Hebrews 13:1

Monday, 6 May 2019

Let brotherly love continue. Hebrews 13:1

We now begin the final chapter of the book of Hebrews, and it will last for less than a month of daily commentaries. Verse 1 begins the chapter right where chapter 12 left off –

For our God is a consuming fire.

Let brotherly love continue.

The thought of the previous verse was that of God’s fire consuming that which is not acceptable in His people when they enter into glory. All such things are considered as wood, hay, or stubble and will be burned up at the judgment seat of Christ. In order to have more gain and less loss, the author gives a note of expectation by saying, “Let brotherly love continue.”

The Greek word is philadelphia. It means, “affection for the brethren.” This is why the city of Philadelphia is known as “The city of brotherly love.” Here, the author acknowledges that brotherly love was evidenced among them, and he is spurring them on to continue with this attitude. This was seen in his words of Chapter 6 –

“For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.”

In conducting themselves in this manner, and in continuing to do so in the future, they will have less of the “consuming fire,” and more of the “well done good and faithful servant,” coming their way when they stand before Christ. So should it be with each one of us.

It is to be understood that the idea of brotherly love here is limited to the body of believers. This is seen, for example, in Peter’s words in his second letter –

“Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.” 1 Peter 2:17

A distinction is made here, as is made by Paul when he uses the same term as this verse in Hebrews, philidelphia, in Romans 12:10 and 1 Thessalonians 4:9.

Life application: One thing that is stressed again and again in the New Testament is brotherly love; having affection for all in the body of Christ. This is unfortunately not something that comes about as much as it should. Rather, we divide churches over teeny issues and we disown friends because our feelings get hurt over something they say. But Paul is pretty clear about how we should conduct ourselves around other believers –

“If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge? I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren? But brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers!

Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated? No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren!” 1 Corinthians 6:4-8

He says that it would be better that we were cheated than to turn and sue a fellow believer. It’s not just for our sake that he says this, but rather for the sake of Jesus’ name. When fellow Christians act in such an unbecoming manner, the One who ultimately looks bad in others’ eyes is Jesus – “Ah, those Christians are all a bunch of hypocrites.”

Are we setting a noble example for Christ in our conduct and behavior? Think on these things and … keep loving each other as brothers. This is the calling to which we are called. Let’s pray about this….

Lord Jesus, it is extremely hard to overlook an offense when we are wronged by others. Give us hearts that are more willing to be molded to Your image. You have forgiven us so very much and we need to emulate the grace bestowed upon us. In the end, may it be Your name which is held in high esteem as we live our lives to Your glory. Amen.

5 thoughts on “Hebrews 13:1

  • Monday, May 6th, 2019 at 8:05 am

    How to have more gain and less loss? Let brotherly love continue!…
    Now, there’s a thought. I mean, all it takes is having no confidence in myself, and yielding all my actions and thoughts to do His will in His strength today, amen? Yes, He will provide the Spirit’s power.
    Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord.

  • Monday, May 6th, 2019 at 8:07 am

    amen and thank you

  • Monday, May 6th, 2019 at 8:44 am

    Wow Charlie this life application jumped off the screen at me and almost knocked me off my seat. It was like a 1,000 wat, lightbulb turning on in my head. Far to many Christians are acting like leftist and being easily triggered by views that don’t meet their expectations of Christians and the beliefs they should hold. Cookie cutter beliefs. I have seen the trend growing but I think I was selectively blinding myself to it not wanting to believe it but now it’s out there for all to see and it’s bad. The forgiving nature of Christians to one another is literally dying. It’s toe the party/church line or your not worthy of my attention, I will cut you out of my life. Yes I know that sounds harsh but it’s what I am seeing happening everywhere. The exceptions to this are getting smaller and smaller each day. No group is immune to this, it’s spreading like a cancer.

    I pray lord that we maintain our place In the exception group and continue to be fair and open minded to those around us and honestly looking to find the right path to Jesus and not the it’s my way or the highway group

    Ok then I have to say this was a devinely inspired message as my fingers went on auto type!
    And I will leave it here for your consideration.

    We ARE another day closer to home
    Grace mercy and peace on you and yours
    God bless my friends we fly soon

  • Monday, May 6th, 2019 at 10:52 am

    This thought in the Life Application caught my attention.

    “This is unfortunately not something that comes about as much as it should.” How true!!

    Quite recently I was talking to a High School Principal who is a born again Christian. She had some awful looking spots on her skin, a condition which her doctor says is caused by stress on the job.Then she went on to explain that the Christian Teachers in her school are causing her the most problems. Further more the problems are not hidden from the rest of the staff. I was very saddened by this and all I could think was ‘how are the non – Christians viewing this situation.?’

    As Pastor Charlie indicated ” the One who ultimately looks bad in others’ eyes is Jesus – ‘Ah, those Christians are all a bunch of hypocrites.'””
    My prayer and determination today is ‘Lord help me to show brotherly love so that I may never bring reproach to Your name’.
    Thank you S.W.

  • Monday, May 6th, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS! Let it be so done


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