The Holy Spirit is our ever-present Teacher
Archive for August 8, 2015
“See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.” Hebrews 3:12 (NIV)
“See to it” or let us “take heed” as the King James translates it. And to what shall we see to? That we not only hold to the Word, but that we believe it. “See to it. . .that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.” The Bible must not only be understood but believed. It is not given for speculation, but for simple, absolute, implicit faith. The word unbelief is translated in the NIV margin “disobedience,” and the connection between faith and obedience is indeed very close. The old Saxon word “believe” originally meant by simple inversion “to live by,” and we always find that we live by that which we believe. The only secret of a right life is a true faith, and the only proof of a true faith is a life committed to our creed and reflecting in our conduct. Do we believe the Word of God and are we living by it, putting our whole weight upon it and making it the standard, the safeguard, and the guide of our whole life?
A. B. Simpson