Hebrews 13:3 Applies To A Local Church

Hebrews 13:3 (KJV)
Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.

We are so prone to read into the Bible our preconceived notions.

Among students of the Bible, both the authorship of the book of Hebrews and the audience are questioned. One commentator says that if Paul is not the author, the viewpoint is definitely Pauline. I see no reason to question that Paul wrote it. As to the audience, it is generally thought to be the same as that of 1 and 2 Peter, the believing Jews scattered in eastern regions.  It is seldom viewed as written to a local church. I think Hebrews 13 reflects a strong local church position.

The body
Verse 3 refers to a body, a term that applies to a local church throughout the writings of Paul. The connection of the members and the suggestion that we share afflictions only makes sense in a local body situation.

The rulers
This phrase is found in verses 7, 17 and 24. It would be impossible to understand the role of a (spiritual) ruler except in the context of a local congregation.

We don’t have to, as some interpreters do, consign the book of Hebrews to another dispensation. It applies today and it applies to members of a local church.

 

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Hebrews 12:1 Constancy

Hebrews 12:1 (KJV)
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

“Run with patience”

I ran a little cross-country in school. I wasn’t any good at it but I did it enough to know that, when running in a race, patience was not the top thing on a runner’s mind. They ran to win. They were competitive, pumped, psyched. In a long distance run the strategy involved patience. The runners paced themselves, saving something for a kick at the end. But the ultimate goal wasn’t patience; it was winning.

Strong’s concordance tells me that the Greek word means cheerfulness, endurance, hopefulness and constancy. The key to victory in the Christian life is constancy. You just keep doing it regardless. The key to constancy is hopefulness. The key to hopefulness is Jesus.

Hebrews 12:2
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

 

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Hebrews 11:3 Faith Vs Academia

Hebrews 11:3 (KJV)
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

“Through faith we understand.”

I understand that my statement above is incomplete. The context of every passage of the Bible is essential to properly understanding and applying the Bible. There is that expression “We can’t see the forest for the trees.” It’s important to see the big picture. But sometimes “We miss the tree for the forest.”

As I considered this expression, which in its entirety seems to teach that it is by faith we understand Creation, I realized that it encompasses much more than Creation. Truly it is through faith we understand the significance of every action recorded in the chapter.

  • Through faith we understand the heart of every character mentioned in this chapter.
  • Through faith the lessons drawn come to light.

Indeed, the expression transcends Hebrews chapter eleven. We acknowledge the God of the Bible through faith. We accept the Bible as authoritative through faith.

No wonder there is such a conflict between faith and modern science today. Academia trusts the rules of scholarship. Men of renown[1]have developed their own ideas how to know whether a thing is true.

  • Rules for interpretation
  • Rules for historian[2]
  • Rules for science
  • Rules of philosophy

There are others but one gets the idea. The point is academia has set up men as their gods. They cannot embrace faith in anything in the Bible without denying some tenant of the god they have already bowed before.

There are Believers who have learned what the academics know but have been excommunicated from that fold, not for lack of knowledge but for their lack of devotion the their god.

[1]The term takes me back to Nimrod.

[2]I recently listened to an interview of the author of “Never Caught.” Her book is said to be a biography of Ona Judge, a runaway slave of George and Martha Washington.  The author admitted that she had very little credentialed material to work from and that the material she did have had to be used in ways generally unacceptable to historians and biographers. She admitted that much of her book is “informed speculation” where she added in what must have been true but cannot be known to be true. She claimed that these stretches of fact are necessary and acceptable in this case because the subject was a slave and “she deserves a voice.” So, in the eyes of this biographer, (and her book is now being used as a textbook in many schools) it is acceptable to cast aspersions on George Washington’s character using methods their own rules consider faulty just because the subject was a slave.

 

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Hebrews 8:12 A Promise of Mercy

Hebrews 8:12 (KJV)
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

That this passage relates to our current age and not to an eternal one is apparent. We live in an age of mercy, an age of grace. There is coming an age when neither will be required because no unrighteousness will enter there.

As for today, the promise of mercy is that much more impressive because the unrighteousness of men grows, it seems, daily.

Romans 5:20
Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

There is great comfort in hoping in God’s mercy in such a time of unrighteousness as this. The cycle of liberty of conscience, so abundantly poured out in the last two and a half centuries, has nearly come to an end. We will require that mercy now as much as any time in history.

Romans 6:1-2
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

The promise of mercy is not equivalent to permission for unrighteousness. The darker the day, the more important it will be that our lamps are trimmed, filled and set high for others to see.

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Hebrews 7:19 God Isn’t Interested in “Good Enough”

Hebrews 7:19 (KJV)
For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.

Matthew 5:48
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Our perfection is certainly a Biblical objective. God isn’t interested in “good enough.” Even “very good” isn’t where God stops. By the time He finishes with this world, and with us, the result will be – perfect.

Notice, perfection is not made through the law.

I see what I believe to be a three-step progression into perfection:

We embrace a “better hope”
It is a hope based in the promises of God rather than the deeds of self.

By the which we draw nigh to God
And God draws nigh to us.

The result of which is perfection
It is implied but I am sure it is here.

Perfection is the result of God working upon us as we draw near to Him through hope in His promises by Christ.

 

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Hebrews 5:8-9 Perfection Perfected

Hebrews 5:8-9 (KJV)
Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

I think it is Gill who writes, “it cannot be supposed” that concerning Jesus, He was not obedient in eternity prior to His suffering. Neither can it be supposed that He was not perfect prior to being made perfect. In His Cross perfection was perfected. The perfect Son of God, gave His life for sinners, perfecting the perfect plan of God and by it became our perfect Saviour.

Prior to His Cross God had a perfect plan of salvation. That plan was finished in the death, burial and resurrection. Prior to the cross Christ was a perfect sacrifice for our sins. That sacrifice was accomplished, completed, perfected in the death, burial and resurrection.

 

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Hebrews 3:16 Some But Not All

Hebrews 3:16 (KJV)
For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.

I imagine that the most challenging thing we go through in a time of trouble is to major on the good things. When problems come we believe we have to address them. They have to be our focus:

  • The problem demands it
  • Responsibilities seems to assume it
  • Others expect it

It feels like, if the trouble isn’t first in our thoughts, we will never get through the trouble.

But we are never encouraged to count our troubles, only God’s thoughts toward us.

Psalms 139:17-18
How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

Israel had some who provoked God to wrath in Moses’ day. Some. Even most. But not all of them.

It would be better to turn our attention upon those who did not cause problems instead of the troublemakers.

 

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Hebrews 1:1 All Three Persons. And They Are One

Hebrews 1:1 (KJV)
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,

God.
Sometimes all the truth we need is that.

  • God is
  • God knows
  • God cares

God.
All three Persons and they are one

  • God the Father
  • God the Son and
  • God the Holy Ghost

God.
Salvation is all of Him

  • He so loved the world
  • He for ordained our Saviour
  • He gave His only begotten Son

God.
Draw nigh and He will draw nigh to you

  • He hears our prayers
  • He comforts our fears
  • He carries us in trouble

God.

 

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Hebrews 12:1 The Key Is to Run

Hebrews 12:1 (KJV)
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

The New Testament frequently employs the metaphor of the race to describe the Christian life. In this case there are three lessons drawn:

First, we have an audience
I was on my high school track team a couple of years. There is a group who comes to watch the events but the majority of our spectators were fellow athletes; those who had run or were just about to. This is the same in the Christian life. Those in eternity are called a great cloud of witnesses. The passage does not mention them but we know there is a younger generation watching us.

Second, we run this race patiently
It’s a long distance course, not a sprint. A few of the more notables in the Christian world would do well to see it that way.

Thirdly, it is set differently for each of us
It’s going to play out uniquely for every one of us. We are:

  • Wired differently
  • Gifted differently
  • Situated differently and

have different advantages and disadvantages than others. The course can look exactly the same and still be a completely different race for everyone on it.

The key is to run the race. Run it faithfully, run it unhindered by sin.

Hebrews 13:3 Those In Bonds

Hebrews 13:3 (KJV)
Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.

It was a difficult time in which the Apostle penned these words. Christians were likely to be in prison or worse for their faith in Christ. Many of the early saints were in the bondage of slavery. Paul said those that were not in bonds should remember those in bondage as being with them. Gill says that’s because they, as Christians, were liable of the same convictions.

Other believers were suffering affliction of one sort or another. There would have been those physical afflictions that were common to the day and a further sort of affliction that was due to the hardships of persecution. Paul urged those not so afflicted to remember them as in the same body.

Our times have been much less challenging for Christians. That seems to be changing quickly. The sentiment of the ungodly has taken root so deeply that to believe in Judeo/Christian values, especially to hold a fundamental view of the Bible, is attacked on very many fronts. To personally know Christians in bondage to the legal system or suffering financially due to their Christian business practices will likely become more common.

Paul urges us not to:

  • Judge them 
  • Condemn them or 
  • Shun them 

but to:

  • Remember them
  • Help them when we can and 
  • Pray for them 

 

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