The Christian’s Sabbath Rest, Part 2

Sabbath Rest Part 2

Hebrews 4

1 Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, anyone of you may seem to have come shortof it. 
2 For indeed we have had goodnews preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in thosewho heard. 
3 For we who have believedenter that rest, just as He has said, “AS I SWORE IN MY WRATH, THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST,” although His works were finished from the foundation of the world. 
4 For He has said somewhereconcerning the seventh day: “AND GODRESTED ON THE SEVENTH DAY FROM ALL HIS WORKS “; 
5 and again in thispassage, “THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST.” 
6 Therefore, since it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerlyhad good news preached to them failed to enter because of disobedience, 
7 He again fixes a certain day, “Today,” sayingthrough David after so long a time just as has been said before, “TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDENYOUR HEARTS.” 
8 For if Joshua had given them rest, He would not have spoken of another day after that. 
9 Sothere remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. 
10 For the one who has entered His rest has himself also restedfrom his works, as God did from His. 
11Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so * that no one will fall, throughfollowing the same example of disobedience.
12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughtsand intentions of the heart. 
13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but allthings are open and laid bare to the eyesof Him with whom we have to do. 
14Therefore, since we have a great highpriest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us holdfast our confession. 
15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot *sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 
16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

The Christian’s Sabbath Rest, Part 1 (Heb. 3:1-19)

Hebrews 3 (NASB)

Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession; He was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was in all His house. For He has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, by just so much as the builder of the house has more honor than the house. For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God. Now Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken later; but Christ was faithfulas a Son over His house—whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end.

Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says,

“Today if you hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts as when they provoked Me,
As in the day of trial in the wilderness,
Where your fathers tried Me by testing Me,
And saw My works for forty years.
10 “Therefore I was angry with this generation,
And said, ‘They always go astray in their heart,
And they did not know My ways’;
11 As I swore in My wrath,
‘They shall not enter My rest.’”

12 Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end, 15 while it is said,

“Today if you hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts, as when they provoked Me.”

16 For who provoked Him when they had heard? Indeed, did not all those who came out of Egypt led by Moses? 17 And with whom was He angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who were disobedient? 19 So we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief.

The Atonement of Christ (Heb. 2:9-18)

Hebrews 2:9-19

But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.

10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings. 11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren,12 saying,

“I will proclaim Your name to My brethren,
In the midst of the congregation I will sing Your praise.”

13 And again,

“I will put My trust in Him.”

And again,

“Behold, I and the children whom God has given Me.”

14 Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. 16 For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham. 17 Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.

The World to Come (Heb. 2:5-9)

Hebrews 2:5-9

For He did not subject to angels the world to come, concerning which we are speaking. But one has testified somewhere, saying,

“What is man, that You remember him?
Or the son of man, that You are concerned about him?
“You have made him for a little while lower than the angels;
You have crowned him with glory and honor,
And have appointed him over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things in subjection under his feet.”

For in subjecting all things to him, He left nothing that is not subject to him. But now we do not yet see all things subjected to him.

But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.

A Warning against Apostasy: Hebrews 2:1-4

Hebrews 2:1-4

Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.