(28 March 2011) "understanding Hebrews 4 10-11"
I believe the following interpretation is wrong...
Your ‘Work’ Is To Enter His Rest
Hebrews 4:10–11 10… he who has entered His rest has himself
also ceased from his works as God did from His. 11 let us therefore be
diligent to enter that rest..
A baby learns to sit first before he starts to stand and walk. The
Christian life also begins with sitting. God “raised us up together, and made
us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus”. (Ephesians 2:6) How
well we walk after that depends on how well we sit and rest in the finished
work of Christ.
The promised land was a land of rest where God promised His people
“large and beautiful cities which you did not build, houses full of all good
things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards
and olive trees which you did not plant”. (Deuteronomy 6:10–11)
But for 40 years, God’s people wandered in the wilderness because they
refused to believe that God had given them a land where everything had been
prepared — the work was finished. They could not believe that God had given
them a land full of riches to enjoy, a land which just flowed with His
Today, there are believers who still cannot believe that the work of
Jesus is truly complete and finished. They are trying to complete a completed
work, finish a finished work and defeat a defeated devil.
There are believers today who are always working and trying to produce
their healing, prosperity, success and victory. God wants us to stop trying and
start trusting in His love for us. He wants us to stop working and struggling,
and start resting and believing in His grace toward us.
The only “work” left for us to do today is to enter His rest. We are to
labor every day to enter His rest. We are to rest inwardly and believe that the
work is done because it is a finished work, and trust in God’s undeserved favor
toward us. We are to rest in Jesus our true ark, who will carry us through
So today, “if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts… be
diligent to enter that rest”. (Hebrews 4:7, 11) Let’s enter His rest. Let’s
enjoy sitting together with Christ in the heavenly places, then we will run and
not be weary! (Isaiah 40:31
e-sword - Henry
KJV - Heb 4:11 Let us labourG4704 thereforeG3767 to enterG1525 intoG1519
thatG1565 rest,G2663 lestG3363 any manG5100 fallG4098 afterG1722 theG3588
sameG846 exampleG5262 of unbelief.G543
In this latter part of the chapter the apostle concludes, first, with a
serious repeated exhortation, and then with proper and powerful motives.
I. Here we have a serious exhortation: Let us labour therefore to enter
into that rest, Heb_4:11. Observe 1. The end proposed - rest spiritual and
eternal, the rest of grace here and glory hereafter - in Christ on earth, with
Christ in heaven. 2. The way to this end prescribed-labour, diligent labour;
this is the only way to rest; those who will not work now shall not rest
hereafter. After due and diligent labour, sweet and satisfying rest shall
follow; and labour now will make that rest more pleasant when it comes. The
sleep of the labouring man is sweet, Ecc_5:12. Let us therefore labour, let us
all agree and be unanimous in this, and let us quicken one another, and call
upon one another to this diligence. It is the truest act of friendship, when we
see our fellow-Christians loiter, to call upon them to mind their business and
labour at it in earnest. “Come, Sirs, let us all go to work; why do we sit
still? Why do we loiter? Come, let us labour; now is our working time, our rest
remains.” Thus should Christians call upon themselves and one another to be
diligent in duty; and so much the more as we see the day approaching.
The Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy spirit helps us towards this end and God gets all the glory