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Faith's Object and Some of Faith's Work
Heb 4:1
by Heshimu Colar

"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."-Heb 4:1

The heavenly calling is God's command that we enter His rest. It's called God's rest because God is satisfied. A tremendous work was required to eliminate our sinfulness and justify us for grace. The Lord Jesus Christ, by satisfying the Law on behalf of elect Jews and elect Gentiles, destroyed every cause for enmity against us, and presented us unto God as one new man (Eph 2:15). The fire of God judicially consumed the old man until it became ashes. God has remained a consuming fire without any compromise to His holiness; yet, out of the ashes of satisfied justice, our Lord Jesus created this new man by the power of His resurrection. This new man cannot sin, loves Christ, and loves God's Law (Rom 7:17-18, 20). This new man has perpetual access unto the Father... not by our works, but by the work of Christ the Lord (Eph 2:16-18). Whosoever believes is a partaker of the heavenly calling and justifiably called "holy brethren". For this cause, we are beautiful unto Him.

Faith's object is God's rest; some of faith's works are declared in Hebrews 3.

Faith considers Christ- (Heb 3:1) "Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus." Faith considers Christ like a child considers his inheritance. We were in bondage until the time appointed by the Father, when He revealed that we were His sons and joint heirs with Christ (Gal 4:1-7). Faith diligently considers Christ because without the knowledge of our inheritance in mercy, grace, forgiveness, and imputed righteousness, we'll return into bondage in our minds. Our new man loves the Law of God (its infinite demand for perfect holiness), and unless we see Christ having satisfied justice on our behalf, we cannot rest.

Faith holds ". fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end (3:6)". In this wilderness journey, many obstacles, afflictions, dangers, and temptations would turn us away from God's rest. The Israelites, although delivered from Egyptian bondage, did not believe God. When there wasn't sufficient water, instead of thanking God for deliverance from slavery and asking the Father to provide according to His faithfulness, they murmured. God proved them in the wilderness, revealed their unbelief, and destroyed them. Faith waits upon God, endures the revelation of our own weakness, despises murmuring, and takes confidence in God's ability to provide. For, "He giveth power to the faint and to them that have no might he increaseth strength (Isa. 40:29)."

Faith doesn't harden its heart; it receives the Word as a little child (Heb 3:8). The Word is everything to the believer. All of our hope, confidence, strength, and knowledge of our Deliverer comes to us through the Word. Our worship services are entirely built upon the Word: preaching is preeminent, prayer is based upon the written revelation, songs have tunes that exalt the words, and our fellowship is in love according to the example of Christ. Read Matt 18:1-6. Believers learn to believe 'what' the Lord says, before trying to figure out 'why' He said it. Little children believe what they're told, and faith receives God's Word accounting Him able to perform it.

Lastly, Faith exhorts the brethren -(vs12-14) "Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end." The dangers of unbelief are real. The legitimate cares of this world, if unchecked by God-given reproof and tribulation, will choke out the Word. (Matt 13:22) "He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful." The Word brings forth fruit in all that believe, and we're to exhort one another lest the preaching becomes unfruitful and powerless in our souls. The cares of present responsibilities and the deceitfulness of future attainments destroy many. Many whom we have begun with in the race will fall away. Faith recognizes temptations afflicting your own soul, receives deliverance through patience, and works by love encouraging, warning, and exhorting brethren. It isn't just the pastor; the brethren exhort one another to stay focused on the only thing that is important: sincerely worshipping God in Christ.

All believers possess this faith. The grievous trials that expose false professors are God's very instruments for strengthening and increasing his saints.

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