Matthew 11:28-30 "Come unto me all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” God’s rest is where you cease from your own works, where the Holy Spirit begins to work in you; where you know that you are not your own, but absolutely possessed by God. The word “rest” means relief and ease and refreshment. It means recreation and blessed quiet. Jesus said my yoke is easy.
Colossians 1:15-16”He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers, all things were created through him and for him.” The word “image” is the word “eikon” in the Greek and it means likeness, outward and bodily image. It is the exact revelation and representation. The word “firstborn” is the word “protokos” meaning the firstborn of all creation.
1John 5:1,4-5” Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God. Whoever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” Romans 8:37”Yet in all these things (persecution, tribulation, famine, nakedness, peril, sword) we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” The potential and possession of every believer is the fullness of Christ.
Do we have a covenant with Almighty God or a testament? What is the difference, and does it matter? I believe that it is the difference between freedom and bondage. The focus of each is entirely different. One is effort. The other is rest. Hebrews 8:6”But now has he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant established upon better promises.” A “mediator” is the middle person that sees to it that the contract between parties stays fulfilled. 1John 2:1-2”My little children, these things I write unto you, that you sin not.