Albert Barnes on Hebrews 3:12

Posted: January 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

I found the thoughts of Albert Barnes extremely helpful and encouraging over this little phrase, “take heed” (Hebrews 3:12).

“In view of the conduct of the rebellious Jews, and of their fearful doom, be on your guard lest you also be found to have the same feelings of rebellion and unbelief.  See to it, that under the new dispensation, and in the enjoyment of the privileges of the gospel, you be not found to manifest such feelings as shall exclude you from the heavenly world.  The principle has been settled by their unbelief that they who oppose God will be excluded from His rest.  That may be shown under all dispensations, and in all circumstances, and there is not less danger of it under the gospel than there was when the fathers were conducted to the promised land.  You are travelling through a wilderness–the barren wilderness of this  world.  You are exposed to trials and temptations.  You meet with many a deadly and mighty foe.  You have hearts prone to apostasy and sin.  You are seeking a land of promise; a land of rest.  You are surrounded by the wonders of Almighty power, and by proofs of infinite beneficence.  Disobedience and rebellion in you will as certainly exclude you from heaven as their rebellion did them from the promised land; and as their great sin was unbelief, be on your guard lest you manifest the same.”

Father, may I not be deceived by sin!  May I ever trust and obey You.  As a man once cried out, “I do believe; help my unbelief” (Mark 9:24).

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