Enter God’s Rest
(1) Therefore, since the promise of entering God’s rest still remains, let us fear that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. (2) For we also have had God’s gospel (good news) proclaimed to us, just as Israel did; but God’s word that they heard did not benefit them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed. (3) Now we who have believed enter God’s rest, just as God said in Psalm 95:11, “So I declared an oath in my anger, ‘They will never enter my rest.’ ” And yet God’s work was finished since the creation of the universe, (4) for as Genesis 2:2 tells us, “On the seventh day God rested from all his works.” (5) Again, it is written in Psalm 95:11, “They will never enter my rest.”
(6) Therefore since it still remains for some to enter God’s rest, and since the people of Israel who had the gospel message proclaimed to them did not go in because of their disobedience, (7) God again established a new day, calling it “Today.” This he did when a long time later he spoke through David in Psalm 95:7-8, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” (8) For if Joshua had given Israel rest, God would not have spoken of a future day. (9) So there remains a Sabbath rest for God’s people, (10) but all who enter God’s rest must rest from their own works, just as God rested from his. (11) Therefore, let us make every effort to enter God’s rest, so that no one will perish by following the example of Israel’s disobedience.
God’s Living Word
(12) For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any double-edged sword. It penetrates even to the division of soul and spirit, joints and bone marrow, and it judges the deep thoughts and motivations of our hearts. (13) Nothing in all of creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and exposed before the eyes of God to whom we must give an account for how we have lived our lives.
God’s Throne of Grace
(14) Therefore, since we have a great high priest—Jesus, the Son of God—who has ascended into heaven, let us hold strong to our confession of faith. (15) For we have a high priest who is able to identify with our weaknesses, because he was tempted in every way as we are—but he never sinned. (16) Let us then approach (draw near to) God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we can receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.