- Hebrews 13:6-10
- Heb 13:6 (KJB)
- So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I
will not fear what man shall do unto me.
- Boldly - Be of good courage or be confident
- One of the principal results of the Lord being in the midst of His
people is the fact that they will have courage. This is attested to by the
many martyrs throughout the ages who would rather give their physical lives
than renounce the Lord. Man can only end a physical life but beyond that
they can do nothing. (Mat 10:28 KJV) And
fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but
rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Our fear of God must supersede the fear of man. When that
plateau is reached, we can do many great things for the Lord because our
fear of death is neutralized. We can see the spiritual strength of
Christians by how far they are willing to go for the Lord. In communist and
Islamic countries, Christians would rather face prison or torture than
renounce the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Heb 13:7 (KJB)
- Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you
the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of
- Remember - Be mindful or recollect
- Follow - Imitate, mimic, or portray
- End - The outcome
- These Hebrew Christians were to be mindful of those who ruled over them,
who brought them the word of God and expounded it to them. They are being
urged to follow their examples of their Christian walk. They were to note
them who have grown in the faith and the outcome of their Christian
lifestyle. (2 Th 3:9 KJV) Not because we
have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.
The Apostle Paul was a great example of a true follower
of Christ. He never shirked his duty nor compromised his testimony. He urged
the Thessalonian believers to follow him, that is, his example of how to
truly follow Christ. Conversely, we must also note those who are atrocious
examples of Christianity. Those who live covetously, like many TV preachers.
We must never send them money nor imitate them. We can easily tell who the
phonies are provided we know who the true ones are. We match their
lifestyles to the Scriptures and see if they are true or false.
- Heb 13:8 (KJB)
- Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
- This verse has been abused by the Charismatic movement, interpreting it
to be used to be a proof text for tongue speaking. First of all, the Lord
never spoke in tongues. Tongues were given by the Holy Spirit as a
provisional gift until the Bible was completed. This verse is teaching us
that the Lord Jesus Christ is totally stable. He is the same person He was
thousands of years ago and He will be that way forever. His holiness, power,
authority, strength, et al will always remain constant. While the believer
may waver in their lives and their job, economics, and other worldly things
may change, the believer can always count on the fact that the Lord Jesus
Christ will never change. He is always with the believer empowering and
encouraging them in the Christian walk. There has never been nor will there
ever be a time when the power of Christ will weaken. He is God and will
always be God. (Mal 3:6 KJV) For I am
the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
- Heb 13:9 (KJB)
- Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines.
For it is a good thing that the heart be established with
grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been
- Divers - Various
- Strange - Foreign or alien doctrines
- Established - Confirmed or stabilized
- Them that have been occupied - Walked, lived or conducted oneself
- (Eph 4:14 KJV) That we henceforth be
no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of
doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they
lie in wait to deceive; Here these Christians were
being admonished to not be carried about by various and alien doctrines. It
is speaking about those doctrines which are not spoken of in the Bible. So
many cults and ministries tend to teach doctrines which are not from
Scripture such as the holy laughter movement which is a blight upon
Christianity, annihilation which removes the penalty for sin, no
resurrection, no visible return of Christ, and many others which seem to
entangle the biblically challenged, that is, those who believe people
without truly checking it out in Scripture.
(Prov 22:3 KJV) A prudent man foreseeth
the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
Many Christians live a bad Christian life simply because
they choose to follow false teachings and teachers. The verse admonishes us
that the heart of man must be established with grace and not with meats.
This is a reference to the Levitical system which could not deliver a person
from their sins, therefore it is unprofitable in the area of salvation. It
could point a person to the fact that they are a sinner and need a Savior.
- Therefore, for 1450 years, no one ever became saved under this system.
Those who did become saved during that time like Moses, David, Solomon, or
Rahab did so through the grace of God. If the heart is established with
grace, it means the person is saved and if it is established under anything
else, it manifests itself in unbelief. That is why we must remain stable
upon the Lord Jesus Christ in Grace because of the many false teachings
which can draw us away and that is why we can be thankful that Jesus never
changes because He will not introduce any new doctrines outside the Bible,
and that is a great comfort to the Christian knowing that the Bible will
always guide us into truth, and it too will never forsake us, providing you
use a King James Bible because the modern versions are all forsaking true
- Heb 13:10 (KJB)
- We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve
- Eat - Get sustenance
- Here is a verse which teaches the exclusivity of Christianity. The altar
we have is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself and those who choose to still
practice the Mosaic law, have no right to partake. The choice is clear if
you serve the tabernacle and the Mosaic law, you will remain unsaved. If you
serve Christ in Grace, you are saved for all eternity. These systems cannot
be amalgamated because they have two different results. One leads to
salvation, one does not. You cannot combine belief and unbelief and come out
with belief. Either your life is directed by the Grace of God, that is your
heart, or your life is directed by works. You cannot have it both ways.
Works and grace are antithetical when it comes to salvation but after
salvation, works are built upon grace making it a synthesis.