Monday, April 13, 2015

Our Minds Rest in Jesus and His Work

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee." (Isaiah 26: 3)

When I had first read this passage, I was convinced that I had to be thinking and actively stopping my mind to be at rest in Him.

What does this passage say, exactly?

He keeps us in perfect peace, not the other way around. It is not our job to stay in Him. He keeps us in Himself:

1{A Psalm of David.} The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake." (Psalm 23: 1-3)
Who is our Shepherd? Jesus, the Great I AM, who was, is, and always will be (Hebrews 13: 8):
"I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep." (John 10: 11)
In this verse, we find "perfect peace" written, but the original reads "Peace Peace", which speaks of consummate, complete, and incalculable peace.
This peace, by the way, is a Person!
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9: 6)
"For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;" (Ephesians 2: 14)
Now, how to we trust in Him? We believe on Him, and what He did for us:
"Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent." (John 6: 29)
This Work occurred at the Cross:
"For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." (2 Corinthians 5: 21)
This reference, where Jesus became sin, speaks to the trespass offerings in the Old Testament:
"And thou shalt cause a bullock to be brought before the tabernacle of the congregation: and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands upon the head of the bullock." (Exodus 29: 10)
One of the first mentions of "stay" or "samak" appears in the above verse, where the high priest and his son rest their hands on the bullock, a picture of all our sins laid upon Jesus!
Our minds are at rest when we understand that in Jesus and His Work at the Cross, all our work is done, and He is now at work in us and through us, causing us to reign in life with Him, the Prince of Peace!

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