Hebrews Chapter 4
The Israelites had seen God’s mighty works and had heard his word, but they did not believe him. Therefore, they did not enter the Promised Land and did not experience God’s rest. God uses this example to warn us that those of us who do not put faith in him will not enter into eternal rest.
1. Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
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.
3. For 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.
4. For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.
5. And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.
God’s six days of work resulted in the physical universe. Apparently God’s work of redemption was completed then also (in the sense that it was determined that the Son of God would sacrifice himself for our sins):
And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him,
whose names are not written in the book of life of
the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
6. Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:
7. Again, 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.
It is a hard heart that will not trust in Christ’s great salvation.
8. For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.
9. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
10. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
11. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
In this world, God’s people labor. In the next world they shall rest.
12. 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.
13. 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.
God sees every single thing in our heart down to the smallest detail. He knows if our heart is hard or soft. His word distinguishes the worldly from the spiritual, the shallow from the profound, and our intentions from our pretentions. We can hide that which is in our heart from other people, but not from God.
14. Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
Our profession is that which we claim to believe. Our great high priest sacrificed himself for us. Those bought by his blood should hold on to this belief.
15. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
16. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
The throne of grace was made possible by the sacrifice of the Son of God. We can approach it confidently, knowing that there is One who understands our needs and will freely help us.