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 their conversation.
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 occupied therein.
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 doctrine.
Heb 13:10 (KJB)
We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.
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.