Dr. Brown recently argued that Christians still have to “work” to enter into the rest of God. Hence the hyper-grace teachers are in error to teach that there is nothing more for the believer to do in relation with God. This is the verse that referred to.
11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.
It is imperative for us to realize that this verse is written on about AD 63. This making “every effort to enter God’s rest” is actually a warning to the Jews about the impending destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem which the writer referred to “judgment and raging fire” in Hebrews 10:26.
The Temple and Jerusalem were destroyed in AD70. Those who heeded the words of Jesus in Matthew 24 fled Jerusalem and headed to the hills and escaped the persecution and took the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
These are the believers that survived the “day of vengeance of the Lord”. Many of you will notice Jesus left out these words when he was reading the words of Isaiah in relation to the acceptable year of the Lord.
Hence the warnings about “today is the day of salvation, see to it you do not harden your hearts” is about leaving the Temple worship and the keeping of the Law. The rest that they were to “labour” was about escaping the judgment that is to come and thereafter finding rest.
Hence, it was about something that at the time of writing had yet to happen. However, those who believed Jesus left Jerusalem (see the writer’s warning to go outside in Hebrews 13) found that rest.
Hence, when the writer told them to labour to enter into that rest, it was at the time of writing and it was before AD70. As such those statements about “entering into that rest” should be read now as “they managed to enter into that rest already”.
Hence dear friends, we have already entered into that rest. There is no more labour to do to enter a rest which you already have.
I hope I have cleared that up. Be at rest.