Sunday, September 24, 2017

Hebrews 4:9-11 NIV 2011

There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God from his. Let us therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.

 

Jewish converts familiar with the Old Testament received this letter. Many were being tempted to return to their previous way of life rather than stand on the gospel alone. Paul wrote the Jews in Galatia regarding this same tendency, 2:14, “When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel…” God’s rest was continually available for all who chose to follow Jesus. The finished work of Christ on the cross put to rest working for salvation. Revelation 14:13, “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord… for their deeds will follow them.” God’s faithful find rest in Christ alone.

 

Much like the Jews that followed Jesus, many today try adding to the finished work of Christ. Driving to church this morning, “The Gospel” by Ryan Stevenson played. “That’s it.” I said. “It’s the cure for our condition. It’s the good news for us all. It’s greater than religion. It’s the power of the Cross.” Getting back to the basics by studying God’s Word, praying consistently for others, us growing through fellowship with God’s faithful and resting in Christ alone.

 

How do lives reflect resting in Christ?

 

Daily resting in Him,

S

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