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Hebrews 13:18-25 | The New and Living Way
What did the Hebrews author want God to do for those to whom he was writing?
What do we think of this word of exhortation?
The New and Living Way | Episode 47 | Hebrews 13:18-25
Pray for us: for we are persuaded that we have a good conscience, desiring to live honorably in all things. And I exhort you the more exceedingly to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.
Now the God of peace, who brought again from the dead the great shepherd of the sheep with the blood of an eternal covenant, even our Lord Jesus, make you perfect in every good thing to do his will, working in us that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be the glory for ever and ever. Amen.
But I exhort you, brethren, bear with the word of exhortation: for I have written unto you in few words. Know ye that our brother Timothy hath been set at liberty; with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you. Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you. Grace be with you all. Amen.
Hebrews 13:7-17 | The New and Living Way
Why should Christians remember and honor those who have responsibility over them?
What does it look like for Christians to share in Jesus' reproach "outside the camp"?
The New and Living Way | Episode 46 | Hebrews 13:7-17
Remember them that had the rule over you, men that spake unto you the word of God; and considering the issue of their life, imitate their faith.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and to-day, (yea) and for ever.
Be not carried away by divers and strange teachings: for it is good that the heart be established by grace; not by meats, wherein they that occupied themselves were not profited. We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat that serve the tabernacle. For the bodies of those beasts whose blood is brought into the holy place by the high priest as an offering for sin, are burned without the camp. Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people through his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us therefore go forth unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have not here an abiding city, but we seek after the city which is to come.
Through him then let us offer up a sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of lips which make confession to his name. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit to them: for they watch in behalf of your souls, as they that shall give account; that they may do this with joy, and not with grief: for this were unprofitable for you.
Hebrews 13:1-6 | The New and Living Way
Why does the Hebrew author now make exhortations regarding conduct in the community?
Why is such conduct crucial for the health of the community of God's people?
The New and Living Way | Episode 45 | Hebrews 13:1-6
Let love of the brethren continue. Forget not to show love unto strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; them that are ill-treated, as being yourselves also in the body. Let marriage be had in honor among all, and let the bed be undefiled: for fornicators and adulterers God will judge. Be ye free from the love of money; content with such things as ye have: for himself hath said, "I will in no wise fail thee, neither will I in any wise forsake thee."
So that with good courage we say, "The Lord is my helper; I will not fear: What shall man do unto me?"
Hebrews 12:25-29 | The New and Living Way
Why should Christians hold firm to that which cannot be shaken?
Why must we all get burned in order to grow in holiness?
The New and Living Way | Episode 44 | Hebrews 12:25-29
See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not when they refused him that warned them on earth, much more shall not we escape who turn away from him that warneth from heaven: whose voice then shook the earth:
but now he hath promised, saying, "Yet once more will I make to tremble not the earth only, but also the heaven."
And this word, "Yet once more," signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that have been made, that those things which are not shaken may remain.
Wherefore, receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us have grace, whereby we may offer service well-pleasing to God with reverence and awe: for our God is a consuming fire.
Hebrews 12:18-24 | The New and Living Way
Why does it matter that we have come to the heavenly Mount Zion?
What is so powerful and compelling about the Hebrews author's comparison and contrast between Sinai and Zion?
The New and Living Way | Episode 43 | Hebrews 12:18-24
For ye are not come unto a mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, and unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, and the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard entreated that no word more should be spoken unto them; for they could not endure that which was enjoined, "If even a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned";
and so fearful was the appearance, that Moses said, "I exceedingly fear and quake":
but ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable hosts of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaketh better than that of Abel.
Hebrews 12:12-17 | The New and Living Way
Why is it so important to heal properly, even though it may hurt?
How can we make sure we do not fall short of God's grace?
The New and Living Way | Episode 42 | Hebrews 12:12-17
Wherefore lift up the hands that hang down, and the palsied knees; and make straight paths for your feet, that that which is lame be not turned out of the way, but rather be healed.
Follow after peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no man shall see the Lord: looking carefully lest there be any man that falleth short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby the many be defiled; lest there be any fornication, or profane person, as Esau, who for one mess of meat sold his own birthright. For ye know that even when he afterward desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected; for he found no place for a change of mind in his father, though he sought it diligently with tears.