Sermon on Unbelief: Choosing Life or Death

  "The Peril of Unbelief: Choosing Life or Death"

We delve into a topic of profound importance — the consequence of unbelief. The Bible unequivocally states that our response to God's offer of salvation, whether belief or unbelief, carries eternal significance. As we explore the Scriptures, let us heed the warnings and grasp the life-transforming power of faith in Christ.

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I. The Consequence of Unbelief (John 3:18a) 

In John 3:18a, Jesus declares a sobering truth — "Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son." Unbelief is not a neutral stance; it leads to a state of condemnation. It is the rejection of the lifeboat of salvation offered by a gracious God.

II. The Warning about Rejecting Salvation (John 3:36) 

John 3:36 reinforces the gravity of unbelief: "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them." The rejection of Christ means forfeiting the promise of eternal life. It's a serious warning that prompts us to consider the eternal consequences of our choices.

III. The Importance of Faith for Salvation (Hebrews 11:6)  

Hebrews 11:6 underlines the necessity of faith: "And without faith, it is impossible to please God because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him." Faith is the key that unlocks the door to God's mercy and grace. Without it, we are left outside the realm of salvation.

IV. The Consequences of Hardness of Heart (Hebrews 3:12)  

Hebrews 3:12 warns against the hardening of hearts, saying, "See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God." A heart hardened in unbelief becomes unreceptive to the life-giving message of salvation. The call is to maintain a soft, responsive heart to God's grace.

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V. The Danger of Unbelief in the Words of Jesus (John 5:24)  

In John 5:24, Jesus presents the danger of unbelief but also the promise of life: "Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life." Unbelief keeps one in a state of spiritual death, but faith in Christ brings the gift of eternal life.

VI. The Promise of Life Through Faith in Christ (John 11:25-26)  

Jesus, the Resurrection and the Life, offers a profound assurance in John 11:25-26: "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?" Faith in Christ is the pathway to eternal life, transcending the bounds of physical death.

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As we conclude, let us soberly consider the weight of unbelief. It is a choice with eternal ramifications. Yet, in Christ, we find the antidote to unbelief — the promise of life, both now and forever. May our hearts be responsive to His invitation, embracing the gift of salvation through faith in the One who conquered death, that we may truly live.

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John 3:16: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (NVI)