The thirteen chapter is filled with exhortation and instruction. Not necessarily do they follow a particular pattern, but just various instructions and exhortations. He does begin with five things that the believer should do.
Number one, Let brotherly love continue. In the early church, there was much persecution from the world. So it was necessary that they be a close knit fellowship. They had enough trouble with the world that they didn’t need trouble within the ranks. Brotherly love, was an extremely important thing! And the idea of the body of Christ, we are all a part of each other! We share with one another. If one member suffers, they all suffer. When one is exalted, they all are exalted. And unfortunately through the years, that close, close bond is rare to find, where people just really do pray one for another, bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.
We seek to do that here at Calvary Chapel. I don’t know how successful we always are. There are always some that slip through the cracks and we’re not able to get to them. And that’s why we encourage you to become involved in one of the smaller fellowships within the church, maybe a home Bible study or on Tuesday night, in one of the fellowships or on Thursday night, within the Bible School. And to become involved in some of the smaller fellowships where you can become more intimately acquainted with one another. But brotherly love is something that is so important, that we love one another.
Secondly, 2Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. In the days in which this was written, the inns were notoriously evil. And inn keeper and one who ran a brothel were put in the same category. There are records of a person asking another in a particular city, which has inn has the least fleas? You heard about flea-bags! That’s what they were. They were always filthy. They were nothing like hotels or motels that we have today. And people would almost rather sleep out, than to sleep inside of an inn. And in the early church, there were many itinerant evangelists and itinerant prophets who would go around ministering from church to church. And so when they came, it was important that there was hospitality, that people would receive them. And that was such an important part of the culture.
It was especially an important part of the Jewish culture. You remember how when the angels were passing by, Abraham invited them over to be refreshed. When they came to the city of Sodom, Lot invited them into his home. There are examples of entertaining strangers.
Now the writer says, because you may be entertaining angels unaware. The word, angel, literally means messenger. And in the Book of Revelation, the seven angels were the ministers of the seven churches in Ephesus. So an angel is not necessarily a divine being. And he is not necessarily saying that you might be entertaining a divine being, unaware, but you could be entertaining one of God’s messengers, not really realizing it.
I sometimes wonder whether or not, we actually do meet angels, without realizing it. I don’t discount the possibility. We do know that they are ministering spirits, who have been sent forth to minister to those that are heirs of salvation. And we see the ministry of angels to Peter, when he was in prison. We see the ministry of the Lord to Paul, when he was there in the prison in Jerusalem. And how also, the Lord stood by him when he was on the ship and they had been in the storm for fourteen days. So I don’t totally discount the fact that there may be angels that we might encounter without realizing it. And some people have had some very interesting experiences in that realm. Outside of my wife, I don’t of many angels that I have known, but it’s one of those things that you never know. And leave it there.
Then the third thing, 3Remember them that are in bonds (in prison), as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body. Now in the early church there was tremendous persecution. And to be a Christian was enough to get you in prison. The Christians, because they would not swear allegiance to Caesar, because they would refuse to say that Caesar is Lord, which was required by the Roman Government, they were looked upon as traitors to Rome, and were often placed in prison. We read of Paul’s imprisonment and we know that many of the letters were written from Paul’s prison cell. And so the encouragement to remember those that are in bonds.
There are those who are in bonds for Christ’s sake. And interestingly enough this is even applicable today. There are those who are in prison because of the work of Jesus Christ, especially in China, members of the House church have been imprisoned over and over again because of their refusal to join with the Three Self Church movement, which they feel has watered down the gospel. And is sort of collaborating with the government. And though the Christians are not anti-government, they want the freedom to just worship God after the dictates of their own hearts, which the Chinese Government does not allow. Many of the church leaders have been beaten over and over. Many of them are in prison tonight simply because they have dared to teach and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. So how often do you remember to pray for our brothers and sisters in China, who are in prison for the gospel’s sake? And of course in those countries, which are strict Moslem, there are persecutions and imprisonment, in Iran, the imprisonment of Christians. And so, remember those that are in bonds, as being bound with them, and those that suffer adversity as being yourselves also in the body. That is, when one member suffers, they all suffer. So it’s important that we keep them in our prayers.
Then the next injunction is concerning marriage. 4Marriage is honourable in all, You should get married rather than being an ascetic. Now there were those who felt if they were ascetic, they could be more spiritual. And so they lived a life of asceticism thinking that they could better serve God. Well if you do that for that sake, that’s fine. But there’s nothing sinful, there’s nothing wrong with being married. And marriage is honorable. It’s not something to be shunned.
If God brings along the right person, marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: There’s nothing evil or wrong about sex. If it weren’t for sex, you wouldn’t be here. There is nothing wrong with sex within the marriage, within the marriage, within the marriage! Emphasize that! It didn’t have to be emphasized a few years back, but now with our culture. This, just moving in, living together, or whatever is absolutely wrong! And we are suffering the consequences of it in the break down of the family and all of the single parents. The whole social order is being disrupted because of the careless, loose attitude that we have towards sexual relationships.
Marriage is honorable and in marriage the bed is undefiled, but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. So, he throws that in there, the importance of being married and not having sex outside of marriage.
And then the fifth injunction or commandment is, 5Let your conversation And that word, conversation, encompasses your whole life style. It isn’t just having a conversation with someone. The word encompasses your lifestyle or your manner of living.
be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: So the injunction is really that of contentment. The Bible tells us that Godliness with contentment is great riches. There are those who want and are never filled. What does it take to be satisfied? You know, if you follow after your lust, you’ll find that lust can never be fulfilled. It is never full. And so we have to learn contentment. Having food and raiment, the Scripture says, be content with that.
Be content with such things as you have for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. What more do you really want? The Lord has said, look, I’ll never leave you or forsake you! I mean how rich can you be? I will never leave you or forsake you! The Lord will take care of us, even as He took care of the apostles, as He walked with them here on earth. So the Lord will take care of us. So be content because He is with you! He’ll never leave you or forsake you!
6So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, Can you say that? Can you say that boldly? The Lord is my helper! Good! Try it again. The Lord is my helper. You were a little weak the first time. We may boldly say—the second time, you boldly said it! That’s good!
and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. Now again in the light of the persecution by the Roman Government, think of it in that light. As the Roman Government would torture the Christians, as the Roman Government would put to death the Christians, I will not fear what shall do unto me!
I, personally, to my own satisfaction, am convinced that Paul the apostle, was the writer of this Book of Hebrews. I think that though he doesn’t sign it nor does he introduce himself at the beginning, which was the custom of Paul’s letters, I think that his fingerprints are through the whole Book. And in this light of, I will not fear what man can do unto me, I am reminded of Paul when he was meeting with the elders of the church of Ephesus on the beach there at Miletus, and he was sort of giving his farewell. He said, I don’t know if we’ll ever see each other face to face again. I don’t know what the future holds for me, except I know that everywhere I go, the Spirit is telling me that when I get to Jerusalem, bonds and imprisonment await me. But none of these things move me, Paul said. For I am ready to be offered for Jesus Christ.
So when he then came to Caesarea, on that journey to Jerusalem, and Agabus, the prophet, came down from Jerusalem as Paul was staying there at the house of Philip. Agabus took Paul’s girdle and he tied himself with Paul’s girdle. And he prophesied, so is the man who owns this girdle to be bound when he gets to Jerusalem. And all of the friends began to say, oh Paul, don’t go to Jerusalem! Stay away from Jerusalem! And Paul said, do you think that I’m, you know, afraid of being bound? I’m ready to die for Jesus Christ! And so he had the attitude, I will not fear! What can man do to me?
Jesus said, don’t fear those that can kill your body and after that they have no power! But fear him, who after the body is killed, has the power to cast your soul into hell. I say unto you, fear him!
So, we may boldly say, the Lord is my helper! The Lord is with me! I like that kind of confidence, of knowing that the Lord is with me, I need not fear what man can do to me!
You remember David, yeah, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou are with me! The Lord is with me! Oh, how glorious, to be able to have that assurance—Jesus is with me wherever I go!
So, 7Remember 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. Now he is talking about the Godly ministers, that is a rule in a sense that they are overseers of your faith. And the idea is to consider them. They’ve spoken to you the Word of God. Follow their faith, and realize the result of living a righteous life.
Now, it doesn’t really follow that when it says, those that rule over you, as though I have any kind of rule over you. I have a certain responsibility to you. I have the responsibility of teaching you the Word of God, as best I understand it. To teach it honestly and sincerely, as best I understand it. That’s my responsibility. My responsibility is to live an exemplary life before you. So that as Paul said, be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Jesus Christ. And I believe that it is important that in this position, I seek to live a life that is an example to the believer. Not a flashy life, not a gaudy life, but just a plain, ordinary, simple life as an example to the believers in love, in doctrine, in faith, in confidence in God, that I need to set the example.
Now Jesus specifically, said to the apostles, that the Gentiles loved to exercise authority. Now true that is! How authority so quickly goes to a person’s head. Give them a badge, give them a little authority and look out! They will become tyrants! Thank God there are some who can handle authority, otherwise government would be totally intolerable. Thank God, there are some within the governmental agencies that have brains and have a heart. Others–pray for me! But the Gentiles love to exercise lordship. But he said, it shall not be so among you, for whoever would be the chief among you, let him be the servant of all. And so, our example should be that of servitude, also, not lording over the flock of God. But as a servant to the flock of God, ministering to you the things of God.
And then he makes this beautiful statement, 8Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. How important it is in a rapidly changing world, to hold onto something that doesn’t change! My, I think of how the world has changed in the last fifty years! The radical changes that have transpired! I think of the changes that have taken place in the last twenty years! The last ten years, as we see, more and more, the effects of kids being raised on TV and on, well, I don’t want to call it music, because it isn’t music. But on the stuff they call music, today and the lyrics and all are allowed, tolerated.
You know, when a body gets so weak that it cannot eliminate its poisons, that body will soon die. And so with the body politic. It has become so weak, that it seems that we can’t eliminate the poisons within our society, which only spell death. If the poisons are not eliminated, the body will die. And we are now allowing the poison to remain. It seems we can’t eliminate them.
It’s interesting how that the courts seem to defend and help promulgate the evil. The abortion on demand is simply a court ruling, a very questionable ruling at the best. The striking down of obscenity laws is a court decision. It is a ruling of the courts. And at best, it is a very poor ruling. The fact that the fellows could not define obscene, they let anything go and everything go. And these things are part of the evils of our society, that we seem not to be able to eliminate. And death is the inevitable consequence of not eliminating poisons from your body. And so because we are living in such a rapidly changing society and the whole value system is being changed! Things that were once taboo, things that were once in the closet, are now in the open, not only out in the open, but being paraded on the streets. The word is wanton! And that is one of the final kinds of evil within a person, when he becomes wanton, that is, proud, boastful and displaying the evil, bragging on the evil, that is wantonness. And things that were once considered a shame, a disgrace, are now openly accepted and embraced by the society, the radical changes! We need to hold on to something that doesn’t change. Heaven and earth may pass away, but the Word of God stands forever. And Jesus Christ, He is the same, yesterday, today and forever!
In Malachi, God declares that I am God and I change not! The standards that God has set, have not changed! God’s righteous laws have not changed! And we need to hold on the unchanging Christ! Jesus Christ the same, yesterday, today and forever!
9Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. Oh, of all the divers and strange doctrines that are passed around through the church! I often wonder, who sits and thinks up these weird things? And then sets out to promote them? It seems like they cycle. Just when you think, well, thank God, that one is dying out, another one raises up. And you think, oh no! And people go traipsing after it, who are not founded in the Word.
This is the blessed thing I love about you and I love about Calvary Chapel, you know, these guys, come and they do their big thing over here at Anaheim Convention Center, and it doesn’t even ripple through here.
Because Paul wrote to the Ephesians and He who has ascended, that is Jesus, is the One who first of all descended into the lower parts of the earth. But when He ascended, He led the captives from their captivity and He gave gifts unto men. And to some He gave apostles, and to some prophets and to some evangelists and some, pastor teachers, (the low one on the list). But I don’t mind. I like what God has called me to be. But he said, the purpose is, the perfecting of the saints for the work of the ministry, the building up of the body of Christ, that we might come into the full maturity, unto the measure of the image of Christ. That you be no more like babes, who are tossed to and fro, with every wind of doctrine and slight cunning of men, who lie in wait to deceive. There are a lot of deceivers out there. There are a lot of winds of doctrine that are promulgated by people who are only seeking to draw people after themselves. That’s happened since the beginning of the church.
Paul warned the Ephesians, I know that after I’m gone, there are going to come in men who really don’t care for the body of Christ! They are just trying to rip you off. There will even arise from within you, men would try to draw others after themselves, whose god is their bellies. That is, they are only looking for money. They are only to fleece the flock of God. There are always those, when they see the flock of God, their eyes get big. They start scheming. How can I fleece the flock? Jesus didn’t say, fleece the flock! He said, feed the flock of God! And there’s a big difference. So, don’t be carried about with the divers and strange doctrine.
Let me just say this, God has nothing new to reveal! He has given to us all that is necessary for life and Godliness. It’s all here! He has noting new to reveal nor does He have a new interpretation to give to some passage of Scripture. And whenever anybody comes along and they think that they have received some fresh revelation from God, no one has seen this truth before! Brother, let me share this with you. It has transformed my life, you know. They get all excited and worked up you know. Wow, you know!
It’s all here! It’s not been hidden! God has revealed Himself and His Word and the truth. So don’t be carried away with these divers and strange doctrines.
For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; Now there in Hebrews and he has been dealing with it throughout the Book of Hebrews, there developed an admixture of faith in Jesus Christ, along with Judaism, along with the law, along with the sacrifices in the temple. And some of the Christians were going back to the temple with sacrifices and all. And there was this sort of strange and weird doctrines that had sprung up, that you cannot really be saved unless you keep the law of Moses and are circumcised. So it’s important that we be established in the grace of God, not by works. For by the works of righteousness, will no flesh be justified. We are justified through our faith and the grace of God, so it is a good thing that the heart be established in grace.
not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. There is nothing spiritual about being a vegetarian. In fact the Bible sort of warns of the last days, when they would require you to abstain from meat. And a lot of times you see these skinny and anemic looking men in mother’s kitchen, and their vegetarian diets. And they think that lifts them to a higher spiritual level, that meat feeds the blood and all, (It makes a man out of you, you know.) But they think there is something spiritual to vegetarianism, not so. It has not profited them that have been occupied therein.
But 10We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. We have Jesus Christ! And those that are looking to the tabernacle, those that are looking for the service of the tabernacle, they have no right to eat of the bread of life, that Jesus said, He was. I am the bread of life! And they have no right, which serve the tabernacle.
11For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. The sin offering, the goat that was offered, was burned outside of the camp. It was burned completely outside of the camp, because it was the sin offering.
12Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Jesus was crucified outside of the walls of Jerusalem because He was a sin offering. And a sin offering was to be killed outside the city. So Jesus, our offering.
13Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, That is, outside the camp of Judaism. Let’s go outside to Jesus. He’s outside of framework of Judaism. And those who were mix Judaism with Christianity, really didn’t understand what it was to eat of the Lord’s Table, and to realize what we have in and through Jesus Christ! So let’s go outside the camp.
bearing his reproach. And of course the early church was persecuted not only by Rome, but it was persecuted by the Jews.
Paul, the apostle, had more problems with the Jews than he did with the Roman Government. It was the Jews that were constantly raising up problems and difficulty for Paul, that is, those religious Jews, who had a form of godliness, but denied the power thereof.
And so, let’s go forth without the camp, bearing His reproach. 14For here have we no continuing city, The Christians were sort of looked down on, reproached. They suffered as a minority group and often lost privileges.
So we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come. Our citizenship, Paul said, is in heaven, from whence we look for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. At whose coming, He’ll change our vile bodies that they might be fashioned after His own glorious image!
15By him therefore, that is by Jesus Christ, let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, It’s interesting that God instituted the sacrifices. You go back and you read in the law of the various sacrifices, that were instituted by God, under the law, the sacrifice of sin that brought a covering for their sin. The burnt offering sacrifice, which was the sacrifice of the commitment of one life to the Lord. And then the peace offering, whereby one came into communion and fellowship with God. The meal offering, the different sacrifices and how they were to be offered and the details about them, given in the law. But after a time, though they continued with the sacrifices, they had lost their meaning. And God finally declared His displeasure with the sacrifices. I have no delight in your sacrifices, God said. And He said He hated and He abhorred the sacrifices. Bring Me no more these vain oblations, God said.
When David had sinned or transgressed in the issue of Bathsheeba, when David prayed for forgiveness, he prayed that the Lord, according to His tender mercies, would blot out his transgressions. He said, a sin offering you wouldn’t receive, or else I would give it. But the sacrifice of God is a broken spirit and a contrite heart. And You will not turn away such. So David didn’t seek to bring a sin offering, but he brought to God a broken and a contrite heart. That he said, You will not despise.
Jeremiah speaks (Jeremiah 33:11), of offering to God, again in Jerusalem, the sacrifices of praise. After the destruction by the Babylonians, there were those who were in such despair, they said, never again will there be rejoicing in the streets, never again will there be the songs of gladness, the praises unto the Lord. And Jeremiah prophesied that the day would come when they would again be singing and the streets would filled with laughter and they would be offering the sacrifices of praise unto God.
And so this is a sacrifice that we can offer. You see, because these Jewish believers who were being lured back into Judaism because of the deep traditional bonds, even to the extent to go back to offer sacrifices again, though once you’ve come to the knowledge and truth in Jesus, there remain no sacrifice for your sins. He is the one, complete sacrifice. And taking a lamb or a goat or whatever to the priests cannot do and will not do it. And yet they were being drawn back by traditions, the deep-rooted traditions, into that system. And so because it is in the heart to sacrifice to God, we want to give to God. It is a very fulfilling thing to believe that I have, actually, given to God!
As David once said, what shall I render unto the Lord for all of His benefits unto me? And we do feel an obligation. God has been so good! He has given us so much, that we do feel an obligation. I want to give something to God! But what can I give to God that He really needs? Well, if you put it that way, there is nothing that God needs. So I can only give to God what He wants. What does He want? He wants my praises. He wants me to love Him. To love Him with all my heart and soul. He wants me to acknowledge and be thankful for the things that He has done for me, the offering of thanksgiving, the offering of praise unto God. And so let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God. I can offer a sacrifice—the sacrifice of praise. And that I’m to offer continually! The offerings went up in the temple daily. The continual sacrifices, so I am to offer to God the sacrifice of praise continually.
The word, sacrifice of praise, I wonder if it could indicate that I praise God, even when I don’t feel like praising? There are many times when praise is completely spontaneous. It is just the overflow of the Spirit, that has been so blessed by God! It, just is a, something, that just comes forth from my heart, that overflows in the acknowledgment and the recognition of God’s goodness to me.
But there are other times that praise is difficult. And at that time, it is important that I praise Him, because I’m to praise Him continually. But many times our praise is by faith. I praise God because of the promises that God has given to me. He has promised that He would never leave me nor forsake me. And though I am going through deep waters, He’s promised He’ll not overflow me. Though I’m going through the mire He’s promised I’ll not be burned. Sometimes I feel like it’s beginning to burn, and thus the praise is by faith. Lord, I praise You because of Your promises to me. They are Yea and Amen (2 Cor. 1:20)! And indeed there is neither shadow nor variableness of turning!
So offer to the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips (voicing to God) giving thanks to his name.
But another sacrifice, 16But to do good and to communicate forget not: That is to give, don’t forget to give to those that are in need.
for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. In the law, over and over again, God made provisions for the poor. And He told the people to be mindful of the poor, not to take advantage of the poor. One of the worst sins of all, is a man who would prey and take advantage of the poor. And so we are to communicate. We are to give. We are to open our hearts to give to the poor, and that kind of a sacrifice. Especially if it is a sacrifice, if I am just sharing what I have though what I have may be meager.
You know, the interesting thing and the report that we get always from the young people that visit over, especially in Romania and some of the countries that are really so deprived from monitory benefit—poor people. A poverty that is hard for us to imagine. People that are just living on survival diets. The thing that amazes the young people, is how anxious they are to share what they have though what they have is so little. But they insist on giving and feeding you, though they really don’t have enough food for themselves. And it’s always something that really leaves a deep impression and mark in the hearts of our young people who go over there to minister, at the great generosity of those people, who have nothing. What does that say for us, the sacrifice of giving to those in need is a sacrifice that is well pleasing to God?
Now again, we were told to remember those who have the rule over them. We are told to 17Obey 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. You see, God placing me here in this position as the pastor-teacher, I have a certain responsibility and accountability for you. And when I report on you to the Lord, I want to do it with joy. Oh Lord, they are such a great group! They love the Word! They are intensely interested in You and in the Word. You know, oh, with joy! But then there are some, I say, Lord, I don’t know. And there is grief.
John said in his third epistle, verse four, I have no greater joy than to know that my children walk in truth! There is no greater joy to a pastor than to know that the flock of God is walking in truth! And so we can give an account, we watch over your soul. For having certain responsibilities, and when we have to answer, we trust we will do it with joy.
18Pray for us: (the writer says) for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly. So here’s one thing you can do for those that are the leaders in the Spiritual matters—pray! For we trust to have a good conscience in all things willing to live honestly, openly.
19But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner. Now this is again one of the reasons why we believe that Paul was the writer, because the writer is in prison. He tells them to remember those that are in bonds. And now he speaks of hoping to be restored to them sooner. Pray for us, that I might be restored to you sooner.
20Now the God of peace, (and what a beautiful benediction this is!) that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21Make you perfect (complete) 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. Isn’t that a beautiful benediction? He is sort of wrapping up the letter now. And with this benediction, the God of peace, who brought again for the dead, our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep.
Jesus said, I am the good shepherd! The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep! Jesus used the analogies in which He spoke of the shepherd who had counted ninety-nine into the fold. One was lost! And how He went out and searched until He found the lost one and brought it in. And He said rejoice with me for the lost has been found.
David said, the Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not want! For He makes me to lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul. The Good Shepherd, the Great Shepherd of the sheep.
Through the blood of the everlasting covenant, may He make you complete, mature, fully grown up. Back in chapter six, the writer is saying, therefore, leaving the first principles of the doctrines of Christ, repentance from dead works, laying on of hands and baptism, let’s go on into full maturity. So here he is sort of closes the letter with this prayer for them to come into a full maturity. The very thing that Paul said, was the purpose of the church, in Ephesians, chapter four, for the perfecting or bringing in to maturity, the saints, building up the body of Christ.
May He make you fully mature in every good work to do His will, working in you. As Paul wrote, for it God who works in you, both to will and to do, of His good pleasure. Working in you that which is well pleasing in His sight, though Jesus the Messiah, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Now the last is just little words of exhortation, 22And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: And that means, receive it! Receive the word of exhortation.
for I have written a letter unto you in few words. Now, Hebrews is probably one of the longest letters in the New Testament, but I would say he wrote it in quite a few words, but he says, a few words.
23Know ye that our brother Timothy Again, Paul’s relationship with Timothy and the mention of Timothy here, as he is mentioned in other epistles, sort of puts Paul’s fingerprint as the author of the letter.
That our brother Timothy is set at liberty; with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you. So Timothy was probably in prison with Paul and was released before Paul. And Paul hopes to come shortly to see them also.
24Salute (or greet) all them that have the rule over you, So they were told to remember those that have rule. To obey them and now Paul is saying, greet them, that have the rule over you.
and all the saints. They of Italy salute you. So Paul was of course, in prison in Italy. And it again is another finger print of Paul on the book.
And then, 25Grace be with you all. Amen. That’s Paul’s always, emphasizing the grace of God. May it be with you all. Amen.
So we finished the Book of Hebrews. We go on the Book of James next week. So your assignment is the first chapter of James for next week. We get into the practical application. I call James, the faith that works. And he’ll deal with the faith that works. We are always wanting faith that works. So he will tell you the faith that works—what kind of faith that is, as we move on into James.
Father, we thank You again and again, for the rich blessing that Your Word brings to our hearts. How we praise You. How we thank You, dear Lord. And Father, what a joy and privilege it is, to grow together in the knowledge of Your love and of Your grace and of our Lord, Jesus Christ. And help us, Lord, that we might indeed offer to You those sacrifices of praise and those sacrifices of helping and giving to those in need. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Transcribed from “The Word For Today”, Pastor Chuck Smith, Tape #8218, (KJ Version)