Rest

  1. Jesus can lead us to full rest, but his rest needs to be claimed. God's Word can diagnose spiritual needs and provide new life. His message can awaken stragglers and help them reach his goal, and Christ's mercy can help stumblers move forward with hope. Christ endured all the temptations we face and emerged triumphant. He knew the full experience of temptation to sin, but he never compromised. His triumph allows him to give us mercy and grace to complete the job of obeying God fully.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 1618.
  2. Jesus is superior because he provides spiritual rest, but believers must claim God's promised rest.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 1650.
  3. Wherever rest appears in 3:1 to 4:11, it refers to an experience of salvation we enter by faith in Jesus Christ. The writer of Hebrews makes this interpretation clear when he insists on the necessity of faith in the gospel the readers had received (v. 2). This faith demands a dependence on God's work instead of on our own works (v. 10). Those who have begun the Christian walk by an experience of faith in Jesus Christ demonstrate the reality of their commitment when they continue to enjoy the rest God has promised. Those who cease to share in that rest show by their spiritual failure that their profession of faith was false. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 1654.
  4. Psalm 23:2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. It is interesting that the psalm begins at this point. We might expect it to begin with motion, with some kind of activity either by the shepherd or the sheep. But strikingly, it begins with rest. It is a reminder that the Christian life also begins with resting in God or Christ. Along the way there will in time be many things for us to do. But we begin by resting in him who has done everything for us. Are you resting in Christ? Have you found Jesus to be the perfect provider of all your many needs?
    Jesus said,
    “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28). - From the commentary about Psalm 23:2 from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by John Montgomery Boice.
  5. Psalm 121:5 - The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. When activities wear us down and we just can't go on, we need a port in the storm; a source of shade and comfort. The Lord is just that. He is the place we can rest and be renewed. Turn to the Lord when you are weary, and he will rejuvenate you and set you back on your feet. 
    Prayer:  Let me find my rest in You, Lord. When the day gets to be too much for me, welcome me into Your presence, where I can find some sanity and reason.  Amen.  - From the Wisdom From The Psalms October 12, 2016 devotional by Dan R. Dick.
  6. Those who have believed enter that rest. They enter that rest initially at the moment of conversion (see also 4:10) and will get a fuller experience of rest in the future. Those who truly experience God's rest share in his experience of salvation. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 1689.
  7. The final words of verse 3 refer to God's rest since the creation of the world. This was the rest that the Creator enjoyed when he had completed his work of creation. This means rest cannot be defined as inactivity; rather, it involves the sense of completion. The rest Christians can enjoy today comes when we willingly take on Jesus' yoke (Matt. 11:28–30). This sense of completion experienced in taking on Jesus' yoke is a benefit which comes to those who have experienced salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 1700.
  8. (Matt. 11:28–29) Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”  There is a lot in this verse. There is a description of our need. There is a promise of rest, and that of two kinds: a rest that is given, corresponding to justification, and a rest that is found, corresponding to sanctification. - From the commentary about John 21:9-14 from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by John Montgomery Boice.
  9. Believers can share in that rest, in the sense of completion, today. Anyone who responds to God's message with faith and obedience assumes Christ's yoke and enters into a “rest” relationship with God. The idea of “rest” does not mean that we sit around sipping spiritual lemonades. It conveys the idea of our total acceptance by God and the blessing of his presence, leadership, and power in our lives.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 1707.
  10. When we enter into rest with Jesus, we will find God's presence, blessing, and peace but not a cessation from labor. Our rest with God gives us new strength, but it does not introduce us into inactivity. God's salvation produces people who receive divine energy to serve, obey, and work for him. This rest we enjoy as believers in Christ becomes a type of our rest in heaven after leaving earth. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 1711.
  11. Our life in heaven is not merely an eternity of vacations but a new experience of face-to-face contact with God (1 John 3:2–3; Rev. 14:13). Heaven is a place of rest, but not of listless laziness. In heaven God will provide a new earth in which we can live, work, and glorify God (Rev. 21:1). Chief among our labors will be the privilege of offering praises to God (Rev. 5:12–13).  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 1715.
  12. God gives rest to Christians both on earth and in heaven, but it is the rest of his presence which provides strength for activity.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 1723.
  13. We have hope of experiencing rest if we follow in an obedience that shows itself by faith in God's gospel message. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 1729.
  14. Third, God's offer of rest is still open as shown by a repeated quotation of Psalm 95:7b–8a. Today emphasizes that God's invitation to enjoy rest with him finds fulfillment in the present. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 1746.
  15. God has provided spiritual rest for those who approach him through faith in Jesus Christ as is made clear in verses 9–10. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 1760.
  16. God's people enjoyed a rest patterned after God's own rest on the seventh day. Sabbath-rest is a new word, appearing only here in the New Testament. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 1763.
  17. God's people will share in God's own rest. Those who enjoy this rest will be believers, those who have approached God through Jesus Christ. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 1765.
  18. Just what kind of rest can believers enjoy? When do they enjoy it—now, at death, or in the resurrection? This rest is not merely the entrance into Canaan. It is a present experience with Christ in which the Lord provides his presence, peace, and joy to replace the labor and heavy burdens of life (Matt. 11:28–30).  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 1766.
  19. God's own rest (see 4:4) becomes the pattern of the rest of the believer. God's rest involved the completion of his work and not mere cessation of activity. Believers have become complete in Christ (Col. 2:10), and they can live in the light of a fulfilled relationship to Jesus as their exalted head. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 1769.
  20. When do we begin to enjoy this rest? We can live in those blessings here and now by faith. However, our present enjoyment of these blessings is not the whole story. We will receive more at the time of the redemption of our bodies (Rom. 8:23). - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 1775.
  21. Through faith in Jesus, believers today enjoy peace, joy, and fellowship with the living Lord as a part of their rest in him. This foretaste, which we now enjoy, will become a complete, unclouded experience of bliss at the time of the return of Jesus and the resurrection. As believers we can say, “Hallelujah!”  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 1779.
  22. Practicing obedience involves a determination on our part. Experiencing rest requires effort, but the blessing of rest makes the effort worth the cost.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 1789.
  23. The effort needed for reaching rest is not merely renewed willpower. Christ reminded his listeners that those who would bear fruit must abide in him (John 15:5–7). The effort calls for Christ power, not willpower. A confession of helplessness and an ardent trust in Christ is the beginning of the effort needed. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 1792.
  24. Because God's message is alive, active, sharp, and discerning, those who listen to God's message can enter his rest. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 1796.
  25. God's throne of grace is always available to lead us to experience God's rest. We see no sign announcing, “Closed for the day.” He makes his grace and mercy available around the clock. Come to God with boldness, an awareness of his majesty, and a willingness to claim his mercy and grace to reach his rest. Jesus will take you where Joshua never could.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 4,  at location 1895.
  26. God provides his people the rest of his presence. Faith in God's promises through Jesus is necessary to reach God's rest. Listening to God's message can help us understand the barriers to God's work in our lives. Jesus can sympathize with our weaknesses and failures. God offers his mercy and grace for those who boldly seek it. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 4,  at location 1899.
  27. The important feature of the quote in 4:7, however, is that God still offered a rest to his people. God speaking through the Holy Spirit in David's writings was showing that the rest promised to those who fell in the wilderness was still available for the readers of Hebrews. This fact was not merely the opinion of the author of Hebrews; it was a statement from the Holy Spirit.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 4,  at location 1981.
  28. God still offers rest to his people. Believers can enter that rest, and it remains for us who live today to claim this rest (vv. 3–5). Those who enter God's rest enjoy peace with God made possible by Christ's complete work on the cross (vv. 6–10). We can enjoy that rest now, and we can also expect more complete enjoyment in the life beyond with the Lord in heaven. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 4,  at location 2064.
  29. For Finding Rest in God - by Charles R. Swindoll
    1. On God my salvation and my glory rest;
    2. The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.
    3. Trust in Him at all times, O people;
    4. Pour out your heart before Him;
    5. God is a refuge for us. (Psalm 62:7–8)
    6. Our dear Father, we are grateful for the rest that is found in Christ. Our souls were like waves crashing against a shoreline, and our lives were in tumult and disarray, confusion and chaos. And then You rescued us. You brought us forgiveness and relief, and You introduced us to a wonderful four-letter word that has become for us a lifeline for survival: rest. Thank You for the peace that accompanies this rest. Thank You for the freedom from worry. Thank You for carrying the weights that we used to carry on our own shoulders, for giving us literally thousands of promises that become ours to claim, to grow in, and to be comforted by.
    7. Father, You have the ability, being who You are, to know each need in each heart, each concern in each mind. So we pause and release to You those things that have plagued us long enough. We give them over to You now. In doing so, we invite the Spirit of God to plow the soil of our souls so the seed of God's Word can be sown, take root, and be watered in time so as to produce spiritual abundance.
    8. We commit these valued moments to You, resting in You. And may this allow us to be lost in wonder and love and praise. In Jesus's name, Amen.
    9. See also Genesis 2:2–3; Joshua 21:44; Psalm 22:2–3; Hebrews 4:9. Excerpted from The Prayers of Charles R. Swindoll, Volume 2, 
    10. Take it easy today. Accept the invitation from Jesus to take it easy today. Will you accept His gracious invitation? “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy -laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11: 28– 30).