Since we are approaching Jesus' return, we need to understand the Sabbath Rest, and this article will address a few things about rest.
"And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:" - Mark 2:27 KJV
"Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:" - Colossians 2:16 KJV
What does it mean when it says that the Sabbath was made for man? It means that man needs rest from his work. In today's world, most people work six days at a job, and on the seventh day, they do work that is needed at home. God created us and knew that our physical bodies need rest. Even God, when He ended His work, rested. The seventh day is for rest, not a specific day to hold a church service.
The word rested is the Hebrew word shabbath. It is where we get the word Sabbath. It means "to cease and desist, and to put an end to." This word is used both in the Old and New Testaments. Many confuse the word seventh and Sabbath, believing that they both mean the same thing. The word seventh in Hebrew means "Spiritual perfection," while the word Sabbath means "to rest." To enter His rest means we are to cease from all our labors.
"And 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." - Genesis 2:2 KJV
Prophetically, it is when we enter into His Sabbath rest that the fullness of His glory will be revealed in us. It is the end of our working out our salvation. It is also the seventh day, which is the day of spiritual perfection, where we become one with Christ as His bride.
To enter God's rest is to know, in faith, that God already completed the work. This is living in faith or living in the Sabbath rest. Because of our free will, we do have our part to do, but it is to be done with faith that it is already completed by God.
Hebrews chapters 3 and 4 explain three types of rest.
1. Blessings in the Promised Land that is free of bondage with vineyards they did not plant and homes they did not build but were waiting for their possession.
2. God's rest after the completion of creation.
3. The third rest is a combination of the previous two types of rest for our Christian lives.
In faith, we can cease from our struggles and enter God's rest, letting Him guide us into places of blessing already prepared for us.
Endeavoring to enter that rest is constant attention to the positioning of our hearts in faith to hear and obey God and not be rebellious to his voice.
We don't want to make the same mistakes as the Israelites.
"And who was it who rebelled against God, even though they heard his voice? Wasn't it the people Moses led out of Egypt? And who made God angry for forty years? Wasn't it the people who sinned, whose corpses lay in the wilderness? And to whom was God speaking when he took an oath that they would never enter his rest? Wasn't it the people who disobeyed him? So we see that because of their unbelief they were not able to enter his rest." - Hebrews 3:16-19 NLT
The Israelites were freed from bondage to transition to a new season of blessings in the Promised Land. We learn from the Children of Israel about Transition traps: fear, grumbling, unbelief, idolatry (worship of other gods), self-promotion, self-satisfaction, and disobedience. These will keep us from our promised land of Sabbath Rest, where we will be ruling and reigning with Christ as we become one in koinonia with Him as His bride.
We must labor to enter into God's rest. The word labor means "to endeavor, be diligent, and to exert oneself." We must deal with any and all transition traps.
When the son of man returns, will he find faith in the world?
Yes, he will because it is already done in heaven, and it is being manifested on earth through us. And when faith is manifested, we cease from our work and enter the Sabbath rest.
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