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The Journey's Rest

The dead are dead (see What Happens When You Die?), awaiting their salvation, if they repented, at the time of their resurrection (see When Will You Be Judged? and Could Christ Return Tonight?):

"11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 11:14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. 11:15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. 11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city [see The City To Come]" (Hebrews 11:13-16 KJV)

"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"

Growing In The Grace And Knowledge toward that salvation is a journey, an exodus, a coming out (the actual Biblical word for "church" literally means called out ones - see What Is The Church?) of the ways of the carnal world and living toward true life (listen to the Sermons First Day of Unleavened Bread: Beginning The Journey To Salvation and Seventh Day of Unleavened Bread: The Road To Life from our Sermons page) - a journey in which we are warned not "to come short of it."

The Way

"4:1 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. 4:2 For unto us was the gospel [see The Gospel of The Kingdom of God] preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. 4:3 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.

4:4 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 [see Christ The Creator]. 4:5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.

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: 4:7 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.

4:8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. 4:9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 4:10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

4:12 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. 4:13 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.

4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God [see What Is Jesus Christ Doing Right Now?], let us hold fast our profession. 4:15 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. 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:1-13 KJV)

Fact Finder: (a) Which of God's Commandments specifically commands work, so that we have something to rest from when the day of rest comes? (b) What is the practical purpose, and at the same time, the symbolism, of that?
(a) Exodus 20:9 and see How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 4
(b) See Works Means Obedience and listen to the Sermon The Work Commandment from our Sermons page


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