There Remains A Rest

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This life can be hard - difficult - filled with struggles! The battles we are called to fight are both external and internal - and the threat of falling is real - but so is the rest that remains for the faithful child of God!! (Hebrews 4:1-13) - June 17, 2012

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There Remains A Rest

  1. 1. 1
  2. 2. 2 Hebrews 4:1–13 (NKJV) 1  Therefore,  since  a  promise  remains  of  entering  His  rest,  let  us  fear  lest  any  of  you  seem  to  have  come  short  of  it.  2  For  indeed  the  gospel  was  preached  to  us  as  well  as  to   them;  but  the  word  which  they  heard  did  not  profit  them,  not  being  mixed  with  faith   in  those  who  heard  it.  
  3. 3. 3 Hebrews 4:1–13 (NKJV) 3  For  we  who  have  believed  do  enter  that  rest,  as  He   has  said:    “So  I  swore  in  My  wrath,    ‘They  shall  not  enter  My  rest,’  ”  although  the  works  were  finished  from  the  foundation  of  the  world.  4  For  He  has  spoken  in  a  certain  place  of   the  seventh  day  in  this  way:  “And  God  rested  on  the   seventh  day  from  all  His  works”;  5  and  again  in  this   place:  “They  shall  not  enter  My  rest.”  
  4. 4. 4 Hebrews 4:1–13 (NKJV) 6  Since  therefore  it  remains  that  some  must  enter  it,   and  those  to  whom  it  was  first  preached  did  not  enter   because  of  disobedience,  7  again  He  designates  a  certain  day,  saying  in  David,  “Today,”  after  such  a  long   time,  as  it  has  been  said:    “Today,  if  you  will  hear  His  voice,    Do  not  harden  your  hearts.”  8  For  if  Joshua  had  given  them  rest,  then  He  would  not   afterward  have  spoken  of  another  day.  
  5. 5. 5 Hebrews 4:1–13 (NKJV)    There  remains  therefore  a  rest  for  the   . 9 people  of  God.  10  For  he  who  has  entered   His  rest  has  himself  also  ceased  from  his   works  as  God  did  from  His.  11  Let  us  therefore  be  diligent  to  enter  that  rest,  lest  anyone  fall  according  to  the  same   example  of  disobedience.  
  6. 6. 6 Hebrews 4:1–13 (NKJV).  12  For  the  word  of  God  is  living  and  powerful,   and  sharper  than  any  two-­‐edged  sword,  piercing  even  to  the  division  of  soul  and  spirit,  and  of  joints  and  marrow,  and  is  a  discerner  of   the  thoughts  and  intents  of  the  heart.  13  And  there  is  no  creature  hidden  from  His  sight,  but   all  things  are  naked  and  open  to  the  eyes  of   Him  to  whom  we  must  give  account.
  7. 7. 7✦ Having  given  the  example  of  Israel’s   departure  from  God  and  God’s   response  to  that  Paul  is  now  going  to   make  pointed  applica<on  of  the   example.  (3:7-­‐18)✦ One  point  of  this  chapter  is  the   Chris<an  through  unbelief  can  turn   away  from  God  so  as  to  be  lost  -­‐  i.e   fail  to  enter  the  rest  promised  to   those  who  believe  -­‐  (1  Cor.  10:1-­‐13)
  8. 8. Physical Figure / Spiritual Reality 8 The$Type$ The$Antitype$ Egypt $ The world$ Pharaoh Satan Moses (deliverer) Jesus (deliverer) Israel The church Moses (Law giver) Jesus (Law giver) Cloud & Sea Baptism Wilderness Christian life Canaan$ Heaven$
  9. 9. 9 Hebrews 4:1 ✦The  main  point  -­‐  there  IS  indeed  a   (NKJV) promise  of  rest  to  be  enjoyed  by   1Therefore,  since   those  who  con<nue  in  faith.     a  promise   ✦Just  as  Israel  was  pushing  toward   remains  of   the  rest  that  was  certain  to  be   entering  His  rest,   found  in  Canaan,  (rest  from  slavery,  let  us  fear  lest  any   travel,  and  eventually  war)   of  you  seem  to   have  come  short   ✦The  faithful  Chris<an  has  the   of  it. certainty  of  a  rest  remaining  for  him   aPer  enduring  his  pilgrimage  here.
  10. 10. 10 Hebrews 4:1 (NKJV) 1Therefore,  since   Heb.  4:6,9 a  promise   6  Since  therefore  it  remains   remains  of   entering  His  rest,   that  some  must  enter  it,  .  .  .let  us  fear  lest  any   of  you  seem  to   9  There  remains  therefore  a   have  come  short   rest  for  the  people  of  God.   of  it.
  11. 11. 11 Hebrews 4:1 (NKJV) 1Therefore,  since   Titus 1:2 a  promise   remains  of   in  hope  of  eternal  life   entering  His  rest,   which  God,  who  let  us  fear  lest  any   of  you  seem  to   cannot  lie,  promised   have  come  short   of  it. before  time  began,  
  12. 12. 12 Hebrews 4:1 (NKJV) 1Therefore,  since   1 Peter 1:3–4 a  promise    3  .  .  .  has  begotten  us  again   remains  of   to  a  living  hope  .  .  .  4  to  an   entering  His  rest,  let  us  fear  lest  any   inheritance  incorruptible   of  you  seem  to   and  undefiled  and  that  does   have  come  short   not  fade  away,  reserved  in   of  it. heaven  for  you,
  13. 13. 13 Hebrews 4:1 (NKJV) 1Therefore,  since   ✦Not the Sabbath rest –  vs.   a  promise   4,5;  Gen  2:2;  Exo  16:23;  Exo   remains  of   20:8-­‐11;  Deut  5:2-­‐22;  Neh   entering  His  rest,   9:13-­‐14;  Ep  2:14-­‐15;  Col  2:14-­‐17let  us  fear  lest  any   of  you  seem  to   ✦Not the Canaan rest  –  vs.   have  come  short   8,9;  Deut  3:20;  12:9-­‐10;  Josh   of  it. 1:13-­‐15;  Josh  21:43-­‐45;  Ps  95:7-­‐8
  14. 14. 14 Hebrews 4:1 (NKJV) Hebrews 4:3 (NKJV) 1Therefore,  since   a  promise   For  we  who  have  believed  do   remains  of   enter  that  rest,  as  He  has  said:   entering  His  rest,   "So  I  swore  in  My  wrath,  They  let  us  fear  lest  any   shall  not  enter  My  rest,  "   of  you  seem  to   although  the  works  were   have  come  short   finished  from  the  foundation  of   of  it. the  world.  
  15. 15. 15 Hebrews 4:1 (NKJV) 1Therefore,  since   Hebrews 4:5-6 (NKJV) 5  and  again  in  this  place:  "They   a  promise   remains  of   shall  not  enter  My  rest."   entering  His  rest,   6  Since  therefore  it  remains  let  us  fear  lest  any   that  some  must  enter  it,  and   of  you  seem  to   those  to  whom  it  was  first   have  come  short   preached  did  not  enter  because   of  it. of  disobedience,  
  16. 16. 16 Hebrews 4:1 (NKJV) 1Therefore,  since   a  promise   Hebrews 4:10 (NKJV)   remains  of   For  he  who  has  entered   entering  His  rest,  let  us  fear  lest  any   His  rest  has  himself  also   of  you  seem  to   ceased  from  his  works  as   have  come  short   God  did  from  His.   of  it.
  17. 17. 17 Hebrews 4:1 (NKJV) ✦Vs.  9-­‐10  The  rest  comes  when  the   1Therefore,  since   labor  is  done!   a  promise   remains  of   ✦Rest  FROM  .  .  . entering  His  rest,   ✴ Doing  what’s  right,  -­‐  in  the  face  of   trials,  tribulation,  persecution,  let  us  fear  lest  any   temptations,   of  you  seem  to   ✴ Fighting  sin,  Satan  &  evil  people have  come  short   of  it. ✴ Weariness  &  physical  drudgery  of  life   -­‐  sickness,  aging,  heartache,  loss  .  .  .
  18. 18. 18 Hebrews 4:1 (NKJV) ✦Vs.  9-­‐10  The  rest  comes  when  the   1Therefore,  since   labor  is  done!   a  promise   remains  of   ✴It’s  not  just  for  ourselves  that  we   battle  –  (our  spouse,  children,   entering  His  rest,   grandchildren,  brethren  in  Christ,  etc.)let  us  fear  lest  any   of  you  seem  to   ✴God  has  called  us  into  a   battleground  not  a  playground  –   have  come  short   one  day  there  will  be  a  rest  (Rev   of  it. 21:22-­‐27).
  19. 19. 19 Hebrews 4:1 (NKJV) ✦Vs.  9-­‐10  The  rest  comes  when  the   1Therefore,  since   labor  is  done!   a  promise   remains  of   ✦Rest  WITH  .  .  . entering  His  rest,   ✴ The  saints  -­‐  brethren  in  Christ  -­‐let  us  fear  lest  any   ✴ All  the  faithful  of  old  -­‐  (Enoch,   Joseph,  Abraham,  Moses,  Elijah,   of  you  seem  to   Daniel,  etc) have  come  short   of  it. ✴ The  Lord  Jesus  Christ ✴ God  Himself
  20. 20. 20 Hebrews 4:11 (NKJV) ✦“Let  us  fear”  –  vs.  1;  Ps.  Let  us  therefore   33:8;  111:10;  Prov.  1:7;  Mat   be  diligent  to   10:28;  Phili  2:12 enter  that  rest,   lest  anyone  fall   ✦We  must  give  account  -­‐  according  to  the   vs,  13;  10:30,31;  Eccl.  12:13,14;  same  example  of   Rom  2:5-­‐11l  2  Cor  5:10 disobedience.  
  21. 21. 21 Hebrews 4:11 (NKJV) ✦“The  gospel  was  preached”  -­‐  Let  us  therefore   vs.  2,12;  Mark  16:15;  Rom  1:16;   be  diligent  to   10:14-­‐17;  Col.  1:5;  23 enter  that  rest,   ✦Must  be  believed  /  obeyed  -­‐  vs.   lest  anyone  fall   6;  3:16-­‐19;  5:9;  Mat.  7:21ff,  Rom  according  to  the   2:8;  6:17;  10:16;  Gal.  3:1;  5:7;  Phili  same  example  of   2:12;  2  Thes  1:6-­‐9;  1  Pet  1:22;  4:17 disobedience.  
  22. 22. 22 Hebrews 4:11 ✦“We  who  have  believed   (NKJV)Let  us  therefore   do  enter”  –  (Emphatic   be  diligent  to   futuristic  present  middle   enter  that  rest,   indicative  of  eiserchomai.  We  are   lest  anyone  fall   sure  to  enter  in,  we  who  believe.)  according  to  the   vs.  1,2,7,11,12;    cf.  3:14;  John  8:24;  same  example  of   Heb  11:6;  Mk  16:16;  Gal.  3:26,27;   disobedience.   Rev  2:10
  23. 23. 23 Hebrews 4:11 ✦“Let  us  therefore  be  diligent  to   (NKJV) enter  that  rest”    -­‐  vs.  11;  6:11;  John  Let  us  therefore   Luke  13:24;  6:27;  Phili  2:12;  2  Pet  1:5-­‐11 be  diligent  to   enter  that  rest,   Hebrews 6:11 lest  anyone  fall   And  we  desire  that  each  one  of  according  to  the   you  show  the  same  diligence  same  example  of   to  the  full  assurance  of  hope   disobedience.   until  the  end,
  24. 24. 24 Hebrews 4:11 ✦“Let  us  therefore  be  diligent  to   (NKJV) enter  that  rest”    -­‐  vs.  11;  6:11;  John  Let  us  therefore   Luke  13:24;  6:27;  Phili  2:12;  2  Pet  1:5-­‐11 be  diligent  to   Luke 13:24 enter  that  rest,   lest  anyone  fall   "Strive  to  enter  through  according  to  the   the  narrow  gate,  for  many,  same  example  of   I  say  to  you,  will  seek  to   disobedience.   enter  and  will  not  be  able.    
  25. 25. 25 Hebrews 4:11 ✦“Let  us  therefore  be  diligent  to   (NKJV) enter  that  rest”    -­‐  vs.  11;  6:11;  John  Let  us  therefore   Luke  13:24;  6:27;  Phili  2:12;  2  Pet  1:5-­‐11 be  diligent  to   John 6:27 enter  that  rest,   “Do  not  labor  for  the  food  which   lest  anyone  fall   perishes,  but  for  the  food  which  endures  according  to  the   to  everlasting  life,  which  the  Son  of  Man  same  example  of   will  give  you,  because  God  the  Father   disobedience.   has  set  His  seal  on  Him."  
  26. 26. 26 Hebrews 4:11 ✦“Let  us  therefore  be  diligent  to   (NKJV) enter  that  rest”    -­‐  vs.  11;  6:11;  John  Let  us  therefore   Luke  13:24;  6:27;  Phili  2:12;  2  Pet  1:5-­‐11 be  diligent  to   2 Pet 1:5,10 enter  that  rest,   5  But  also  for  this  very  reason,  giving  all   lest  anyone  fall   diligence,  .  .  .  10  Therefore,  brethren,  be  according  to  the   even  more  diligent  to  make  your  call  same  example  of   and  election  sure,  for  if  you  do  these   disobedience.   things  you  will  never  stumble;  
  27. 27. 27 Hebrews 4:11 ✦We  CAN  fail  to  enter  God’s  rest! (NKJV)Let  us  therefore   ✴“Lest  any  of  you  seem  to  have   be  diligent  to   come  short  of  it”  –  vs.  1,  3:7-­‐14;   enter  that  rest,   John  15:1-­‐10;  1  Cor.  10:1-­‐13 lest  anyone  fall   ✴“Did  not  enter  because  of  according  to  the   disobedience”  –  vs.  2,  6,  11;    cf.  same  example  of   3:15-­‐19;    5:8,9;  Mat  7:21-­‐23;  2  John   disobedience.   9;  2  Pet  2:20-­‐22
  28. 28. 28 Hebrews 4:7 (NKJV) ✦Do  not  harden  your  heart  -­‐  (3:8,15)again  He  designates  a  certain  day,  saying   Psalms 95:7-8 (NKJV) 7  For  He  is  our  God,  And  we  are  the   in  David,  "Today,"   after  such  a  long   people  of  His  pasture,  And  the  sheep  time,  as  it  has  been   of  His  hand.  Today,  if  you  will  hear   said:  "Today,  if  you   His  voice:  8  "Do  not  harden  your   will  hear  His  voice,   hearts,  as  in  the  rebellion,  As  in  the  Do  not  harden  your   day  of  trial  in  the  wilderness,   hearts."  
  29. 29. 29 Hebrews 4:7 (NKJV) ✦Do  not  harden  your  heart  -­‐  (3:8,15)again  He  designates   ✴ Ne  9:16  —  "But  they  and  our  fathers  acted   proudly,  Hardened  their  necks,  And  did  not  heed  a  certain  day,  saying   Your  commandments.   in  David,  "Today,"   ✴ Job  9:4  —  God  is  wise  in  heart  and  mighty  in   after  such  a  long   strength.  Who  has  hardened  himself  against  Him   and  prospered?  time,  as  it  has  been   ✴ Pr  28:14  —  Happy  is  the  man  who  is  always   said:  "Today,  if  you   reverent,  But  he  who  hardens  his  heart  will  fall   will  hear  His  voice,   into  calamity.   ✴ Pr  29:1  —  He  who  is  often  rebuked,  and  hardens  Do  not  harden  your   his  neck,  Will  suddenly  be  destroyed,  and  that   hearts."   without  remedy.  
  30. 30. 30 Hebrews 4:7 (NKJV) ✦Do  not  harden  your  heart  -­‐  (3:8,15)again  He  designates   Matthew 13:15a  certain  day,  saying   For  the  hearts  of  this  people  have   in  David,  "Today,"   grown  dull.  Their  ears  are  hard  of   after  such  a  long   hearing,  And  their  eyes  they  have  time,  as  it  has  been   closed,  Lest  they  should  see  with  their   said:  "Today,  if  you   eyes  and  hear  with  their  ears,  Lest  they   will  hear  His  voice,   should  understand  with  their  hearts  Do  not  harden  your   hearts."   and  turn,  So  that  I  should  heal  them.  
  31. 31. 31 Romans 2:4-11 (NKJV) 4  Or  do  you  despise  the  riches  of  His  goodness,   forbearance,  and  longsuffering,  not  knowing  that  the   goodness  of  God  leads  you  to  repentance?    5  But  in  accordance  with  your  hardness  and  your  impenitent  heart   you  are  treasuring  up  for  yourself  wrath  in  the  day  of  wrath  and  revelation  of  the  righteous  judgment  of  God,    6   who  "will  render  to  each  one  according  to  his  deeds":    
  32. 32. 32 Romans 2:4-11 (NKJV)    7  eternal  life  to  those  who  by  patient  continuance  in  doing   good  seek  for  glory,  honor,  and  immortality;    8  but  to  those   who  are  self-­‐seeking  and  do  not  obey  the  truth,  but  obey   unrighteousness-­‐-­‐indignation  and  wrath,    9  tribulation  and   anguish,  on  every  soul  of  man  who  does  evil,  of  the  Jew  first   and  also  of  the  Greek;    10  but  glory,  honor,  and  peace  to  everyone  who  works  what  is  good,  to  the  Jew  first  and  also  to   the  Greek.    11  For  there  is  no  partiality  with  God.  
  33. 33. 33 Hebrews 4:12 (NKJV) ✦“For  the  word  of  God  is   For  the  word  of  God  is   living  .  .  .”  vs.  12  -­‐ living  and  powerful,  and   sharper  than  any  two-­‐ ✴Timeless  &  permanently  effective edged  sword,  piercing   ✴“Discerner  of  the  thoughts  &   even  to  the  division  of   intents  of  the  heart” soul  and  spirit,  and  of  joints  and  marrow,  and  is   ✴The  honesty  of  the  heart  is   a  discerner  of  the   exposed thoughts  and  intents  of   ✴A  response  is  demanded the  heart.    
  34. 34. 34 2 Corinthians 6:1-2 (NKJV)  1  We  then,  as  workers  together  with  Him  also  plead  with  you  not  to  receive  the  grace  of  God  in  vain.    2  For  He  says:  "In  an  acceptable  time  I   have  heard  you,  And  in  the  day  of  salvation  I  have  helped  you."  Behold,  now  is  the  accepted   time;  behold,  now  is  the  day  of  salvation.    
  35. 35. 35 Hebrews 4:7 (NKJV) ✴Grace  does  not  exclude  conditions,  again  He  designates   healthy  fear,  or  faithfulness  .  .  .  a  certain  day,  saying   in  David,  "Today,"   ✴It  is  possible  to  fall  from  grace  -­‐  i.e.   “fail  to  reach”  His  rest  -­‐  Gal.  5:1-­‐4 after  such  a  long  time,  as  it  has  been   ✴We  must  give  an  account  to  Him   said:  "Today,  if  you   Who  sees  all  -­‐  vs.  13 will  hear  His  voice,   ✴As  the  promise  remains,  so  does  Do  not  harden  your   God’s  threat hearts."  
  36. 36. 36 Are you obeying, serving,working, enduring . . . that you WILL enter His Rest?
  37. 37. 37 Matthew 11:28-30 (NKJV)28  Come  to  Me,  all  you  who  labor  and  are  heavy  laden,  and  I  will  give  you  rest.  29  Take  My  yoke  upon  you  and  learn  from  Me,  for  I   am  gentle  and  lowly  in  heart,  and  you  will  find  rest  for  your   souls.  30  For  My  yoke  is  easy  and  My  burden  is  light."  
  38. 38. Charts by Don McClain Prepared June 15,16, 2012 Preached June 17, 2012 West 65th Street church of Christ P.O. Box 190062 Little Rock AR 72219 501-568-1062 Prepared using PPT 2010 Email – donmcclain@sbcglobal.net More PPT & Audio Sermons: http://w65stchurchofchrist.org/donmaccla/2010SermonPage.htmlNote – Many of the transition effects used in this presentation may be lost using PPT 2007 Viewer http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx? FamilyID=cb9bf144-1076-4615-9951-294eeb832823&displaylang=en
  39. 39. Psalms 95:1-11 (NKJV) 1  Oh  come,  let  us  sing  to  the  LORD!  Let   us  shout  joyfully  to  the  Rock  of  our   salvation.  2  Let  us  come  before  His  presence  with  thanksgiving;  Let  us  shout   joyfully  to  Him  with  Psalms.  3  For  the   LORD  is  the  great  God,  And  the  great  King  above  all  gods.  4  In  His  hand  are  the   deep  places  of  the  earth;  The  heights  of   the  hills  are  His  also.  
  40. 40. Psalms 95:1-11 (NKJV) 5  The  sea  is  His,  for  He  made  it;  And  His  hands  formed  the  dry  land.  6  Oh  come,  let   us  worship  and  bow  down;  Let  us  kneel   before  the  LORD  our  Maker.  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:  8  "Do  not  harden  your  hearts,  as  in  the  rebellion,  As   in  the  day  of  trial  in  the  wilderness,    
  41. 41. Psalms 95:1-11 (NKJV)9  When  your  fathers  tested  Me;  They  tried  Me,  though  they  saw  My  work.  10  For  forty  years  I  was  grieved  with  that   generation,  And  said,  It  is  a  people   who  go  astray  in  their  hearts,  And   they  do  not  know  My  ways.  11  So  I   swore  in  My  wrath,  They  shall  not   enter  My  rest.  "  

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