Hebrews Thirteen

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  1. I was struck by the writer of Hebrews’ final words. Though he has spent much of the book declaring that Jesus is better than angels, Moses, High Priest, author of a better covenant, etc. he spends much of his last words on how we behave in this new covenant and under the influence of the true Messiah. Some of these behaviors are after ‘let’ or ‘remember’: brotherly love, entertaining of strangers, remembering those who are in prison, having a pure marriage, being without covetousness, remembering those who mentored us in the faith, praising God, praying for others. Correct theology is no substitute for righteous conduct.
    Verses 5&6 are also interesting. It is said that the words ‘content with such things as you have’ here is more than just being ‘satisfied’. It also has the meaning of dependence on the Holy Spirit to the extent that we are independent of whatever outward circumstances might want to trouble us. Kenneth Wuest says, “Paul was self-sufficient because he was Christ dependent.”
    Finally, vs. 6 in the original apparently has the literal meaning, emphasized by several negatives, “For He Himself has said, and the statement is on record, I will not, I will not cease to sustain and uphold you, I will not, I will not, I will not let you down….”
    What a powerful promise this is!


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