Today we finish the letter to the Christian Jews solidifying that Jesus is all we need. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The Gospel or Good News of Jesus’ salvation is the same yesterday, today and forever. No one can change it! False teachers may try to twist it to fit society’s sinful nature because people may not like what it says, but they can’t. They may try to water it down because it sounds better and makes one feel good. That’s not its purpose.
The Gospel’s purpose is share the Good News of Jesus’ true salvation. Jesus didn’t suffer and die on the cross so we could have religion! He sacrificed His life so that we could live with Him in paradise forever in Heaven. His sacrifice, cleansed us from our sins once and for all!
Let’s Finish off Hebrews 13….
Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. 2 Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! 3 Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies.
4 Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery.
5 Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said,
“I will never fail you.
I will never abandon you.” [Duet. 31:6, 8]
6 So we can say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper,
so I will have no fear.
What can mere people do to me?” [Psalm 118:6]
7 Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith.
8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. 9 So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas. Your strength comes from God’s grace, not from rules about food, which don’t help those who follow them.
10 We have an altar from which the priests in the Tabernacle have no right to eat. 11 Under the old system, the high priest brought the blood of animals into the Holy Place as a sacrifice for sin, and the bodies of the animals were burned outside the camp. 12 So also Jesus suffered and died outside the city gates to make his people holy by means of his own blood. 13 So let us go out to him, outside the camp, and bear the disgrace he bore. 14 For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.
15 Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. 16 And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.
17 Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit.
18 Pray for us, for our conscience is clear and we want to live honorably in everything we do. 19 And especially pray that I will be able to come back to you soon.
20 Now may the God of peace—
who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus,
the great Shepherd of the sheep,
and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood—
21 may he equip you with all you need
for doing his will.
May he produce in you,
through the power of Jesus Christ,
every good thing that is pleasing to him.
All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.
22 I urge you, dear brothers and sisters, to pay attention to what I have written in this brief exhortation.
23 I want you to know that our brother Timothy has been released from jail. If he comes here soon, I will bring him with me to see you.
24 Greet all your leaders and all the believers there. The believers from Italy send you their greetings.
25 May God’s grace be with you all.Hebrews 13 NLT
Here are the Important Points…
- Love one another. Why is this so difficult to understand?
- Be nice to strangers, you could be entertaining angels.
- Pray for those in prison — support a prison ministry.
- Pray for those who are being abused, persecuted, and mistreated.
- Be faithful in your marriage — fornication is sex outside of marriage and adultery is cheating on your spouse. They are sins! God sees everything and will judge you!
- Don’t covet or be greedy. Be content with what you have.
- Trust God and have no fear — He will never fail you! Not like people will.
- Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever — beware of strange, new ideas, false preachers, false teachings. The Holy Spirit will be your guide.
- Your strength comes from God’s grace.
- We don’t need religious rituals — we have Jesus!
Do you have Jesus?
Soli Deo Gloria — To God Alone Be the Glory!