More on God’s Promises and God’s Rest. PT2.


There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. (Hebrews 4:9-10)

Included in God’s promises is rest for His people. This rest not only begins with rest from the guilt and condemnation of sin, but it also can grow into rest from carnal striving and vain self-sufficiency. Our verses speak of this latter rest. “There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.” When we became the people of God, we entered into God’s rest from sin and guilt. Yet, having tasted of this rest, there still “remains…a rest for the people of God.”

Entrance into this additional spiritual rest requires a ceasing from one’s own works. “For he who has entered His [God’s] rest has himself also ceased from his works.” Renouncing one’s self as the source or cause of spiritual growth, we can then rest in the Lord for a growing life of godly service and fruitfulness. Previously, we saw that the Apostle Paul walked with and lived unto God in this manner. “I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me” (1 Corinthians 15:10). Paul worked harder than any other leader in the early church. Yet, he acknowledged that the enabling reality was the grace of God, not himself. This fits perfectly with another confession of Paul’s that we considered in previous devotions. “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God” (2 Corinthians 3:5). Ultimately, such a life is explained as Christ Himself expressing His life in and through our lives. “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me” (Galatians 2:20).
This cessation from our works is to be as complete as God’s ceasing from His work at creation. “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works…For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His” (Hebrews 4:4, 10). God rested on the seventh day, because His “creation-work” was finished. We are to rest from our works, because we cannot add to the finished work of Christ for us. He completed our redemption upon the cross. “He said, ‘It is finished!’ And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit” (John 19:30). He has also fully prepared the works that He wants us to now enter into by faith. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).

Lord, I see that I must rest in You for daily growth and service as fully as I rested in You for initial salvation. Help me to cease from my own vain striving, that I might trust in You to work in and through me, Amen.

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More on God’s Promises and God’s Rest


There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. (Hebrews 4:9-10)

Included in God’s promises is rest for His people. This rest not only begins with rest from the guilt and condemnation of sin, but it also can grow into rest from carnal striving and vain self-sufficiency. Our verses speak of this latter rest. “There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.” When we became the people of God, we entered into God’s rest from sin and guilt. Yet, having tasted of this rest, there still “remains…a rest for the people of God.” Entrance into this additional spiritual rest requires a ceasing from one’s own works. “For he who has entered His [God’s] rest has himself also ceased from his works.”

Renouncing one’s self as the source or cause of spiritual growth, we can then rest in the Lord for a growing life of godly service and fruitfulness. Previously, we saw that the Apostle Paul walked with and lived unto God in this manner. “I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me” (1 Corinthians 15:10). Paul worked harder than any other leader in the early church. Yet, he acknowledged that the enabling reality was the grace of God, not himself. This fits perfectly with another confession of Paul’s that we considered in previous devotions. “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God” (2 Corinthians 3:5). Ultimately, such a life is explained as Christ Himself expressing His life in and through our lives. “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me” (Galatians 2:20). This cessation from our works is to be as complete as God’s ceasing from His work at creation. “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works…For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His” (Hebrews 4:4, 10).

God rested on the seventh day, because His “creation-work” was finished. We are to rest from our works, because we cannot add to the finished work of Christ for us. He completed our redemption upon the cross. “He said, ‘It is finished!’ And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit” (John 19:30). He has also fully prepared the works that He wants us to now enter into by faith. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).

Lord, I see that I must rest in You for daily growth and service as fully as I rested in You for initial salvation. Help me to cease from my own vain striving, that I might trust in You to work in and through me, Amen.

Does Christian’s Worship Three God’s?


The Muslims believe that there is one God “Allah” in the Arabic language which is the same as the Jewish God—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Also they believe in Christ who was born from the Virgin Mary and healed the sick and raised the dead and opened the eyes of the blind. They believe that He is the Word of God and He spoke as a child and has the ability to create by the permission of Allah, but they do not believe that He is the Son of God nor in His deity or His death on the cross as an atonement for the sin of the world.

Muslims believe that the Christian Trinity is a form of polytheism, and they say that God has neither partner nor equal to Him as we read in the Quran: “They do blaspheme who say God is the Christ the son of Mary. But said: O children of Israel. Worship God, my Lord and your Lord. Whoever joins other god with God? God will forbid him the Garden, and the fire will be his abode. There will be no one to help. They do blaspheme who say God is one of three in a trinity; for there is no god except One God. If they desist not from their word (of blasphemy) verily a grievous penalty will befall the blasphemers among them” (5:75). And they are surprised to know that all Christians believe that God has no partner but He Himself is a triune or (TRI-Unity) and neither has a partner.

Q: WHAT KIND OF MONOTHEISM DO CHRISTIANS BELIEVE IN?

The Christians believe in the TRI-UNITY of God, which means that God is one in three and three in one. For example in Genesis chapter one we read: “Then God said let us make man in our image, according to our likeness … So God created man in His own image; in the image of God created He him”(Gen. 1:26-27) Also in (Gen. 1:26) we read: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” Here we find the word God (Elohim in the plural form) and the word said (Amar in the singular form) and the phrase (Let us make man in the plural form). It is not difficult for us to understand the Trinity when we see it in nature. For God has created so many things three in one and one in three for example: Every person is a triune for he has body, soul and spirit, yet he is one person. His spirit is not his body they could not exist apart from each others and yet they are one. Another example is the atom which is considered to be the smallest particle is made up of electron, neutron and proton, yet it is one atom. Also the smallest living element, which is the cell, is made up of the cell wall, the cytoplasm and the nucleus and these three are one cell. Can you explain to me why 1+1+1= 3 while 1x1x1 =1?

The prophet Isaiah declare the fact about the triune God by saying: “Come ye near unto Me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord God, and His Spirit has sent Me” (Isaiah 48:16), and in the New Testament the apostle Paul explain this by declaring that: “God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself” (2 Cor. 5:19) Christians do not believe that man became God, but God became man. He is “Immanuel” God with us. Every Muslim believes in God and the Spirit of God, whom the Christians call the Holy Spirit, so we have God and the Spirit of God. Do we then say that God has a partner? Of course not. Let me add one more thing. I am sure that every Muslim believes in God, the Spirit of God and the Word of God. That is exactly what the Christians believe. They believe in God, the Spirit of God and the Word of God who became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14).

You see God wants to reveal Himself to us, so we can get to know Him better, so He chooses to reveal Himself to us in the person of Jesus Christ. So Christ became God’s revelation to us. That is why He was called the Word of God, for the word expresses and explains and interprets and reveals what God is like. So God, the Spirit of God and the Word of God are three in one. Every Christian in the whole wide world can give witness that there is no god beside Allah (which is God in Arabic). Even the Christian Creed, which was written in the year of 325 AD states the following: “Truly we believe in One God, Creator of heaven and earth, visible and invisible etc.”

THE OLD AND THE NEW TESTAMENTS TESTIFY THAT GOD IS ONE.

The Oneness of God in the Old Testament

“The Lord Himself is God; there is none other beside Him”(Deut 5:35)

“The Lord Himself is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other”(Deut 4:39)

“Hear O Israel the Lord our God is one” (Deut 6:4)

“So the Lord alone led him, and there was no foreign god with Him”(Deut 32:12) “

“You alone are the Lord; You have made heaven” (Neh.9:6)

“For You are great, and do wondrous things; You alone are God” (Ps 86:10)

“I am the Lord, that is My name, and My glory I will not give to another. Nor My praise to carved images” (Is. 42:8)

“I am He. Before Me there was no god formed, nor there shall be after Me”(Is. 43:10)

“I am the first and I am the last. Beside Me there is no God am the Lord, and there is no other; there is no god beside Me” (Is. 45:5)

And so many places in the old testament it talks about the Oneness of God.

The Oneness of God in the New Testament

“We know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but one” (1Cor 8:4)

“You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only you shall serve” (Matt. 4:10)

“The first of all commandments is: Hear O Israel the Lord our God, the Lord is One” (Mark 12:29)

“For there is One God, and there is no other but He” (Mark 12:32)

“God is one” (Gal. 3:20)

“One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all ” (Eph. 4:6)

“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen” (1 Tim. 1:17)

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and Men, the Man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim 2:5)

“You believe that there is one God. You do well” (James 2:19)

And so many other places where it says God is one.

In the first verse in the Bible in the Old Testament which is Genesis 1:1 we read “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” we find the followings:

1. The Word God (Elohim) is in the plural, form, but the verb created (bara) is in the singular form. In the Hebrew language the verb must follow the noun. If the noun is plural then the verb should be in the plural form; but in Genesis 1:1 the verb is in the singular while the noun is in the plural

2. In Genesis 1:26 “Then God said let us make man in Our image; according to our likeness.”The word said came in the singular form while the word God came in the plural form.

3. In Genesis 3:22 “Then the Lord God said: Behold the man has become like one of Us. To know good from evil.” The word said is in the singular form while the word God came in the plural form (Elohim).

4. In Genesis 11: 7 “Come, Let us go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” “And I heard the voice of the Lord saying: whom shall I send and who will go for Us.” (plural) (Isaiah 6:8). Come near to Me, hear this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, I was there. And now the Lord God and His Spirit have sent Me.” (Isaiah 48:16). Notice here that the senders are: God and the Spirit of God and the Messenger who was from the beginning, from that time, it was He who was there with God.

5. In Daniel 7:13-14 we read: “I was watching in the night visions, and behold One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given dominion, and glory, and kingdom, that all peoples, nations; and languages should serve Him: His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom which shall not be destroyed.”

6. In Matthew 28:19 Jesus said to His disciples: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” notice the word “in the Name and not names of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.

7. In the gospel of Luke 1:35 The angel said to Mary when he gave her the news of her conception. “ The Holy Spirit will come upon You, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you, therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God”(Luke 1:35).Here we see the triune God in: The Holy Spirit, the Power of the Highest and the Holy One.

8. When Jesus was being baptized by John the Baptist, when He came up from the water and behold, “The heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying: This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matt. 3:16-17). Here we can see the Trinity in the voice of the Father; the Son is coming out of the water, and the Holy Spirit like a dove.

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God’s Promises and God’s Rest


Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. For we who have believed do enter that rest. (Hebrews 4:1-3)

Through the promises of God, all who believe can experience spiritual rest. Initially, those who believe enjoy rest from the guilt and condemnation of sin. Additionally, those whose faith embraces other promises from God can enjoy rest from carnal striving and worldly indulgence. When the children of Israel were delivered from Egypt, they had rest from the bondage they had known there.

This pictures our rest from sin and guilt. Yet, the Lord had more rest to share with His people. He wanted to give them rest from the futile wilderness striving they experienced between Egypt and the Promised Land, the land flowing with milk and honey. This pictures how we can rest from the fleshly striving of doubt and disobedience by drawing upon the riches that are ours in Christ. The Israelites wandered through the wilderness in hardness of heart for forty years. All of that generation (except Joshua and Caleb) missed the additional rest that God wanted them to experience. “Therefore I was angry with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, and they have not known My ways.’ So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest'” (Hebrews 3:10-11).

They were out of Egypt, but they would not enter into the Promised Land. Are we entering into the additional rest that God has for us? “Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.” The Promised Land is a picture of the abundant spiritual life (not a picture of heaven—no battles or failures in heaven). This additional rest is what Jesus offers to all who believe in Him. “I have come that they may have life [eternal life, forgiveness of sin], and that they may have it more abundantly [richness of life, growing in practical righteousness]” (John 10:10).

This abundant life is enjoyed as we believe in the word of God, as it describes the riches that are ours in Christ. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (). Will we take the Lord at His word and believe that we might enter in? “For we who have believed do enter that rest.” Israel did not believe, so they did not enter in. “The word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.”

Dear Lord, I thank You for giving me rest from sin and guilt, simply by trusting in Your promises. Now, I ask for new measures of additional rest from barrenness and striving, simply by trusting in Your promises of abundant life, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Living as Jesus Lived


“Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works…As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me.” (John 14:10 and 6:57)

We are to live by trusting in the goodness of the Lord. “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” (Psalm 34:8). Jesus is the ultimate example of living by such trust. When we think of being like Jesus (or we ask, “What would Jesus do?”), the biblical perspective is far more profound than prevailing opinion might provide.

Jesus lived by depending upon the intimate relationship He had with the Father. “I am in the Father, and the Father in Me.” When Jesus spoke or took action, it was not on His own initiative or by His own resources. “The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.” Although Jesus was God coming to earth as a man, He did not live by exercising His deity: “Who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a servant” (Philippians 2:6-7). Jesus lived as a dependent human servant, trusting in the Father to work in and through Him.

The prophets of old predicted this path, as they recorded the confessions Messiah would make about His ministry here on earth. “For I [that is, the Messiah, Jesus] shall be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and My God shall be My strength…The Lord God will help Me [that is, the Messiah, Jesus]; therefore I will not be disgraced” (Isaiah 49:5; 50:7). Jesus would depend upon the Father.

Jesus eventually applied this kind of dependent relationship to us. The structure of His teaching was “As… so.” As it was between Jesus and the Father, so it is to be between us and Jesus. Jesus lived His life by depending upon the Father. Without ceasing to be God, He lived as a man, showing us how man is to live. “As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father.” Jesus lived by trusting in the Father to work in and through Him. We are to look to Jesus to do the same through us. “So he who feeds on Me will live because of Me.” Jesus taught that feeding on Him involved coming to Him in trust. “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst” (John 6:35).

Lord Jesus, my hope and my strength, I want to live in true Christlikeness—facing all of life as You did. I want to learn to depend upon You, even as You depended upon the Father. Teach me, Lord, I pray in Your name, Amen.

The Manifold Grace of God


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The manifold grace of God…but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. (1 Peter 4:10; 2 Peter 3:18; and Galatians 6:18)

The manifold grace of God is such an appropriate truth for our concluding meditation. It is both humbling and faith-building to be reminded of the majestic diversity of God’s grace.

God’s grace is manifold. It is like a heavenly diamond with innumerable facets. Every vantage point reflects a new insight into the gracious resources of our Lord. From some biblical viewpoints, the justifying grace of God is seen: justified freely by His grace (Romans 3:24). Yet, our devotional studies have concentrated upon sanctifying grace, grace for growing. “But grow in…grace.” Many scriptural vistas display this sanctifying grace in its manifold beauty. It can be seen stabilizing the inner man. “It is good that the heart be established by grace (Hebrews 13:9). It can also be seen in its edifying ability. “I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up (Acts 20:32). From another angle, God’s sanctifying grace can be seen for its strengthening capacity. “Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2:1). It can also be observed in its fruit-producing role: “and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth” (Colossians 1:6). It can also be seen in its ministry-developing function. “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me” (1 Corinthians 15:10). From still another viewpoint, the sanctifying grace of God can be seen sustaining through the agonies of one’s “thorny impossibilities.” “My grace is sufficient for you” (2 Corinthians 12:9). What heavenly riches await us in a lifetime of observing, and appropriating, God’s manifold grace.

What final words would be fitting for us now? The closing benediction in so many New Testament epistles would be perfectly suitable. “Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit (Galatians 6:18). Ultimately and essentially, grace is found in the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and it is experienced through His work in our hearts, as we humbly seek to know Him more and more. “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

Dear Lord of manifold grace, I earnestly yearn to grow in every aspect of Your grace. Lord Jesus, I humbly desire to find increasing intimacy with You. Please work Your grace deeply into my heart and manifest it fully through my life, in Your matchless name, I pray, Amen.

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More on Walking with Jesus the Way We Received Him


As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. ()

The manner in which we received the Lord is the very same manner in which we are to walk in Him. As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.” We received Him by grace, we must walk by grace. We were born again by the Spirit, we must walk by the Spirit. Furthermore, when we first received Christ, He was our only hope. Now, we are to walk with Him the same way.

It is good to recall how Jesus was the focus at the beginning of our walk with Him. When we received Him and His forgiveness, we knew He had to provide all that was needed for our salvation. We agreed with the word of God that there was no other hope than Jesus. “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me‘… Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (John 14:6 and Acts 4:12). We knew that we could supply nothing ourselves. We were spiritually dead, having no righteousness at all: dead in trespasses and sins…all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags (Ephesians 2:1 and Isaiah 64:6). We had entered the blessed condition of being convicted of our own spiritual bankruptcy. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). Jesus was our comprehensive focus, our only hope.

This is how we are to walk in Him today. We need the Lord Jesus as much now for living the Christian life as we needed Him at the beginning to be born again into it. For growth and victory and fruitfulness, He is the one upon whom we must focus. As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.” We need to be rooted in Him, reaching out by faith to Him for nutrition and strength, even as the roots of a tree reach into the soil. We need to be built up in Him, having our lives developed by His work in us. We need to be established in the faith, allowing Him to stabilize us through the study of His word. This will lead us to overflowing appreciation and gratitude that Christ is all and in all (Colossians 3:11). Truly, we need the Lord Jesus as much now for living the Christian life as we needed Him at the beginning to be born again into it.

Lord Jesus, my all in all, You were my only hope for beginning a new life with You. Today, You are my only hope for growing in this life with You. Please remind me that my need for You never diminishes. It is constant and comprehensive. Thank You for always being available! Amen

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