- Hebrews 4:6-10
- Heb 4:6 (KJB)
- Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to
whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:
- Preached - Proclaim or announce good news
- Unbelief - Disobedience or willful unbelief
- The verse is teaching us that the rest of God is still open to those who
become saved and he is comparing it to the situation in the wilderness
wanderings of Israel. They did not trust God to take care of their needs or
to remove the inhabitants out of the promised land. Therefore because of
their unbelief and disobedience, they were disallowed from entering into the
promised land. (Heb 3:19 KJV) So we see
that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
This verse parallels the gospel being preached to the present Hebrew readers
of this Gospel and their ancestors in the wilderness wandering.
- Heb 4:7 (KJB)
- Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after
so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not
- He limiteth - To appoint, determine or designate
- Here the writer quotes David in the 95th Psalm. Teaching that
the day of salvation is still here but God has appointed or designated that
God has determined a cut off when salvation will no longer be available.
Those who harden their hearts too long may just harden them to the point of
the day the Lord returns and then the day of salvation will be over. This is
why the verse teaches us that time is critical by using the term “To day”
because tomorrow is never promised plus the heart becomes more hardened by
one day and that one day continues on. The word “saying” is in the present
tense which means that what is being proclaimed in this verse is always
applicable but there will come a day when God is going to cut off the day of
salvation. (Acts 17:31 KJV) Because he
hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness
by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given
assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
We do not know what day that is but if a person continues
to harden their heart, they may remain hard until time is no more.
(Rev 10:6 KJV) And sware by him that liveth for
ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the
earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which
are therein, that there should be time no longer:
This is why it is dangerous for someone to think that they have so much time
when in essence it will come to an abrupt end.
- Heb 4:8 (KJB)
- For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward
have spoken of another day.
- Jesus - Joshua
- Those who entered into the land of Canaan with Joshua did not have the
true eternal rest. In fact, even while Israel was in the promised land they
were troubled by the pagan people which still lived there.
(Num 33:55 KJV) But if ye will not drive out
the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass,
that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes,
and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell.
In Numbers 33:55 God had already warned them that if they
did not drive out the Canaanites from the land, they would be as thorns in
their sides, that is, they would have no peace because of these pagans. So
even in the promised land there was only brief periods of peace but never an
enduring peace. We read in Hebrews 4:8 of another day and that day is the
day of Grace whereby people become saved and will have an enduring peace.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the one who gives eternal peace through the Gospel
and no false doctrine or religion can ever move His children.
(Mark 16:18 KJV) They shall take up serpents;
and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay
hands on the sick, and they shall recover. Mark
16:18 speaks about drinking any deadly thing. This has nothing to do with
drinking poison and not being affected by or even killed by it. It speaks of
a Christian hearing a false gospel and realizing it is a false Gospel by the
testimony of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Even if a Christian hears a false
Gospel, they will not go after it. If a person claims to be a Christian and
departs after a false Gospel, then it is obvious that they were never saved
to begin with.
- Heb 4:9 (KJB)
- There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
- The writer concludes with great confidence, based upon what he has just
written that those who are truly saved will have an eternal rest. The term
“people of God” denotes those who are truly saved through the Lord Jesus
Christ and not through a political race such as Israel.
(1 Pet 2:10 KJV) Which in time past were
not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained
mercy, but now have obtained mercy. Peter
understood this and under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that once many
people, both Jews and Gentiles, were not a people of God but because of
Calvary, those who have become saved are now “the people of God.” If you
notice the Bible uses the direct article “the” denoting that those in Christ
are the only people of God and there are no others. The people of God are
brought together under one umbrella and that is Christ. There are some who
want to make the unsaved Jews God’s chosen people but that is impossible
because God has no unbelievers in His kingdom. All those in the Kingdom of
God have come through the Lord Jesus Christ and there is no other way.
(John 10:16 KJV) And other sheep I have,
which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my
voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. (Ezek 37:24
KJV) And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall
have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my
statutes, and do them. Notice the similarity
between John 10:16 and Ezekiel 37:24 as both proclaim that the people of God
will have one shepherd and that shepherd is the Lord Jesus Christ.
(1 John 2:23 KJV) Whosoever denieth the Son,
the same hath not the Father: (but)
he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.
1 John 2:23 could not be any more clearer, those who deny
the Son do not have the Father either. It is through the cross and not
around it and God is no respecter of persons.
- Heb 4:10 (KJB)
- For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own
works, as God did from his.
- Here is a great parallel. God rested from His work of creation on the
seventh day but after the world and universe were created, he did not cease
all of His works. He sustains the creation and takes an active part in the
human race, as he did in sending His Son to die for the Elect. So what God
did rest from was the initial works in creating the world but after that
came other works. The believer is in a similar situation. Once we become
saved we no longer work for our salvation because it has been supplied for
us and once we become saved, then we continue to do good works pertaining to
the Kingdom of God. (Eph 2:10 KJV) For
we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God
hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:10 states that the believer is created in the Lord Jesus Christ
unto good works, which God has already prepared for us. He saved us,
sanctified us, empowered us, and prepared our works or ministry. So our
focus now is on the present ministry God has prepared for us and never do we
look to add to our salvation by some type of works.