Heb. 4:8-16

“Strive To Enter”

Hebrews 4:8-16 (ESV)

For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken of another day later on. So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, 10 for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. 11 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

I have marked in my Bible, one phrase that captures the main thought of this section: “Let us therefore strive to enter that rest.” Just as God rested after His creative work. Just as a rest was promised to the Israelites. There is a rest from the burden of sin in Christ. And that promised rest has a heavenly destination.

What could keep Christians from that rest? There is a single word back in Heb. 4:6 – DISOBEDIENCE. So, “let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.”

Do we struggle against temptation? Are there weakness in our earthly existence we must overcome? Do we need help while engaged in our works here, before the final rest? Yes. But listen to this:

14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

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