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God's Rest

John Collins11/21/2012Hebrews 4 tells us the true blessing of God's rest.

Paul says that the promise of entering God's rest still stands, but we should fear for those that have failed to enter into it.  The Good News, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, came to us just as it came to them, but they were not united by faith with those who listened.  We believed in Christ, and have entered into God's rest.

Since some have not found God's rest, and some who received the Gospel failed to enter into it because of their disobedience, God appoints another day for them to receive it.  There is more work to be done in their lives.

If Joshua had given the Children of Israel rest, God would not have spoken of another day of rest in the future.  Therefore, there remains a day of rest for the people of God, for those who have entered God's rest has also rested from his works as God has rested from His.

We should strive to enter into that rest, so that no one fall and fail to enter into it.  The Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing through the inside of man to divide soul and spirit.  The Word of God is able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart, and not a single creature is hidden from His sight.  All are naked before God, and exposed to the eyes of the One that we must give an account.

Paul gives us the outline of how to enter into that rest.

Since we now have a Great High Priest who has past through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, we should hold fast to our confession that Jesus is Lord.  Any man that we elevate to the status of being our high priest is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses.  But Jesus Christ, who in every respect was tempted as we are today, lived without sin.  

Because of Jesus Christ, our High Priest, we can take confidence in Him and draw near to the Throne of Grace.  Through Christ, we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our times of need.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Do we choose Jesus Christ as our High Priest?  Or do we choose a man?  Have we entered into God's rest?  Have we forgot where we came from, forgetting to help others into the rest that God has offered?  Do we hide our rest on a shelf somewhere, not telling others of the Gospel of Jesus Christ?