A Short Study of Hebrews 4:11

“Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest.”
(Hebrews 4:11)

Seems to be a contradiction in terms, labour to rest; but in reality it is not. Let us eagerly strive and earnestly pursue to count all our works as “dung and filthy rags” and to “cease from our own works,” cease from trusting ourselves, cease from going about to establish our own righteousness (Romans 10:3-4) and to rest, relax and trust the Lord Jesus Christ, who accomplished all righteousness and all salvation for us (Romans 8:32; Colossians 2:9-10; Philippians 3:7-9).

This is impossible for any sinner to do apart from almighty grace! However, when the Lord is pleased to reveal Himself unto us, it is the delight of faith (Hebrews 12:2), the joy of hope (2nd Thessalonians 2:16) and the burning desire of love to come to Christ and rest in Him (1st John 4:19). He said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Oh Lord, give us grace to rest in thee!

T. Harding

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