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.
2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
Have you ever skipped out on a promise? I’m sure I have. Whether it was to my kids, or my wife, or a friend. There have been times that situations arose where I could not keep a promise. Maybe it was to be at a ball game and a business appointment came up. Maybe a bill didn’t get paid when I thought it would. Maybe I lost track of my grocery list and forgot to pick something important up. Whatever the excuse, it is a bad one when you don’t keep a promise.
Jesus does not break promises, and neither does God. There’s an old chorus that says:
Every promise in the book is mine
Every chapter, every verse, every line
All the blessings of His love divine
Every promise in the book is mine
This is so true, from now until eternity. Jesus said not one jot or tittle shall ever be gone from the word of God until all is fulfilled. It is not all fulfilled yet. There is a lot more of history still to be written, and a lot more of my life to live. His word will always be true, and I can trust that he will fulfill His promises to me. One Herbert Locklear said there are 7,147 promises in the Bible from God to man. If I made that many promises I would surely break at least one of them. But God always keeps His promises.
One thing he has promised us is that we will enter into His rest if we continue believing in Him and His word. Belief also means that we follow it and live out the scripture in our lives. Another is that we abide in Him and let His word abide in us. We have hard the gospel! We have heard how Jesus gave His life for us. We have heard how he set me free. We have heard that accepting His sacrifice and believing that God raised Him from the dead will save us. We have all heard many things. But hearing the scripture does not save us. Hearing His word does not get us into heaven. The devil hears it! He is going nowhere but hell!
Once we hear the gospel, we must act on it. We must confess our sins. We must repent. We must believe with out heart and confess with our lips that Jesus is Lord. We cannot hear the gospel and think we are saved because of it. There are millions who go about thinking they are saved because they have heard the word of Jesus. They are very sadly mistaken. We must repent, confess and believe with our heart and with our words. Salvation is for those who bow before His throne, but for those who simply walk into the church and hear.
However, once we have heard, we must make sure we do not come up short. The promises of God are all for us, but we have to keep our promise top Him as well. He asks us to lice a holy life, to be perfect before Him, to repent when we have done wrong, to forgive our neighbor and treat them as ourselves. He has asked us to preach the gospel, to be instant in and out of season, to study so that we can shoe ourselves approved. To transform by the renewing of our minds. He has asked us to preach the Gospel to all the world, to walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh, to put on the whole armor of God, to pray without ceasing, to rejoice in the Lord always. This is not a one-way street where Jesus just keeps His promise to us. He expects us to keep our promise to Him as will. He expects us to walk the walk, not just talk the talk.
The writer says something interesting that illustrates this point, He says that the word must be mixed with faith in order for it to profit them at all. Where is your faith? Is your faith in your own ability to make a decision? Is it in your employer to pay your bills? Is it in the doctor to heal you? Our faith must be in God and His word. We must expect the promises to be kept. When Moses was in the wilderness, he had to remind God a few times that this people, who were so sinful, were His people and that God should not destroy them. Guess what! He did not destroy them. Moses reminded God of His word and God relented of what he was thinking of doing. It’s not that God forgets. It’s that God wants to know that we know His word. He doesn’t mind if we bring His word to Him, and pray that word to Him. In fact, He loves it when we pray the word to Him. The fact that we are placing our faith in His word pleases God. Ut shows Him that we are not about to fall short, but we are going to trust Him all the way. I have a strong desire to enter into His rest, and I’m sure you do to. The key is to keep His word, to keep our promise to Him. He keeps His promise. Why should he expect any less form us? I intend to keep my promise to God and not fall short. How about you?