Enter into His Rest
Hebrews 9 & 10: “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.”
It is strange that people would think that Paul who was commissioned to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, like the other apostles, would dare to counter the teachings of Jesus or God the Father. The Gospel, the good news, was given in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and none of the apostles tried to change what Jesus said. As a matter of fact, Paul was adamant about preaching the gospel to the Jews, as well as to the Gentiles. Jesus specifically stopped Paul on the road to Damascus in the most dramatic way to deliver to the Jews and Gentiles the good news. Why then do people make God’s Word void. He had said in Isaiah 55:11 “So shall my word be that goeth out of my mouth; it shall not return to me void.” Before Jesus ascended into heaven He gave to the disciples the great commission: “Go ye into all the world ........Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20. After His resurrection, Jesus stayed on earth for forty days and not once did He change any of the commands he made before the Cross, nor did any of the apostles. How could anyone change His supreme authority to say otherwise.
Paul states in Romans 1:16 – 17 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith”.
Galatians 1:6-7 “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel which is not another; but here be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.”
It is being said that since Jesus died on the Cross to save us from our sins, we need not worry if we sin, for Jesus paid it all. When Peter accused his audience of putting to death the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ they were pricked to the heart and asked, “What shall we do?” Peter told his audience,“Repent and be baptized every one of you for the remission of sins.” He did not say, It’s alright guys, you don’t have to worry; your sin is covered. Paul says in Colossians 3:13 “If any man have a quarrel against any; even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.” Christ, when He gave His disciples the Lord’s Prayer, that is exactly what He asked them (and us) to do. “Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.” In 2 Corinthians 2:10/11 Paul says “To whom ye forgive anything, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” “And at times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent.” (Acts:17:30)
Psalm 95:10-11 states. “Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways; Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.” Hebrews 4:9-11 “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” Exodus 20:8-11 “Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work; But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God; in it thou shall not do any work.......For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day, and hallowed it.” About six hundred years before the birth of Christ, Daniel prophesied many things that would happen in the future, many of which have been fulfilled. One of his prophecies was that “he would think to change times and laws”. (Daniel 7:25), referring to the “little horn”. None of us can change God’s time and law.
Hebrews 4:1-2 (1) Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. (2) For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.
Ecclesiasticus, NJB (not Ecclesiastes), “The fact is that there is no equivalent for things originally written in Hebrew when it is a question of translating them into another language; what is more, the Law itself, the Prophets and the other books differ considerably in translation from what appears in the original text.”
We know, too, that the Bible having been written in Hebrew and Greek the Jews and even the Gentiles would know what Paul meant when Paul used the word law: whether it was the law of marriage, law of his members, law of the spirit, the law of sin, and so on. They would know too whether he was referring to the moral law (the Ten Commandments) which God wrote with his own finger, or the Mosaic law which God told Moses to write in a book and put at the side of the Ark of the Covenant. This latter law, the ceremonial law, dealt with sacrifices and feast days which ended with the death of Christ, the sacrificial lamb. It is that law that Paul said was nailed to the Cross. It is amazing too that there are those who take Paul’s words out of context to make them say what they want. It is advisable for Christians not to just quote a verse or sentence from the Bible without referring to its context.
Romans 2:12-16 “For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.” Hebrews 10: 26-27 “For if we sin deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful prospect of judgment, and a fury of fire which will consume the adversaries.” We know that we are not saved by the law, but it is the law that convicts us of our sins. In Romans 7:7 Paul states: What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law; for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.”
Christians BEWARE: modern versions of the Bible are being published that have changed the text of the original Bible, the KJV, to conform with the beliefs of their authors. In some instances the word Sunday (the day of the Sun as worshipped by the pagans) is used for the Sabbath instead of the seventh day Sabbath which in all languages is Saturday. Those that haven’t put the word Sunday in the actual text, have put it in their footnotes. The Bible expressly says in James 1:21-22 “and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” Of course, we can and should worship God any and every day of the week, but we observe the Sabbath, the seventh day of the week, because He commanded us to. “Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.”
“Many consider that keeping the seventh-day Sabbath is just a tradition, not a law. It is interesting that the only part of the Bible that God did not inspire to be written by a human being is the Ten Commandments. God wrote them Himself with His own finger. He did this because the commandments are His mind, the foundation upon which everything else stands. Thus, the keeping of the Sabbath is not a "tradition." It is a direct, eternally binding command of God, and thus we should do all we can never to forsake the assembling of ourselves on it.” (Quote from The Bereans)
It is the one commandment that begins with the word “Remember” Remember the Sabbath to keep it holy. The mere idea that God hallowed the Sabbath, sanctified it, made it holy should give us pause so that we are not like the Pharisees whom Jesus censured for putting their tradition before the Word of God.
Romans 13:8-10 “for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law” and Paul quotes those of the ten commandments that deal with our love for one another “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” 2 Peter 3:15 “So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, speaking of this as he does in all his letters. There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scsriptures. You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, beware lest you be carried away with the error of lawless men and lose your own stability. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 4 states, “And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
Galatians 5:14 “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
Galatians 6:7 “Be not deceived: God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
1 John 2:3 & 7 “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.” 7. “Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.”
Jesus, Himself, spoke these words in John 14:15, “If you love me, keep my commandments.”