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13) Hebrews - Chapter 4:9-13
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There remains therefore a Sabbath rest for the people of God.  There remains therefore, suggests that there is
something better yet to follow:
      a. Sabbath is a symbol of the rest yet to come.
      b. This is the consummation of the new creature in Christ.
      c. Jesus, Matthew 11:28-29: "Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden -."
      d. Rest fulfilled in Revelations 14:13: "And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the   
           dead which die in the Lord from henceforth.  Yea, saith the Spirit that they may rest from their labors, and       
           their works do follow them"  Also, Revelations 21:1-5.

"Rest" here is Sabbath rest, a state of rest:
      a. It is not a state of inactivity, but release from the body of sin.
      b. It is rest from this body of pain, sorrow and affliction.

Let us give diligence. . . that rest
Here is an exhortation to labor:
      a. Exertion of mind and body is a requirement of salvation
      b. This is a lawful work, in a world where men try other methods.
              1. 2nd Timothy 2:5: "-strive lawfully,"
              2. John 10:1: Some will be like thieves and robbers.

There is no room for predestination here, but there is an appeal to work.

"Living" is also translated "quick".

Some dispute whether the "word" is referring to Christ or the scripture:
      a. It is not the Old Testament law.  See 2nd Corinthians 3:7, it was a ministration of death.  Romans 4:15:
          worketh wrath.
      b. "The word" is probably not the personal word, but the word of the Person - the Gospel

The Word of God does not beat the air with emptiness.  It leads some to triumph: 2nd Corinthians 2:14: "But thanks
be to God who always leadeth us in triumph in Christ."

and piercing - The meaning is that it examines a man thoroughly.  It searches his thoughts and scrutinizes his will,
with all of its desires.

With a sword, man is content to pierce the heart, but God's word can delve into the inner man.  A sword can glance
off the bone of an enemy, but nothing can resist the power of God's word.

All things are naked - There is no covering, camouflaging, or deceit before God.

This may refer to a sacrificial term - an animal prepared for sacrifice was slain, and then cut open so that its
intestines were exposed to view.  It was carefully examined for imperfections.