Ending Hebrews: May The God of Peace Equip You

Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be…

Jesus Never Changes

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8 Consider everything in this life which changes and the uncertainty and stress those changes bring.  Families change.  Governments change.  Jobs change.  The economy changes.  Our health and the health of those whom we love changes.  Sometimes even Christians change and lose their love…

Thoughts On Brotherly Love, Hospitality, Compassion, Marriage, and Money

So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:6 Almost a year ago, my articles started covering the book of Hebrews verse-by-verse.  Today we start studying the final chapter of the book, examining the divinely inspired author’s final comments to his readers….

Showing Reverence and Awe Out Of Gratitude For Our Unshakable Kingdom

Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:28-29 Last week’s column examined Hebrews 12:18-24.  In this passage the divinely inspired Hebrew author harkened back to the terrifying spectacle…

We Have Come To Mount Zion

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to…

Work Hard for Peace, Holiness, and Grace

Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.  See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled. Hebrews 12:14-15 Decades before the Hebrew writer set his…

The Benefits of the Discipline of God

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11 After acknowledging the persecution with which his readers were burdened (Hebrews 10:32-39) and encouraging them to persevere by reminding them of the hardships experienced by the…

The Founder and Perfecter of our Faith

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set…

By Faith They Overcame

And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect. Hebrews 11:39-40 “By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days” (Hebrews 11:30).  Put yourself in…

The Faith of Moses

By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.  He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward….