The Book Of Hebrews Chapter 4 (8 of 24) by Harley Howard

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Harley Howard

1 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.

Knowing that there is a rest in this dispensation for
God's people, and the possibility of coming short of
it, and witnessing the fact that through unbelief
Israel did not enter into that rest, then we had
better approach this issue with fear, as well as with
obedience to God, lest God's promise of rest to His
people, any one of us should be left behind in the
race, falling short of reaching the goal, that being
God's rest.

2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto
them: but the word preached did not profit them, not
being mixed with faith in them that heard [it].

The gospel was preached both in the Old and New
Testaments. In the NT it is used especially of the
glad tidings of the coming kingdom of God, and of the
salvation to be obtained in it through Christ, and of
what relates to this salvation. In the Old Testament
it was used of any kind of good news and of the joyful
tidings of God's kindness, in particular, of the
Messianic blessings to include their deliverance from
Egypt and the blessings of Canaan that was promised.
God's message of hope and deliverance spanned both
testaments, to all people. But the problem was not in
the message, nor with the God who gave it, but in the
fact that the message preached was not received by
faith (read verse again). The message of deliverance
and the promise of blessings was of no advantage to
them, it was useless, because the message preached was
not united with faith when they understood it.

>> No matter what the promises of God were, and are,
no matter how wonderful, how spectacular, how
liberating they may be, no matter whether it was the
rest of Canaan in the Old Testament, or salvation rest
and the hope of Heaven for the believer today, none of ...

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