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The Sabbath Rest (Hebrews 4:1-13, Psalm 95:11, Genesis 2:2, Deuteronomy 12:10, 1 John 1:8-9)

Preston Pearce, 20th October 2019
Part of the Various series, preached at a IBCP's Service service

What is rest? How do we enter this rest? What does it mean when the Lord declared to some that they shall not enter His rest or to some others that He will give them rest?

Every small choice we make matters - either it brings us closer to Him or further away from Him. In addition, we are to help and encourage each other and make sure we do fall short of God's glory.

Rest also refers to salvation and that in the past, presence and future. 'I have been saved, I am being saved from sin and I will ve saved after my physical death'. Only at the that point our works, wandering and warfare will end.

Why is it good to seek rest regularly? To seek the Lord, praise Him and worship Him. To watch over our hearts, evaluate the decisions and actions we have been taking. To read and acknowledge the Word of God.

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Hebrews 4:1-13

1Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. 2For 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. 3For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. 5And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. 6Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: 7Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. 8For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. 9There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 10For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. 11Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. 12For 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. 13Neither 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. (KJV)

Psalm 95:11

11Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest. (KJV)

Genesis 2:2

2And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. (KJV)

Deuteronomy 12:10

10But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the LORD your God giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety; (KJV)

1 John 1:8-9

8If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (KJV)

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