8744 faithlessness, as disobedience
A lack of faith and obedience to God, which is seen especially in the lives of unbelievers. However, Scripture makes clear that believers can occasionally lapse into faithlessness towards God.
Faithlessness among the ungodly
Faithlessness among the Jews
Specific examples Mt 13:58 pp Mk 6:5-6 the people of Nazareth; Mt 19:21-22 pp Mk 10:21-22 pp Lk 18:22-23 the rich young ruler; Ac 28:24 Many Jews reject Paul’s ministry in Rome; 1Ti 1:13 Paul’s own persecution of the church arose from unbelief in Jesus Christ.
The acceptance of the Gentiles Ro 11:17-21 The Jews’rejection of the gospel opens the way for Gentiles to be incorporated into the people of God, represented here as branches grafted onto a cultivated olive tree.
Israel’s faithlessness is partial and temporary Ro 11:5 Though the people as a whole have rejected Jesus Christ, a faithful remnant remains; Ro 11:11-12,23-27 God’s purpose for the faithful of Israel is their ultimate salvation.
Faithlessness among believers
Lack of faith is rebuked Mt 14:30-31 See also Mt 6:30-32 pp Lk 12:28-30 worrying about food and clothing; Mt 8:24-26 pp Mk 4:38-40 pp Lk 8:23-25 Fear during a storm at sea; Mt 17:17-20 pp Mk 9:17-19 pp Lk 9:40-42 inability to cast out a demon
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