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How to enter into the rest Jesus provides

02 Nov

Hello again!

I missed a rather important part of Hebrews chapter 4, so I’m going to go back and post a little on that subject before moving on again:

For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened. For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said, “As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest,'” although his works were finished from the foundation of the world.

(Heb 4:2-3)

I think this passage is telling us how to enter into the rest Jesus provides us “For we who have believed enter that rest” we have to believe, but more than that, we have to have faith, “(Jas 2:19) You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the Demons believe –and shudder!” We must believe that God is one, but we must also have faith that God is mighty to save, and that he has saved us!

The reason the message the isrelites heard didn’t benifit them, was because they did not believe it to be true! The reason we are now all able to enter God’s rest is because he died for us, so that we can now all enter the amazing ‘rest’ that Jesus provides!

They were not “UNITED BY FAITH” so they were unable to believe so they were unable to enter the rest Jesus gives us! We have to have faith in Jesus, faith that he died for us and that he rose again for us! Faith that only Jesus could give, he has already given everyone some little part of faith, even if they are a atheist they know that God is real, or they have ‘a whole in them’, that they try and fill with drugs and acahol, and just about every other sin you care to mention. That is why Elevis died, drug over-dose. That’s how so many celebrites have died. Because they are not christains!!! They, we, have a whole in us, a whole that REQUIRES FILLING! We must fill it with Jesus, and nothing else, because nothing else can satisfy us permentaly!

Daily prayer section: Dear heavenly father thank you, thank you so much for filling that whole we have in us, thank you for sending your son to die for us, thank you, thank you for permantly healing us for permentaly giving us rest with you, Lord, please give us strength to overcome the world, and Satan, please help us to overcome all the world has to through at us, we can only do that in you Lord, so I pray that you would give us strength to do. In Jesus name, amen.

                                                                       You are loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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Posted by on November 2, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

3 responses to “How to enter into the rest Jesus provides

  1. Paul Hooper

    March 21, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Isaiah 28:11,12 decribes the prophecy of the REST that God is referring to:

    “For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to his people.To whom he said this is the REST wherewith ye may cause the weary to REST;and this is the refreshing; yet they would not hear.”

    Jesus told Peter in Matthew, “upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of Hell will not prevail.” He also told his disciples that repentance and remissions of sins should be preached, beginning in Jerusalem (Luke 24:47). In the book of Acts, 120 met in the upper room, and the 2nd chapter of Acts decribes the beginning of the church. – The “REST” is the outpouring of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. – The Jews that were gathered at Pentecost asked, “What shall we do to be saved?” Acts 2:38: “Then Peter said unto them, repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

    Read Acts chapter 8,10, 19. — All the people were baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, they recieved the gift of the Holy Ghost and in chapter 10 of Acts, Cornelius and his household recieved the Holy Ghost before being baptized.

    “After they were filled, Peter said, ‘can we refuse them being baptized seeing they recieved the Holy Ghost like we did at the beginning? Christ in you the hope of glory.'” (Col 1:27)

    Thanks for being a thirteen year old that has a love for God’s word.

    “They that hunger and thirst after Righteousness shall be filled.” (Matt 5:6)

     
    • Joshua Cleveland

      March 23, 2012 at 1:21 PM

      Hello Paul,

      I’m sorry, but I can’t quite find the verse that says Isiah 28 11-12 points forward to the “rest” Christ gives us in Hebrews, maybe you could explain where you get that? Thank you.

      Here’s my viewpoint:

      Here we see a rest, according to context, which seems to be the rest of being able to enter Heaven. We can see this by looking at Hebrews 4:1, and then seeing how in verse two, the author brings out that we’ve all heard, “the good news,” which is of course referencing the good news of the Gospel of Jesus.

      1 Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. 2 For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, (Hebrews 4:1-2a)

      So then, we can see the author is talking about the Gospel, and that he’s also talking about a “rest”. The author seems to connect the two, it seems reasonable that we should do the same. Thus, by connecting the two, we get a “rest” which we receive by accepting the Gospel. But what is this rest? The author tells us in the following verses (please note, I’m not arguing with you, I’m only trying to share with you my view point on the subject.):

      2 For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed.[a] 3 Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said,
      “So I declared on oath in my anger,
      ‘They shall never enter my rest.’”[b]

      And yet his works have been finished since the creation of the world. 4 For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “On the seventh day God rested from all his works.”[c] 5 And again in the passage above he says, “They shall never enter my rest.”

      6 Therefore since it still remains for some to enter that rest, and since those who formerly had the good news proclaimed to them did not go in because of their disobedience, (Hebrews 4:2-6)

      Now we see the author bringing in a new element; the Sabbath. Specifically, the rest which was to be had on the Sabbath. A rest, it seems, which still remains. Yet it no longer remains as a physical day, but as a person; Jesus Christ. Something we can see in the next couple of verses:

      7 God again set a certain day, calling it “Today.” This he did when a long time later he spoke through David, as in the passage already quoted:

      “Today, if you hear his voice,
      do not harden your hearts.”[d]

      8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. 9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works,[e] just as God did from his. (Hebrews 4:7-10)

      The people weren’t to harden their hearts to God. The author combines this with the Sabbath rest… Not only that, but he brings up that Joshua was unable to give the Israelites rest, but instead that God spoke later of another day. Now, here its important to remember that God had already ordained the Old Testament “Sabbath”. He did so on the seventh day of Creation. — So then, we have the following elements:

      1. Salvation
      2. The Sabbath, and,
      3. A “new” Sabbath Rest

      We enter “the rest,” through salvation. When we are saved, we enter into Jesus, and He enters into us through His Spirit. Therefore, we can safely say that the new “day of which God spoke,” (which when taken in context, we see the “day” is actually the Sabbath) must be Jesus. Because the only way a new Sabbath could be established, and have salvation be a requirement to enter into that salvation, is by Jesus being that “new day”. At least, so far as I can see.

      Anyway, that’s how I see it. If you could perhaps help me to see your viewpoint a little better, I would really appreciate it.

      Thank’s for trying to help me learn correct doctrine; your willingness to help is very encouraging. 🙂

      — Joshua

       
  2. Liz Mackay

    November 8, 2010 at 9:32 AM

    Hi Joshua, nice to meet you. Thanks for following me on Twitter. I shall follow you now. I see you are reaching out to people with God’s word and I pray you will be given strength for this. Bless you.

     

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