Resting in the Finished Work of Christ

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Adam was created at the end of God’s work week. When Adam drew his first breath, the work was all done. The next day God rested from all his labor. There was no work for Adam to do. If he also rested on the Sabbath day, then he was resting in God’s finished work. All of creation was a gift to Adam. If, through some personal sense of pride or humiliation, Adam had attempted to contribute to the already finished creation, God would have been insulted. Instead, Adam did what we should do—rested in the finished work of God on his behalf.

When God said, "It is very good" and "It is finished," we should, like a child, believe God. One who believes will cease “𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘴, 𝘢𝘴 𝘎𝘰𝘥 𝘥𝘪𝘥 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘩𝘪𝘴” (Hebrews 4:10). It is time to cease laboring to create our own rest, and to labor to enter into the rest that Jesus has already provided. The only obstacles that we must labor to remove are those that keep us from believing like a child. “𝘚𝘪𝘳𝘴, 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘮𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘐 𝘥𝘰 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘥? 𝘉𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘷𝘦 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘰𝘳𝘥 𝘑𝘦𝘴𝘶𝘴 𝘊𝘩𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘵, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘵 𝘣𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘥” (Acts 16:30 - 31).

If God is satisfied with the finished work of Christ, let us believe and be satisfied also.

Micheal Pearl
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