There remains therefore a rest to the people of God.
I. THE GREAT FACT WHICH IS HERE IMPLIED. That God has a people — a people who are peculiarly His own and devoted to His service.
1. Let us look into the past history of the Church. What illustrious examples of faith, and piety, and real devotedness to God do we discover!
2. In the present day there ate many such.
3. If we look at prophecy, we shall find that the number of God's people are numerous indeed.
II. SOME TRIALS IN" THEIR CHARACTER.
1. The real servant of God, to whatever community or church he may belong, is deeply convinced of the value and importance of personal religion.
2. The true servant of God renounces self and all else as a ground of dependence in the sight of God, and depends entirely on the atonement, sacrifice, blood, and righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ.
3. He cultivates universal holiness of heart and life.
III. THE FUTURE DELIGHTFUL AND GLORIOUS PROSPECTS OF THE TRUE CHRISTIAN. Lessons:
1. The awful state of those who do not come up to this character.
2. How great are the obligations of real Christians to serve God.
3. How amiable is the character of the real Christian!
(D. Ruell, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.