Hebrews 4:10, 11 He who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.
What a wonderful rest in Him the Lord has given! It is the same rest by which Moses spoke and told the Israelites before they cross the Red Sea to ‘Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord’ (Exodus 14:13). Although Moses stood still in the Lord (with some prayer and cries to the Lord), the Lord then told him to raise the rod which symbolize the anointing of God upon his life (Exodus 14:16). Thus we have the combination of standing still and being diligent. How does one rest and yet be diligent? The key is to rest upon the grace and anointing which God has already imparted for the situation in hand. The parting of the Red Sea was God’s work but the raising of the rod was Moses’ part. The rod by itself meant nothing but since the call of God upon Moses, the rod that he had used during his herdsman days became the symbol and the activating of the power of God in his life. The Lord expects us to tap upon the grace of God that He has already imparted into our lives as we rest in Him and see His victory and triumph in our lives.
The apostle Paul declared that it was not him but the grace of God in him (1 Corinthians 15:10). The secret of the Christian life is the combination of God in us and we yielding to Him to let Him do the works through us. Indeed, it is no longer we who live but Christ who lives through us (Galatians 2:20). Easier said than done because it is so easy to want to do things in our own strength and react in the flesh in all circumstances of life. Thus the Rest of God is to choose not to react in the flesh but rather to choose to react in the Spirit and allow only the works of the Spirit and the fruit of the Spirit to show forth in our lives. Ceasing from our own works in Hebrews 4:10 would mean the ceasation of the works of the flesh and being diligent to enter the rest is to continue in the works of the Spirit. For when something is truly of the Spirit, it is the Spirit of God within us doing it and not us.
The word ‘enter’ in Hebrews 4:11 is ‘eiserchomai’ whose roots are from ‘erchomai’ (with ‘eis’ meaning ‘into’) and it has several meanings and definitions as given below:
- of persons
- to come from one place to another, and used both of persons arriving
- to appear, make one’s appearance, come before the public
- to come into being, arise, come forth, show itself, find place or influence
- be established, become known, to come (fall) into or unto
Its roots speak of a coming forth, a showing forth, becoming known, established, a growing into, etc. Thus being diligent to enter the rest also contains the meaning of a growth, an establishment, a showing forth of the Spirit within us. The common usage of ‘erchomai’ is in the sense of ‘coming and going.’ This entering into the rest is that of learning to rest upon the Spirit of God within us, learning to allow the Spirit of God within us to do the works and not using our own strength – the coming and flowing of the Spirit within us.
The victory and the triumph of God is assured to all who walk in the Spirit. There is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirt (Romans 8:1). Love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength, and walk and pray in the Spirit, and all things will always work for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).