Nourishing Ourselves With Our Eternal Rest Is Perpetual Rest

June 10, 2013

Friends,
Does anyone want continuous rest? –Rest from the chaos of life, as well as perpetual rest within the soul even when affliction hits? Then we must come to Jesus as He tells us to do (Matt. 11:28-30) and remain there by continued obedience. (John 15:10) We must eat and drink Him, the living Bread, the Living Water. (6:35 & 7:37) For as Jesus teaches us, “Whoever nourishes himself with Me (My Spirit and My words) remains in Me and abides in eternal life.” (my paraphrase of 6:53-63)

Jesus Himself, who is the Word of God (John 1:1,14), is the Eternal Life (1 John 5:20), and therefore, in order to possess eternal life, we must be in Him (who is the Way / the Path –John 14:6), and be advancing toward the goal which we are receiving (1 Peter 1:9), which is the salvation of our souls. (same verse) This Path must be walked on, progressed on, and continued on –until the end. (Matt. 24:10-13 // Heb. 6:11,12) As we are warned, “We have come to share in Christ if [IF] we hold firmly till the end the confidence [the faith] we had at first.” (Heb. 3:14)

Remaining in this confidence, this genuine faith (which entails full trust and total obedience), we have rest. This is the Sabbath-rest which Heb. 4:1-11 speaks of, and it is Jesus, our Eternal Life, who is also our Eternal Rest. “For if Joshua had given them [the Israelites] rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God.” (v. 8,9) It is a rest from our own work (v. 10) and yet a striving of utmost effort –in the Spirit’s power– to make sure we have the type of faith that continuously obeys God. (v. 11 // Col. 1:28,29 // 2 Peter 3:14)

Sadly, most people do not step into the Rest we’ve been offered, or if they do, they do not abide there. Even those who say they trust and believe in Him often refuse. Instead they run to the world’s offers of rest, things that help only momentarily, if that, and certainly are of no help eternally. As the Lord exhorts and rebukes in Isa. 30:15, “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.” In the next two verses God warns that they will try to flee their troubles, but that trouble will still pursue them. Only righteousness, He says, will bring quietness, peace, confidence, security, blessing, and rest. (32:17-20)

This righteousness, this rest, is found only by being in Him who is Righteousness and Rest personified. And being in Him is accomplished by eating and drinking Christ, the Word, and keeping in obedient step with His Spirit.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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