Hebrews 13

Hebrews 13 wraps up this book and ends with a set of instructions on how we should live as Christ Followers:

  • Let brotherly love continue
  • Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares
  • Remember those who are in prison….and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body
  • Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled
  • Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have
  • Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God
  • Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith
  • Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings
  • Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name
  • Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have
  • Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account.

It is a very detailed list of how we should live.

The list is long and varied, covering relationships and people from every interaction we have.  The instructions cover those close to us, as well as strangers and those in prison.  The direction is all about how we live, and how we treat those in our patch.  The underlying principle is love.  God loves everyone around us, and through these verses we are given specific actions we can take to live out that love to those we touch.  There are warnings and there are actions.  But the key is that God’s given us some prescriptive guidance on how to live a life pleasing to Him.

This chapter also contains one of the most powerful truths in all of scripture.  “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever….we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me”? There are every few things in this world that are absolute certainties, but Jesus is exactly that.  We can know with confidence what He will be like today and tomorrow – exactly the same as He was yesterday.  There may not be any other things that carries the certainty that knowing Jesus.  And not only is He the same, He is our helper.  He is with us.  He has sent the Holy Spirit to minister in us and through us.  We can know it as truth!

The writer ends with a powerful benediction.  “Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever”.  God has a plan for us.  He will equip us to do His will.  We don’t need to try and do it on our own, because we can’t.  We merely need to align with His will and allow Him to use us.  That’s how we glorify God.  That’s how we serve our Lord and Savior as Christ Followers.

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