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Salvation is God’s rest to his people. Those who have believed in Jesus Christ has entered into God’s rest. And those who have refused to believe will not enter into His rest (See Hebrews 3: 15-19)
“Now, God has offered us the promise that we may receive that rest he spoke about. Let us take care, then, that none of you will be found to have failed to receive that promised rest. 2 For we have heard the Good News, just as they (Israelites) did. They heard the message, but it did them no good because when they heard it, they did not accept it with faith. 3 We who believe, then, do receive that rest which God promised. It is just as he said,
“I was angry and made a solemn promise:
‘They will never enter the land where I would have given them rest!’”
God said this even though his work had been finished from the time he created the world.
4 For somewhere in the Scriptures this is said about the seventh day: “God rested on the seventh day from all his work.” 5 This same matter is spoken of again: “They will never enter that land where I would have given them rest.” 6 Those who first heard the Good News did not receive that rest, because they did not believe. There are, then, others who are allowed to receive it. 7 This is shown by the fact that God sets another day, which is called “Today.” Many years later he spoke of it through David in the scripture already quoted:
“If you hear God’s voice today,
do not be stubborn.”
So, I implore you today, that when you hear the gospel, today, harden not your heart. Believe it. Have faith.
TODAY might be today, right now for you who are reading this today and could be years to come for some people. To read and know what the gospel of Jesus Christ is, click here.
God finished ALL his work since the creation of the world. Salvation, the coming of Jesus to earth had been predestined, planned and completed since the creation of the world. We only just saw its manifestation when we did, over 2000 years ago and we are still talking about it today.
On the 7th day, God RESTED from ALL his work. So, for 6 days, God didn’t just create man, plants, animals, birds, oceans, light, darkness, etc. He did some extra works such as salvation, the redemption of man back to him because the fall of man was NEVER a surprise and shock to God. He sees the end from the beginning. This was just not mentioned in the book of Genesis. They were “Mysteries” to many, but to us, they have been revealed and explained unto us in the new testament epistles. Hence as a Christian and believer of Christ Jesus, you should spend a lot of time in the book of Acts through Revelation. So you won’t be ignorant of these truths and “mysteries” that ought to no longer be mysteries but revelation knowledge to us.
Hebrews 4: 8-11
“8 If Joshua had given the people the rest that God had promised, God would not have spoken later about another day. 9 As it is, however, there still remains for God’s people a rest like God’s resting on the seventh day. 10 For those who receive that rest which God promised will rest from their own work, just as God rested from his. 11 Let us, then, do our best to receive that rest, so that no one of us will fail as they did because of their lack of faith.”
The beautiful and best part of God’s rest is not because he was tired and needed to sleep, he is omnipotent. He does not sleep nor slumber (Psalm 121:4). But because, as he is, so we are in this world (1 John 4:17). If was to be an example to us. When God rested from ALL his work on the 7th day, we also enter into his rest and rest from all our own works if we believe (have faith) in Jesus Christ. It is a spiritual rest, not a physical rest.
Salvation is not by works. Neither can it be kept by works.
Righteousness is not by works. Neither can it be kept by works.
Forgiveness is not by works. Neither can it be kept by works.
The Gift of the Holy Spirit is not by works. Neither can He be kept by works.
God’s best and all of his gifts are free, given by grace to be received by faith.
The eternal things are FREE.
The eternal things are irrevocable.
I was talking to a friend that other day, and we were talking about our jobs and the stress of it all. And I said to her, “It’s a good thing, the best thing in life is free and does not require work: Salvation and eternal life.”
Salvation is God’s divine rest to his people.
Your father and God rules the world.
Your inheritance in him is secured.
He who has called you and promised is faithful.
The one who saved you is able to save you completely and till the end.
The covenant between you and God is NEW and IMPROVED.
The new covenant is BETTER HOPE. It’s an anchor.
It is for freedom that you have been saved. Don’t offer yourself as slaves to “WORK & FLESH” again.
Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness, according to the law. But with the shedding of Jesus’s blood, there is forgiveness for you. ONCE and FOR ALL.
This Christmas and beyond, be anxious for nothing. Rest in the gift of Jesus.
God is your father! We will talk about this in the next part.
You are Eternally Loved.