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Faith & trust in God's Word... (Hebrews 13:1-25)Mike Bucher, 03/03/2019
We are finishing the book of Hebrews with chapter 13.
This book was written to encourage Jewish Christians to not go backwards to the law of Moses... to show that Jesus is enough. It compares all we have in Jesus with what they had in the old covenant and it shows that what we have is better.
The writer shows the key issue is faith & trust in God's word. He gives examples of those who lived this faith in their lives. This last chapter tells us how to live in light of this faith.
Today, there is a real disconnect between what people profess they believe and how they live their lives. Basically, their lives contradict what they profess. If we have true faith, it changes how we live. If there is no change in how we live, then we have a false faith, an empty profession.
Hebrews addresses many areas of life. We are to have brotherly love toward each other. We are to reach out to others and show God's love to strangers. He addresses what a blessing marriage is but gives a serious warning to those who live in sexual sin. God will judge this. It is not a joke.
The writer warns us about "loving money". Our hearts are to be content with Jesus alone. He is enough. He makes clear that God's grace is our foundation. He shows how that we have access to God, through Jesus, so that we can praise God by thanking Him in word and deed. These are all practical things that show that our faith is real.
The world needs to "hear" about God, but even more so, it needs to "see" people who truly live for Him. The world will not believe in Jesus if His people dishonor Him with their lives.
This book of Hebrews is extremely rich and full of life. It ends with this powerful chapter that we all need to hear and apply.
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1Let brotherly love continue. 2Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. 3Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body. 4Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. 5Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. 7Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. 8Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. 9Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. 10We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. 11For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. 12Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. 13Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. 14For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. 15By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. 16But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. 17Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. 18Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly. 19But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner. 20Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. 22And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words. 23Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty; with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you. 24Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you. 25Grace be with you all. Amen. (KJV)