God’s Rest

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Paul says in 1 Corinthians 11:23 (KJV) For I have received of the Lord that which also I
delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took
bread:

:24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body
which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

:25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is
the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me .

:26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till
he come.

You do proclaim the Lord’s death. That is proclaimed at the communion. So what is the death of the
Lord Jesus Christ? It’s the crucified Christ. That is what we proclaim. It’s in the cross. That is why
Paul says in 1 Corinthians 1:18 for the preaching of the cross is to them that perish
foolishness; but unto us who are saved it is the power of God. Then he goes on in v 22-23
to say the Jews and the Greeks are looking for signs, yes, but they don’t take the cross. (My own
words, you know) Again to us, it’s the power of God, so the cross is the power of God. The Crucified
Christ.

1 Corinthians 2:1-5 He talks about how he came to them and he said: ‘I want to know nothing
amongst you, nothing …’ He emphasised it about three times in the Amplified: ‘I want to know
nothing amongst you except Christ and Him crucified.’

So, why the importance of the Crucified Christ? Colossians 2:12-15 The letter of guilt that stood
against us, that was arranged against us, to condemn us, to judge us, He took it out of the way. He
wiped it out of the way, cancelled it by nailing it to the cross and by nailing it to the cross, He
disarmed principalities and powers and made a public display of them, openly, so it’s all in the
crucified Christ.

That’s why the importance is there of taking the communion, of sitting together, realising and
remembering how Christ died for us and the benefits that are in the crucified Christ. Why the
crucified Christ? To understand it, we have to go back to Abraham, because this is where it all
started. You know, it started before that, but in Abraham.

Galatians 3 v 8 (KJV) and the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen
through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, in these shall all nations
be blessed. He says the gospel was beforehand preached to Abraham. He says God foreseen that
He would bless the Gentiles. There was a foreseeing in God that He was going to bless us. That is
why, beforehand, He preached the gospel to Abraham. I think we’ve explained this many times. So,
there’s a time period in history, you know, beforehand. God foresaw… So beforehand, God foresaw
… If we can get this. It may sound stupid, but this is one of my greatest revelations that made me
what I am.

Beforehand, God foreseen that He was going to bless us, preached the gospel to Abraham.

Galatians 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law… So somewhere inbetween, there was the law.

Somewhere the law came in, it was added because of transgressions and unrighteousness. Ok, but it was only for a time period.

Christ redeemed us, so the law condemned us. Remember the letter of guilt, the law judged us, the
law made us feel guilty all the time. The law, you know, bound us. We couldn’t be free and you could
go on and on and on. But Christ has redeemed us. This is still Galatians 3:8 beforehand, God
foresaw that He was going to bless us, beforehand preached the gospel unto Abraham, saying: ‘In
you all nations shall be blessed.’ So Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being
made a curse for us, for it was written: Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree. Here it comes: so
that the blessings of Abraham foresaw might come upon the Gentiles and we might receive the Spirit
by faith, the promise.

In other words: God gave the promise there, but then the promise was postponed, because the law
was added and it brought condemnation, judgement, guilt, it bound people, cursed people, till a
certain time in history when the crucified Christ came to be.

So in the night the Lord Jesus Christ was betrayed, He took the bread and said: This is my body
broken for you, do it in remembrance of me. Then he took the cup and said: This is the New Testament in my blood, take it in remembrance of me and so you will proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

The communion … it’s important to remember that beforehand the Gospel was preached, because
God foresaw that there’s going to be blessings, so He preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham.

How did he do it?

In Genesis 22 God said: Abraham, take your son, your only son and go to the mountain Moriah and
offer him. So he took his son and he said: Stay here, the lad and I are going to worship .Not going to offer, we’re going to worship. Up the mountain, here came Isaac and he said to his father: ‘The fire is here, the wood is here, but where’s the offering?’

And you should check the Amplified Bible. Abraham said: God will provide … Amplified, King James,
Amplified. God will provide Himself the Lamb. God will not provide a lamb; God will provide Himself
The Lamb. God will provide Himself The Lamb.

In the Book of Revelation you read that John saw a lamb. No, not just a lamb, a Lamb as it was
slain. In other words: What did he see? The slain Lamb, the Crucified Christ; over and over the
importance of the Crucified Christ.

So, here it comes, it says: the promise that was made. So here comes the greatest part of the
promise that I want to share with you. In Hebrews 3 and 4 he says there remains a promise. The
amplified says: There remained a promise that is left over. Help us Jesus!!

There remain a promise and it is left over. In other words: God gave the promise, it remains and is
left over.

So beforehand, in His forseen power, God gave the promise that the blessing would come. This
promise is left over and it remains for a certain day called today. …This promise is left over and it
remains, in other words: it is hanging in the air, it’s a postponing promise. What is this promise? The
promise to enter into His rest, so He goes on in Chapter 4 there comes a certain day … today,
where God rested of His works, He calls it labour.

In Genesis 2 he talks about how God created everything, and this is the creation. In 7 days God
created the heavens and the earth. Then God made man and stuff like that and on the 7th day God
rested from all his works. Now traditionally everyone accepted God rested.

But if you read Hebrews 4, he says: The fact that God rested from His works, is left over and as a
remainder for a certain day. So he says if Joshua gave them the rest, then Joshua would not have
spoken of another day. He says: Therefore David spoke of another day, called today, wherein God
would give them rest. So he says Joshua didn’t give them that rest David spoke of the day when God
would give them the rest but both of them refer to God, resting from His works. God resting from His
labour was postponed.

God beforehand knew that He was going to bless people with the promise. In the foreseen power of
God, He beforehand said: ‘ Abraham , I’m going to bless all people in a certain day called today,
where Christ will redeem us from all the curses and condemnation, by being made a curse for us, by
dying on the cross. The rest of God didn’t come through in Adams time. It did not come in Joshua’s
time. It didn’t come in David’s time.

How do I know God didn’t rest?

Because right through the Bible in the Old Testament, God killed people. He said: ‘I am the God who
makes alive; I am the God who kills.’ Don’t look so ugly, you are a grace people.
The Bible says:

Moses stood up when the three band- members, Korah, Dathan and Abiram stood up against him and
he said: ‘If God will do a thing today that he has never done before, you will know that I am God’s
servant and I’m doing these things on God’s Word.’ And God opened up the earth and God
swallowed up those people alive in flames of hell. Num 16:31-32 Satan was not involved.

Who killed Jezebel? The Bible says: And God said: ‘The dogs will lick up your blood in the streets.’

Who killed Ahab?

Who killed 184,000 people by sending an Angel of the Lord? Was the Angel motivated by Satan or
did God do it?

Why did God kill the people? Because God had no rest. God was judging and condemning people.

You don’t have to look like that. It wasn’t grace, yes it’s tough. The Old Testament isn’t a book of joy,
it is destruction, it is war. Who was involved?

Who killed Pharaoh? Who closed the Red Sea?

People of grace are scared to say this stuff, because they say they are going to touch God. No –nono … Read the Bible. God calls a certain day: “Today, if you will hear my voice.” Right through the Old Testament.

Genesis 2:2 he said: … and God rested from his works. This is going to remain; I’m going to leave
it over,

I’m going to repeat it again to Abraham; that my foreseen power actually in Genesis I already that I
want to rest. I will repeat it to Joshua, then I am going to repeat it to David, but Abraham, I am
going to speak it to you and every time it is going to be postponed. It’s going to be a promise … the
whole thing. Till a certain day, where Christ will be nailed to a tree; where God will provide Himself
the Lamb.

What happened when Adam and Eve sinned? Where did they get their clothes? Where did sacrifices
come from? How did Abel know to sacrifice a lamb?

So, right in Genesis, the first people that sinned; God killed a lamb, took the skin and gave it to
them and clothed them as a promise that He Himself would become a lamb. Did God rest? No, He immediately was on the work, killing a Lamb, bringing His own sacrifice.

Is anybody getting it?

God never rested. God says: ‘The battle is not yours, the battle is mine’, and God just killed people
right through the Old Testament. I promise you, the days we’re living in, people are scared to say
what I am saying now, and people are scared to say that God is like that. Why don’t we throw the
Bible away? “No brother, God will not do it.” It never said Satan did it. It never said the Devil did it.

God says: ‘I am the Lord that maketh alive and I am the Lord that kills.’

Again, who opened the Red Sea for the Jews to go through and who closed it? Oh!

Who killed the first born of the Egyptians? Oh

Who sent the mosquitoes and the frogs? Oh

So did God rest?

You can go read it in Hebrews 4 .It was left over, it remained that God said: ‘I will rest.’ So God
talks about a certain day and what is that day? When Christ came to do what? To be offered. The
Lamb, the final sacrifice, to take us out of the law, to take us into something brand new.

The promise of the testament is only valid if the testator dies. Who’s the testator?

So what is all history about? Where’s the centre of all History. What do we base our faith on? Where
do we get our healing from, our salvation from and our blessings from? From the crucified Christ. So
God is busy- busy -busy -busy.

Here comes God in flesh on the cross… “Father, forgive them, they do not know what they do.” All
of a sudden, God in flesh; drops his head and says: “It is finished.” And God rested.

When God in flesh dropped His head, all condemnation stopped, all judgement stopped, all guilt
stopped, all curses stopped and the Promise of the rest …and never again.

There is now therefore no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. ‘So when you eat this
bread, remember my death. I have entered the rest.’

How do I know it? He said: “And He sat down”. Did God sit before? No, He was always on the go.

In Hebrews 1 … sat down … sat down … sat down … Hebrews 3, Hebrews 4 … sat down …

Hebrews 10 … sat down … Hebrews 12 … He sat down…

What’s God doing? He’s Resting!

Sat down … sat down … sat down. What’s God doing? He’s resting. How do I know it? He’s not
judging, He’s not condemning you. So what do I need to do?

Take the bread and say: ‘Thank you, Lord. I’m free! No more judgement, no more guilt, no
more condemnation.’

What does that mean? Hebrews 4. Now I can come boldly to the Throne of Grace, and I can find
mercy and I can find health. Why? God, in His rest is saying: ‘Come my child, come rest.’ If I have
no condemnation, if my heart doesn’t condemn me, whatsoever I ask, I receive.

WHY?

God is not going to kill me.

God is not going to slam me.

God is not going to beat me up.

God is there to say: “What can I do for you?” You must come with an attitude of rest. If you come
with an attitude of stress and anxiety … no -no –no- no!

Cast your cares on Him.

Throw your anxieties on Him.

God is not killing or destructing anymore.

God is ready to help you. And that’s why we sit around the communion table and say: “Thank you
Jesus, it is finished.”

God entered into his Rest. God entered into his Rest.

The postponing thing is over.

The day has arrived. Amen.

 

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