Hebrews 13:8-25 NLT
8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. 9 So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas. Your strength comes from God’s grace, not from rules about food, which don’t help those who follow them.
10 We have an altar from which the priests in the Tabernacle have no right to eat. 11 Under the old system, the high priest brought the blood of animals into the Holy Place as a sacrifice for sin, and the bodies of the animals were burned outside the camp. 12 So also Jesus suffered and died outside the city gates to make his people holy by means of his own blood. 13 So let us go out to him, outside the camp, and bear the disgrace he bore. 14 For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.15 Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name.16 And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.
17 Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit.
18 Pray for us, for our conscience is clear and we want to live honorably in everything we do. 19 And especially pray that I will be able to come back to you soon.
20 Now may the God of peace—who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus,
the great Shepherd of the sheep, and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood—
21 may he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen. 22 I urge you, dear brothers and sisters, to pay attention to what I have written in this brief exhortation. 23 I want you to know that our brother Timothy has been released from jail. If he comes here soon, I will bring him with me to see you. 24 Greet all your leaders and all the believers there. The believers from Italy send you their greetings.
25 May God’s grace be with you all.
I love that we have the assurance that Jesus is always the same. He will not suddenly change his mind and withdraw his grace from us. This directly ties into the next statement: do not get carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. Our job is to make sure that whatever is said or taught by the authorities and people of influence in our life is aligned with scripture. The author is saying to not take everything people say as truth, but always take it back to scripture if we have questions. All of this is because Jesus and the truth of scripture is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
What about your faith do you have questions about? Search the unchanging word of God for the truth.
Near the end of the chapter, the author concludes with a call to praise. He calls believers to live lives of worship and praise.
What does worship look like on a daily basis?
Obedience is praising God. How are you being obedient to scripture? How are you not?
Spend some time in prayer. Ask the Lord to reveal to you how you can more fully live a life of worship in the grace of God. Ask Him to build your faith.