© 1999 Debbie Turner Chavers
I studied Hebrews 4 this morning, here are my journal notes from my study. The key scripture that popped off the page and started me pondering and writing was...
Hebrews 4:2 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.
Hebrews 4:3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said,
Hebrews 4:6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief.
Hebrews 4 spoke to my heart of Rest, that we are commanded to rest in him. Faith in God and his Son was the root of resting. The Israelites could not rest because they did not have faith.
We fall out of resting when we give ourselves over to unbelief.
Faith believes God.
Faith trusts God.
Faith in him covers us and wraps us in our robe of righteousness.
It causes us to stand, resting in faith. Even as we stand in our spiritual armour we understand by faith that we are naked and defenseless without him. Our faith acknowledges that without him we have no armour, no robe of righteousness.
Indeed we are naked.
As we meditate on him and his accomplished work, his finished work, we can rest in him. He came and did his Father's will. see John 17:4
John 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
Do you hear him? Are you resting in him? Our work is to focus on him, his word, his finished work. We have been given faith to rest, believe in him.
He has your back! He has provided armor for your front and a robe for your resting.
By his Spirit we can now come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. I see this image of a small child in the bosom of the Father. He who rules the universe comforts, loves and provides for that child. That child is you and I.
By faith come and rest. His arms are opened wide.
Hebrews 4:12-13 For the word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
Isaiah 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a brideroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
For consideration and further study...2 Corinthians 5; Ephesians 6:10-18;
A snack...2 Corinthians 5:3 If be so that being clothed we shall not be found naked.
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Scripture references from King James bible