Do you enter GOD's rest?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that we live a lifestyle of faith receiving GOD's Grace and we don't work anymore to receive it.
Hebrews 3:11 (Amplified Bible)
3:11 Accordingly, I swore in My wrath and indignation, They shall not enter into My rest.
Psalms 95:7-11 (Amplified Bible)
95:7 For He is our God and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you will hear His voice,
95:8 Harden not your hearts as at Meribah and as at Massah in the day of temptation in the wilderness,
95:9 When your fathers tried My patience and tested Me, proved Me, and saw My work [of judgment].
95:10 Forty years long was I grieved and disgusted with that generation, and I said, It is a people that do err in their hearts, and they do not approve, acknowledge, or regard My ways.
95:11 Wherefore I swore in My wrath that they would not enter My rest [the land of promise].
I have a lifestyle of faith receiving GOD's Grace -- JESUS CHRIST.
They shall not 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. GOD swore in His wrath and indignation
"Accordingly, I swore in My wrath and indignation,"
Sware or swore means: [Greek: omnuo] (verb)
1. to swear
2. to affirm, promise, threaten, with an oath
3. in swearing to call a person or thing as witness, to invoke, swear by
Only GOD can swear because only GOD can affirm, promise, threaten with an oath. Man's promises and swear are nothing because man fails to fulfill their promises. That's why we are not to swear, leave to GOD the swearing.
Numbers 14:20-23 (Amplified Bible)
14:20 And the Lord said, I have pardoned according to your word.
14:21 But truly as I live and as all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord,
14:22 Because all those men who have seen My glory and My [miraculous] signs which I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet have tested and proved Me these ten times and have not heeded My voice,
14:23 Surely they shall not see the land which I swore to give to their fathers; nor shall any who provoked (spurned, despised) Me see it.
Numbers 14:35 (Amplified Bible)
14:35 I the Lord have spoken; surely this will I do to all this evil congregation who is gathered together against Me. In this wilderness they shall be consumed [by war, disease, plagues], and here they shall die.
Deuteronomy 2:14 (Amplified Bible)
2:14 And the time from our leaving Kadesh-barnea until we had come over the brook Zered was thirty-eight years, until the whole generation of the men of war had perished from the camp, as the Lord had sworn to them.
Do not swear, just make sure your yes is yes and your no is no.
Matthew 5:34-37 (Amplified Bible)
5:34 But I tell you, Do not bind yourselves by an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is the throne of God;
5:35 Or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King.
5:36 And do not swear by your head, for you are not able to make a single hair white or black.
5:37 Let your Yes be simply Yes, and your No be simply No; anything more than that comes from the evil one.
Leviticus 19:12 (Amplified Bible)
19:12 And you shall not swear by My name falsely, neither shall you profane the name of your God. I am the Lord.
James 5:12 (Amplified Bible)
5:12 But above all [things], my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath; but let your yes be [a simple] yes, and your no be [a simple] no, so that you may not sin and fall under condemnation.
B. They shall not enter GOD's rest
"They shall not enter into My rest"
1. Those who have no knowledge of GOD
2. Those who don't have relationship with CHRIST
My rest or GOD's rest means: (Greek word: "katapausis") [noun:feminine]
1. metaphorically the heavenly blessedness in which God dwells, and of which he has promised to make persevering believers in Christ partakers after the toils and trials of life on earth are ended
We no longer toil or labor here on earth, it's already ended, all we do is receive GOD's Grace, Mercy, and Peace by Faith. Live by faith in GOD, and that is GOD's rest.
Hebrews 4:10-11 (New King James Version)
4:10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.
4:11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.
Hebrews 4:10-11 (New Revised Standard Version)
4:10 for those who enter God's rest also cease from their labors as God did from his.
4:11 Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one may fall through such disobedience as theirs.
We quickly obey, only disobedience can disallow us not to enter GOD's rest. We also cease in every type of work, for if you work, you need to be paid, and those who are paid, no longer receive GOD's Grace (gift), it's no longer a gift, if you work.
Live a lifestyle of "receiving", live a lifestyle of faith.
Romans 4:4-5 (Amplified Bible)
4:4 Now to a laborer, his wages are not counted as a favor or a gift, but as an obligation (something owed to him).
4:5 But to one who, not working [by the Law], trusts (believes fully) in Him Who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited to him as righteousness (the standing acceptable to God).
Romans 4:4-5 (The Message)
4:4 If you're a hard worker and do a good job, you deserve your pay; we don't call your wages a gift.
4:5 But if you see that the job is too big for you, that it's something only God can do, and you trust him to do it—you could never do it for yourself no matter how hard and long you worked—well, that trusting-him-to-do-it is what gets you set right with God, by God. Sheer gift.
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