Correspondence: Works and Rest; 1 Pet. 3:19;John 13:1; To and Fro in Dan.12:4

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Ans. God had wrought in creation and then rested from His works when He had finished them, but man did not enter into it. Neither did Joshua nor David give God's people rest; so that the rest of God is still future, and believers will enter into it. We are to take care not to appear like coming short of it. It is laboring now as Christians; it will be resting when God's rest comes.
All taint of sin shall be removed,
All evil done away;
And we shall dwell with God's Beloved,
Through God's eternal day.
Ques. Did the wicked who were drowned at the flood, go into everlasting punishment in Sheol, or did they have another chance when Christ preached to the spirits in prison? (1 Peter 3:1919By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; (1 Peter 3:19).)
There is no preaching or offer of salvation to a man after death. There was no preaching in the prison. The Spirit of Christ preached through Noah to the people who lived at his time, then they were drowned, and their souls are in prison for their disobedience to the preaching.
When Christ died, His spirit went to the Father.
His body was put in the grave. Then He arose, and after forty days He ascended up on high. He is now the Man at God's right hand. It is a man-spirit, soul and body-that ascended. He had been in death, but could not be holden of it. That was “the lower parts of the earth." When He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive. Satan is vanquished, and we are set free, sharing His triumphs now over sin, death and Satan's power. This is our blessing now, as brought to Himself to share His place before and with His God and Father.
Ans. Christ's love is eternal, it cannot cease, nor change. It is proved by what He did on the cross (Eph. 5:2525Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; (Ephesians 5:25)).
In the glory we will still feast and delight our souls in His love. So here on the journey until it end, we can count on Him to care for and provide all we need, spiritually and temporally. There is no end to His love. "The end" here, must therefore mean, all the way through (see also Heb. 7:2525Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:25)).
Of Him and His love will we sing,
His praises our tongues will employ,
Till heavenly anthems we bring
In yonder bright regions of joy.
Ans. It is the last days of Israel's history under the times of the Gentiles. Another translation puts for "run to and fro," "shall diligently investigate." The Psalms, Prophets, Gospels and Revelation will be well investigated, and guidance given to both converted Jews and Gentiles then, where the Gospel of the Kingdom is preached. It is not yet. Daniel's book is still sealed.
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