Rest

“Let us therefore be diligent to enter that REST (literally, ‘Sabbath’) lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.” (Heb 4:11)

Continuing on the theme of Sabbath rest (and Sabbath means, rest).

If we take all of chapter 4 into consideration we see that “we who believe do enter into rest” (Verse 3).

And, “…he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.” (Verse 10)

So, the “work” which we need to rest from is not physical work, it is the work of TRYING TO EARN GOD’S ACCEPTANCE BY THE THINGS WE DO, even good things.

So, IRONICALLY, if one tries to “keep” the Sabbath Day, thinking observance of it makes them acceptable to God, then they are NOT entering into God’s Sabbath rest, even though they are outwardly trying to earn that acceptance.

The believer enters God’s rest because God gives them rest from the burden of their self achieved righteousness, which is no righteousness, because:

“For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.” But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.” Yet the law is not of faith, but “the man who does them shall live by them.”

(Galatians 3:10-12)

It means the person “under the law” is cursed if they infringe any of the requirements of the law.

In conclusion,

“…Whatever is not from faith is sin.”

(Romans 14:23b)

Righteous, holy living is supposed to be “from faith” and the fruit of faith, the fruit of the Spirit.

It should be the result of what you believe about Jesus Christ and His promises.

Look at verse 11 again:

“Let us therefore be diligent to enter that REST lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.” (Heb 4:11)

Therefore, disobedience is the evidence one has not entered His rest and ceased from his own works.

Being “under the law” does not produce obedience.

Only faith does.

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