You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
3 For [gar] we which [ho] have believed [pisteuo] do enter [eiserchomai] into [eis] rest [katapausis], as [kathos] he said [ereo], As [hos] I have sworn [omnuo] in [en] my [mou] wrath [orge], if [ei] they shall enter [eiserchomai] into [eis] my [mou] rest [katapausis]: although [kaitoi] the works [ergon] were finished [ginomai] from [apo] the foundation [katabole] of the world [kosmos]. KJV-Interlinear
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. NASB
The topic throughout these last several passages is obedience verses disobedience. This is not a believe in, verses reject, Christ passage.
Our example is the Exodus generation. Moses is our example of faithfulness. God has greater faithfulness.
The Israelites followed Moses through the parted waters in their escape from certain slavery and death from the Egyptians. That passage through the water is a picture of the baptism by means of faith into salvation. Salvation is deliverance from sin and death. Sin and death is eternal separation from God.
Now once saved the Israelites have to travel through the desert of life. That is where they have the opportunity to listen and learn and grow up in their spiritual life. Likewise they see the miracles of God in their own preservation during all of that time in the desert. The desert represents our life time in this life, in the world.
Entering into the promised land is representative of a believer advancing into spiritual maturity. Joshua was to lead the next generation of Israelites over the Jordan River into the land of Canaan - the promised land.
The Exodus generation refused Gods instruction and thus did not grow up. Believers who do not grow up never mature. This means that they will never enter into spiritual maturity, which is herein being referred to as Gods 'rest.'
Rest is the cessation of all work. Once all work is finished, then there is nothing more to do. The worker lays back and rests and enjoys the fruits of his labor. The fruits just keep on coming and no more work is required because all of the work has been completed.
In life God does all of the work. God set out the Divine Decrees in eternity past which was the pre-recorded record of all events of history. Christ went to the Cross nearly 1975 years ago (if you consider the Cross having occurred in 30 AD), and finished, historically, the work of salvation leaving mankind free to be saved, and advance to spiritual maturity, and a completed life and relationship with God.
Our ultimate goal is 'completion.' Completion comes from doctrine in the soul to the status of spiritual maturity, a soul full of doctrine resident in a resurrection body, and finally the receipt of Gods eternal rewards and blessings due to that mature spiritual status. That is the ultimate body, soul, and spirit, completion of ones life.
Just as if you had never believed in Christ, then you will never have been saved, so also, if you never believe (continuing belief or recognition through daily study) of Bible doctrine, you will never grow up to maturity.
Being born into this life is not enough, you have to be believe in Christ in order to be saved. Being saved is not enough, you have to grow up in order reach spiritual maturity.
Spiritual maturity comes to those who obey God. Obedience to God comes through a daily study of the Bible. Study gives you learning, understanding, and eventually possession of Gods wisdom.
Our completion will occur 'finally' in heaven. Here on this earth we have but to prepare ourselves for that future day.
God has given us all a promise of 'rest.' This is a potential state. You have to advance in your spiritual life and then your mature status will be certain. If you do not obey Gods mandates for spiritual growth and the spiritual life, then your advance into His rest will fail. That failure is a certainty also. You cannot get around Gods plan for the spiritual life.
Just as God made all of the arrangements for history and life and rested on the seventh day, then so also, man can advance to spiritual maturity and enter into that same rest (no more work to be done - ever).
God completed His plan in eternity past. God completed His work (with respect to human history) on the sixth day and rested on the seventh day. When the world was restored (the six days in Genesis) and human history began for the very first time, angelic history ceased and human history took center stage. Now God demonstrates that He can accomplish using a lower creature, that goal which the angels lost during their history.
Sooner or later you have to come to the realization that what God has waiting for you both now in time and especially in eternity, is the absolute greatest future beyond your ability to imagine, ever.
Nothing you can do in this life can match that which God gives to your freely. But you have to be obedient to His will, to His plan, and to His principles of the spiritual life. And that is really the easiest thing to do - just learn and grow.
Isn't that what little children do in life? They just learn and grow and suddenly they are all grown up. The spiritual life is just that easy. Why would anyone reject such an easy path to eternal wealth beyond ones imagination?
You cannot work for it. You cannot earn it. You do not deserve it. God has done all that is necessary for you to have the greatest destiny ever.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.