“Written For Our Admonition”

The Scriptures faithfully record the falls of believersthe drunkenness of Noah, the incest of Lot, the unbelief of Abraham, the peevishness of Moses, the adultery of David, the idolatry of Solomon, the pride of Hezekiah, the cowardice of Mark and the cursing and swearing of Peter.

But why has the Holy Spirit left on record the sins and slips of the saints? 

First, that it might teach us that they were saved by grace as poor, lost, and ruined sinners—in the same way as we hope to be saved.

Secondly, that their slips and falls might be so many beacons and warnings, to guard the people of God against being overtaken by the same sins. As the apostle speaks—“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” (1st Corinthians 10:11)

And thirdly, that the people of God, should they be overtaken by sin, might not be cast into despair—but that from seeing recorded in the Scripture the slips and failings of the saints of old, they might be lifted up from their despondency, and brought once more to hope in the Lord Jesus Christ.

J.C. Philpot

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