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Here is a look at the issue of Sabbath Rest. So just what is this rest anyway?

1.  Sabbath Rest is about Relationship. Hebrews 4:4 Says “For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works.” The phrase ‘rested from His works is a direct quote from Genesis 2:2. Resting often conveys an idea of passivity. According to Tonstad, A better fit is the word “desisted or ceased”. A good mental picture of “cease is that of a ship gliding into harbor after a long voyage or a train coming to a halt at the train station. It is the anticipation of being with someone you love!  Ceasing points to the joy of being with someone very special. This is exactly what I believe is meant in Hebrews 4:10 that “God ceased from His works” which is to say God had eager anticipation of being with His creation!  The Prophet Ezekiel 12:12,20 plainly says that The Sabbath is a relational marker.

2. So Sabbath Rest is a “ceasing” from all activity of trying to save myself and anticipating an intimate saving relationship with Jesus. “And this is life eternal that they might know you”! John 17:3  Hebrews 4:4,10 Jesus is the only source for true rest and Salvation. He wants us to “cease” completely trying to save ourselves. Matthew 11:28-30. If we would only come to Him He then will Justify us, Sanctify us, and make us Holy just like Jesus. 1John 3:2  1Corinthians 1:29-31.

3. So how do I enter God’s rest?

We enter God’s rest by believing fully in Jesus! Hebrews 4:3.

And the converse is also true, we don’t enter God’s rest because of unbelief. Hebrews 3:19

In other words, we have the “assurance” of entering God’s rest when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it. It’s all about Jesus! He is the only one who can save us.  Romans 3:26,5:10. The truth is we need to stop  all efforts of trying to save ourselves! Jeremiah 13:23, John 15:5

We enter His rest when we consider Jesus Hebrews 3:1

We enter His rest when we listen to His voice Hebrews 3:7,15,4:7

We enter His rest when we cease completely from our own efforts to earn Salvation Hebrews 4:10.

All of these admonitions are  saying the same thing, so Let me say it again, we have the “assurance” of entering God’s rest and obtaining Salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.

Hold firmly to Jesus my friend and never ever let go of your grip!

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.  And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,  not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:22-25.

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21 thoughts on “What Is True Sabbath Rest? A Brief Bible Study

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  2. Thank you Wayne Praise God for your Wonderful way of putting this together …its Powerfull … God’s Word is so Precious It is all there for us to read & understand so Plain for us !!..The Best Guide for our lives Here on this old world …. Jesus is Coming Soon !!!! What a Day that will Be ….

    • Thanks Carol, God is so wonderful to us all and loves us with an everlasting love!!
      I appreciate you visiting my blog and always for your positive thoughts!!
      Jesus is about to come!! Praise God!!

      Jeremiah 31:3, John 17:23

  3. Thank you for allowing God to save, may God shower you with His Holy Spirit you & continye blessing you with His wisdom. The Sabbath Rest is the best gift that we have in this busy world !!! Even so come Lord Jesus…

    • Thanks for your comment Ray
      The Sabbath Is A Real Joy and a sign of our intimate relationship with Jesus!! Ezekiel 20:12,20
      May God bless you Ray beyond all measure!!

      Jesus Is About To Come!! Revelation 22:12,17,20

  4. Thanks for your comment Marisha,

    The Bible Sabbath is truly a wonderful blessing from God.

    God bless you beyond all measure!!

    Isaiah 58:13,14

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  7. so, what you meant is that every Saturday we hqve to restrict ourselves from our secular activities and dedicate the whole day to God? am I understanding or not?

    • Thanks for your thoughtful comment!! Please consider the following:
      1.The Sabbath indicates that we are willing to stop trying to save ourselves and let Jesus save us! Hebrews 4:1,4,9-10
      2.On the Sabbath Jesus wants us completely for loving fellowship—A chance to develop even a deeper relationship with Jesus!! Genesis 2:1-2,John 1:1, Isaiah 58:13-14
      3. The Bible Sabbath is a sign that we are letting Jesus save us from sin and make us just like Jesus!! Ezekiel 20:12,20, 1Thessalonians 5:23-24, 1John 3:2
      4.So it is true freedom and liberty come only through our relationship with Jesus! The Sabbath is a sign that we are truly free in Jesus!! Galatians 5:1-6,13,14, Hebrews 4:10-11,15-16

      God bless you as you continue to search the Scriptures with all of your heart!! Jeremiah 29:13-14, John 16:13
      Finally be filled always with God’s Steadfast love which will hold you up!! Psalm 94:18
      Thanks again for your visit!! Please visit often!!

    • Ana, it means that our relationship with Jesus is what saves us and not what we do!! Its all about Jesus and what He has done for us already!
      John 3:16, John 17:3

      • I don’t think ur understanding me…all I’m asking is if there is an specific day to set aside for jesus or not..or we can freely come to him wen we feel it without being commanded to keep a certain day like in the 10 commandments..I hope u understand now.

        • Thanks for the clarification.
          The short answer is yes.
          The Sabbath is a sign that we are letting Jesus make us like Him.This is why He wants us to set aside the 7th day for Him!
          Please review the following Bible Verses: Exodus 31 12:-17, Ezekiel 20:12,20, Isaiah 66:22-23, Hebrews 4:4,10
          Thank you very much for the great conversation!
          God bless you with His Steadfast Love always!! Psalms 94:18

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