell in the desert?
What practical lesson should
we learn from their perverse course?
the promised of entering his rest still stands,
let us be careful that none of you be found to
have fallen short of it. Hebrews 4:1.
Note God does not
change. If He was grieved at the unbelief of the
Israelites, and refused them admittance to Canaan
in consequence, He cannot permit us to enter the
heavenly rest as long as we indulge in unbelief.
What should all labor to do?
Let us therefore, make
every effort to enter that rest, that no one
will fall by following their example of
disobedience. Verse 11.
When told of the disciples
failure to heal an afflicted son, what did Christ
say of that generation?
unbelieving generation, Jesus
replied, how long shall I stay with you?
How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy
to me. Mark 9:19.
What did Christ say to
Thomas because he did not believe the testimony
of his brethren concerning His resurrection?
Then he said to
Thomas, Put your fingers here; see my
hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side.
Stop doubting and believe.
Note The Lord
rebuked Thomas for his unbelief, because he would
not accept the testimony of so many credible
witnesses who had seen Him. How much more
reprehensible is the unbelief which holds out
against the present cloud of witnesses
of prophecy fulfilled and fulfilling!
Faith and Justification
Without faith, what is
And without faith it
is impossible to please God, because anyone
who comes to him must believe that he exists and
that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
How only can we be justified?
Therefore, since we
have been justified through faith, we can
have peace with God through our Lord Jesus
Christ. Romans 5:1.
By what do the just live?
But my righteous one will
live by faith. Hebrews 10:38.
Faith, Righteousness, and
Why did not Israel attain
to the standard of righteousness?
But Israel, who
pursued a law of righteousness, has not attained
it. Why not? Because they pursued it not by
faith but as if it were by works. They
stumbled over the stumbling stone.
When God made a promise to
Abraham that seemed impossible of fulfillment,
how did the patriarch receive it?
Yet he did not waver
through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but
was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to
God. Romans 4:20.
For what was Abrahams
Abraham believed God,
and it was credited to him as righteousness.
When troubled with doubts, how
should we pray?
I do believe; help
me overcome my unbelief. Mark 9:24.
What is promised those who
believe when they pray?
Therefore I tell
you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe
that you have received it, and it will be yours.
After speaking of the
numerous examples of faith presented in Hebrews
11, what does Paul warn us to do?
Therefore since we are
surrounded by such a cloud of witnesses, let
us throw off everything that hinders and the sin
that so easily entangles, and let us run with
perseverance the race marked out for us.
Note The every
weight, here spoken of includes those
traits of character and habits of life that
retard or hinder our running successfully the
Christian race. These are to be laid aside. But
there is one thing referred to here that is more
than a weight; it is a sin, and one that easily
besets us all the sin of unbelief. To be
unbelieving, therefore is sinful.
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