There remains therefore a rest to the people of God.
Heaven may be denominated a Sabbath, if the following reflections be seriously considered.
1. It may be so called for its repose. An eternal rest! Oh, happy thought, amidst the toils of the wilderness, amidst the fears with which we are now agitated, that we shall soon find rest; like the coming of eventide to the labourer, like the appearance of home to the traveller as he is advancing to repose amidst his household, so shall heaven be to the soul!
2. Heaven may well be called an eternal Sabbath for its sanctity. Holiness is its character, not holiness which arises merely from the absence of sin, but holiness which is inherent; that holiness whereby we are prepared in all we do, and all we enjoy, to possess more and more felicity, in proportion as we accomplish more and more the will of the great Creator. so that we are absolutely a living sacrifice to God throughout ceaseless ages.
3. Heaven may be denominated an eternal Sabbath for its services.
4. Heaven may be called an eternal Sabbath for its society. Never would the Church of Christ realise a fulness of fellowship but for the engagements of the Sabbath.
5. Heaven may be called an eternal Sabbath for its delights.
6. Heaven may be called an eternal Sabbath because of the termination of all secular eras and events. Just as the Sabbath crowns and hallows the week, so heaven comes at the close of time to crown and hallow the whole.
7. Heaven may be called an eternal Sabbath for the perpetual commemoration of the history of all things.
(R. S. McAll, LL. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.