A spiritual rest of faith in His grace is now available to every believer to receive all of God’s provisions due to the work Jesus did. Jesus, as our Substitute, has worked all the works of God and finished the work of our redemption from sin, satan, and the curse. The idea of rest didn’t begin with Jesus’ redemptive work on the Cross but it goes back to the beginning of Creation.
In the Old Testament the concept of rest was introduced with the Sabbath rest first by God at Creation where He blessed the seventh day (Sabbath), sanctified it, and rested because of a FINISHED WORK Genesis 2:2, 3.
The Sabbath rest was brought under the Law God gave Moses (Exodus 16:25-30) and was a symbol of God’s Creation rest where after six days they were to rest on the seventh or Sabbath due to ADVANCE PROVISION being made. On the sixth day He gave them the bread of two days (Exodus 2:29).
The concept of rest was developed further under Joshua in conquering Canaan’s Land, the land of promise, where God gave them rest from their enemies due to a DEFEATED ENEMY Joshua 21:43-45. God announced in the Old Testament that there was going to come another day (another blessed day) that would make this rest available. That day was the day the Lord made for our redemption, which we know to be the day Jesus died and paid the full price for our freedom. Psalm 118:22-24 says,”22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. 23 This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. 24 THIS IS THE DAY which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” This is the basis for the Christian’s rest which incorporates all three of these concepts of the Sabbath and a spiritual rest. After that day of our redemption:
- A work would be finished.
- An advance provision would be made.
- The enemy would be defeated.
In this spiritual rest, we cease from our own work or human self-effort, realizing no human deed or work can be added to God’s provision. We rest in the completed and finished work of another. The rest under Christ that we first experienced at salvation (Matthew 11:28-30) is not for one day in the week, but for a life available through faith. His grace as revealed by the facts and promises in His Word that cover all things that pertain to our natural and spiritual lives. This grace requires a response of faith and obedience of faith on our part. Hebrews 4:11says, “Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” Grace was God’s part; faith is our part. We need to grow in knowledge of both grace and faith. There is no spiritual rest outside of faith in His grace. Faith is the only way we can have our heart to enter into and maintain a relaxed attitude of trust toward God.