In John 3:5, Jesus answered, “ I tell you the truth, no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit .( Please note that any time and every time the word SPIRIT begins with a capital letter then the Bible is simply talking of the Holy Spirit. On the other hand, if you see SPIRIT begin with a small letter, then what is been referred to is the human spirit or any other spirit. Different translators of the English Bible use capital letters to distinguish things pertaining to God- like ‘Word’ of God begins with a block letter while ‘word’ of man small letter).
Also in Hebrew 4: 9, the writer of the book wrote by the inspiration of the Spirit thus:
There remains then a Sabbath rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his work, just as God did from His. Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience (please read that book for yourself, I mean you have it don’t you?!)
Could God’s rest be His Kingdom or is His rest contained in His Kingdom?
Mutant Matthew wrote the exact Words of Jesus in his book: “but seek ye first The Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you. Matthew 6: 33. By ‘these things’ he was talking about the usual things that bother humans and other living things. And please what is even this whole righteousness thing ‘God’s righteousness’ all about? Do I have to continue trying my best so that God would approve of me? Let us take a peek into the Bible.
Romans 3: 10 “ There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God… so this means that my best or my righteousness isn’t good enough, in fact ‘some’ Scripture calls it ‘filthy rag’. Now from verse 21, “but now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believed. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus”
Also in Romans 5: 17: For if, by the trespass of the one man(Adam), death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the obedience of the one man(Jesus, second Adam) the many will be made righteous.
In mathematical terms, let us do some simple substitutions:
If The Kingdom of God =/ ≡ God’s rest/ Rest of God,
If Grace = God’s gift of righteousness
→ Matthew 6: 33 =
But seek ye first the rest of God and accept His Grace and all these things will be given to you
“But the first thing you should do is to enter God’s rest and accept His grace which is simply by believing, then all those things that bothers an average human being would just come as a mere consequence”.
It is established that we enter God’s Kingdom or Rest by faith.
NB: the symbol ‘=’ means ‘equal to’, /, means ‘or’, ≡ means ‘equivalent to’, and → means ‘this implies that’.
Finally, Jesus called out in Matthew 11: 28 (MSG):
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me- watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythm of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill- fitting on you. Keep Company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly”.
Jesus promises a life free from the works and struggles of life and religion. However, the only work required from God is in John 6: 29:
Jesus answered “the work of God is this, to believe in the one He has sent” (NIV)
What an easy yoke, GLORY!