And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm Matthew 8:26
“O ye of little faith.” (Matthew 6:30; 8:26; 14:31; 16:8; Luke 12:28)
There are two exceptions – the Roman Centurion and the Canaanite woman (Matthew 15:28). They have “great faith”, even though they are Gentiles. Yet when Jesus looks at His own disciples He sees “little faith.”
How often we will be like Jesus’ disciples when in the storms of life we begin to sink and wonder if He will come to our rescue on time. We will be filled with unbelief and only His Spirit can lift us up to the plane of belief.
And how does “little faith” show itself? In fear.
We hear our Lord saying “When he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will reprove [convince] of sin, because they believe not in me.” John 16:8 We learn from this Scripture then that the Holy Spirit convinces the sinner of the state of sin, which is a state of UNBELIEF. Every man is in a state of unbelief by nature therefore, every man must be convinced of this state, convicted of this state, and given power by the Holy Spirit to turn to God in true saving faith with a reliance upon the truthfulness of God’s Word and the truthfulness of God Himself Who cannot lie. If you have never been convicted by the Holy Spirit of the sin of unbelief, then you do not know what true saving faith is, for true saving faith is a gift of God; we cannot work it up for it is a grace, and grace is of love.
“Wherein does sinfulness of unbelief lie? of what does it consist? Rom. 4:20 tells us, faith gives glory to God, then unbelief casts reproach and scorn upon Him and calls Him a liar. the state of sin in which every soul lies outside of Christ is A STATE OF UNBELIEF.
The sinfulness of unbelief lies in the fact that it robs God of
– THE HONOR OF ALL HIS ATTRIBUTES. Unbelief strikes at the sovereignty and authority of God. As His subjects, as His creatures, we owe Him the right of believing His Word, obeying what He has commanded, and following Him with all our hearts. Unbelief tells us we do not owe God so much; therefore, our wills and hearts are against Him in unbelief. Being ignorant of God’s righteousness and going about to establish your own righteousness, you have not submitted unto the righteousness of God (Rom. 10:1-3).
– HIS SOVEREIGNTY. This does not mean that God is not sovereign, but it does mean that as a reprobate creature you will be punished for setting aside His claims over your life through your unbelief.
– HOLINESS AND RIGHTEOUSNESS of God. Rom. 3:25 sets before us the Lord Jesus Christ as a propitiation for sin, to declare the righteousness of God, and to declare that His holiness was not set aside in the work of Christ for sinners. Unbelief casts this gracious and merciful act of God back in His face, saying that this act was unrighteous because such a sacrifice was not necessary seeing the sinner is not in such an awful state of sin.
– POWER OF GOD. We say in our hearts, “The all powerful God Who made heaven and earth is not sufficient for me. I must have another god or many other gods like Israel in the wilderness when they bowed down to the golden calf and when we say God is not powerful enough to save us, take care of us, feed us, defend us, hold us, and keep us from all sin; yea, even to break its power over us so that we need never again to bow at its altar!
– WISDOM of God. Unbelief charges God with being stupid, senseless, and foolish for making His Son a sacrifice for man’s salvation. It tells God that this work was a needless work, for surely there was some other way that a sinner could have been saved, that man really was not this sinful and destitute to require God to come down Himself in the Person of His Son to offer Himself without spot to God for the salvation of sinful man.
– God’s TRUTHFULNESS. The Scripture says that he who believes sets to his seal that God is true, but unbelief makes God guilty of perjury; it calls Him a liar. “If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth not the record that God gave of his Son” (I John 5:9-10).
Unbelief strikes at
– THE PERSON WHOM HE SENT TO WORK THE WORK OF REDEMPTION, CHRIST HIMSELF.
– THE GLORY OF HIS CONDESCENSION, because it says that it was not necessary that He come.
– the HUMBLENESS OF HIS SPIRIT in becoming a servant, a bondslave, so that He could, by His death, deliver those who through fear of death were in bondage to sin and Satan.
– the GLORY OF CHRIST IN HIS OBEDIENCE UNTO DEATH, even the death of the cross, because it makes that obedience of none effect to your never-dying soul.
– the GLORY OF CHRIST IN HIS DYING LOVE FOR SINNERS, for it turns this love into a sentimental thing instead of the outpouring of the heart of Christ in true love. Surely Christ died with a broken heart over the sins of His people.
– the GLORY OF THE LORDSHIP OF CHRIST, because it says, “I will not bow to His authority; this Man shall not rule over me!” But, my friend, you are wrong; for God’s Word says that “God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:9-11).
– the SUFFICIENCY OF CHRIST: the greatness of His priesthood, the fulness of His satisfaction, His prevailing intercession.
Yes, unbelief rejects Him in all of His offices as Prophet, Priest and King. Unbelief says,
– “I can have no benefit from Him, therefore I will leave Him alone.”
– “No Prophet for me! I do not need a teacher; I have wisdom within myself for my needs. No Priest for me! I need no perfect Sacrifice for my sins. My good deeds will outweigh my bad deeds. I need no one to intercede for me.”
– “No King for me! I will bow to no other authority but my own.”
But if the Holy Spirit ever convinces you of sin, of this awful state of unbelief you are in, you will cry unto Him for mercy. No one will have to tell you to pray the publican’s prayer, for you will go about like
– Job Crying, “O that I knew where I might find him!”
– Ephraim, “Turn me, Lord, and I shall be turned from my awful sin of unbelief;”
– Paul, “Who art thou, Lord? What do you want me to do?”
– Simon, the sorcerer, “Someone pray unto the Lord for me.”
UNBELIEF DENIES THE LORDSHIP OF JESUS CHRIST, DENIES HIS DEITY; IT DENIES HIS AUTHORITY TO RULE OVER YOU, THEREFORE BLINDS YOU TO THE ETERNAL FACT THAT GOD’S WORD DECLARES THAT GOD HAS MADE THAT SAME JESUS BOTH LORD AND CHRIST.
Yes, unbelief might deny Him here and not bow to His authority, but there is coming a day when the blindness of unbelief shall be taken away and to that same Jesus, Whom you have despised and rejected here, you shall bow as Lord, to the glory of God the Father. But my dear friend, there will be no mercy then; for only in this life can you be saved.
Faith Child if you are bird dogged by unbelief, you cannot be living life more abundant as you yo-yo from faith to doubt and back again. That is not His will for you. He wants you to have consistent faith. So pray that your faith will be increased by submitting to His will and plan for your life.
This is our prayer for you who are in unbelief, “Blessed Holy Spirit, do Thy work of convincing among these who hear today, that they may look to Christ and live their lives more abundantly!”
Praise the Lord that He has not left us to die in our sins or unbelief. Praise Him that He didn’t leave it up to our puny little “free will” either; but that He sent the Holy Spirit to work in our hearts that finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ.