Grace through Jesus.

“Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper;  I will not fear; what can man do to me?'”  (Hebrews 13:4-6)

In the final chapter of Hebrews, the author presents several guidelines for godly living that will help believers in their daily walk. These are admonitions to be obedient to those in authority in the church and to be wary of false teachings. Some false or misguided brethren were teaching a wide range of legalistic ideas including abstaining from certain foods and eating only clean foods, claiming that this practice was a means to higher spirituality. 

The author makes it clear that such practices are of the Law and do not provide grace. Those who attempt to keep the Law as a means of grace have no part in Christ for grace and mercy come only through faith in Jesus. This is why we must listen to those whom the Lord has placed in authority over us, so that we are not seduced by lies and fall away from the truth.

The author tells us that we must act with deeds of godliness and compassion. The underlying motive for such godly behavior is love. We perform these acts of kindness in thankfulness for what Jesus has done for us but also for the good of others. We are responsible for the mutual encouragement and growth of the brethren so that we all persevere to the end. We are not to be driven by the love of money, lust for fame or pleasure, desire for the easy life, or even to be free from persecution or opposition. This is a hard task we are called to, one that none of us is really capable of carrying out. The good news is that we can do all these things through faith. We know with a certainty that Jesus is with us giving us all the resources we need to obey His commands. 

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