Hebrews – Chapter 4

The Challenge to Enter His Rest

Verse 1 – Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.

This type of “fear” used here, is to caution and be careful. So we who have the offer of heaven, and who are in danger of losing it, should take all the necessary precautions that they can.

These are those who expect to enter heaven on their own works and who have professed Christianity, but never truly gave their lives over to Christ.

Verse 2 – For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.

The Israelites of Moses day had the same problem that many today have. They sit in church and know a lot about Christ, but they don’t know Him personally – they don’t combine their knowledge with faith. If they don’t believe in the promises that God has spoken, how can they believe in eternal life?

Verse 3 – For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: “So I swore in My wrath, they shall not enter My rest,” although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

God had promised His people rest in the “Promise Land,” Canaan. However, they continued to grumble and complain, not believing Him. That’s what complaining does, it shows doubt and unbelief in what God has said will happen. Those Israelites of that generation died in the wilderness and never entered Canaan.

Now for the believer in Christ, we have to believe that what God has said is a promise, will come to pass, and will be raised to an eternity with Him. Believe and receive!

Verse 4 – For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”;

Verse 5 – and again in this place: “They shall not enter My rest.”

God rested on the seventh day, not because He was tired, but becasue creation was complete! Our Sabbath – rest in Christ, begins when we trust Him to complete His good and perfect work in us.

Verse 6 – Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter becasue of disobedience (unbelief),

verse 7 – again He designates a certain day, saying in David, “Today,” after such a long time, as it has been said: “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.”

“Today” is stressed here. Even in the Israelites day, “today” was the day to believe God. Today is the day of salvation becasue tomorrow is not promised.

Verse 8 – For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day.

Verse 9 – There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. (eternal rest)

Verse 10 – For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.

Those who enter rest in Christ are finished with the toils and labors and all anxiety of this life. Never again will they know fatigue. Complete and total rest is what awaits every believer.

Verse 11 – Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall after the same example of disobedience.

Heaven is never obtained but by diligence, and no one enters there who does not earnestly desire it, and who does not make a sincere effort to enter it.

That road that leads to eternity with Christ, is very narrow. We’re not going to get there by doing it “Our Way!”

Verse 12 – For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

There is absolutely no deceiving our God, not in insincerity, unbelief or hypocrisy, all will be detected!

The Word of God is what “God speaks” – whether it be a promise or a threatening; whether by law or gospel; whether it be a simple declaration or a statement of doctrine. The idea here is, that what God has said is suited to detect hypocrisy and to lay open the true nature of feelings of the soul, so that there is no escape for the guilty.

Verse 13 – And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

God is a just God. On the day of reckoning, we all will give an account for what we have said and done. There is no escaping this judgment. However, those who belong to Him have been cleansed in the precious blood of the Lamb. Keep in mind, He knows the intent of the heart, so on that day there will be no fooling Him.

Verse 14 – Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.

Verse 15 – For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

Verse 16 – Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

How we approach God says a lot about a person. Christ is our mediator between us and God. Come with thanksgiving and humility, becasue we all need mercy. He is a merciful God and will lead us in all His ways. Practice to do His will and watch your world change!

 

 

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