Hebrews 13:18-19 To Live, Or Die, Honestly

Hebrews 13:18-19 (KJV)
Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.
But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.

Though Paul’s name is not given in Hebrews, the intrinsic evidence clearly suggests that he was the writer of this book. The setting seems to be his prison years. As he does in most of his prison epistles, he asks his readers to pray for his release. He also offers a statement of confidence that such a release is forthcoming. Whether it happened or not is a matter of speculation.

I am interested in this phrase, “we trust we have a good conscience, in all things will to live honestly.”

Consider the prisoner. Paul was captured and endured his prison years because of a false accusation that he had brought a Gentile into the Temple. He was compelled to appeal to Caesar because a fair trial in Jerusalem would be an impossibility. He was in prison originally because of a false accusation. Still, he remained there because he preached Christ, His resurrection, and a new body consisting of the redeemed, both Jew and Gentile.

He had a good conscience.

He was confident in his message.

And he was willing to live, or die, honestly declaring it.

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Hebrews 13:18-19 To Live, Or Die, Honestly

Hebrews 12:27 What Remains

Hebrews 12:27 (KJV)
And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.

I have in my mind right now the sieve and old farmer might have used to sift the chaff from the grain. Or, a similar method with a different product, the pan a miner might use to separate the gold from the rocks and debris. In either case, the lesser, lighter thing is removed by the process of shaking. The heavier, more valuable item is left behind and remains.

God uses this analogy to describe His removal of all that is frivolous and without value. Like the chastening of a child, God works to refine in us and what is around us, the wheat and the gold. 

The shaking process often seems violent. We tremble at the thought of the removal of:

  • Our material goods
  • Our earthly home
  • Our mortal life

But what remains once those are gone is the matter of real worth.

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Hebrews 12:27 What Remains

Hebrews 11:2 A Landmark Text

Hebrews 11:2 (KJV)
For by it the elders obtained a good report.

There are several passages that I would call “landmark.” They are key to Christian life.

  • Psalms 1
  • John 3:16
  • The Sermon on the Mount

There are others, of course.

Hebrews 11 is high on the list of landmark texts.

  • It surveys the whole of the Old Testament
  • It establishes the role of faith in Christian life
  • It encourages the saint to act but to act in faith in Christ and not the power of the flesh
  • It teaches us how to have a good report with both God and man.

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Hebrews 11:2 A Landmark Text

Hebrews 10:3 Nothing Left To Do

Hebrews 10:3 (KJV)
But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.

I am always amazed by those souls who choose a religion that cannot rest. I think I know why. It is in the corrupted nature of the old man to work. He feels like he is contributing. He believes he has value in his efforts. There is satisfaction in the work of his hands.

This satisfaction is a beautiful thing in the realm of earning a living. However, it is a heresy with eternal consequences in the realm of the spiritual. In Christ, we who are believers have ceased from our labor. Our iniquity is purged. Our conscience is clean. There is nothing left to do but give praise to God.

Another problem the religious soul has with this is that he no longer has any leverage over others. That guilty conscience in man is a powerful tool for manipulation. But the Christian has no guilt of conscience. There is nothing in him that can be used to prod him in the direction of the masses.

It is why regimes such as communism outlaw Christianity.

It is also why religious leaders point people to a life of continual works and not toward the finished work of Jesus.

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Hebrews 10:3 Nothing Left To Do

Hebrews 9:11 Greater and More Perfect

Hebrews 9:11 (KJV)
But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;

There is:
A greater and more perfect tabernacle
That is the body of Jesus.[1]

There is a greater and more perfect sacrifice
This is the blood of Jesus.

There is a greater and more perfect place to serve
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That is the church of the living God, the pillar and the ground of truth, the body of Christ today, the local New Testament Baptist church.[2]


[1] John 2:19 (KJV)
Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

[2] 1 Timothy 3:15 (KJV)
But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

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Hebrews 9:11 Greater and More Perfect

Hebrews 4:1 From Us to You

Hebrews 4:1 (KJV)
Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.

I note the change in person in the first verse of the chapter, from “us” to “you.” The remainder of the chapter is the inclusive “us.”

All of us ought to fear
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. No one is saved who hasn’t first come to fear the Lord. In this case, the fear is for others. All of “us” ought to fear for some of “you.”

God has left a promise to all of us
Though some people attempt to preach otherwise, the fact of the matter is that the promise of salvation, the payment of salvation, and therefore the potential of salvation is available to all of us. No one is excluded from the call to be saved. All who come to Him, He will in no wise cast out.

But some of you seem to come short of it

  • All of us ought to fear because some of you do not trust Christ and get saved. 
  • All of us ought to pray, to witness, to give, to serve in such a way that more of the “you’s” in the world will come to Christ and be saved. Loved ones, friends, family, if they do not come to trust Christ, come short of the promise of rest in the Lord in eternity. 

All in the “us” class ought also to fear for those in the “you” class who, though saved, “seem” to come short of it. Though they have professed Christ, their profession of Christ hasn’t reached the level of maturity it ought to have. We fear for them not because they could lose their salvation but because they have neglected it. They do not glorify God in it. They are not contributing to the salvation of others through it.

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Hebrews 4:1 From Us to You

Hebrews 2:15 Through Death He Conquered Death

Hebrews 2:15 (KJV)
And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

  • “The day thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die”[1]
  • “For the wages of sin is death”[2]
  • “And as it is appointed unto man once to die”[3]

That thing that binds us most in life is our mortality. We know we will die, and we fear it. So Jesus defeated death in the most confrontational way. He defeated death by and through death.

Jesus defeated death by death and now the Bible assures us that believers enter a life where death is dead through our own death.

We need no longer to fear death because through it we come to live eternally.


[1] Genesis 2:17 (KJV)
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

[2] Romans 6:23 (KJV)
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

[3] Hebrews 9:27 (KJV)
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

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Hebrews 2:15 Through Death He Conquered Death

Hebrews 1:5-6 Again and Again

Hebrews 1:5-6 (KJV)
For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.

God uses arguments of repetition to support, back up, and amplify the message He intends the reader to receive. In this case, that message is the superior nature of Christ over the angels.

The Bible makes abundantly clear that angels exist. They are ministering spirits. They are of supernatural character. They abide in a world unseen to the human eye but very present and very helpful.

They are created beings.

They are not to be worshipped

On the other hand

  • Jesus was not created but begotten
  • Jesus, though in heaven today was visible to man
  • Jesus is the very Son of God
  • Jesus is to be worshipped

By the angels

and

By us

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Hebrews 1:5-6 Again and Again

Hebrews 13:6 So That

Hebrews 13:6 (KJV)
So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

So that…

This phrase takes us to, Hebrews 13:5 (KJV) 
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 

I think we would be quick to say that we can boldly say the Lord is our help because He will never leave us or forsake us. It is a comforting thought and helpful in times of trouble. But it is not the full end of the truth and perhaps not even the most helpful. 

Just as we have no reason to fear because the Lord will never leave us or forsake us, we have no reason to covet because the very same Lord will never leave us or forsake us. The same God who helps us also provides for us. We have every reason, then, to be confident in trouble and content in materials. 

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Hebrews 13:6 So That

Hebrews 12:5 Part and Parcel

Hebrews 12:5 (KJV)
And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:

Key words in this chapter include:

  • Weary
  • Faint
  • Fail
  • Despise

The chapter is a thesis meant to provide the tools to combat these plagues of earthly life. They are no doubt part and parcel of the mortal experience. 

We combat them firstly, by looking unto Jesus 
He is the source of our faith.

Secondly, by considering what He endured
And we are no better than He.

Thirdly, by understanding the purpose of chastening 
It is meant to perfect and make holy.

Fourthly, by following peace\
Seeking to be a help to all men.

Fifthly, by remembering our end 
In the heavenly Jerusalem.

There is so much more in the chapter, but this is enough to make the juices of meditation flow.

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Hebrews 12:5 Part and Parcel