Hebrews 13 Bible Study – (Watch)
In Hebrews 13 we finally get a glimpse of behavior verses. The context is to live out your new identity. We are told not to be carried away by strange teachings and rituals, but rather to be strengthened by grace. And finally, we learn there’s an old covenant where blood was temporary and a new one where the is Jesus’s blood, and it’s eternal. If animal blood cover sins, how much more does the eternal blood of Jesus cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. 2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
An Angel? You never know.
3 Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.
4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.
. The idea of this is what it looks like to be a Christian.
John 3:18 – we are not judged. The point is, why do what we know deserves punishment for unbelievers. SEE 1 COR 6:9-11.
5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.
6 So we say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?”
Depend on Jesus. God’s not leaving us. NEVER. Money will desert you. Money is a distraction for us ALL. Read Phil 4:11-12. Now read vs 13.
7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Grace is not new. Its always been there. Don’t be led away by any other teaching. God didn’t change, but His covenant did, and that’s the point in Hebrews.
9 Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so. 10 We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat.
Carried away to what? In their case, the law. GRACE strengthens our hearts! FOOD- ceremony’s, rituals., do not
11 The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp.
That would offend the Jews. The have NO RIGHT. Note: ‘outside’ the camp. Where carcasses were thrown. That’s where Jesus hung. You GOTTA leave the temple to go to Jesus.
12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. 13 Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. 14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.
The spiritual city. Unseen.
15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
17 Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.
Even world Leaders are put there by God. (Read Rom 13:1-2). These, in Chapter 13 are church leaders.
18 Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way. 19 I particularly urge you to pray so that I may be restored to you soon.
Benediction and Final Greetings
20 Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Blood of the eternal covenant. That’s the whole theme. “in us’. His in us, working through us. See Phil 1:6.
22 Brothers and sisters, I urge you to bear with my word of exhortation, for in fact I have written to you quite briefly.
23 I want you to know that our brother Timothy has been released. If he arrives soon, I will come with him to see you.
24 Greet all your leaders and all the Lord’s people. Those from Italy send you their greetings.
25 Grace be with you all.