“Let us fear therefore, lest haply a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to have come short of it.” Heb.4:1
I have recently become more and more aware of the importance of the heavenly ministry of Jesus. Most people have little understanding of this current ministry of Jesus and are only focused on what He accomplished in His earthly ministry. You see His death on the cross was always aimed at more than just forgiveness of sins and everlasting life. It was focused on the ultimate goal, the quality of our new life in Christ. Christ not only died for us, He entered into heaven for us. He is seated at the right hand of God and Paul said that we are currently seated together with Him. Christ entered into this heavenly life in the presence of the Father to show us the way, Jesus is the way into this new life behind the veil right now. This isn’t just for Christians when they die, absolutely not, it is for us now. This is the source of the enjoyment and power of our Christian life. Here are some thoughts from Andrew Murray on today’s verse.
“We have seen that with Israel, after its deliverance from Egypt, there were two stages. The one, the life in the wilderness, with its wanderings and its wants, its unbelief and its murmurings, its provocation of God and its exclusion from the promised rest. The other, the land of promise, with rest instead of the desert wanderings, with abundance instead of want, and the victory over every enemy instead of defeat: symbols of the two stages in the Christian life. The one in which we only know the Lord as the Savior from Egypt, in His work on the cross for atonement and pardon. The other, where He is known and welcomed as the glorified Priest-King in heaven, who, in the power of the “endless life, sanctifies and saves completely, writes God’s laws in the heart, and leads us to find our home in the holiest of God’s presence.”
So there you have it, the children of Israel left Egypt by faith but a whole generation never entered the “rest of God” because of unbelief. This is a picture of the person who believes in Christ’s death, understands forgiveness of sins and eternal life, but never enters into the full life of the Spirit not seeing Jesus in His present day heavenly ministry. After all, this Heavenly Priest King is the Baptizer in the Holy Spirit.