The Preeminence Of Christ – Part 6
Religion tells us to “work for heaven”, God tells us to enter into His rest if we want to be admitted in heaven. Who should we follow?
It’s not our best effort that makes us acceptable before God, it is God’s best; JESUS CHRIST. We are called to rest in the finished work of Christ.
After God created all things, He rested on the seventh day. He was not tired, He had completed the work. This is like when a lawyer says “I rest my case”. That doesn’t mean that he is tired, it means he has said all he wanted to say.
That is the rest we are called to; WHERE WE HAVE CEASED FROM ALL OUR WORKS.
Hebrews 4 v 6-7 say:
“So God’s rest is there for people to enter, but those who first heard this good news failed to enter because they disobeyed God. (These people observed the Sabbath rest but this verse says they failed to enter God’s rest. Obviously the promised rest of God was not the seventh day rest.)
“So God set another time for entering his rest, and that time is TODAY (NOT THE SEVENTH DAY OF THE WEEK, BUT, TODAY). God announced this through David much later in the words already quoted: “Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts.”” (Brackets are mine)
The preceding verses, and the following verses, show that the Sabbath Day rest was a PICTURE OF WHAT WAS TO COME, NOT THE REALITY (Colossians 2 v 16-17).
Hebrews 4 v 8-9 continue to say:
“Now if Joshua had succeeded in giving them this rest, God would not have spoken about ANOTHER DAY of REST STILL TO COME. So THERE IS A SPECIAL REST STILL WAITING FOR THE PEOPLE OF GOD.”
These verses say the rest God was talking about was not the rest they were going to get into when they enter the promised land, Canaan. What proves that is the fact that David WAS STILL TALKING ABOUT ENTERING into the rest of God even when they were already in the promise land.
Hebrews 4 v 10 then explains what is the rest of God:
“FOR HE WHO HAS ENTERED HIS REST HAS HIMSELF ALSO CEASED FROM HIS WORKS AS GOD DID FROM HIS.”
Like I said before, God did not rest on the seventh day because He was tired. He rested because the work was finished. TODAY (not on the seventh day of the week) we enter into His rest by resting in the finished work of Christ.
We are not acceptable before God because of our righteous works, WE ARE ACCEPTABLE BECAUSE OF CHRIST’S RIGHTEOUS WORK. Romans 3 v 20-22 say:
“For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. THE LAW SIMPLY SHOWS US HOW SINFUL WE ARE. But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him WITHOUT KEEPING THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE LAW, AS WAS PROMISED IN THE WRITINGS of Moses and the prophets long ago. WE ARE MADE RIGHT WITH GOD BY PLACING OUR FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.”
We should stop despising the work of God in Christ. Our works will never ever make us right before God. Hebrews 10:29 says:
“What, then, of those who despise the Son of God? who treat as a cheap thing the blood of God’s covenant which PURIFIED them from sin? WHO INSULT THE SPIRIT OF GRACE? (Not who insult the Spirit of the Law). Just think how much worse is the punishment they will deserve!” (Brackets are mine)
REST IN THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST – Hebrews 4:1-3!
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