What the Patriarchs of the Old Testament called the "promise land", the book of Hebrews now calls the REST OF GOD.  What really brings us into the "rest" that only Jesus can give, is to understand certain aspects of His "rest" through the establishing of His New Covenant.  "For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth  and waxeth old is ready to vanish away".(Heb.8:13)  Watch the old pass away beginning with the prophecy of Jesus.

     "And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, see ye not all these things? There shall not be left here one stone upon another that shall not be thrown down".(Matt.24:2-3)  The old temple was replaced by bodies filled with the Holy Ghost; "What? know ye not that your body is the temple (new temple) of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own ? ((ICor. 6:19)  The natural Jew is replaced with the "spiritual Jew". "But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter, whose praise is not of men but of God.(Rom.2:29)

     The old covenant is replaced with the new covenant; "Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances, for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;(Eph.2:15)
Judaism is replaced by being baptized into Christ. "For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.(ICor.12:13) "Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; Now we know the law of Moses was against us, could this be the weapon that was formed against us that cannot prosper thanks to Jesus our Savior!  GRACE IS TRULY BETTER THAN LAW!

     How much better is the New compared to Old ? "By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament".(Heb.7:22) Extended translations tell us the new covenant is much stronger and of a greater force with Jesus Himself becoming our Guarantee! Without saying Jesus offers a better priesthood, not only is it described as unchangeable but also eternal.A better high priest, with better blood, that offers better sacrifices and a brand new better resurrection!
The "promise land" and God's covenant of promise to Abraham, are both fulfilled in Christ. "That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between 
us".(Eph. 2:12-14)  Let's all cease from sweat and toil, and Rest in the Sovereign Victorious Jesus!


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