Examples of Faith - Those Who Do Not Heed the Word?:
As we have seen, the scriptures talk about "obedience of faith."
Many times in scripture God promises to do something...but the promise is
conditional upon us doing something.
If we have faith that God will
deliver on that promise, we will obey what God tells
us to do. For example, Noah built
the ark by faith (as mentioned in Hebrews 12). By building the ark, Noah
did not earn his salvation from the flood.
God's salvation of Noah and Noah's family was a gift
from God. But Noah's obedience in building the
ark was still a condition for his receipt of that
What Will Happen to Those Who Do Not Obey the Gospel*
*Note: The word "gospel" means "good news"
or "glad tidings."
For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins
with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel
And if it is with difficulty that the
righteous is saved, what will become of the godless man and the sinner? 1
Peter 4:17-18 (NAS)
"...and to give relief to you who are afflicted
and to us as well when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His
mighty angels in flaming fire,
dealing out retribution
to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our
And these will pay the penalty of
eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of
His power..." 2Thessalonians 1:7-9 (NAS)
However, they did not all heed the glad
tidings; for Isaiah says," Lord, who has believed our report?"
comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ." Romans 10:16-17
"Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly
had good news preached to them failed to enter because of disobedience..."
Hebrews 4:6 (NAS)
In Romans 10:16-17 above, Paul says that faith comes from hearing and hearing
by the word of Christ. However, all of those who hear do not heed**
____________. (fill in the blank)
- The glad tidings (the good news or gospel of Jesus Christ).
- Their own thoughts.
- Their own wishes or desires.
** heed is from the Greek word "hupakouo"
which means to hearken or obey.