Friday, December 30, 2011
Entering Into His Rest
What a wonderful progression of victory is depicted in the first four chapters of the Letter to the Hebrews.
Jesus is the express manifestation of the nature of God. He is God. He is David's Lord, after the order of Melchizedek, foreshadowed in Psalm 110. He is better than the angels, although He came down to such a lowly service. He is better than Moses (oh ye Jewish candidates). He is better than the Temple. He is the Eternal Bridegroom described so magnificently in Psalm 45. He is the conqueror of all fear of death.
In the eternal plan He was made to suffer as all mortals suffer, and thereby He acquired "the place of intercession" that He might be more than qualified, more than trustworthy as High Priest and Captain of our Salvation.
But we have this terrible caution in front of our eyes, the sad wanderings of the Israelites under Moses which failed to result in the majority of them entering into the Promised Land. Why was this? Unbelief. What hadn't they believed? God's Word, God's promises...and oh, how stringent was that word!
Hear the writer in chapter 4:
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.
14Seeing 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.
The joyful solution to the quandary is suggested in the last verse cited - our glorious and compassionate High Priest Jesus. Now let us remain steadfast, holding onto the assurances and example of Christ.
We have rest (God's ordained sabbath from labour and good deeds of qualification). We have confidence and boldness and help. In ever-increasing measure. For the simple asking. Heaven is at hand.
Note: In an earlier post I mentioned that our "shouting ground" can be found in the Four Gospels and the Letter to the Hebrews. I continue to believe this.
See the ebook entitled The Fifth Gospel