Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Tree of Life
Weekly Review 031118
Dispensation of the Mosaic Law, The Fourth Commandment: The Sabbath. The Sabbath Rest.
The next point in our study deals with a very important subject:
The Faith Rest Life or the Sabbath Rest.
We begin with HEB 4:3 which tells us that we who have believed on Him, enter into His rest.
HEB 4:3, For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said, “As I swore in My wrath, They shall not enter My rest,” although His works were finished from the foundation of the world.
If you have believed in Jesus Christ, then the New Testament Sabbath for you is to enter into God's rest...= the way is the manifestation of the “glory” of God in you.
“Glory” is a manifestation of what is known as “theantric action.”
Since the inception of the Church, Christians have struggled with the dilemma of representing the infinite God to finite mankind through vessels of clay.
The process of Theantric action is the only provision whereby Christians are able to manifest the true nature of God in their mortal bodies within the Body of Christ and to a lost and dying world.
The word “theantric” comes from two Greek words, theos--God, and anthropos--man. Theantric Action is the fullness to overflowing of God’s divine nature in the human vessel which is surrendered to the plan of God.
Most Christians never experience Theantric Action, because they ignorantly live in the effects of the Fall of man, expressing the character of the old adamic nature in the mentality, fulfilling selfish and vain pursuits.
In over forty years of being a Pastor, I have never been so consumed with conveying the truth of any theme or principle as with that of Theantric Action.
When the personality of the Father is operational in the believer's life, through the filling of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, which is the mind of Christ, the possibilities of experiencing Christ's victory are limitless.
Concerning the Father, Jesus said in JOH 8:29b, “For I do always those things that please him”.
Therefore, the Father's disposition was totally manifested to the world through Jesus Christ. Jesus said, in JOH 14:9, “He that hath seen me has seen the Father”.
Jesus, in His humanity, was the exact reproduction of the image of God (HEB 1:3).
Describing His disposition, Jesus said in MAT 11:29, “I am meek and lowly in heart”.
The Church of Jesus Christ will only manifest the power of Christ when she takes on His disposition.
The disciples were described as having turned the world upside down because of their tremendous influence in evangelizing the nations.
This sheds light on the heart attitude of Jesus as He prayed in JOH 17:21, “That they all may be one; as thou Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us, that the world may believe that thou hast sent me”.
It is the desire of the Father that all men would know Christ and experience the very same life that He derived from His Father, through the provision of recovery for their growing process (1JO 1:9).
In fact, when a believer reveals the glory of God, there will be one basic characteristic and quality that follows them around wherever they go, and that basic characteristic is eirene or inner peace--- rest!
If you are filled with the Spirit, one of the manifestations of being filled with the Spirit is rest while revealing the glory of God to you.
The Greek word for glory is doxza means brightness, radiance, splendor, magnificence, fgame, renown, honor, or glory.
Being at rest with God is a manifestation of His glory alive within you.
The Hebrew word KABOD means honor, glory, riches, nobility, splendor, and majesty - used. to reveal
These are all manifestations of the mature believer causing “rest” to those who have the ability to handle whatever problem it us revealed to the people of God especially.
Glory always has the connotation of honor inherent in a person, distinction, greatness, renown, fame, nobility, or majesty.
ROM 5:1-5, Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
And so, the reason why many believers are very anxious and worried and nervous and living in fear is because of unbelief.
Because of this they become very critical, judgmental, and have no relaxation toward the details of life at all.
This is because they refuse to enter into the rest that God has for their lives.
HEB 4:10, For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.
However, in HEB 13:10, We have an altar, from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat.
Notice these two pages, HEB 4:10, For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.
One of the other manifestations 2CO 1:5-7, For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer; and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that as you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort.
PHI 3:8-15, More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish in order that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you;
What did the Lord say to the children of Israel in Exodus 31?
Now, for the Christian, he has entered in what the book of Hebrews teaches as a moment by moment rest, or a moment by moment Sabbath.
In other words, we have entered into a new Sabbath, a new Testament Sabbath, which is for us to learn how to rest.
And this is what a lot of believers do not know how to do!
And just like if the O.T. Saints did any work on the Sabbath, the result was death, the same principle happens to the N.T. saints.
If the believer does not rest and tries to accomplish things on his own then he enters into a temporal death which is a separation from God.
Because they are trying to make certain things happen and work when God has given them rest to enjoy.
And what is the day that God has given you for rest?
Everyday that you wake up is another opportunity for you to enter into His rest.