Hebrews 4

The reminder here is to persevere in our confession and not miss the promised rest of God like others did (4:11)! Here is the flow of argument in Hebrews 4 (with a little bit of Hebrews 3 thrown in):

  • God entered into rest at the time of creation and his rest continues (Hebrews 4:4-6).
  • This rest was available to the Israelites at the time of the Exodus, but they did not enter into it because of unbelief (Hebrews 3:8-11; 4:2, 6).
  • This rest was still available in David’s time, but it could only be entered into through faith (Hebrews 3:7, 13, 19; 4:7).
  • This rest is called a “Sabbath-rest,” and is identified as a cessation from individual works and an entering into God’s finished work (Hebrews 4:3, 9, 10).
  • This rest is available “today” (4:3), and we can enter it through Jesus Christ!
  • We know about our need through the Bible, because it judges “the desires and thoughts of the heart.” We all stand condemned before God as a result of its judgment (4:11-13).
  • Jesus is not only the great high priest who offers his own life for our salvation, He is also the great high priest who lived life on this earth and experienced what we experience. When we need help or understanding, we can go to Him (4:14-16).

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