In my personal devotions over the past few days, a couple of items were brought to light for me.
From 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (bold mine)
So let's see, five things we learn from the Israelites:
1. No lusting after evil things.
2. No idolatry.
3. No fornication.
4. No tempting Christ.
5. No grumbling.
That last one hurts. Grumbling is on the same level as idolatry, fornication, tempting Christ and lusting after evil. Ouch.
The next one is from Hebrews 5:7-10
During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek. (bold my addition)
It is not enough to believe, even teh devil himself believes. You can believe all your life that Jesus was the Christ, God's Son given for your salvation, but you must OBEY HIM for eternal salvation. How many times have I said with my mouth "I believe", but my actions revealed my disobedience? Ouch, again.