023901 Finding God in the mysteries of every day-Free Devotional
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Hebrews 4: Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. 2 For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed. [ For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because] it was not united by faith in those who heard. NASB] 3 Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said,
“So I declared on oath in my anger,
‘They shall never enter my rest.’”
And yet his works have been finished since the creation of the world (NIV)
The subtle difference between the wo translations in the passage above can mean all the difference in the world. A preponderance of experience has taught me that the capacity for faith (which I believe is a God given gift 1 Corinthians 12:9) is a gift which while seemingly not universal may, in some measure, be a quality that resides in all of God’s human creatures needing but a catalyzing agent of some sort to awaken and give life to a dormant, but God given characteristic.
The Good News is simply this. Jesus has come and He has awakened the faith potential in all who come to know and love Him. Many will hear. Some will believe, it is enough. God has done all He said.
My faith is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness… It is enough that Jesus died and that He died for me. – Edward Mote | William Batchelder Bradbury-Public Domain