Summary: This message deals with the rest promised to the believer. It is a part of my message series on the book of Hebrews.
TEXT: Hebrews 4:1-11
ETS: God promises rest to the believer.
ESS: The believer must choose to avail himself of the rest God has promised.
OSS: Christians will yield themselves totally to the Lord Jesus Christ.
PQ: How can I have rest?
TOPIC: “The Promise of Rest”
SERIES: “Oh, What a Savior!”
Some men remind me of a poor immigrant who was discovered walking on the tracks of a railroad in New Jersey. On his back he carried a huge bulk and as he trudged on, worn and weary, he resembled Bunyan’s pilgrim with his burden. In passing a station an agent ordered him off the track, reminding him that he was liable to arrest for trespassing. The man demurred and produced a railroad ticket good for passage from Jersey City to Scranton. The agent looked at him in amazement and asked why he was walking when he might ride. The stranger replied that he thought the ticket gave him only the privilege of walking over the road. His right was explained to him and the tired man with delight boarded the first train for his destination. Surely the angels must look with wonderment at the thousands who trudge along, anxious and careworn, bearing life’s burdens without divine help and future hope, for every soul carries in the conscience the ticket of divine promise: "Acquaint now thyself with Him, and be at peace; thereby good shall come unto thee" (Job 22:21).
I. THE PROMISE OF REST (v.1a).
A. God has given a promise.
1. God’s promise is definite.
2. God’s promise is sure.
a. God will faithfully bring His promises to pass.
B. God has promised rest for His children.
1. êáôÜðáõóéò = 1 a putting to rest. 1A calming of the winds. 2 a resting place. 2A metaph. 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.
C. Everything that is needed to fulfill the promise of rest is completed (v.3b)
1. ãßíïìáé = to be made, finished.
2. He has made a prepared place for believers (John 14:3).
3. He has completed the work needed to get you to that prepared place (John 19:30).
II. THE PROBLEM THAT PREVENTS REST (vs. 1b-3,6-7)
A. It is possible to miss God’s promise (v.1b).
1. ὑóôåñÝù = to come late or too tardily. To be left behind in the race and so fail to reach the goal, to fall short of the end.
a. Some people live their whole lives without
entering the rest God wants to give them.
2. God offers rest but will not force it upon you.
B. Ignoring God’s Word will cause us to miss God’s promise (v.2).
1. Hearing God’s Word must be mixed with acting in faith on it (James 2:20, 26).
2. Neglecting to follow up on what God says is dangerous (Heb. 2:3).
C. Unbelief of God’s Word is the problem that will cause us to miss our rest (v.6-7).