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The Purpose for Spiritual Rest

The Purpose for Spiritual Rest
There is a reason for what is called in Christian circles, “The Sabbath Rest.”
Believers put their lives into God’s “center of influence” (COI), and He completes the work of justification (forgiveness of sins and entry into new life), sanctification (completed spiritual development that matches the life of Christ), and then glorification, the total inheritance of our heavenly bodies into eternal life.
The concept of a Sabbath rest models God the Father’s creation of the world and of mankind. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. (Genesis 2:3). Later on, God communicated to Moses why He wanted the Jews to participate in a Sabbath rest. It is a sign between Me and the children of
Israel forever; for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.”‘ (Exodus 31:17)
What was the purpose for the commandment of taking one day off in the week? The Jews were finally set free from their bondage in Egypt that had consumed them for 400 years with no days off from work. Their gift of rest mimicked the way in which God had rested from His work after He completed the creation of the world in six days.
So the word Sabbath has the meaning; to rest, to cease from work, a time of relaxation and recess. The next question might be, rest from what type of work? Is it physical, mental or spiritual? Within the brilliance of the New Covenant life style, the Sabbath rest goes beyond taking time off from physical labor on a 7th day. Christians mustn’t side-track themselves on a certain day or type of physical labor. Instead, we have a 24/7 awareness of the completed character of Christ transferred into our new creations. The quality of that spiritual work is perfect (Hebrews 10:14), complete, (Col. 2:10), glorious (Col, 1:27), and full of life (Col. 3:4).
We rest, not form the things God has called us to do, but from the work of trying to build our “Christ-likeness.” Many Christians mistakenly claim, and hope, they can be “like Christ.” The reality is we already are by being baptized into His life. (Galatians 3:27). We are now free to experience it instead of trying to build it, thus we place our trust in Christ and thank Him for making something we could never do. How is this lived out with ourselves and others? Our victory and success comes from how well we understand and appreciate our gift and ability to
‘rest in Christ.”
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The purpose for Spiritual Rest (Text), Genesis 2:1-3
2 Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. 2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from 2.11 His work which He had done. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
The Commandment to Keep the Sabbath, Exodus 31:16-18
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Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. 17 It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.'” 18 And when He had made an end of speaking with him on Mount Sinai, He gave Moses two tablets of the Testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God.
Enter the Rest, Hebrews 4:9-12
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There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceasedfrom his works as God did from His. 11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall (failing to live by grace) according to the same example of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and ofjoints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Promise of Rest, Matthew 11:28-30
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Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. ‘
The Finished Work of Christ in Us, Colossians 1:26-29
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This mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. 27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: is Christ in you, the hope (assurance) of glory. 8 Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. 29 To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.
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And you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. Colossians 2: 10

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