By what are men justified? "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with
God through our Lord Jesus Christ." Rom. 5:1.
Then how are the just to live? "Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw
back, My soul shall have no pleasure in him." Heb. 10:38.
Why did not Israel of old attain to the law of righteousness? "Because they sought it not by faith." Rom. 9:32.
When one told Christ of the disciples' failure to heal his afflicted son, what did
He 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.
What did the Saviour say to Thomas when He met him, because he did not believe the
testimony of his brethren that had seen Christ alive after His
crucifixion? "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.
In view of the great cloud of witnesses of faith presented by the apostle in the
eleventh chapter of Hebrews, what does Paul exhort all 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.
Why were most of the children of Israel prohibited from entering the promised land?
"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. 3:18, 19.
How was their unbelief regarded, and how did it affect God? "But with whom was He grieved forty years? was it not with
them that had sinned, whose carcasses fell in the wilderness?"
What lesson does the apostle exhort us to draw from the course of the
Israelites? "Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into His rest, any of you should seem to come short of it." Heb. 4:1.
What should we all labor to do? "Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any
man fall after the same example of unbelief." Heb. 4:11.
Should one lose heart when trying to be a Christian, even though he feels that God is
"My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint
when thou art rebuked of Him." Heb. 12:5.
Who are they that seem to have the greatest amount of affliction?
"For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and
scourgeth every son whom He receiveth." Heb. 12:6.
If one has no chastisement to bear, how may he regard himself? "But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers,
then are ye bastards, and not sons." Heb. 12:8.
When the disciples became almost discouraged at one of Christ's sayings, and asked,
"Who then can be saved?" What answer did Christ make? "But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is
impossible; but with God all things are possible." Matt.
When God made a promise to Abraham that it seemed almost impossible to fulfill, how
did the patriarch receive it? "He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was
strong in faith, giving glory to God." Rom. 4:20.
For what was Abraham's faith under these circumstances counted? "For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was
counted unto him for righteousness." Rom. 4:3.
What should be the burden of one's prayer, who is troubled with unbelief? "Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief." Mark 9:24.
What do the Scriptures say of him who believes that he receives the things for
which he asks? "Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye
pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." Mark