Grace, Rest, and the Would Nots

 

I’m sure you are wondering about this title. It’s from Hebrews 3:18. And to whom was God speaking when He took an oath that they would never enter His rest? Wasn’t it the people who disobeyed Him? There are wanderers now too, aren’t there? And we don’t want to be offered grace and rest from Christ and be a would not.

These are the wanderers who would not enter His Sabbath rest. The would nots. God was angry and swore they would not enter because of disobedience. But grace comes in with Jesus and again in Hebrews 4. Actually, He was calling us to it in Matthew and there were no doubt some who found His rest in spite of the would nots.

So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For whoever enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from His. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following the same pattern of disobedience.…4:9,10, 11.

God rested from His work after creation, the Sabbath rest is finished work, just as Jesus completed His plan of redemption on the cross. The wandering children of Israel were disobedient, they wanted Commandments, a king, idols, anything but to let God be God. And that was their disobedience.

They never rested in the idea of a loving Father who knew what was best and continued on an errant path that made God angry, but He reinstated the rest for believers in Christ. Likewise, we must let our faith, hope and love rest in Him. He finished the work on the cross.

God makes good plans for us, if we will rest and follow Him, seek Him in the quiet of a prayer closet, and yet believers today still choose the old ways. Perhaps, they forget grace in trying to continue to observe the law. Many are holding onto the Ten Commandments and Paul calls them the ministry of death, we are under the ministry of the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:7, and some may think grace allows sin, but that is not so, it is just that wherever sin is, there is God with more grace if someone believes. The Apostle Paul says God forbid on that one. Romans 6:15. We must never abuse grace with willful sin or insult the Spirit of grace by making His blood a common thing, it is precious, everlasting and on the mercy seat of our heart offering forgiveness. Hebrews 10:29.

Isn’t Jesus still on the throne, isn’t He exalted? Isn’t He at home in our hearts? Then we should enter His rest, and be obedient to the Holy Spirit. I like to think that Jesus isn’t worried, that’s why He tells us not to. Is His heart troubled? No, and He says for ours not to be and not afraid. That is another attempt to steal the rest of faith.

Anything that keep our focus off Him and His promises will work against our rest. Controlling our thought life is important, we have to have a renewed mind . We are to have the mind of Christ, that takes rest and and study, sowing His word into our spirits by His grace and by His Spirit.

He also tells us about being ignorant of the enemy’s devices, so that we would not be outwitted by satan, for we are not ignorant of his designs. 2 Corinthians  2:11. It translates with the term I would not have you be ignorant in some instances. I like to study different versions. I learn a lot from them.  And the King James, I would not have you be ignorant concerning spiritual gifts. 1 Corinthians 12.

So there are things, God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, would not have us uninformed about. Paul also would not. And we should not want to be would nots in the sense of being stubborn, refusing to learn, clinging to disobedience. Not entering rest. Jesus gave us grace and truth to help us enter.

There are people who simply cannot rest, see no peace. And many are believers, if you are not perhaps you would like to have Him to help you, just ask Him in as Lord, and for His Spirit to teach you. Don’t go back to old ways, rest.

Many of these people are also suffering illnesses, mental and physical and some simply can’t turn off their mind at night, but He can help you, by His grace, to rest in Him. And you can even find His peace, and no longer be a would not. Rebecca Jones / pixabay

As a study, look up things not to be ignorant of.

They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. Ephesians 4:18

  • Note on women being silent in church, or speaking in tongues, or prophesying that was the custom then, not so much now but is not allowed in certain denominations. It is always to be done orderly and respectfully.

 

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4 thoughts on “Grace, Rest, and the Would Nots”

  1. What precious questions to ask our hearts: “Isn’t Jesus still on the throne, isn’t He exalted? Isn’t He at home in our hearts? Then we should enter His rest, and be obedient to the Holy Spirit. I like to think that Jesus isn’t worried, that’s why He tells us not to.” Thank you so much for sharing these thoughts today that get at the very depth of why we lay down our own “would nots,” and come in surrender to Him. Blessings to you!

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  2. “We are to have the mind of Christ, that takes rest and and study, sowing His word into our spirits by His grace and by His Spirit.” –I love this quote! Rest is near and dear to my heart, so I love reading about it and all the ways we need to allow it to manifest in our lives!

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