Text:“Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God…” - Hebrews 4:1, 8-11. Comment: Converts to Christianity were aliens to God in their days of ignorance because it is those who do His will that are actually on His side of favour. “The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.” - Psalm 145:18.
In his letter to the Christians at Ephesus, St. Paul pointed out that when they had not known Christ they were “strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world”. We should be glad that we who in time past were not a people, are now the people of God: “which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy”. (Ephesians 2:11-14;1 Peter 2:10) Those who had the opportunity of seeing the light of Christ must not just be calling him, Lord, Lord but must be strong in the faith, and be seen to be doing what they believe in. Apostle John stated, “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” - 1 John 1:5-7.