SUNDAY 12/4/16 Heb 4: 1-16

A Redemptive Relationship With God Restores Us To Rest   (Heb. 4: 1-16)

Key Verse ” Heb. 4: 11 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. God explains there are 2 contrasting ways to respond in our Christian walk 1) is “Rest”; the other 2) is disobedience.

Heb 4:12-13 – For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

The rest God wants us to have as we walk in the Spirit is in contrast to

Disobedience = Resisting Rest  Heb. 4: 12Rest = a Relaxing Trust

If we are not resting we are walking in disobedience.

In this verse “unbelief

  1. is a heart problem
  2. is like a cancer that spreads
  3. is a little mistake
  4. evil

Evil = “poneros” “malignant evil that causes labor, pain, sorrow”

from the heart which is the seat of reasoning power, moral nature and spiritual life,

Knowing Christ Correctly = Resting in Grace Gal 3: 24

Galatians 3:24 Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith [in Christ].

God responds to our faith in Christ by giving us grace.

no Christ = No grace.

know Christ = Know grace and walk in rest.

To know is to enter into relationship with God by believing

John 3:16  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Rom 10:9 “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Once saved, God’s goal is for us to enter into a deeper relationship of rest in Him, trusting His work to complete in us all He wills to do. Phil 1:6 I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus

A Relationship with Christ Conveys Character that Exceeds the Conduct of the Law Heb 3: 6

Heb 3:6 … Christ, as God’s Son showed us Godly Character  which He elevated Above the Law In the Sermon on the Mount in Matt 5 & Luke 6

CHRIST REDEEMS SOCIETY BY Giving Us the Opportunity to be Transformed into His Image

The deeper message of Christmas is that “Once the incarnate word is in us, everything changes.”  This is the hope expressed in Luke 2: 22-38, when Jesus is prophesied over when He is brought to be dedicated in the temple.

Christ our Faithful high priest leads us To incredible service in which we can participate if we walk in the Rest of his Redemption 

Heb. 4:15-16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

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