Church of Jesus EM

Sun, Aug 27, 2017

The House For My Soul

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The House for My Soul
(Jn14:1-6; 1Ti3:15)

God is the Lord of rest (Is14:3).
In Him is rest and
He repays with rest for those who suffer for His kingdom (2Th1:5-7).

Faith is knowing where my soul rests and longing for it, and
The life of this faith is obeying and enduring hardship in order to enter that rest (He4:1-11).

For home is a resting place like no other,
The soldier deployed to a combat field, the prison inmate or the homeless
All long to return to it.
It is the most comfortable place, set apart from others and where one can be free.

The three spiritual places in the life after death are:
1) The kingdom of heaven, the New Jerusalem or “the Father’s house” — God’s resting place (Jn14:2; Rev21:2, 10);
2) The dark place outside the city — where there is weeping and gnashing teeth (Mt25:30; Lk13:27-28); and
3) Hell, the burning sulfur, the lake of fire — where the smoke of torment rises forever and ever
(Mt25:41-42; Rev14:9-11, 19:20).

Deceived by the devil, the origin of sin who is
Contained in Hades until the great Day of judgment (Is14:12-15; Jude1:6),
Adam the ancestor of all men sinned (Ge3:4-6) having no way to return to God (Ge3:24) and
All men became restless wanderers, the fate and the original form of sinners (Ge4:14).

Abram left his father’s home and went to the land that God showed him (Ge12:1, 5)
Even though he did not know where he was going (He11:8).
Even in the promised land he lived like a stranger in a foreign country living in tents (He11:9).

His descendants, the Israelites, became strangers in a country not their own (Ge15:13) and
Finally entered the promised land after more than 430 years (Ex12:40-41) for
They were to long for the rest God would give them after the desert life (Dt8:15; Jer31:2).

The command for the Sabbath was for them to:
1) Remember — the Lord God created all things in six days and rested on the 7th day (Ex20:8-11)
and delivered them from their slavery in Egypt (Dt5:15);
2) Keep it holy — do not work but rest — neither your children, servants, strangers, livestock,
land (Ex20:10; Lev23:3) — do not go out, speak idle words, have entertainment or travel (Is58:13-14)
— anyone desecrating the day would be put to death (Ex31:14-17; Rm7:9).

Yet the people deserted the Sabbath and thus God cursed them (Eze20:24; Jer17:27).

In the sanctuary where the name Jehovah was, however,
The priests deserted the Sabbath by working and yet were innocent (Mt12:5)

Yeshua said, “Destroy this temple and I will raise it again in three days” (Jn2:19), because
Through the death and the resurrection of the temple of His body,
He would put an end to the Sabbath day Jehovah commanded Israel and
Give eternal rest to the souls of all men (Mt11:28-29) for
He is the Word in the beginning who created all things (Jn1:1-3, 14) who
Came as the Son of Man, greater than the temple for He is the Lord of the Sabbath (Mt12:1-8).

Thus He broke Sabbath by doing His work of healing (Jn5:9 , 9:14), for which
The Jews hated Him all the more (Jn9:16) and eventually put Him to death.

However, as He died, He said, “It is finished” (Jn19:30), declaring that He:
1) Finished the schedule of His pilgrimage of suffering distress and anguish in Hades and
commended His spirit to the Father (Ps116:3; Lk9:58, 23:46);
2) Condemned the devil who kidnapped men and made them restless wanderers (1Jn3:8); and
3) Tore His flesh and opened the way to the Father’s house for souls to return to Him (Jn14:6; He10:20).

He resurrected on the first day after the Sabbath (Mt28:1) and
Entered His rest in the Father’s house where He is
Seated on the throne as the Lamb of God with marks of suffering (Rev5:6).

The Holy Spirit calls and gathers the souls who received the name Yeshua and
Received the promise of entering eternal rest (He4:1)
Into the church of God, the house of God (1Ti3:15) where
There is welcoming, tears, joy, abundance and freedom (Lk15:22-23).
It is the house for my soul, the only place on earth where I can find rest.

The Sabbath — on the seventh day — the Creator finished His work and entered eternal rest;
The Lord’s Day — the eight day, “another day” or the first day of the week (Ac20:7; 1Co16:2;
He4:8; Rev1:10) — the Redeemer finished His work and entered His rest.

The Christian is he who puts effort to
Gather all the more, in addition to the Lord’s Day worship (He10:25; Rev1:10),
Pray (Col4:2), preach (2Ti4:2), serve (1Th4:11) and
Obey until the end in spite of hardship, persecution and weariness (He4:1-2, 9-11),
Living this world like a stranger
Since the promise of entering His rest still stands.

O Lord,
Now I know that
The temptations, the hardship and the obstructions were all the ways
You were urging us to return to eternal rest.
This rest!
Let us all taste it in church while alive on earth and
After we die enjoy it for eternity in the Father’s house. Amen.
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