Friday, January 17, 2014

Hebrews 4 - Sabbath Is Only Spiritual - Steve Gregg



We learn in Hebrews that we followers of Christ enter into our Sabbath rest (rest from our works) in Jesus. This is the rest the Israelites in the Desert of Sinai never entered into because of their unbelief. We enter it by faith. This is what the 7th day Sabbath rest of the Old Testament pointed to (Col 2:16). But now that Christ has fulfilled it, we only need to keep spiritually. We also learn that Jesus is our compassionate High Priest, not the Levites. And "when the priesthood is changed, of necessity there takes place a change of law also." (Heb 7:12)

Hebrews 4 

 

New King James Version (NKJV)

The Promise of Rest

 

Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them,[a] not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. 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,’”[b]
although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 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”; [c] and again in this place: “They shall not enter My rest.”[d]

Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience, 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.”[e]
For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.

The Word Discovers Our Condition

 

11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. 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.

Our Compassionate High Priest

 

14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Footnotes:

  1. Hebrews 4:2 NU-Text and M-Text read profit them, since they were not united by faith with those who heeded it.
  2. Hebrews 4:3 Psalm 95:11
  3. Hebrews 4:4 Genesis 2:2
  4. Hebrews 4:5 Psalm 95:11
  5. Hebrews 4:7 Psalm 95:7, 8

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