We may fear, then, lest a promise being left of entering
into His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short,
for we also are having good news proclaimed, even as they,
but the word heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who
for we do enter into the rest -- we who did believe, as He
said, 'So I sware in My anger, If they shall enter into My rest -- ;' and yet
the works were done from the foundation of the world,
for He spake in a certain place concerning the seventh day
thus: 'And God did rest in the seventh day from all His works;'
and in this place again, 'If they shall enter into My
rest -- ;'
since then, it remaineth for certain to enter into it, and
those who did first hear good news entered not in because of unbelief --
again He doth limit a certain day, 'To-day,' (in David
saying, after so long a time,) as it hath been said, 'To-day, if His voice ye
may hear, ye may not harden your hearts,'
for if Joshua had given them rest, He would not concerning
another day have spoken after these things;
there doth remain, then, a sabbatic rest to the people of
for he who did enter into his rest, he also rested from his
works, as God from His own.
May we be diligent, then, to enter into that rest, that no
one in the same example of the unbelief may fall,
for the reckoning of God is living, and working, and sharp
above every two-edged sword, and piercing unto the dividing asunder both of
soul and spirit, of joints also and marrow, and a discerner of thoughts and
intents of the heart;
and there is not a created thing not manifest before Him,
but all things are naked and open to His eyes -- with whom is our reckoning.
Having, then, a great chief priest passed through the
heavens -- Jesus the Son of God -- may we hold fast the profession,
for we have not a chief priest unable to sympathise with our
infirmities, but one tempted in all things in like manner -- apart from
we may come near, then, with freedom, to the throne of the
grace, that we may receive kindness, and find grace -- for seasonable help.