Entering God’s Rest Part 12
6:27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. 6:28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. John 6:27-29. (Emphasis supplied).
Jesus tells us here what few people understand and that is that there are two kinds of labor/work: The work of God and the work of mammon. Those who do the work of mammon will receive the meat that perishes, which is, money/the material things of earth: Those who do the work of God will receive the meat that endures unto everlasting life, which is the righteous character of God. Therefore, only those who do the work of God 24/7 will be able to enter God’s rest. Isaiah 32:17 says:
And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever. (Emphasis supplied).
The work of righteousness is the same as the work of God which is to believe in Jesus. Therefore, those who do the work of God will do the work of faith and come to Jesus in full surrender of self daily (For a more complete discussion on the work of faith read Part 6 and 7 of this series). This work requires that we do as Jesus said and take up our cross daily (Luke 9:23&24). The apostle Paul tells us what happens when we do as Jesus said and take up our cross daily:
2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness [come] by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
The work of righteousness is peace and its effect is quietness and everlasting assurance because it reproduces the life of Jesus in us by crucifying the “I” in us. The more we do the work of righteousness/faith, the more we can say, not I but Christ lives in me: The more we can say, not I but Christ lives in me, the more we live by His (Jesus’) faith. The more we live by His faith, the more we reproduce His (Jesus’) righteousness: The more we produce His righteousness, the more we enter His (Jesus’) rest. This is how faith works and without this work (coming to Jesus daily in full surrender of self) there is no faith (see James 2:17-20). This is why Paul said:
3:26 To declare, [I say], at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. 3:27 Where [is] boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Romans 3:26-28 (Emphasis supplied).
One might conclude from this statement that the law of faith does away with the law of God. This why Paul went on to say in verse 31:
Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law. (Emphasis supplied).
We establish the law because the law of faith is the key to keeping the law of God. Paul tells us how the law of faith establishes the law of God in Galatians 6 where he says:
6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
The law of faith establishes the law of God because it keeps us sowing to the Spirit by requiring that we do the work of faith 24/7. When we do the work of faith 24/7 we will keep the 4th commandment and walk in holiness 27/7 because the work we do on the 6 days of labor will be Jesus working in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12&13). Then the world will see the works of God in our works (see John 6:28&29) and these works will bring glory to God (see Matthew 5:16). This is how we, Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy and this is how we enter God’s rest.
I end this series with two appeals. The first is from the apostle Paul who said:
4:8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. 4:9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 4:10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God [did] from his. 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. Hebrews 4:8-11 (Emphasis supplied).
The second is from Jesus who said:
11:28 Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 11:30 For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30 (Emphasis supplied).
Next week we will start a new series entitled: The Reward of Faith. If you would like to do further study on, Entering God’s Rest, you can purchase my book entitled: The 7th Day Sabbath: God’s finishing Work. Just click on the Book Store tab at the top of this webpage and follow the instructions.