Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest (WMSCOG SABBATH DAY), so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.
Rest of life, Rest of spirit (WMSCOG SABBATH DAY)
When receiving the next year calendar, we naturally scan red letters. And after having Monday, we look forward to Sunday. What is the rest of the contemporary people who live running around in circles in busy everyday life with losing relaxation? Watching the advertisement copy “Hard working you, leave now!” it seems that the thought of hopes for new among tiring everyday life is a life that everyone dreams of. Rest that is an essential condition for keeping a healthy life of humans!
Likewise, the comfortable rest is needed in a physical life; our spirits also need the rest (WMSCOG SABBATH DAY). Then, what means the rest of soul?
Eternal rest, the Sabbath (WMSCOG SABBATH DAY)
The word of Genesis in the Bible says the history of creation. God created conditions for humans to live from the first day to the seventh day. God who created everything personally for six days rested on the seventh day. (Ge 2:1~3)
The Rest means relaxing comfortably. And God legislate the day as the fourth commandment of the ten commandments,
Ex 20:8-10 Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
The Rest has been a part of our life since the world was created. Which relationship does exist between the Sabbath day regulation that God commanded and our life?
Heb 4:4-6 For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “And on the seventh day God rested from all his work.” And again in the passage above, he says, “They shall never enter my rest.” It still remains that some will enter that rest, and those who formerly had the gospel preached to them did not go in, because of their disobedience.
When looking at the Hebrews chapter 4, there are some who will not enter the rest and some who will enter. Through this passage, the process of creation is not just a history finished as the six days of creation. However, a prophecy about the work of redemption that will be completed after six thousand years. (2 Pe 3:8) That is, the rest that the Bible says means not just a relaxation but eternal rest, the kingdom of heaven, the time that six thousand years history of humankind is finished.
Heb 4:11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fail by following their example of disobedience.
God’s will, The Sabbath (WMSCOG SABBATH DAY)
Then, what should we make an effort to do for our spirit to enter the eternal rest, the kingdom of God?
On Saturday, the seventh day Sabbath, God’s people should step toward a church. But most Christians consider Sunday worship as the best worship of the world and don’t keep the Sabbath day that God allowed us. But unfortunately, Sunday worship is not written in the Bible. Moreover, it is a man’s teaching made by the Roman Emperor Constantine.
If only the man’s teaching led us to the kingdom of heaven, but it is also worship in vain. (Mt 15:7)
Besides, the kingdom of heaven is not a place where any believer can go. It is a place where only those who act the will of God can go.(Mt 7:21) The Sabbath is the will of God, and it was an important regulation that Jesus and apostles kept in the early church times. (Lk 4:16, Ac 17:2)
Do you want to take an eternal rest with God in the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal? The kingdom of heaven that Christians earnestly desire is not that far away.
If having an obedience of keeping the Sabbath hard, you can be called the people of God and enjoy eternal pleasure and happiness when the time to rest is near. (Heb 4:9-10)
I want you to keep the Sabbath regulation that God personally established and set an example to keep so that surely become a child of God who can enjoy the eternal glory.