The Word of God or the Bible is written in every language there is on the earth. When we understand this it becomes clear that God’s intent is to save the world and all nations in the world. The scripture says “there is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the end of the world (Psalms 19: 3-4).” Although the word of salvation is written to each and every one of us; the unfortunate reality is every one will not take advantage of God’s mercy and grace. Just what is that grace? It is the precious blood of Jesus given to the world so that it may cleanse itself of sin and not die because of the wages of sin. These are unbelievers!!
These are they that reject the Bible as a divine revelation, reject Jesus as a divine or supernatural person, reject the existence of God, or reject the plan of salvation for the world. They are what the Bible refers to as infidels.
What are the Dangers of Unbelief?
To be quite honest, unbelief is one of the most damning sins. According to the Bible, those who persist in it and go to the grave not accepting Jesus as the Savior of the world are lost. The Holy Scriptures are exceedingly plain on this point and there is no need of argument or interpretation except that eternal damnation awaits such individuals. They have existed in all times and doubtless will continue to exist. We must not, however, confuse them with such persons that have not had the gospel preached unto them.
The unbelief of these people are of ignorance and not of self will, and there is a great difference between the two… a difference no doubt recognized in some way by God, whose judgment of a man who had heard of Him and his Son and yet rejected him without question will be totally different from his judgment of the man who knows nothing at all of Jesus Christ.
Let us look for a moment at the contrast of belief and unbelief. St. John 3:18 states, “He that believeth on him is not condemned; But he that believeth not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son.” This needs no interpretation. Let us look again at St. John 3:36 states, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life; And he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; But the wrath of God abideth on him.” Again no interpretation needed.
Readers, now let us look at the source of unbelief. Well it actually started in the Garden of Eden with Adam & Eve when they were deceived by the devil and disobeyed God therefore losing faith and bringing death upon all mankind. It is that same Satan the Devil that has caused mankind not to have faith in God’s Word today. In the parable of the sower of seeds, Luke 8:12, it states, “Those by the wayside are they that hear; then cometh the Devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.” Let us look again in 2nd Corinthians 4:3-4 states, “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost; In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
Readers, the God of this world is Satan the Devil and he has been a liar and a murderer from the beginning. Let us look in Ephesians 2:2, where it states, “Wherein times past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.”
It is most important that we continue in the faith and not become a castaway. Hebrews chapter 2:12 states, “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.” What this means is after that we have come into the grace of Jesus Christ that be must be steadfast and not take away our hand from the plow.
The Danger of Unbelief
In Hebrews 6:3-6, it is painstakingly clear, “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5v And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6v. If they should fall away, to renew them again unto repentance, seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.” For those of us who are believers this should make us very afraid not to maintain our faith. Why?
Let us look again at the punishment of unbelievers. Let us take a look at Moses and Aaron’s unbelief and what penalty it brought upon them because they did not sanctify the Lord before the children of Israel. Numbers 20:12 states, “And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.” They were excluded from the promised land because of this lack of faith.
Let us see what Jesus says in St. John 8:24 reads, “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins, for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.” If men are justified by faith, and are to live by faith, that to be unbelieving is not to be justified or cleared of guilt and consequently shall not live in the sense here referred to. Let us look at whom the Lord God has no pleasure. Hebrews 10:38v. “Now the just shall live by faith, But if any draw back, My soul shall have no pleasure in him“.
In conclusion there many examples of men in the Bible of great faith and belief. After speaking of numerous examples of faith presented in Hebrews 11, What does Paul exhort us to do? Hebrews 12: 1 “Wherefore seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let run with patience the race that is set before us.”
The every weight that is spoken by Paul are the traits of our character and habits of this life that retard or hinder our running successfully the Christian race. These are the ones that need to be laid aside. There is one more important thing here that is more than a weight; it is a sin, and one that easily besets us all readers…the sin of unbelief. To be unbelieving therefore …is sinful… I will leave you with this…When troubled with doubts, our prayer should be… Mark 9:24, “Lord I believe; help Thou mine unbelief“
May the Lord add a blessing to the reading of his word in Jesus Name Amen.
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