"Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in
departing from the living God." Heb. 3:12.
2. Without faith, what is impossible?
"Without faith it is impossible to please Him." Heb. 11:6.
3. How only can we be justified?
"Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus
Christ." Rom. 5:1.
4. By what do the just live?
"Now the just shall live by faith." Heb. 10:38.
NOTE.-If men are justified by faith, and are to live by faith, it follows
that to be unbelieving is not to be justified, and consequently not to live in the sense
here referred to.
5. In whom does the Lord have no pleasure?
"But if any man draw back, My soul shall have no pleasure in him."
6. What kind of report did the ten spies bring back concerning the promised land?
"They brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched."
7. What did Caleb say of the ability of Israel to take it?
"Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome
it." Verse 30.
8. What did the ten spies say?
"But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the
people; for they are stronger than we." Verse 31.
9. Why did not Israel attain to the standard of righteousness?
"But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to
the law of righteousness. Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith."
10. When told of the disciples' failure to heal an afflicted son, what did Christ
say of that generation?
"He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be
with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto Me." Mark 9:19.
11. What did Christ say to Thomas because he did not believe the testimony of his
brethren concerning His resurrection?
"Reach hither thy finger, and behold My hands; and reach hither thy hand, and
thrust it into My side: and be not faithless, but believing." John 20:27.
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
that unbelief which holds out against the present "cloud of witnesses" of
prophecy fulfilled and fulfilling!
12. After speaking of the numerous examples of faith presented in Hebrews 11, what
does Paul exhort us to do?
"Wherefore seeing we also 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
us run with patience the race that is set before us." Heb. 12:1.
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.
13. Why did many fail to enter into God's rest anciently?
"And to whom sware He that they should not enter into His rest, but to them that believed
not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief." Heb.
14. How are these unbelieving ones spoken of?
"But with whom was He grieved forty years? was it not with them that had
sinned, whose carcasses fell in the wilderness?" Verse 17.
15. What lesson should we learn from their course?