True Rest

by C. David Green

A. Sabbath rest is established by God in scripture.

1. Sabbath is part of creation. Genesis 2:1-3
2. Sabbath confirmed by Christ. Mark 2:27-28
3. Definition: Celebration in the community of the Kingdom at the completion of tasks set before us.

B. The Sabbath is ordered by God in scripture.

1. Sabbath law. Exodus 20:8-11; 23:12
2. Mercy required. Matthew 12:9-13

C. The Nature of rest.

1. Completion of labor. Genesis 2:1-3
2. Deliverance from curse. Genesis 5:29
3. Receiving God's promise. Numbers 14:20-24; Ps. 95:8-11
4. Place to live. Deut. 3:20; 12:9; Ps. 37:1-11
5. Destruction of enemies. Josh. 1:13-15; 11:23; 14:15; 21:43-45; 23:1; Ps. 37:1-11
6. Presence of authority. Ruth 1:9
7. Presence of a husband. Ruth 3:1

D. True rest is found in Christ.

1. In Christ, we complete our labor. Hebrews 1:1-3; Rev. 22:1-5
2. Christ delivers us from the curse. Galatians 3:10-14; Rev. 22:3
3. Christ gives us God's promise. Galatians 3:14; Heb. 4:1-11
4. Christ gives us a place. Matthew 5:5; John 14:1-3
5. Christ defeated our enemy. Colossians 2:15
6. Christ is our authority. Matthew 11:28-30
7. Christ is our husband. Isaiah 54:5-8; Mark 2:19-20; Matthew 25:1-13

E. True rest is accessed in scripture.

1. Psalm 19:7.
2. Psalm 119, esp. v 50.

F. True rest is accessed through prayer.

1. Psalm 63:1-8.
2. Philippians 4:6-7.

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