19. 1st John 2: 6…walk even as He walked (NKJV) (Unless otherwise indicated
February 28, 2020
The Cost of Discipleship
Matt. 11: 27 “All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one KNOWS the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone KNOW the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. 28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Thayer Definition: know=epiginōskō-1) to become thoroughly acquainted with, to know thoroughly
1a) to know accurately, know well
2) to know
2a) to recognize
2a1) by sight, hearing, of certain signs, to perceive who a person is
2b) to know, i.e. to perceive
2c) to know, i.e. to find out, ascertain
2d) to know, i.e. to understand
When Jesus spoke these words, no human being truly knew the Father as Christ knew Him. Neither was Christ truly known by any man as God the Father knew Christ. His followers knew Him according to the flesh (2nd Cor. 5:16), but He is not known in that way any longer. The Father and the Son were intimately connected in the spirit, we could say that the Spirit of God communed with Christ human spirit on a level that had never been known by any other man or woman until that time. We must get this concept in our thinking because if we don’t, we will never have the type of relationship with the Godhead They desire to have with us. Especially as He walked this earth as a man because we now walk this earth as men and women.
Knowing our God intimately is the most important thing a human being could ever accomplish in this life. However, it is not so much an accomplishment on our part, but it’s to whom the Son wills to reveal Him, i.e. the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matt. 11: 27). What are you saying Brother Bobby? Is Christ picking and choosing those who will become heirs of salvation? That a big NO. That would be the doctrine of predestination. The LORD goes on to say in Matt. 11: 28 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Even though the Bible says He knew us before the foundations of the earth, we must take into account His omniscience. The truth is He knew everyone before the foundations of the earth, however, salvation is granted to those who come to Him, those who labor and are heavy laden, to those who are willing to admit their need for salvation as it is revealed through the preaching of the Gospel. To these, and these only He will grant this rest.
I’m going to give you the definition of the word rest based on W. E. Vines Expository Dictionary of New Testament words and the way it was used. Afterward, I will rest my fingers:
(Noun and Verb)
anapausis (G372), “cessation, refreshment, rest” (ana, “up,” pauo, “to make to cease”), the constant word in the Sept. for the Sabbath “rest,” is used in Mat_11:29; here the contrast seems to be to the burdens imposed by the Pharisees. Christ’s “rest” is not a “rest” from work, but in work, “not the rest of inactivity but of the harmonious working of all the faculties and affections—of will, heart, imagination, conscience—because each has found in God the ideal sphere for its satisfaction and development” (J. Patrick, in Hastings’ Bib. Dic.); it occurs also in Mat_12:43; Luk_11:24; Rev_4:8, RV, “(they have no) rest” [KJV, “(they) rest (not)”], where the noun is the object of the verb echo, “to have”; so in Rev_14:11.
katapausis (G2663), in classical Greek, denotes “a causing to cease” or “putting to rest”; in the NT, “rest, repose”; it is used (a) of God’s “rest,” Act_7:49; Heb_3:11, Heb_3:18; Heb_4:1, Heb_4:3 (twice), RV (1st part), “that rest” (the KJV, “rest,” is ambiguous), Heb_4:5, Heb_4:11; (b) in a general statement, applicable to God and man, Heb_4:10.
anesis (G425), for the significance of which see EASE, B, is translated “rest” in 2Co_2:13, KJV (RV, “relief”); 2Co_7:5 (ditto); in 2Th_1:7, the subject is not the “rest” to be granted to the saints, but the divine retribution on their persecutors; hence the phrase “and to you that are afflicted rest with us,” is an incidental extension of the idea of recompense, and is to be read parenthetically. The time is not that at which the saints will be relieved of persecution, as in 1Th_4:15-17, when the Parousia of Christ begins, but that at which the persecutors will be punished, namely, at the epiphany (or out-shining) of His Parousia (2Th_2:8). For similar parentheses characteristic of epistolary writings see 2Th_2:10; 1Th_1:6, 1Th_2:15, 1Th_2:16.
sabbatismos (G4520), “a Sabbath-keeping,” is used in Heb_4:9, RV, “a sabbath rest,” KJV marg., “a keeping of a sabbath” (akin to sabbatizo, “to keep the Sabbath,” used, e.g., in Exo_16:30, not in the NT); here the sabbath-keeping is the perpetual sabbath “rest” to be enjoyed uninterruptedly by believers in their fellowship with the Father and the Son, in contrast to the weekly Sabbath under the Law. Because this sabbath “rest” is the “rest” of God Himself, Heb_4:10, its full fruition is yet future, though believers now enter into it. In whatever way they enter into divine “rest,” that which they enjoy is involved in an indissoluble relation with God.
koimesis (G2838), “a resting, reclining” (akin to keimai, “to lie”), is used in Joh_11:13, of natural sleep, translated “taking rest,” RV.
Note: In Act_9:31, KJV, eirene, “peace” (RV), is translated “rest.” To be continued…