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HEBREWS 4:12-13

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Heb. 4:12a “For the Word…”

The writer of Hebrews used scripture as the basis for his discussion of God’s rest, because we can know nothing of God’s rest apart from the Bible. “Rest, this treasure, is found in Scripture. There it is deposited, revealed, declared, and laid up safe for the edification of the church in all ages” (Owen). To find rest, we must search the Scriptures. Thus, our writer emphasizes the importance of the written word.

Heb. 4:12b “…of God…”

Throughout Hebrews, our writer mentions God as the Speaker in Scripture. This divine inspiration, God speaking in and by the penmen of Scripture is the foundation of our faith. We must greatly reverence the Bible, as truly spoken by God.

Some read the Bible casually, but its greatest pearls are found by reading it with a sense of urgency and eagerness. The blessed man is one who “delighteth in the law of the Lord, and meditateth in it day and night” (PS 1:2). This attitude is found only in those who believe that God would “open his eyes, that he might behold wondrous things out of his law” (PS 119:18). The Psalmist knew God spoke in the written word, and therefore he knew he was assured of finding wondrous things therein.

When we accept Scripture as coming from God, we have no trouble believing it will be sufficient for our e

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Hebrews 4:16

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Heb. 4:16a “Let us…”

This is the call of someone inviting us to go with him. The author, a man like us, had often enjoyed the power of prayer.

Heb. 4:16b “…therefore…”

This word points back to our High Priest. We must use the infinite privileges, which Jesus has gained for us. Also, be ever mindful we pray “in Jesus name.” He is the sole reason for our right to pray.

Heb. 4:16c “…come…”

Believers have a great privilege. They are authorized to come into God’s presence. This eliminates distance between ourselves and God, one of the most formidable barriers to effective Christian service.

Under the Old Covenant, common people could not enter the Temple. At best, they came to the outer court. Only Priests could enter the Holy Place, and only the High Priest could enter the Holy of Holies. But in Christ, every believer, including the youngest, weakest, and most unlearned, is allowed to enter into the very presence of God.

Our Holy of Holies is not a private room in an earthly Temple, but an audience-chamber in Heaven itself. We do not catch God’s eye at a distance. We get His heart, and enjoy the very fullness of His love.

“Come” is present tense. It is something we should do constantly, continually. Form the habit of coming. We must always be in a state of constant dependence on