It needs to be most carefully observed that in this verse the Holy Spirit employs an entirely different word for “rest” than what he had used in vv. 1, 3, 4, 5 and 8. There the Greek word is rightly rendered “rest,” but here it is “sabbatismos” and its meaning has been properly given by the translators in the margin—“keeping of a Sabbath.”
In this section of Pink’s The Attributes of God, he rightly dispels the notion of “common grace” by distinguishing between grace and mercy. He also combats the idea that grace and works somehow cooperate in our justification before God.
For whom did Christ die? From whom was the Father’s wrath turned away? What does it mean when John writes that Christ is the propitiation for the sins of the whole world?
A.W. Pink explains!
However men may quibble and wrest the Scriptures, one thing is certain: The Atonement is no failure. God will not allow that precious and costly sacrifice to fail in accomplishing, completely, that which it was designed to effect. Not a drop of that holy blood was shed in vain. In the last great Day there shall stand forth no disappointed and defeated Saviour, but One who “shall see of the travail of His soul and be satisfied” (Isa. 53:11). These are not our words, but the infallible assertion of Him who declares, “My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure” (Isa. 64:10). Upon this impregnable rock we take our stand. Let others rest on the sands of human speculation and twentieth-century theorizing if they wish. That is their business. But to God they will yet have to render an account. For our part we had rather be railed at as a narrow-minded, out-of-date, hyper-Calvinist, than be found repudiating God’s truth by reducing the Divinely-efficacious atonement to a mere fiction.
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