“There remains therefore a rest to the people of God” (Hebrews 4:9). True faith in the true God, based on the revealed truth of His word must give peace. People generally are in turmoil. Now knowing where we come from, or where we are going makes for anxiety. The anxiety increases if, instead of the truth, lies are fed to people. Evolution and its accompanying philosophies and extrapolations do not assist. To sincerely tell people that we are here by accident in a universe that seems to get bigger with each new discovery in space, and then to be told that the planet is dying and global warming could see the end of most of us could even leave to panic. Panic does not help people’s emotional and mental well being. In the midst of riots, violence on the streets, and martial law imposed here and there on the globe, looting, rape, robbery and murder are commonplace. That is what uncertainty does to people.
The deepest and greatest rest that comes from faith in Christ is the absolute certainty of His words. His word and the Holy Spirit is all we have. It is also all we need!
“I am the way the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father but by me,” is so solid and repeated so often by Christians that it is possible to sound like a bit of a cliché. However the power and clarity of the Master claiming to be the absolute necessity of a relationship with God is an extremely High Definition premise for faith. “I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live,” takes the peace, security and solidity of purpose into the stratosphere. Everything about Jesus Christ goes beyond the grave. The mind cannot be rest in the assurance of such rock-like certainties as these.
Rest of mind, and certainty of acceptance, significance and purpose cannot but give peace and rest to the human being who is basing their life and thought processes on what Christ promised, and what He did to make the promises a reality.
The premise of faith in Christ is like an immoveable rock-like mountain. This is the rest for the people of God, a certain life, death and eternity thereafter neither earned nor offered as a result of works, but merely by entering into a relationship with God through Christ. What He did on the cross achieved all He came to make new, be it in heaven, earth or hell, impacting all things historical back to creation and all things future to the end of time and beyond. Jesus Christ is Lord of both the living and the dead. The King of all kings. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be at rest.
But having achieved a rest of faith, there desperately needs to be a fight of faith. 1 Timothy 6:12 exhorts us to “Fight the good fight of faith.” Christians are to be a fighting people. Nothing physical, but violent and war like just the same.
When Peter declared that he discerned that Jesus of Nazareth was, “The Christ, the Son of the Living God,” the Master responded by saying that what Peter had just spoken was a rock of divinely inspired revelation. “On this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” In modern English we would say that because of this armament received by the believers, that is the revelation of Christ, His person and His power, we are to wage war against hell itself, and the gates of hell will not prevail against the attacks of the Christ filled, bible believing Christians. The church is the aggressor in this war. The church is the organ of instigation of a violent spiritual war that is critical to the progress of mankind and their future.
It’s all about Jesus.
Armed with the word of God and the Holy Spirit (the same tools that brought the rest of faith) the propagation of the truth of the gospel in the power of that word and the Holy Spirit is the means of conquering hearts and lives across the globe. The promise He made is that He would be with us until the end of the age as Christians wage war on hell by making disciples. It is a matter of plundering hell, as Reinhard Bonnke declares.
The fight is a completely spiritual one. Truth in the power of the Holy Spirit and grace has more authority, and more explosive impact on people’s lives than anything physical could ever achieve.
The rest of faith is the premise for the fight of faith and the fight of faith is promised victory.