The Joy in Responsibility
(An In-Depth Study of Hebrews)
Encouraging the Faithful
In order for the hears of this letter to have confidence necessary to perform its commands and requirements, our author presents the strongest statement in the letter regarding our relationship with God and His promises toward us. The closing argument, as we come to the final paragraphs, states that the faithful have everything necessary to pursue peace and holiness in this life because our God will never leave us or forsake us. Our God is a constant source of help in time of need. No matter what man has to offer us, trouble, persecution, or even death, our God is so great that He is working everything for our good.
Therefore, we can live a life that does not reflect the broken values of this world. In other words, we can live a life that stands out. Not just being different for the sake of being different, but projecting our love for God and our confidence in our God. This life will show God’s true value to the world.
The final chapter paints a portrait of what it looks like to live a life that worships God in reverence and awe. When we are very grateful that we belong to a family within a Kingdom that cannot be shaken, joy abounds in the responsibility to which we are called.
The Family of God
Let brotherly love continue (vs 1)
Know that you are sons and daughters (3:5-6)
Encourage each other (3:12-13)
Show hospitality to strangers (vs 2)
Good Samaritan (Luke 10:29-37)
Missionary helper (Acts)
Entertaining angels (Genesis 18; Judges 6, 13)
Remember those in prison (vs 3)
Care for each other (10:34)
One body (1 Corinthians 12:12-13)
Marriage held in honor (vs 4)
Let the marriage bed be undefiled (8:8-12)
Be content with your life (vs 5)
Free from the love of money (Matthew 6:25-34)
Your treasure is in heaven
For, this is the Truth (vs 6)
God will never leave or forsake
The Lord is my helper
What can man do to me?
Joy in Responsibility
Anxious in Circumstances