Hebrews 4 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 For as long, then, as that promise of resting in him pulls us on to God's goal for us, we need to be careful that we're not disqualified. 1 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 We received the same promises as those people in the wilderness, but the promises didn't do them a bit of good because they didn't receive the promises with faith. 2 For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith.
3 If we believe, though, we'll experience that state of resting. But not if we don't have faith. Remember that God said, Exasperated, I vowed, "They'll never get where they're going, never be able to sit down and rest." 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 work has been finished since the creation of the world.
4 Somewhere it's written, "God rested the seventh day, having completed his work," 4 For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: "And on the seventh day God rested from all his work."
5 but in this other text he says, "They'll never be able to sit down and rest." 5 And again in the passage above he says, "They shall never enter my rest."
6 So this promise has not yet been fulfilled. Those earlier ones never did get to the place of rest because they were disobedient. 6 It still remains that some will enter that rest, and those who formerly had the gospel preached to them did not go in, because of their disobedience.
7 God keeps renewing the promise and setting the date as today, just as he did in David's psalm, centuries later than the original invitation: Today, please listen, don't turn a deaf ear . . . 7 Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later he spoke through David, as was said before: "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts."
8 And so this is still a live promise. It wasn't canceled at the time of Joshua; otherwise, God wouldn't keep renewing the appointment for "today." 8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day.
9 The promise of "arrival" and "rest" is still there for God's people. 9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God;
10 God himself is at rest. And at the end of the journey we'll surely rest with God. 10 for anyone who enters God's rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his.
11 So let's keep at it and eventually arrive at the place of rest, not drop out through some sort of disobedience. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.
12 God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon's scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. 12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
13 Nothing and no one is impervious to God's Word. We can't get away from it - no matter what. The High Priest Who Cried Out in Pain 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
14 Now that we know what we have - Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God - let's not let it slip through our fingers. 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.
15 We don't have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He's been through weakness and testing, experienced it all - all but the sin. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin.
16 So let's walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help. 16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.