|The Good Work for Us to Do|
"What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?" the disciples asked Jesus (Jn. 6:28). His answer was forthwith and comprehensive. "This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent" (6:29). Thus, it is elsewhere written that "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" (Heb. 11:6).
There remaineth, therefore, a rest to the people of God." “For he that is entered into His rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His”. "Let us labor, therefore, to enter into that rest, lest any of you fall after the same example of unbelief"—that of the Israelites (Heb. 4:9-11; cf. vv. 12-16).
It is the rest from the spiritual warfare of this life that is of primary reference. So we read: "We which have believed do enter into rest" (Heb. 4:3). It is the rest of faith, in which we cease from our own works as a means of justification by God, and rely wholly upon the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus for that blessed benefit.
There yet "remaineth a rest to the people of God," however, as the Apostle declares (Heb. 4:9). It is that perfect and eternal rest into which we shall enter at death, when we literally go to be with Christ at our death, or at His blessed appearing.
In the days of His flesh, the Lord Jesus Christ summoned weary souls to come unto Him with the words, “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light” (Mt. 11:28-30). Christ is the Author and Finisher of our faith. And by His grace we are “confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in” us “will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:6).
Meanwhile, we are to fight the good fight of faith, continuing in the work of believing. As we do so, we are surely building for eternity. And, in that building, we shall not be disappointed or frustrated. "For He is faithful that promised" (Heb. 11:11).
Let us, therefore, continue in the faith, "grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel" (Col. 1:23).