Revelation 22:12 – Behold I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.
Our rest is in what the Father has done through Christ in providing salvation. We can rest in what He has promised for our future. The future is guaranteed for those who receive God’s love. Multitudes spend huge amounts of time worrying, even fearful of their future. The subject of death is not usually the hot topic at family get-togethers or the focus of parties. For the believer, though, it is an exciting area to think about because our eternal future is centered on the other side of the grave.
The river Jordan is seen as a type of the grave in Scripture. Israel was baptized into Moses as they crossed over from Egypt to Canaan or the “Promised Land. “All were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea” (1 Corinthians 10:2). Baptism speaks of the grave. In Baptism we die to the old man by joining Christ in death, but rise up in the new man as we participate in Christ’s resurrection (Romans 6:1-7). You could say that our hope in the future is manifested in the now.
As believers, we have peace and He has given us rest; we walk in power by the Holy Spirit. God’s love is a present reality. It is an eternal absolute. The believer has entered into an eternal position through Christ by the indwelling Holy Spirit. Our past is forgiven and forever cleansed. Our present is a daily walk in the eternal rest of God if we will receive what He has provided us. Our future is sealed by the promise of God through Christ’s resurrection. What a mighty God we serve!
Father, I thank You that my future is guaranteed in Christ. I receive Your love today. Help me Holy Spirit, in the weakness of my flesh, to trust You in all things. Empower me day by day to pass Your saving love on to others so that they too might know that their future is guaranteed in Your love.