|Hebrews 4:10 |
10 For he who has entered into his rest, has also ceased from his own works,3 as God did from His. [To cease from your own works, done by your own will, cease your own plans, cease your own decisions, and instead to be directed by God to do His will on earth as in heaven, which works are then to His glory, which works are prompted by and energized by Him.]
3 For he who has entered into his rest, has also ceased from his own works, as God did from His. To cease from your own works is to be directed by God, to do His will on earth as in heaven, which works are then to His glory, which works are prompted by and energized by Him.
The great early Quaker, Isaac Penington, contrasts the Jewish Sabbath day vs. the Christian sabbath or rest: "Their [the Jews] outward sabbaths were not the lasting Sabbath or rest of the gospel, but given them for a sign; but the day of redemption from sin, the day of resting from sin, the day of ceasing from the dead works of the flesh, the day in which God is all, and does all by his Spirit and power inwardly, and in which he alone is exalted. This is the day of rest, which the Lord has made for the spiritual Israel, and in which they are glad and rejoice."
We even cease from our own thoughts, all thoughts supplied by God: Casting down all our own decisions, and every barrier that is raised up against the wisdom from God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 2 Cor 10:5
There are three that bear witness in earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; these three agree as one. 1 John 5:8. From George Fox's Letter Letter 265.
The third witness is his blood, with which the hearts of people are sprinkled, and their consciences are sprinkled with the blood of Jesus. As Moses sprinkled the outside of the posts, etc. with the blood of bulls and goats; which blood of bulls and goats, Christ's blood ends, which sprinkles the heart and conscience of people. So this blood of Jesus Christ, the heavenly man, is felt in the hearts and consciences of people; by which blood they are sanctified, they are cleansed from all their dead works, to serve the living God, and to serve their dead works no longer.
This witness of blood sprinkled in your conscience is not to be imagined or assumed. It is to be witnessed, as in experienced; and afterwards you are prompted by God to do his works with his energy and power provided.