Hebrews 13:1 Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby, some have entertained angels unawares.
Be full of Godly love. God is love and if you are a godly person, full of his Spirit, you will be filled with his love which means you will be passionately living by every Word of God.
Everyone loves their own; the real test arises in how we react to our enemies. True godly love does not mean that we tolerate sin, but that we forgive those who sin and that we warn the sinner in hope that he will turn from his sinful ways and be saved.
Matthew 5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
5:46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 5:47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect
Do we love only our own and think less of others?
Unless we repent; we shall stand ashamed before our Lord.
13:3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them. [Think of yourself as being in the same chains as the other person or having the same trials as others.] Remember them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the flesh.
Sex is a beautiful wonderful creation of God, but it must be used in the manner ordained and commanded by God; any unlawful use of sex diminishes and demeans the human being made in the image of God.
13:4 Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
God condemns fornication and adultery; which now abounds in the Ekklesia; BOTH physically and spiritually.
To esteem anyone more than your spouse is emotional adultery; and to esteem any human being as your moral authority is spiritual adultery against our espoused Husband Jesus Christ!
Sex and marriage are for one man and one woman and make of the two persons one flesh.
Sexual activity is to be reserved for the marriage state. It is to be reserved for the union between a man and his [female] wife: And what they do with each other must be based on love and mutual respect and a desire to please one another and is intended by God to cement them together as one flesh and ultimately of one mind.
Therefore, sexual activities even within marriage must be based on and full of love and concern for the other, and should not be selfish.
Our attitude in our marriages should not be ”You must do this for me because I want it; or I am the boss” No, the attitude of BOTH parties should be ”What can I do for you? How can I please you?” That attitude should be in BOTH our physical marriages and in our espousal to Jesus Christ!
John Kennedy said that very aptly when he said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country:” And that is true of marriage and with our relationship with God.
God has done so much for us and our attitude in our relationship with God should be: how we can best serve, follow and please God our Father in heaven and Jesus Christ our espoused Husband!
Jesus Christ gave himself for his creation. We should remember that and consider that example and be willing to serve God the Father and Jesus Christ as they serve us.
We should be eagerly passionately seeking to wholeheartedly live by every Word of God and to do those things which are pleasing to God.
Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
5:22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
5:24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
On Passover night Christ washed the feet of the disciples to demonstrate to them not just humility, but a life of service to one another.
Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation [conduct] be without covetousness, [without any selfishness and self-seeking; or seeking dominance of others] and be content with such things as you have: for he has said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 13:6 So that we may boldly say, the Eternal is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
13:7 Remember them that have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God. [This is talking about those ministers who speak the TRUE Word of God. It is NOT talking about those ministers who speak their own words, but those who teach the whole Word of God, calling all to a genuine “from the heart” repentance and the passionate Christ-like keeping of every Word of God.] whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
Prove out and consider the fruits of their conduct, whether they present evil teachings contrary to scripture and gendering to destruction, or teach godly conduct bringing eternal salvation!
13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.
God’s character does not change. The character of Jesus Christ does not change. Christ said, “I have kept my Father’s commandments (John 15:10).”
He will continue to keep God the Father’s commandments for he said, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father (John 14:9).”
God the Father and Jesus Christ are one in total unity with each other. They cooperate and work together. They have the same attitude, the same approach, the same beliefs, understanding, purposes and desires.
The Son keeps the Father’s Word and if the Son [Jesus Christ] through God’s Spirit is dwelling in you, he will be keeping God the Father’s Word within you!
The Spirit of God cannot turn against God’s commandments or any part of the whole Word of God. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of TRUTH (John 15:26) and by its very nature, it keeps God’s Word which is TRUTH (john 17:17) and it empowers us to do likewise if it is dwelling in us.
Those who are willing to lie to maintain past false traditions now known to be in error: Do not love the truth! They are not of God’s Holy Spirit, but of another spirit which loves lies!
13:9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; [the free application of the sacrifice of Christ to the sincerely repentant] not with meats [not with the physical sacrifices of the Mosaic Covenant and the Aaronic priesthood], which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.
Remember Paul is writing to the Hebrews [the Jews and Levites in Judea], and the subject is the change in the priesthood, covenants and the sacrificial system.
13:10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.
We cannot serve two masters; either we seek to serve the priesthood of the dead Mosaic Covenant, or we serve God the Father and Jesus Christ the High Priest of the eternal New Covenant.
Which is better; that which cannot atone for sin and which has passed away; or that which HAS atoned for all PAST sincerely repented sin?
13:11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin [sin offerings], are burned without the camp
The altar of the New Covenant is before God the Father in heaven, and our sacrifice is Jesus Christ, the very Creator; the Lamb of God.
Jesus Christ was crucified outside the temple and city, indicating that the Mosaic Covenant represented by the physical Jerusalem and Mosaic temple was ended, and that a New Covenant was being made sure.
13:12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. 13:13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. 13:14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one [the resurrection to spirit of the New Covenant] to come.
Jesus Christ was killed outside the city, demonstrating that his priesthood, the priesthood of Melchisedec; was to be a different, a separate, a new priesthood and yet a very old priesthood because this priesthood of Melchisedec actually predated the Aaronic priesthood.
We seek a city to come; which is, the New Jerusalem, the heavenly city.
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. 13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
Do not forget brethren, to be grateful for the things that you have, even during times of poverty. Don’t focus so much on your trials or on your troubles; but rather focus on the spiritual riches of your calling and on the heritage of the birthright of your calling which God has stored up for you in his kingdom.
We have been called and given a birthright to become kings and priests forever. We have been called to eternal life. We need only submit to God the Father and to live by every Word of God, which brings eternal life as a good child of our Father.
God is not asking anything really difficult of us: He is asking us to live a way which brings peace and harmony and life.
It is Satan’s hatred of God and Satan’s hatred of God’s ways which causes him to persecute those people who do keep the Word of life. It is not a burden to keep the Word of God. God’s Word is light and easy to keep, as Jesus said, “My yoke is easy and my burden light (Mat 11:30).”
The true heavy burden is the burden that Satan places upon us, trying to discourage us to give up and quit. Even the poorest among the brethren, the sickest, the people who have the most problems have a tremendous amount to rejoice for.
We need to keep our eyes focused on the future, on God’s promises, on our true love for our Father and our espoused Husband, and on the inestimable value of the birthright of our calling. NEVER despise the value of the birthright of our calling as Esau did.
All those who account themselves as teachers of God must give an account to our Head Jesus Christ for what we teach.
How is it that so many teach the brethren to follow idols of men, and teach to follow traditions that they KNOW are false even lying to maintain them, while decrying any zeal to keep the whole Word of God? How is it that such men do not tremble and exceedingly shake in fear of the just retribution of their idolatry? How can they escape the wrath of God?
13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you [in the Lord], and submit yourselves [to the whole Word of God]: for they [Godly teachers] 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.
Consider that we are to submit to those who are teaching us the TRUTH and the whole Word of God. We are to take what leaders, elders and others teach, and judge it against the whole Word of God. Then, ONLY if the teaching is consistent with God’s Word, and if we can prove the doctrine out of God’s Word; should we submit to that teaching.
Now, consider the other side of that coin. If you are a teacher; be very, very sure that what you are teaching is absolutely consistent with the whole Word of God.
The heart and soul, the very key of any godly teacher, is that he will always teach people to question him and prove him out by scripture; and he will MEAN THAT; and will never exalt himself.
He will never claim to be an apostle or prophet to gain a following, but will let people judge for themselves what he is by his fruits, according to the command of Jesus Christ in Matthew 7. A godly man will always fearlessly teach sincere repentance from sin and a passionate Christ-like zeal to live by every Word of God without any shadow of compromise.
Paul says that we must live with a clean conscience before God, which clean conscience is that we are pleasing our LORD and faithfully following him, and living by every Word of God.
Paul then asks the brotherhood in Jerusalem to pray that he can come to them soon.
13:18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly. 13:19 But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.
Paul prays that God the Father will make us all perfect in godliness, to keep the whole Word of God with the good work’s of faith, and strengthen us to do the Will of God; and to please God the Father in all things through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit.
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 [new] covenant,
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.
Who are we to please: Whose will are we to do? God the Father’s will!
12:22 And I beseech you, brethren, suffer [accept, obey] the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words. 13:23 Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty; with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you. 13:24 Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you.
13:25 Grace [God’s Mercy] be with [upon] you all. Amen.