8835 unbelief, nature and effects of

8835 unbelief, nature and effects of

Unbelief, or the failure to trust God, holds back his blessing and leads to condemnation and spiritual death.

The nature of unbelief

Not trusting God Ps 78:22

Rebelling against God Heb 3:12 See also Ps 78:40; Heb 3:16

Disobeying God Heb 11:31 NIV footnote. See also Eph 2:2; Heb 3:18-19; Heb 4:11

Questioning God’s truthfulness 1Jn 5:10 See also Ps 106:24; 1Jn 1:10

Unbelief as the result of the devil’s work

Taking away God’s word Lk 8:12 pp Mt 13:19 pp Mk 4:15

Causing spiritual blindness 2Co 4:4 See also Ro 1:21; 2Co 4:3; Eph 4:18

Unbelief as the result of not belonging to God

Jn 10:26 See also Jn 5:38; Jn 8:44-45; Jn 12:37-40; 1Co 2:14

Unbelief hinders Jesus Christ’s miracles

Mt 13:58 pp Mk 6:5-6

The consequences of persistent unbelief

Failure to receive God’s reward Heb 3:19 The “rest” that God’s people enjoyed on entering the promised land is here taken to symbolise the final reward prepared by God for his people. See also Heb 4:1-2,6; Jude 5

Exclusion from the people of God Ro 11:20 See also Heb 6:4-6

Death in sin Jn 8:24 See also Ps 106:43; Mk 4:12; Ac 10:43

God’s wrath Jn 3:36 See also Ro 1:18; Ro 2:5,8

Condemnation by God Jn 3:18 See also Mk 16:16; Lk 12:46; Jn 12:48; 2Th 2:12; Rev 21:8

See also

1025God, anger of
1310God as judge
5135blindness, spiritual
5484punishment by God
6026sin, judgment on
6125condemnation, divine
6245stubbornness
8032trust, lack of
8718disobedience
8742faithlessness
8840unfaithfulness to God
9024death, spiritual

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