Hebrews 13

Be loving and be kind to strangers  1
Church order; Jesus does not change  7
Jesus suffered outside the gate; praise God  12
Prayer request 18
Benediction and farewell  20
 1 ¶ Let brotherly love continue.
.2  Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
 3  Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
.4  Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
.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.
 6  So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
  2 - Entertained strangers/angels See ge18., ge1901-3, jg1302-4. And on the importance of prison ministry see mt2531-end.
  4 - Marriage For responsibilities and privileges, see on 1co07, mt0527,8. For impure relationships, see on homosexuality ro0123.
  5 - Conversation From tropos, meaning "way of life," "conduct," "character." 
.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.
.8  Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
.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.
 10  We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.
 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.

  8 - Jesus Christ is the same A beautiful verse. During His incarnation (life as a man on earth), He seemed like other people. Someone has pointed out that His divinity was clothed in humanity. One day He will come in glory. mal0306.
  9 - Divers and strange doctrines The point here, following the verse about the constant Christ, is that those doctrines that have been added to what is taught, should not be followed. In the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament we have a complete rule of faith. We may find new meaning and better understanding, but only in harmony with revealed truth.
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.12  Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
.13  Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
 14  For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
.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.
 16  But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
 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.
  12 - Without the gate Jesus was crucified outside the walls of Jerusalem. This emphasizes that He died for the world and in the world, taking my place and yours!
  13 - Go .. unto him ... without ... camp "Let us leave this city and system, devoted to destruction, and take refuge in Jesus alone, bearing his reproach-being willing to be accounted the refuse of all things, and the worst of men, for his sake who bore the contradiction of sinners against himself, and was put to death as a malefactor." (Clarke)
  13 - Bearing his reproach Like those who followed the unpopular Jesus to Calvary and were, no doubt, reproached for their faith, the Christian Jews would face rejection from their old friends. Those who take up unpopular although biblical doctrines today  face the same rejection lu0923.
  14 - Seek one to come That is the New Jerusalem he1222, he1110.
  17 - Obey them that have rule They are responsible for souls. Church order is necessary. As we saw in v9, we are not expected to follow leaders who teach falsehood.
.18 ¶ Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.
 19  But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.
  19 - That ... restored ... sooner The writer whom I consider to be Paul asks for prayer. Timothy had apparently been in prison v23.
.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,
 21  Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
 22  And I beseech you, brethren, suffer [permit] the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words.
.23  Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty; with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you.
 24  Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you.
 25  Grace be with you all. Amen. <<Written to the Hebrews from Italy, by Timothy.>>
  21 - Perfect in every good work Notice that He works in us so the good things we do are His work.
  25 - Written ... by Timothy The marks, << >>, indicate that this was added to the original text. I believe Paul to have been the author but Timothy could have polished and edited the text, reading it back to Paul to see if it expressed the original intent. We expect Paul would have had difficulty seeing ga0611.
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