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Pamphlet 1946 Hebrews kc 8-3

If you are just hanging around going to church and awaiting the Rapturemobile to come give you a ride to never-never land, you better take heed to the example of unbelief Paul has so patiently brought to our attention.

Perhaps it would help to understand the remainder of this 4th chapter of Hebrews concerning the "rest" we enter into through our labors, if we read what Paul wrote in Col. 2 concerning our completeness in Christ.

Col. 2:8
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
You watch out for men, especially preachers and ministers who claim to be Christ's representatives! Search the scriptures and check out what they teach to see if it aligns with His word, which is supreme over all!
[9] For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

[10] And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power:

You are complete in Christ, not in any ordinance, ritual, ceremony, day of the week, position of the sun, etc., etc.
[11] In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
Circumcision is also not of the flesh, but of the heart (mind). (See Rom. 2:29.)
[12] Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

[13] And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

You are made alive (quickened) by Jesus Christ, the Word of God from the beginning who came to this earth and paid the price, fulfilling the witness of Him contained in the law and the prophets, all of which was a foreshadowing teaching us as a schoolmaster all about Him. Again, if you have been a Christian for some time now and you think you know Jesus Christ and yet you are ignorant of His Word, you are deceiving yourself and headed for a great fall when Satan as the false-christ shows up.
[14] Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
All blood sacrifices and ceremonial ritualisms were nailed to the cross. For instance, we no longer go out on the 10th day of the first month and find an unblemished lamb and keep it until the 14th day and then kill it and eat it. Why not? Because Christ was the fulfillment of that law and so He became the sacrifice once and for all and now IS our Passover! 1 Cor. 5:7 "... For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us."
[15] And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
[16]Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
Do you need to follow man's traditions and be subject to the old ordinances or newly made ones instituted by man? Many say you must keep this day or that day in order to show yourself approved unto God. No, we keep Christ, the Word of God, who is our Passover, who is our Sabbath, our rest. The ordinances of old were but "shadowings" of Christ who became those things and in whom we are COMPLETE (vs. 10)!
[17] Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
Again, if someone tells you that you must keep this ordinance or that day or perform this ritual, you know what... they are really not believers in Jesus Christ but have become "religious" in that they subject themselves and others to the ordinances of old and/or follow the traditions of men. Think about it.

One more thing concerning the "day". Those who believe in Jesus Christ are the children of light (which light is Christ) and the children of the day, and thus it never becomes night for them for they remain in the light of "day"!

1 Thes. 5:5
Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
You see, a ritual or a day of the week cannot give you eternal peace of mind and rest. However, those who believe in Him have His rest every day, for every day in Him is a continuation of that "sabbath" day, a day in which His priests do labor.
Hebrews 4:10
For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased [rested] from his own works, as God did from his.
The fact that there is work which precedes the rest is so often overlooked! But now let your labor be your faith and trustworthiness as exampled by Moses and Jesus, and remain stedfastness in your profession (confession as a Christian). If you are just hanging around going to church and awaiting the Rapturemobile to come give you a ride to never-never land, you better take heed to the example of unbelief Paul has so patiently brought to our attention.

To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.

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