Missing the "Rest"
| It is simply a
historical fact that Joshua (called Jesus in Hebrews 4:8) led Israel into
the rest promised them in the land of Canaan. It is also a historical fact
that many missed that rest because of unbelief. They started out like
others but they disobeyed God and died in the wilderness. Because of this
God said, "So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my
rest" (Hebrews 3:11).
This tragedy is used as a warning to Christians lest they also fall away and miss the eternal rest that God has prepared for the faithful in heaven. "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God" (Hebrews 4:9). The example of the unbelief that overtook some of Israel can also be the case with Christians (Hebrews 4:11).
In the light of such strong evidence, how can anyone claim to be honest with the Scriptures and deny the possibility of apostasy? The whole book of Hebrews combats falling away. We can miss the promised rest.