2017-05-11 / Worship

Faith will finish our salvation of rest

By REV. FICKLEN GUIN
(Hebrews 4: 10-16)

Paul continues to talk about our rest that God wants us to have from the pain that sin brings into our lives. Sin brings pain to the spiritual, physical, and emotional parts of our lives, meaning every part of us. But God makes us aware of a cure for our pain that comes through faith in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son who has come unto our world to heal us of this pain caused by the sin in our lives.

How does this happen to us? Paul says, “For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.” (verse 10)

When God created the world, he was laboring for six days. On the seventh day, God rested and said, “It is finished and it is good.” Paul says to us, “Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest…” (verse 11) The only thing that will prevent us is unbelief, which causes all sin in our lives that involves ourselves, others, and God.

What will solve our unbelief? Paul says the Word of God. He says God’s word is quick, powerful, sharp like a two-edged sword, and a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (verse 12) Also, there is no creature greater than God, all things are opened unto His eyes with whom we have to appear. (verse 13)

In the Old Testament, the Israelites, God’s first chosen people, had to go to a priest to deal with their sins. Today God has chosen for us of the New Testament, a great High Priest, Jesus the Son of God, and he has passed into Heaven for all of us who will believe in Him to be our Saviour from sin. (verse 14)

Paul says, “We have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities…Jesus also was tempted to sin, yet without sin.” (verse 15)

Therefore, what is the answer for the sin in our lives that separates us from God, our creator. We must confess our sins and accept Jesus as our Saviour from our sins. Paul says to us: “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (verse 16) Paul is letting us know that our faith in Jesus as my Saviour is our answer to the sin in our lives that will cause eternal death.

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