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Featured How do we rest from our works?

Discussion in 'General Theology' started by W2L, Nov 28, 2018.

  1. W2L

    W2L Well-Known Member

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    Hebrews 4:10 For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.

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  2. Neogaia777

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    I heard once, "By resting in work" and in work that is good...

    Might be an oxymoron, but it made me think...

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  3. W2L

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    Thank you. I believe it can only mean one of three things. It can mean to rest on the sabbath, or resting from our own efforts to save ourselves, or it could mean that we rest from our evil works. I lean toward the last one but would like to hear scripture or opinion from others.
     
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  4. Neogaia777

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    Or not to completely cease from all or any working at all, but to...? I guess kind of "take it (kind of) easy" in it, or while doing it, or something... things where you might have to exert yourself or whatever, (in general or generally speaking)...

    But we should "cease from evil works", or be trying to... But/and taking that kind of easy as well maybe, and not to rest (as in settle) in them (or those evil works) cause that just wouldn't make sense...?

    But yes, definitely rest from any kind of self-effort in trying to save ourselves for example or as an example... (It's futile and in vain anyway, and does absolutely no good at all, for anything, and is also not even possible for us as well) (we need to just put complete faith and trust in God for that)... Any work we do do in a religious or spiritual context, should be a joy and not lot's or strenuous or hard labor or (self) effort or work...

    And rest on the Sabbath, could just mean taking it easy and concentrating on our spirituality and or God at least one day a week, when were not going to be committed to doing our normal labor or work... Or, IOW's, when on a "day off" or something... And that is for our sake's way more than it is for God's sake at all...

    And not working straight for more than six or seven days a week (or more) constantly and non-stop and without stopping to rest and reflect on our spirituality and or God, or the things of God at least one day a week, when or where your not working like you would on the other days...

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  5. maintenance man

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    My understanding has always been that it is looking forward to the rest we will have when Jesus returns.
     
  6. W2L

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    Do good works on the sabbath?

    The scripture is probably only referring to one of those three, at least im assuming so. Which one would you pick?
     
  7. W2L

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    Never thought about it that way. Good point. Jesus does promise to give us rest. Do you believe thats only in the next life?
     
  8. Sabertooth

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    I have always tied that verse to what Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30,

    "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
     
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  9. OldWiseGuy

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    Or it could just mean rest and repose, which is what the Hebrew word Sabbath means. There is nothing in the definition that includes getting the family prepared, travelling to church, sitting through a sermonette and sermon, fellowshipping, then joining some other activity or meal after church, then returning home in a state of near collapse.

    It is thought that most Americans are stressed out, exhausted, and sleep-deprived. It seems that we might profit from a Sabbath of rest each week, free from all the baggage we have been attaching to it.
     
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  10. JIMINZ

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    How do we rest from our works?

    Hebrews 4:10
    For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.

    Mat. 11:28 ,29
    28) Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
    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.

    Heb_4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.

    Heb_4:3
    For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
    Heb_4:4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.
    Heb_4:5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.
    Heb_4:8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.

    Heb_4:9
    There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.

    As apposed to

    Heb. 3:11
    So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)


    Heb. 3:18
    And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?

    Therefore coming into His Rest is Believing in Jesus for the forgiveness of sins.

    Our Salvation in Jesus Christ is our Rest, ceasing from our labors in the Flesh.

    Gal. 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.

    John 3:6
    That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
     
  11. Neogaia777

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    I think it has multiple meaning on multiple levels... Just like what, or many things in scripture does... And that is definitely one of them @maintenance man...

    @W2L Jesus did work that was good on the Sabbath, I think resting in work that is good is very good for us... Like volunteering at a food kitchen or pantry or something to feed the homeless, wash dishes, make and prepare food, or something or "anything like that", especially for others, (good deeds but good deeds that you are or can "rest" in, be happy and joyful about) even on the Sabbath, for those who have the desire and want to is or would be good, don't you...?

    Or others of us might just need to get alone for a while and shut off, or shut out all the "noise", with a Bible and maybe a pen and paper for awhile or something like that also...

    God Bless!
     
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  12. W2L

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    Ok brother, thank you.
     
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  13. W2L

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    I like to think so as well.
     
  14. W2L

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    So you believe that it refers to sabbath rest?
     
  15. W2L

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    Thank you.
     
  16. Neogaia777

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    Edited my post...

    God Bless!
     
  17. OldWiseGuy

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    Among other things, yes. The most spiritually uplifting thing I do routinely (but not all the time) is to rest all day on the Sabbath. In my experience one doesn't know how really tired they are until they crash for a full day. Then their body will reveal it to them. And the results are amazing; almost a 'rebirth' of sorts, especially mentally/spiritually. It seems that that particular day provides more rejuvenation than any other day, in my experience anyway.
     
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  18. HTacianas

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    It means to rest from the works of the law. Sacrifices, ritual cleansing, abstaining from unclean foods, etc.

    The law had become a burden and was difficult to keep. Those who accepted Christ entered into his "rest", and no longer had that burden.
     
  19. W2L

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    Thanks again. :)
     
  20. W2L

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    Rest from works of the law, never thought of that either. Good point.
     
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