Nov. 10. Parting Thoughts from the Hebrews Writer

Heb. 13:1-25

The Hebrews writer ended his letter with some short exhortations leading toward bearing fruits of faith. “Let brotherly love continue.” Paul had admonished the Romans a command even of the old law to love their neighbors as themselves.

“Do not forget to entertain strangers…” Hospitality is an important fruit of a child of God. Kindness of Christians to one another builds faith, soothes sadness and hurt feelings, encourages the weak and gives hope to the downtrodden. Many people have become Christians because of the kindness and hospitality of a loving Christian relative, friend or neighbor.

“Remember the prisoners…” Christians are to reach out to all classes of prisoners, especially those who are in prison because of their faith. As the church is one body, all members feel the pain of a brother being mistreated.

“Marriage is honorable…” God instituted marriage in the Garden of Eden and Jesus performed His first miracle at a wedding feast. Man must not defile the dignity of marriage through improper and unlawful affections. Those who are guilty of disobeying His rules of purity will be punished.

“Let your conduct be without covetousness…” God has promised His children that they will receive the necessities of life. They should not complain or question Him when they do not get everything that they want when they want it, but they should be content with such things that they have. As Paul wrote later to Timothy, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil…”

“Remember those who rule over you…” Some of the early church leaders had been dead for only a brief period of time when the Hebrews letter was written. The writer urged his readers to follow their examples of teaching, praying, obedience and faith. By remembering those leaders and those who were still living, they could avoid being led astray by false teachers who were teaching strange doctrines.

Christians have the responsibility of following and obeying the leaders of their congregations. Those leaders also have the responsibility of leading the church according to the truth of the gospel. Neither can be fully successful without the full cooperation of the other.

Prayer is an important part of the Christian’s life. The author urged the Hebrews to pray for him and those with him as they endeavored to keep the faith and labored in the ministry. He then offered a prayer that they would be complete and that their labor would be pleasing in God’s sight.

With a brief salutation and benediction, the Hebrews letter was complete.