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Oct 22, 2017
Preacher: Robert Hawker
Passage: Hebrews 3:19 & Revelation 5:9

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

…they could not enter in because of unbelief.

(HEBREWS 3:19)

[Beloved], recollect what the apostle saith on this sin of Israel: they could not enter in because of unbelief, Hebrews 3:19. …The whole wandering of the people forty years in the wilderness, instead of immediately entering into Canaan when they came out of Egypt, and were so near to it, arose wholly from their distrust and disbelief of GOD’S promises. So very awful a thing is it to question or doubt the divine faithfulness. Reader! …pause over this view of the subject. Observe, it was not the breach of any particular command; it was not the commission of this or that particular sin, for which the LORD sentenced his people to wander in the wilderness; but it was simply their unbelief. It was the same dreadful malignity [evil] of mind, which in the gospel is threatened with everlasting exclusion from the heavenly Canaan. For “he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son” maketh GOD a liar (1 JOHN 5:10); and we are awfully told, that “the wrath of GOD abideth upon him” (JOHN 3:36). Oh! for the grace of faith to give due credit to a most faithful covenant GOD in CHRIST (REVELATION 5:9).

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