Summary: To show the importance of GOD's WORDS in our daily lives.
Do you receive and do GOD's Word on a daily basis?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show the importance of GOD's WORDS in our daily lives.
Hebrews 4:11 (Amplified Bible)
4:11 Let us therefore be zealous and exert ourselves and strive diligently to enter that rest [of God, to know and experience it for ourselves], that no one may fall or perish by the same kind of unbelief and disobedience [into which those in the wilderness fell].
I receive GOD's WORDS as a steady stream from GOD's Mouth frequently and consistently.
Labor to enter GODs rest
A. Date of writing: Before AD. 70
B. Style of writing: Best Greek style
C. Authorship: Not specific, but generally attributed to Apostle Paul. Can be also ascribed to Barnabas, Luke, Apollos
D. Audience: Hebrew Christians
E. Theme: Christ is superior to the prophets; Christ is superior to angels—J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible
F. Purpose: The chief doctrinal purpose of the writer was to show the transcendent glory of the Christian dispensation, as compared with that of the Old Testament.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
G. Keyword: better
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Let us labor to enter GOD's rest
"Let us therefore be zealous and exert ourselves and strive diligently to enter that rest [of God, to know and experience it for ourselves],"
Labor came from the Greek word:"spoudazo" meaning:
1. to hasten, make haste
2. to exert one’s self, endeavour, give diligence
How to labor?
1. be zealous
2. exert ourselves
3. strive diligently (consistently)
Whatever we do for the LORD, we do it with consistency.
Matthew 7:13 (Amplified Bible)
7:13 Enter through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and spacious and broad is the way that leads away to destruction, and many are those who are entering through it.
Matthew 11:12 (Amplified Bible)
11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until the present time, the kingdom of heaven has endured violent assault, and violent men seize it by force [as a precious prize—a share in the heavenly kingdom is sought with most ardent zeal and intense exertion].
Violent came from the Greek word: "biastes" meaning:
1. strong, forceful
2. using force, violent
John 6:27 (Amplified Bible)
6:27 Stop toiling and doing and producing for the food that perishes and decomposes [in the using], but strive and work and produce rather for the [lasting] food which endures [continually] unto life eternal; the Son of Man will give (furnish) you that, for God the Father has authorized and certified Him and put His seal of endorsement upon Him.
John 6:27 (The Message)
6:27 "Don't waste your energy striving for perishable food like that. Work for the food that sticks with you, food that nourishes your lasting life, food the Son of Man provides. He and what he does are guaranteed by God the Father to last."
There's a negative force here on this earth for we know the god of this world is not GOD. The Message bible calls him "fashionable god of darkness"