Times of Refreshing
June 1, 2013
Open the Eyes of My Heart
June 3, 2013
Times of Refreshing
June 1, 2013
Open the Eyes of My Heart
June 3, 2013

Entering The Rest – Part 6

Waterfall

“7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. 8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. 9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.” Hebrews 4:7-10

The writer of Hebrews (I say this because no one knows for sure who wrote it, even though Paul is the likely writer) reiterates that entering the rest is ceasing from his own works as God did His. Referring to God completing His works on the seventh day of creation.

Those that enter have ceased from his own works. In other words, entering into the rest requires a person cease from trying. God’s rest is a gift. You can’t enter by works of any sort.

The day of entering is limited. God has divinely appointed and decreed it. In Psalm 95:7-8 God tells David about His divine appointment. The day is limited to today—“today if you will hear His voice.” All you have is today. Yesterday is gone, a day you let slip by. God does not promise tomorrow. There might never be a tomorrow.

The day for entering His rest is today. If you haven’t accepted Jesus as savior, then today is open. Tomorrow might be too late. That’s why God says today. “(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)” (2 Corinthians 6:2)

You can enter if you don’t harden your heart. To harden the heart is to put off making a decision. It is saying I have time when I get old to accept Jesus as my Savior. Every time you put it off, the harder your heart gets, until it’s too late.

Finally, the writer just reminds them that if Jesus had them rest, He would not have spoken of ‘another day’. There remains a rest available. Today the offer may run out. So don’t wait. Enter the rest today.