Hebrews 13: 1-25, The Way of Love.
VV 1-4, 1 Let brotherly love continue. 2 Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doingsome have unwittingly entertained angels. 3 Remember the prisoners as if chained with them, those who are mistreated, since you yourselves are in the body also. 4 Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.
Love one another with brotherly love. Love strangers. Abraham entertained strangers who were angels without knowing it. However, we must not blindly entertain strangers today because they could potentially harm us. Love those who are marginalized, mistreated, and persecuted. Love your spouse. Adulterers will be judged by God.
VV 5-9, 5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me? 7 Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. 9 Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them.
Be contented and be of good conduct. The author quoted, Psalm 118:6, “The LORD is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me?” Submit to the rule of higher authority if they follow the word of God. Jesus Christ is immutable. Reject false doctrines.
VV 10-14, 10 We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat. 11 For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp. 12 Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate. 13 Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach. 14 For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come.
We have a heavenly altar that is different from the earthly altar. Since sacrifices had to be burned outside the camp, Jesus was crucified outside the city.
VV 15-16, 15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. 16 But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
We must sing, pray, and give thanks to the Lord with the fruit of our lips. We must do good, be kind, and willing to share things with others because are the sacrifices that pleased God.
VV 17-19, 17 Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you. 18 Pray for us; for we are confident that we have a good conscience, in all things desiring to live honorably. 19 But I especially urge you to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.
We must obey and submit to those who rule and watch over our soul viz. pastors and elders. The author urged his audience to pray for him and his team.
VV 20-25, 20 Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. 22 And I appeal to you, brethren, bear with the word of exhortation, for I have written to you in few words. 23 Know that our brother Timothy has been set free, with whom I shall see you if he comes shortly. 24 Greet all those who rule over you, and all the saints. Those from Italy greet you. 25 Grace be with you all. Amen.
The author delivered a doxology and benediction, mentioned Timothy by name, implored his audience to listen to his exhortation, and closed with a proclamation of grace.