The Ever-Present God
May 30, 2013
Times of Refreshing
June 1, 2013
The Ever-Present God
May 30, 2013
Times of Refreshing
June 1, 2013

Entering the Rest – Part 5

Waterfall

“5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. 6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief.” Hebrews 4:5-6

We are still in our in-depth study on rest.

In this place again refers to Psalms 95:11, where God said they would not enter into the rest. So there is a rest. God has a rest. So if they did not enter in earlier because of unbelief, there would be a rest yet for them, but the only way in is by faith. The writer pointed out to the hearers, that just because they did not enter back in Moses time, there still was a rest they could enter. We see this promise of rest in the Psalms.

There remains a rest. This is as true now as it was to the Hebrew readers some 2,000 years ago. The place of rest is available to all.

Therefore, we know this place of rest is a cessation from works. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

We enter this place of rest by faith. We can’t enter by anything we can do. We can’t work our way into it. No man can boast he made it to this place of rest by his own great deeds or his marvelous philanthropies. You can’t get into it by works.

It’s the place of grace. You can’t get in by works and you can’t rest when you are doing works. It a place where you cease from works especially works of the Law. It is a place of rest, not work. It’s a place a faith, not doing. It’s a place of believing. It’s a place you did not deserve or merit. Nothing you can do will open the entrance to the rest except by faith.