There remains therefore a rest to the people of God.
I. THE PERSONS FOR WHOM THIS REST IS DESIGNED. "The people of God."
1. By their eternal election of the Father (Romans 11:5).
2. By complete and final redemption (John 1:29).
3. By perfect righteousness imputed (Isaiah 45:24, 25).
4. By the renewing of the Holy Ghost (Colossians 3:10).
II. THE MANIFESTED DIFFERENCE IN GOD'S PEOPLE FROM THE REPROBATE, AFTER THEY ARE CONVERTED TO GOD BY THE HOLY GHOST.
1. in a deep sense of divine things (1 Corinthians 2:10).
2. Of their miserable state as sinners (Luke 5:31).
3. Of creature-insufficiency (Isaiah 64:6).
4. Of Christ's fulness (Philippians 3:8).
5. In a change of will and purpose (Song of Solomon 1:4).
6. A cordial covenanting with Christ (Jeremiah 50:5).
7. Persevering grace (Micah 7:8).
III. THE EXCELLENT NATURE OF THIS REST. ITS excellency is beyond the power of language to describe.
1. Purchased rest (Ephesians 1:14).
2. Gratuitous rest (Isaiah 55:1).
3. Peculiar rest (John 14:22).
4. Divine rest (Revelation 21:23).
5. Seasonable rest (Galatians 6:9).
6. Suitable rest (John 14:2).
7. Perfect rest (Revelation 21:4).
8. Eternal rest (1 Peter 5:10).
9. Of body and soul (1 Corinthians 15:57).It is a rest from pain, sorrow, disappointment, persecution, sin, lust, and infirmity; a rest of peace, joy, love, knowledge, freedom, and a rest in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.
(T. B. Baker.)
Parallel VersesKJV: There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.