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Labouring for Rest.

Labouring for Rest.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE

BY JAMES SMITH



" Let us labour therefore to enter into that
rest, lest any man fall after the same example
of unbelief." — Heb. iv. 11.

BY JAMES SMITH



" Let us labour therefore to enter into that
rest, lest any man fall after the same example
of unbelief." — Heb. iv. 11.

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LABOURIG FOR REST.BY JAMES SMITH" Let us labour therefore to enter into thatrest, lest any man fall after the same exampleof unbelief." — Heb. iv. 11.Sin is restless, and the sinner cannot enjoytrue repose. Even many true believers do notenjoy the rest which God liath provided for usunder the gospel dispensation. Here the Apostleexhorts us to labour to enter into that rest. Herefers to the first Sabbath to illusti'ate his subject ;this was God's rest ; and the day was set apartfor man's benefit. Adam had to keep Sabbathill God's finished work ; creation was finished,and God had demonstrated and displayed His glo-rious perfections. Jehovah appeared a complacentGod, filled with satisfaction and delight ; havingpronounced His work to be good, very good. Allcreation acquiesced in God's will and man's hap-piness ; all was lovely, obedient, and happy.Here was a beautiful garden, well furnished withall man could need, or really desire ; and it wasgiven to Adam for possession ; here he was tokeep Sabbath, and enjoy rest.The rest of the Christian is in the finishedwork of Christ, as a Redeemer ; in which Hedisplay et^ and harmonised all the perfectioi^ of LABOURIG FOR REST. 221Jehovah, in the everlasting salvation of evi ry be-liever. Here God appears complacent, filled with
 
satisfaction and delight, rejoicing again in theworks of His hands ; rejoicing over His peoplewith joy, and keeping a Sabbath in His love.Here, on the cross of Jesus we see written, ' ' Godis love ;" we behold sin put away ; and by it allthings are now arranged and directed, so thatthey shall work together for good, to all who loveGod, and are called according to His purpose.In the gospel, paradise is restored ; for all thesinner can v/ant, the believer enjoy, or the mostenlightened saint desire, is provided, presented,and made over to us. So that if we understandthe gospel, it presents us with salvation and bidsus keep Sabbath ; it provides for us that we mayrest from fear, bondage, and apprehensions of danger, and rejoice in the Lord our God. Thetrue gospel state, is a state of rest ; not from ser-vice, but from slavery ; not from duty, but fromdrudgery ; net in indolence, but in sweet activity.Rest in Jesus. Rest with God. Rest throughfaith.The Apostle also refers to the rest of Canaan,which was promised to and set before Israel ; inwhich they were to find every thing prepared andprovided for them ; and enjoy liberty, from theslavery of Egypt ; rest, from the toils of thedesert ; peace, after conflict and victory overtheir foes ; and plenty, for feasting, sacrifice, and19*222 LABOURIG FOR REST.daily food. So the gospel sets before us the restof God, just as Canaan was set before Israel, andbids us enter into it and possess it ; — here is lib-erty, from the slavery of sin, Satan, and theworld ; rest from legal toil and slavish fear ;
 
peace, with God, with conscience, and with men ;and plenty, for food, atonement, and triumph : sothat we may rest, rejoice, and praise.But how few enter into and enjoy this rest,*• Let us therefore labour to enter into that rest."Let us labour to ascertain our title, by makingour calling and election sure ; let us labour to im-prove our knowledge for possession and enjoymentLet us labour by prayer, which is wrestling ; bysearching the Scriptures, which are a mine of wealth, wliich is therefore mining ; and by be-lieving, which is running, fighting, working, andfollowing liard after God. There will be difficul-ties, as tests and trials, but the rest is attainablePaul would awaken jealousy, that he may stirus up to activity. " Therefore," he says, alludingto the Israelites who fell in the wilderness, " lestany man fail after the same example of unbe-lief." Professors have fallen ; unbelief is the root,disobedience the blossom, and apostacy the fruit ;professors may fall, for none are safe but thosewho are in Christ, and enjoy the rest of our gos-pel Canaan, who keep Sabbath in the Redeemer'sfinished work. Beware of discrediting or neg-lecting an_y part of God's word, which is yourLABOURIG FOR REST. 223preservative and guide ; beware of presuming3^ou are safe witiiout a good foundation ; bewareof departing from God either in heart or action.Look at the context, and you will see that theApostle connects the word of truth, the eye of God, the great and good High Priest of our pro-fession, the throne of grace, the solemn caution,and the fervent exhortation together, to preserveand keep us from falling ; let us therefore use

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