As I continued searching the scriptures, they began to expand into deeper meanings, clearlydescribing what to me had been this “hitherto unknown,” deeper relationship with Christ.
IS THE “REST” ONLY FOR THE NEXT LIFE?
Not many of us have focused our attention on
entering into the rest.
Perhaps the reason isthat we have not believed Christ was talking about a blessing for this life when He said
“Comeunto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and
I will give you rest.
Yet, I found that many of His prophets have testified that
entering into the Lord's rest
is a blessing that we are invited to let Christ bestow upon us during our earthly probation. For exam- ple, Paul testified that he and many others of his fellow Saints had
already entered into this rest,
even though most members in his day were still failing to do so. Paul pled with them to enter into His rest before it was too late. He wrote:
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...for we which have believed DO ENTER INTO REST.
It appears that Paul also used other labels to describe
entering the rest,
such as being in
the fellowship of the mystery of Christ.
Paul mourned that he was not allowed to teach such a deep,spiritual level to the zealous Saints at Corinth, but he was joyfully permitted to talk plainly to theSaints at Ephesus because they had already experienced being
sealed by the Holy Spirit of Prom-ise.
Here are his profound words to the spiritually advanced Ephesians:
Whereby when ye read, ye
may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ
who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given...to make all men see what is the
fellowship of the mystery.
..that CHRIST MAY DWELL IN YOUR HEARTS by faith; that ye,being
rooted and grounded in
LOVE, may be able to comprehend with ALL SAINTSwhat is the breadth, and length, and depth and height; and to KNOW THE LOVE OFCHRIST, WHICH PASSETH KNOWLEDGE, THAT YE MIGHT BE FILLED WITH ALLTHE FULLNESS OF GOD
(Ephesians 1:13, 3:4-19 – As will be the case with all quotations throughout this book, the em- phasis by capitalization, italics and brackets are added by the author unless otherwise noted.)
As for this statement by Paul, I have found no greater description of the magnitude of Christ’s gift of His pure love, which is so great that it
I believe that it is for this reason that Christ is called a MYSTERY,
to make all men see what is the
fellowship of themystery.
..that CHRIST MAY DWELL IN YOUR HEARTS by faith.”
THE LORD’S REST IS THE GIFT OF THE PURE LOVE OF CHRIST
Book of Mormon,
we have many prophets declaring the same message. Mormon endedhis message about entering the rest of the Lord by saying that it is the blessed result of receivingthe gift of charity,
“the pure love of Christ,”
which the Father
who aretrue followers of His Son, Jesus Christ, that ye may become the sons of God...that we may be puri-fied even as He is pure.”
The great prophet Alma was just as emphatic about the availability of receiving this giftwhile still in this life. He testified that
“there were many,
exceedingly great many,
who were made
pure and entered into the REST of the Lord their God.
What I also began finding was that the deeper spiritual treasures of all the four StandardWorks tell us much about
we are to experience in “
the rest of the Lord.
” Yet, even moresignificantly,
the Book of Mormon does more than tell us WHAT, it also tells us HOW!
So the central theme of this series of four books will deal with the principles of HOW we canreceive a blessing which, for most of us, has been “hitherto unknown
” These books are an in-depth study of the teachings of our ancient and modern prophets who have cautiously revealed,and often
this awakening process. They have assured us that all who dili-