In Hebrews 1:3 we read how the Lord Jesus Christ, “when He had by Himself purged our sins, SAT DOWN on the right hand of the Majesty on High.” Sitting indicates His work was all-sufficient and finished! The tenth chapter of the same book tells us why He sat down:
Before we look at the four Sabbath day conflicts between Jesus of Nazareth and Israel's leaders, let's first consider that we should note that Israel was a that time a theocratic nation. Israel's religious leader, the Elders, Chief Priests, Pharisees, Saducees, and Sanhedrin were the ruling government of Israel, overseeing both the religious and secular life of Israel.
The following describes the rest and secure relationship that is available to every Christian... by faith. We each should come to know the Lord personally, as our loving Father. We have this relationship because of His grace extended to us when He intervened and saved us. His purpose was much more...
Paul is the Apostle to the Gentiles (Rom 11:13). Paul says we are "under grace" and "not under 'the law" that was given to Israel. Romans 6:14b ... ye are not under the law, but under grace. The law was not and is not for the Gentile "body of Christ," so any law regarding "the sabbath" is irrelevant to us as members of "the body of Christ."
Faith is among the most precious treasures any person can possibly possess. It's a shame that so few understand what the Bible teaches about faith. If they understood faith, its source, and its rewards, they would cease for their futile religious efforts in trying to earn God's favor. They would find the rest that is available only in trusting Christ in all their daily living.
Today there's lots of talk about being "spiritual." By this most mean one has some interest in that which is beyond the physical realm. Some may say of another, "He's a Christian you know, he believes in God and is quite spiritual." Well, the Devil believes in God and that does not make the Devil a Christian. For some this leads to the occult and other deceptions, but for some this may be the first indication of a spiritual awakening and that may lead them to find the Lord as their Savior.
The "Sense of Life" is the subjective personal consciousness we as believers have by the "Spirit of Life in Christ" in us. It is the normal experience of living by His life. The "sense" we have of His life is another, deeper, consciousness within us. It is the sense of Christ in us as the new us at our core.
Jesus came to Israel saying, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you REST.” (Matt. 11:28) Jesus first offered His “rest” to Israel, who then was under “the Law” and under Israel’s corrupt religious leaders (Matt. 23:2-4, 33). God offers rest to all those of all dispensational ages who would only ‘trust in Him.’
The ‘At Rest’ Christian
a Multi-Part Study Series by Arthur J. Licursi
Religion, practiced through human self-effort, has long been God’s enemy and the greatest hindrance to the blessed “REST” available to genuine grace believers who are in an unbreakable union with
the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Bible tells us Satan, that "old Serpent," was defeated at Calvary and his headship over the world of humanity was powerfully dealt with. Hebrews 2:14 says that our Savior, by His death, "destroyed" him who "holds the power of death." We know from the word of God that the Devil himself is not actually "destroyed," because he will only later, at the end of the ages, will be "cast into the lake of fire" (Rev 20:10).
How can we explain this apparent contradiction? Is the Devil destroyed or not?