“Roll Away the Stone” Chapter 7

How does one actually rest in the “Finished Works of Jesus @ the Cross” for them as an individual? What exactly does it mean for one to rest in Christ’s finished works? Does this mean that all has been done that needs to be done in our personal lives in the way of personal growth and understanding of God?  Absolutely not. What it does mean, however, is that all of the things and the means that we need to grow, and learn about God have already been provided for us by the finished works of God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Although many may think that I am saying that all we have to do is to rest secure, and He will do all the rest, that is not what I mean when I say “Rest Secure” in His finished works.We of course have our own part to do. And that part is to what ? Rest secure in His salvation that He has given us wherein lies the ability to allow Jesus to do His perfect works through us. Here is just one of many of Gods promises, where we do see that we have a part to do as well as resting in the fact that He will uphold His part in which He promised.

Galatians 6:9
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

This was what Paul said to the Galatians, who by the way, were the least of the churches that Paul had planted, in regards to “Resting” in Gods finished works. We see the evidence of this in the content of the letter that Paul wrote to them,  pleading with them to stop believing that their own works  (The Law)  could ever save them, and to begin to rest in the finished works of Christ instead.  It may also be helpful to notice that out of all the letters that Paul wrote, to all the churches, the Galatians is the only one Paul never asked to pray for him. I can’t help but think that Paul, knowing the Galatians were stuck on, and trying to return to Judaism, though knowing they were saved, esteemed them as not maturing, or resting in Christ. It’s certainly a thought to ponder. Was Paul maybe afraid the same religious spirit Jesus had delivered him from might somehow reach out through the hands, and prayers, of the Galatians and wrap their grubby pawls around him? God Forbid, as Paul would say.  Paul was resting securely in the finished works for him at the cross. We as the body of Christ must rest secure in Him as well to ever be free from our past.

Let me add along with the verse from Paul which was written to the Galatians another verse, from Peter, and how he put into words what this reaping in   “Due Season”  means to us as believers.

1 Peter 5:10
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

These are great verses and chapters that not only helped those that Paul, and Peter were writing to at the time to see the importance of their learning to “Rest” in Gods finished works for them through Christ Jesus, but for us as well. Resting secure in the gift and promises God has given us, namely, eternal salvation does in no way speak of us not having anything to do in the way of “Well Doing” as Paul put’s it in the previously posted verse of  “Galatians 6:9” But rather, that we must first “Rest” in His finished works to ever begin to emulate Him, or produce good fruits, that are in any way accepted by God.  Regardless of who tries to put into ones heart, that they must do good works to continue to be saved, if that person or religion who is teaching such things are not first resting in His finished works at the Cross for them, then all of their works are completely in vain.

Nonetheless, and as contradictory as it may sound, A careful study in Hebrews chapter 4  leaves us with the understanding that weMust Labor to ever Rest” Which brings up another good point that I feel is necessary to look into.

In the creation story and throughout the book of Genesis we find many places where the Bible says that God rested. For example;  God created all things in 6 days, and on the 7th day He rested.

Now, who among us believes that our Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent creator God, actually needs to rest?  Of course He doesn’t need to rest, God is Spirit. Spirits do not need rest. Therefore, the rest that is spoken of here is not one of a need for restoration or rejuvenation, but of completeness.

In that day, the seventh day,which Hebrews chpt. 3 and 4 also in great detail explain Jesus to be, everything that was ever needed for Adam, Eve, and all mankind had been completely created. Then God ceased from His work, He did not lay down and take a nap.

Here’s another good example of this truth:

Hebrews 4:10
For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

We must enter into the “Rest” which is the completed works at the Cross, to provide everything that we will ever need to please God, or else, it is impossible to please God.  Nothing that we ever did, can do, or will do is the thing that moves God, He’s already provided everything that we need, and has in so many ways and places told us that if we “Trust” in that reality, or “Rest” in it, then we have eternal salvation.

Galatians 6:9
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Philippians 1:6
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Hebrews 11:6
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

You may say that the Bible is clear that we must endure till the end  to continue to be saved, and many do interpret the Bible as saying that, but it explains that it is saying what enables us to endure till the end, is none other than the “Resting in Him”  from the beginning.

Matthew 6:33
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

James 2:23
And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

Romans 4:6
Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,

John 16:33
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

1 John 5:4
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

Romans 10:3
For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

  1. Philippians 3:9
    And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

I really could go on and on writing in my own words what the Bible clearly tells us that we must do to “Rest’ secure in our salvation, which He has already given to us as a free gift, through faith by grace. But, then why not just let the Bible say it, after all it is His Word, Rest in it..and He will, “Roll the Stone Away”©


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