The Bible, with the Holy Spirit as its author, speaks exclusively.
When Jesus says, “Come to me all who are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest” he means what he says. He doesn’t say go to church or the civil magistrate or anyone or anything else for rest but come to Him. He provides rest for those who come to Him.
Since the language is exclusive you would follow the course of His message and ask what is rest and what does it mean to come to Him?
Rest is rest within the soul. Specifically eternal rest from the burden of sin, rest from the angst brought about by not being reconciled to God and rest from the hopelessness of life.
Coming to Jesus means come to His person which includes multiple levels: come to Him for salvation or forgiveness of your sins and therefore reconciliation with God; to receive the Holy Spirit who will teach and sanctify you and bear witness to your salvation; for confession of sin as our High Priest; for faith in His teachings; and for knowing God.
The exclusivity of the Bible eliminates any other possibility. When Jesus was asked “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?” He said, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.” In that statement Jesus eliminates any other possibility of what is the work of God.
The next question again would be what constitutes belief in Him. That will be addressed in the next post. But the point of this message is that you can trust the Bible. Read it in light of what has been said today: it is exclusive and enjoy delving into the truths it possesses.