Entering God’s Rest Part 11
2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10 (Emphasis supplied).
Ephesians 2:8-10 clearly shows that the works we should be depending on during the 6 days of labor our not our works but the works that God has ordained that we should walk in. It also lets us know that the works God has ordained for our lives are not the result of our works but the result of our faith in Jesus’ work of salvation. When we believe Jesus’ finished work we will do the work of faith and diligently seek Him because we believe what we are told in Colossians 2:8-10:
2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power. (Emphasis supplied).
Jesus is the free gift that has been given us so we can experience the fullness of God in our lives. Everything we need and desire is satisfied in Jesus, the gift of God. This is why Jesus says:
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).
This is the work that we are required to do during the 6 days of labor. The work that results in experiencing God’s rest 24/7: A rest that nothing and nobody in this world can give us or take away from us. It is a rest that reaches to the depth of our souls because it satisfies the true desires of our hearts (see Psalms 37:4-7). 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 work of faith that comes as a result of believing we are made complete in Jesus. Those who do this work will experience God’s rest of soul because they no longer live by their strength, wisdom, or works but rather by the strength, wisdom, and works of Jesus which now works in them as a result of doing the work of faith.
God created the 7th day and gave us the 4th commandment to keep us doing the work of righteousness/faith. When we do this work 24/7, then and only then will we be able to do what we are told to do in Philippians 2:12&13:
2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of [his] good pleasure. (Emphasis supplied).
When we are working; we cannot rest in Jesus: When we learn to rest in Jesus: God will work in us both to will and do His good pleasure. Therefore, let us keep the 4th commandment and only do the work that will cause us to enter God’s rest, for we are told:
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.
I would normally end this series here but because understanding the difference between our work and the work of God is so important to entering God’s rest I will do another blog in this series. Until then I leave you with this counsel from Jesus:
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.