Hebrews 13:7-9

Verses covered in this passage:

  • Hebrews 13:7
  • Hebrews 13:8
  • Hebrews 13:9

Chapter 13 is the last chapter of Hebrews. Paul closes with final instructions and encouragements. Hebrews 12 ended with a call to offer acceptable service, and here in chapter 13, Paul gives practical ways for these believers to obey God and endure until the end in order to receive their inheritance reward. Paul offers encouragement to those who might be tempted to draw back from their faith because of hardship or persecution. He also reminds these believers of the privileges we gain by having access to the better sacrifice and the better high priest, Jesus. Paul ends his letter with a prayer for this group of believers and an encouragement to take heed of his words.

Paul encourages his readers to imitate their leaders and not be led astray by false teachings.

The Hebrews believers ought to remember those who led them and taught them the word of God. Paul encourages his readers to consider the results of their conduct or the result of them finishing (“teleo”) what God set out for them to do. Throughout this letter, Paul has been admonishing his readers to endure until the end, to continue following God and walking in His path. It is encouraging to look at the lives of previous believers and see that their faithful walk with God was the right choice. We should imitate the faith of those that walked faithfully with God before us.

Even though Christian leaders may come and go and leave this earth, we can have comfort in knowing that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. We can also know that enduring until the end is worth it since Christ has assured us of this. And He is faithful.

Although these Hebrews did have some strong and faithful leaders, they also no doubt, have heard strange teachings that do not align with what they were first taught. Paul wants them to stick with what they were first taught and not be led astray.

The heart is strengthened by receiving God’s grace through the ministry of Jesus Christ. The sacrificial system and religious practice (referenced here by the word “foods”) do not profit those who are occupied with them. Paul’s entire focus in this letter is on the inability of religious observance or regulations to cleanse our consciences of guilt for proper service to God. The better ministry of our better high priest, Jesus, is the only thing that allows us to draw near to God.

Biblical Text
7 Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. 9 Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, through which those who were so occupied were not benefited.

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