Hebrews 4:1-3 says,
“Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, as I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world”.
The book of Hebrews is a book that was written having the believers and the unbelievers in mind. Verse 1 and 2 of the chapter above – having the unbelievers in view said, they that do not believe; that the gospel which was preached to them did not mix with faith in their heart haven’t entered God’s rest. But we see in verse 3 that the writer points to the fact that we believers – Those who have believed the gospel of Christ have entered into the Rest.
What is the Rest? This is a place of the completion of God’s perfect work. God’s rest is what we’ve entered. In essence, as believers, the scriptures make us see that we have come into the place of the complete perfect work of God. This is a place where we freely receive the perfect salvation of God which He did in Christ Jesus. It is a place where only what Christ has done is what saves us. This is why Salvation is not of our works but of God. We do nothing in the work of Salvation but only receive what Christ has done by believing.
In Gods rest:
1. We are recipients of His salvation. Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us that,
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast”.
2. Is freedom from the nature of sin. This is a state whereby we are free from the power of sin and are made alive unto God in Righteousness. Romans 8:2 says,
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death”.
Also, Romans 6:2 says,
“God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”
3. We have become the justified ones; the ones who God sees blameless. We have become His righteousness; the ones who stand before God as righteous; without any form of inferiority. Romans 5:1 says,
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”
4. We have the indwelling of His spirit – which is His presence in us. God by Himself has put His spirit within us. Ezekiel 36:26 says,
“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh”.
Also John 14:16-17 says,
“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you”.
5. We have become partakers of His divine nature. 2 Peter 1:4 says,
“Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust”.
6. We enjoy the wonderful works of God; God being the doer and we being the receivers of all He has done. Our power and strength couldn’t do it. He did it all for us. This is why Jesus made this call in Matthew 11:28-30,
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light”.
In conclusion, the place of God’s rest is where we are. It is not where we are looking forward to or where we will be. We are there already. Already in His rest because our faith in the Gospel has made us enter (Hebrews 4:3). Glory to God! We can boldly say we are in God’s rest. All restrictions and obstructions to give God the true worship, He (God) has taken away.
In the place of Gods rest, we can give Him the best worship (John 4:24). Note that Philippians 3:3 tells us that, for we are (not we will be, we are) the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. God has put His spirit In us and that settles it all.
Beloved, because we are in God’s rest that is why we can and always should proclaim the good and perfect works of God – the Gospel of Christ Jesus – and allow others come into His Rest.