Be diligent to enter God’s rest
“Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience..” Heb 4:11
It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that unbelief keeps the people of God from entering into the Promised Land and the rest God had promised. Heb 3:19 Elects can draw reference from this verse that unbelief poses constant and dangerous temptation to one’s faith. As such, persevering in faith to the end becomes an indispensable act for all elects at NCCkl.
Entering the rest of God is an alternative expression for entering the Kingdom of God. Elects are to strive diligently to enter into the rest of God. God’s Word is clear that entering the rest of God is neither something guaranteed nor something that happens automatically, once and for all, when one first believes. In contrast, it is something we need to give due diligence till the end. Mt 13:1-23; 1 Cor 9:24-27
In spite of the fact that Jesus paid it all for us through His baptism, death and resurrection, some elects continue to struggle in their faith. If that is your situation today, I implore you to stop trying and start believing. How to enter God’s rest?
Heb 4:12-16 depicts that the Christian life is not one of striving to earn favor rather a life entered into God’s promise and lived out by faith in the Righteousness of God.
- Take Heed To The Word Of God vs 12-13
The Bible is the written Word of God that reveals to us the incarnate Word, Jesus Christ. Vs 12-13 is a classic passage on the power of the written Word of God. These two verses reveal several characteristics regarding the written Word of God. It is noteworthy to recognize that the Word of God is living, powerful, cutting and revealing. Elects must be founded in the Word of God to avoid unbelief seeping into their faith.
- Hold Fast To The Son OF God vs 14-15
This simply means that the elects must hold fast to the confession of faith in the person and in the works of Jesus Christ. ‘Hold fast’ means to seize, to grasp with power, hold on and don’t let go. In these verses, we discover that Jesus Christ is the unique Son of God, our Savior. He is also our High Priest. The High Priest in the Old Testament entered into the Holy of Holies once a year to make atonement for the people of God. Jesus has entered into the heavens into the very presence of the Father, as our High Priest. Note that Scripture declares Jesus Christ as a faithful High Priest, a sympathetic High Priest and a victorious High Priest. Elects must consider Jesus Christ as their Apostle and the High Priest at all times to avoid unbelief in their faith.
- Come Boldly To The Throne Of God vs 16
In the Old Testament only the High Priest could enter into the Holy of Holies once a year. After Jesus’ baptism and death, the veil of the Temple was torn from top to bottom signifying that the way to God’s Presence was open for everyone who believes in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. In Christ, elects are invited to come boldly to the Throne of grace. This verse is an open invitation to prayer. Elects have the glorious privilege of approaching the very Throne of God. Prayer is our hotline to Heaven, to God Himself. Elects are admonished to come boldly to the Throne of grace in time of need. As we approach the Throne by faith in the Righteousness of God, we will find God’s mercy, grace and promises. Mt 11:28-30 Elects must recognize the open heaven available to them by faith in order to avoid unbelief particularly in times of trouble.