Thursday, December 24, 2009

Hebrews 13: Remain Confident In Christ: By Serving With Gratitude

Theme: Remain Confident in Christ

B) Ways

12) By offering grateful service

Chapter 12 closed with the instruction to "show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe..." (28 NAS). Chapter 13 seems to immediately follow with several ways to offer grateful service. 

1) By loving the brethren (1); 2) by showing hospitality to strangers (2); 3) by sympathizing with christian prisoners (3); 4) by keeping marriage pure (from fornication and adultery); 5) by staying content (because God is present); 6) by imitating faithful leaders (7); 7) by standing firm in doctrine (8-10); 8) by separating from false teachers (11-14); 9) by giving thanks to God (15); 10) by sharing with others (16); 11) by obeying your leaders (17); 12) by praying for missionaries (18-19); 13) by relying on God's grace (20-21).

Verses 20-21 again seem to confirm that these instructions explain how to serve God acceptably. We have already been told that without faith it is impossible to serve God, and here we are told that God is the one who equips and works in us to serve Him in a pleasing way (cf. Eph. 2:8-10; Php. 2:13). Romans 6 explains it is faith in the death and resurrection of Christ, and the fact the indwelling Holy Spirit has placed us into this work which empowers us to yield our members as instruments of righteousness to God.

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