MAY 18

 

We which have believed do enter into rest—Heb. 4: 3.

 

Our rest in the Lord is as complete as is our belief in Him. He who believes fully rests fully; he who believes only partially rests but partially. The ideal condition of the spiritual Israelite is the attainment of a perfect rest, a perfect sabbath-keeping, in his present experience, and a waiting and laboring for another and still more complete rest—the actual rest of the perfected condition—the rest that remains for the people of God. "Let us therefore labor to enter into that rest [sabbath], lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief [of fleshly Israel]" (Heb. 4: 9-11).

 

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The weekly sabbath of the Jews, with its rest from labor and its worship, fittingly symbolizes the Millennial Sabbath, with its rest from the curse and its service of God. Our faith-justification reckons to us the Millennial rest in its perfection, and enables us to have the rest of faith in Christ's finished work. In consecration, we labor earnestly even unto death, to be enabled to enter into the rest that remains for the people of God in His glorious Kingdom.

 

Parallel passages: Isa. 26: 3; Heb. 4: 3-11; 3: 14, 18; Matt. 11: 28-30; John 14: 27;  16: 33; 20: 19; Acts 10: 36; Rom. 2: 10; 5: 1; 14: 17; 15: 13, 33; Eph. 2: 14-17; Phil. 4: 7, 9; Col. 1: 20; 3: 15; 2Thes. 3: 16.

 

Questions: Have I this week enjoyed the rest of faith? How? What hindered or helped therein? What resulted?

 

GOD'S PERFECT PEACE

 

LIKE a river glorious is God's perfect peace,

Over all victorious in its glad increase.

Perfect; yet it floweth fuller every day;

Perfect; yet it groweth deeper all the way.

Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are truly blest,

Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.

 

Hidden in the hollow of His blessed hand,

Never foe can follow, never traitor stand;

Not a surge of worry, not a shade of care,

Not a blast of hurry toucheth spirit there.

Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are truly blest,

Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.

 

 

Every joy or trial cometh from above,

Traced upon our dial by the Sun of love.

We may trust Him solely, all for us to do;

They who trust Him wholly, find Him wholly true.

Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are truly blest,

Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.

 

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