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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Are You A Practical Christian? Lets Take A Look At Hebrews Chapter 13-Re Post -By Word Of The Lord

Commentaries, many have been written on this epistle, the author unknown, the lessons, practical in Christian living. Ch 13, the last Chapter sums it all up with various exhortations. There are many sermons in this one Chapter, it will not be easy to touch on a few, as to another a verse may stand out I did not touch on, this is why I paste the whole Chapter. The word is alive and active the two edged sword, it speaks by the spirit something different to each at times, may it be so in this, as I make a feeble attempt ad bring out some main points that stuck out to me.

I would call this Practical Biblical Christianity, things we can do learn, apply.

Heb 13:1 Let brotherly love continue.

Heb 13:2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

Heb 13:3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.

Heb 13:4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

Heb 13:5 Let 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.

Heb 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

Heb 13:7 Remember 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.

Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Heb 13:9 Be 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.

Heb 13:10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.

Heb 13:11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.

Heb 13:12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.

Heb 13:13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.

Heb 13:14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.

Heb 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

Heb 13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

Heb 13:17 Obey 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.

Heb 13:18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.

Heb 13:19 But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.

Heb 13:20 Now 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,

Heb 13:21 Make 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.

Heb 13:22 And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words.

Heb 13:23 Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty; with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you.

Heb 13:24 Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you.

Heb 13:25 Grace be with you all. Amen. Written to the Hebrews from Italy, by Timothy.

First, may the lord add his blessing to the reading of his word, amen.

Where does one start, this is full, what does it say to you, what parts did the holy spirit have leap off the screen into your heart, as said, to each, there may be many different parts, words, verses, and this is the way we know our God still speaks. His spirit teaches, illuminates, speaks to each heart by his word, same word, a different message, now that is prof there is a God, and a Holy Spirit, it proves the Holy Bible is alive and very active.

I will start at a verse that is fitting and in line with my message on the blood red moons and other doctrines.

Heb 13:9 Be 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.


Barnes:

Hebrews 13:9

Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines - That is, they should have settled and fixed points of belief, and not yield to every new opinion which was started.

The apostle does not exhort them to adhere to an opinion merely because they had before held it, or because it was an old opinion, nor does he forbid their following the leadings of truth though they might be required to abandon what they had before held; but he cautions them against that vacillating spirit, and that easy credulity, which would lead them to yield to any novelty, and to embrace an opinion because it was new or strange.
Probably the principal reference here is to the Judaizing teachers, and to their various doctrines about their ceremonial observances and traditions. But the exhortation is applicable to Christians at all times. A religious opinion, once embraced on what was regarded a good evidence, or in which we have been trained, should not be abandoned for slight causes.

Truth indeed should always be followed, but it should be only after careful inquiry.
For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace - This is the proper foundation of adherence to the truth. The heart should be established with the love of God, with pure religion, and then we shall love the truth, and love it in the right manner. If it is the head merely which is convinced, the consequence is bigotry, pride, narrowmindedness. If the belief of the truth has its seat in the heart, it will be accompanied with charity, kindness, good-will to all people. In such a belief of the truth it is a good thing to have the heart established. It will produce:

(1) firmness and stability of character;

(2) charity and kindness to others;

(3) consolation and support in trials and temptations.

When a man is thrown into trials and temptations, he ought to have some settled principles on which he can rely; some fixed points of belief that will sustain his soul.

Not with meats - The meaning is, that it is better to have the heart established with grace, or with the principles of pure religion, than with the most accurate knowledge of the rules of distinguishing the clean from the unclean among the various articles of food. Many such rules were found in the Law of Moses, and many more had been added by the refinements of Jewish rulers and by tradition. To distinguish and remember all these, required no small amount of knowledge, and the Jewish teachers, doubtless, prided themselves much on it. Paul says that it would be much better to have the principles of grace in the heart than all this knowledge; to have the mind settled on the great truths of religion than to be able to make the most accurate and learned distinctions in this matter. The same remark may be made about a great many other points besides the Jewish distinctions respecting meats.

The principle is, that it is better to have the heart established in the grace of God than to have the most accurate knowledge of the distinctions which are made on useless or unimportant subjects of religion. This observation would extend to many of the shibboleths of party; to many of the metaphysical distinctions in a hair-splitting theology; to many of the points of controversy which divide the Christian world.

That last paragraph says it all. Note: These old commentaries are hard to break up in portions, many have run on sentences, makes me feel not so bad, so do I have to watch for this, run on sentences. LOL.

Winds Of Doctrine, all know I am all about sound doctrine, but this is part of the Gospel, the belief of truths, and the living of it, is something much harder, head knowledge is easy, heart knowledge, doing, applying what it says, living as a gracious Christian is where we desperately need the Holy Spirit to help us. To live it, to walk your talk in love is the greatest. It is what this is saying more so than proper doctrine. Love, verse one says it.

Heb 13:1 Let brotherly love continue.

It opens and closes with love, this faith inaction, helping others, doing good to others etc, faith in action is works in action, and that is the true full Gospel, meaning the full spectrum. Some just do works, others just debate doctrine, we must never lose our first love we must return to our first love, or our candle stick will be removed as Jesus told the Ephesian Church.

Heb 13:2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

Heb 13:3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.

These verses are the outcome of true Christianity and compassion on others as Christ was. It is to be like Jesus, and all starts with Love.

JFB:

Hebrews 13:2

Two manifestations of “brotherly love,” hospitality and care for those in bonds.

Be not forgetful — implying it was a duty which they all recognized, but which they might forget to act on (Heb_13:3, Heb_13:7, Heb_13:16). The enemies of Christianity themselves have noticed the practice of this virtue among Christians [Julian, Epistles, 49].

entertained angels unawares — Abraham and Lot did so (Gen_18:2; Gen_19:1). To obviate the natural distrust felt of strangers, Paul says, an unknown guest may be better than he looks: he may be unexpectedly found to be as much a messenger of God for good, as the angels (whose name means messenger) are; nay more, if a Christian, he represents Christ Himself. There is a play on the same Greek word, Be not forgetful and unaware; let not the duty of hospitality to strangers escape you; for, by entertaining strangers, it has escaped the entertainers that they were entertaining angels. Not unconscious and forgetful of the duty, they have unconsciously brought on themselves the blessing.

Clarke:

Hebrews 13:3

Remember them that are in bonds - He appears to refer to those Christian’s who were suffering imprisonment for the testimony of Jesus.

As bound with them - Feel for them as you would wish others to feel for you were you in their circumstances, knowing that, being in the body, you are liable to the same evils, and may be called to suffer in the same way for the same cause.

Reader are you reaching out to others?

Heb 13:5 Let 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.

How many have learned as Paul wrote , "I am content in all things", "Godliness with contentment is great gain'
Notice what it says concerning being content seems odd, .....for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. This helps with contentment, needs, persecution, because we know no matter what Jesus said these words and we take him at his word, or why read the word at all. Mix reading, hearing the word with faith and it will have results.

I love the way Clarke expounds this whole verse, profound;

Hebrews 13:5

Let your conversation - That is, the whole tenor of your conduct, τροπος, the manner of your life, or rather the disposition of your hearts in reference to all your secular transactions; for in this sense the original is used by the best Greek writers.

Be without covetousness - Desire nothing more than what God has given you; and especially covet nothing which the Divine Providence has given to another man, for this is the very spirit of robbery.

Content with such things as ye have - Αρκουμενοι τοις παρουσιν· Being satisfied with present things. In one of the sentences of Phocylides we have a sentiment in nearly the same words as that of the apostle: Αρκεισθαι παρεουσι, και αλλοτριων απεχεσθαι· Be content with present things, and abstain from others. The covetous man is ever running out into futurity with insatiable desires after secular good; and, if this disposition be not checked, it increases as the subject of it increases in years. Covetousness is the vice of old age.

I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee - These words were, in sum, spoken to Joshua, Jos_1:5 : “As I was with Moses, so will I be with thee; I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” They were spoken also by David to Solomon, 1Ch_28:20 : “David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed; for the Lord God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” The apostle, in referring to the same promises, feels authorized to strengthen the expressions, as the Christian dispensation affords more consolation and confidence in matters of this kind than the old covenant did. The words are peculiarly emphatic: Ου μη σε ανω, ουδ’ ου μη σε εγκαταλιπω. There are no less than five negatives in this short sentence, and these connected with two verbs and one pronoun twice repeated. To give a literal translation is scarcely possible; it would run in this way: “No, I will not leave thee; no, neither will I not utterly forsake thee.” Those who understand the genius of the Greek language, and look at the manner in which these negatives are placed in the sentence, will perceive at once how much the meaning is strengthened by them, and to what an emphatic and energetic affirmative they amount.

This promise is made to those who are patiently bearing affliction or persecution for Christ’s sake; and may be applied to any faithful soul in affliction, temptation, or adversity of any kind. Trust in the Lord with thy whole heart, and never lean to thy own understanding; for he hath said, “No, I will never leave thee; not I: I will never, never cast thee off.”

Clarke said it all, the best out of all I read , simply something to read and re-read.

Heb 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

Clarke:


Hebrews 13:6

So that we may boldly say - We, in such circumstances, while cleaving to the Lord, may confidently apply to ourselves what God spake to Joshua and to Solomon; and what he spake to David, “The Lord is my helper, I will not fear what man can do.” God is omnipotent, man’s power is limited; howsoever strong he may be, he can do nothing against the Almighty.

JFB:

Hebrews 13:6

may — rather as Greek, expressing confidence actually realized, “So that we boldly (confidently) say” (Psa_56:4, Psa_56:11; Psa_118:6). Punctuate as both the Hebrew and the Greek require, “And (so) I will not fear: what (then) shall man do unto me?”

So saint of God, as you can see there is a lot in this chapter, I am not doing a verse by verse, I am wrapping this message up, these stood out to me and a few more, but I pray what you read the word itself, the comments have given you some food for thought, do your own detailed study of this Chapter and see what the Holy Spirit says to you.

So are you a practical Christian, or one in name without any duty, life, joy, contentment, reaching out to others, faith that works, the root is love. Are you practical or just a Christian, you must be a practical Christian doing the works of Jesus to be called truly one of his.

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