The seraph touched my mouth with it and said, “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.” Isaiah 6:7 (NRSV)
It is a better reading of the writer’s exhortation to see “God’s rest” as the process of sanctification in this life, a process that grants every believer peace from God that “passes understanding,” confidence in God, and a willingness to fully surrender to God’s will, guidance, empowerment, and word.
Here is where many people reading Hebrews can find themselves in a dilemma. If by “rest” the writer meant “eternal salvation,” then the example of the rebellious Israelites who could not enter the Promised Land becomes gravely problematical.
Habakkuk was to live by his faith in God, then he would see how God was at work.
All of us hit bottom sometimes, when there is nowhere else to look, but up, and that is the moment when God has our undivided attention.
even though Penal Substitutionary Atonement is an important concept, maybe even a foundational one, it is not the only important word on salvation, the gospel is so, so much more.