Matthew Henry's Commentary
xhortations to various duties, and to be content with what Providence allots. (1-6) To respect the instructions of faithful
pastors, with cautions against being carried away by strange doctrines. (7-15) Further exhortations to duties, that relate
to God, to our neighbour, and to those set over us in the Lord. (16-21) This epistle to be seriously considered. (22-25)
Verses 1-6: The design of Christ in giving himself for us, is, that he may purchase to himself
a peculiar people, zealous of good works; and true religion is the strongest bond of friendship. Here are earnest exhortations
to several Christian duties, especially contentment. The sin opposed to this grace and duty is covetousness, an over-eager
desire for the wealth of this world, with envy of those who have more than ourselves. Having treasures in heaven, we may be
content with mean things here. Those who cannot be so, would not be content though God raised their condition. Adam was in
paradise, yet not contented; some angels in heaven were not contented; but the apostle Paul, though abased and empty, had
learned in every state, in any state, to be content. Christians have reason to be contented with their present lot. This promise
contains the sum and substance of all the promises; "I will never, no, never leave thee, no, never forsake thee."
In the original there are no less than five negatives put together, to confirm the promise: the true believer shall have the
gracious presence of God with him, in life, at death, and for ever. Men can do nothing against God, and God can make all that
men do against his people, to turn to their good.
Verses 7-15: The instructions
and examples of ministers, who honourably and comfortably closed their testimony, should be particularly remembered by survivors.
And though their ministers were some dead, others dying, yet the great Head and High Priest of the church, the Bishop of their
souls, ever lives, and is ever the same. Christ is the same in the Old Testament day. as in the gospel day, and will be so
to his people for ever, equally merciful, powerful, and all-sufficient. Still he fills the hungry, encourages the trembling,
and welcomes repenting sinners: still he rejects the proud and self-righteous, abhors mere profession, and teaches all whom
he saves, to love righteousness, and to hate iniquity. Believers should seek to have their hearts established in simple dependence
on free grace, by the Holy Spirit, which would comfort their hearts, and render them proof against delusion. Christ is both
our Altar and our Sacrifice; he sanctifies the gift. The Lord's supper is the feast of the gospel passover. Having showed
that keeping to the Levitical law would, according to its own rules, keep men from the Christian altar, the apostle adds,
Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp; go forth from the ceremonial law, from sin, from the world, and from
ourselves. Living by faith in Christ, set apart to God through his blood, let us willingly separate from this evil world.
Sin, sinners, nor death, will not suffer us to continue long here; therefore let us go forth now by faith and seek in Christ
the rest and peace which this world cannot afford us. Let us bring our sacrifices to this altar, and to this our High Priest,
and offer them up by him. The sacrifice of praise to God, we should offer always. In this are worship and prayer, as well
Verses 16-21: We must, according to our power, give
to the necessities of the souls and bodies of men: God will accept these offerings with pleasure, and will accept and bless
the offerers through Christ. The apostle then states what is their duty to living ministers; to obey and submit to them, so
far as is agreeable to the mind and will of God, made known in his word. Christians must not think themselves too wise, too
good, or too great, to learn. The people must search the Scriptures, and so far as the ministers teach according to that rule,
they ought to receive their instructions as the word of God, which works in those that believe. It is the interest of hearers,
that the account their ministers give of them may be with joy, and not with grief. Faithful ministers deliver their own souls,
but the ruin of a fruitless and faithless people will be upon their own heads. The more earnestly the people pray for their
ministers, the more benefit they may expect from their ministry. A good conscience has respect to all God's commands, and
all our duty. Those who have this good conscience, yet need the prayers of others. When ministers come to a people who pray
for them, they come with greater satisfaction to themselves, and success to the people. We should seek all our mercies by
prayer. God is the God of peace, fully reconciled to believers; who has made a way for peace and reconciliation between himself
and sinners, and who loves peace on earth, especially in his churches. He is the Author of spiritual peace in the hearts and
consciences of his people. How firm a covenant is that which has its foundation in the blood of the Son of God! The perfecting
of the saints in every good work, is the great thing desired by them, and for them; and that they may at length be fitted
for the employment and happiness of heaven. There is no good thing wrought in us, but it is the work of God. And no good thing
is wrought in us by God, but through Christ, for his sake and by his Spirit.
So bad are men, and even believers, through the remainders of their corruption, that when the most important, comfortable
doctrine is delivered to them for their own good, and that with the most convincing evidence, there is need of earnest entreaty
and exhortation that they would bear it, and not fall out with it, neglect it, or reject it. It is good to have the law of
holy love and kindness written in the hearts of Christians, one towards another. Religion teaches men true civility and good
breeding. It is not ill-tempered or uncourteous. Let the favour of God be toward you, and his grace continually working in
you, and with you, bringing forth the fruits of holiness, as the first-fruits of glory.
David Burnette's Life Application
Today, and Forever
Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making
an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue
in the book of Hebrews with Chapter 13 and in our text we see the author of Hebrews telling us to live holy and obedient lives.
What catches my eye is verse 8 that reminds us that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. In making application
we see that promises and prophecies of the Bible are true. Jesus is deity, He died on the Cross for your sins, He rose again,
He will save your soul, and He is coming again. How about you? Have you received Jesus as your Lord? Let us learn from our
text today and the reminder of the author of Hebrews that reminds us that the Lord is the same yesterday, today, and forever
so you can believe in Him to save your soul and guide you in every area of your life.
brotherly love continue.
2Be not forgetful
to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
3Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves
also in the body.
4Marriage is honourable
in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
5Let 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.
that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
7Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the
word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
8Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
9Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established
with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.
10We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.
11For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary
by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.
Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
13Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
14For here have we no continuing city, but
we seek one to come.
15By him therefore let
us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
16But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices
God is well pleased.
17Obey them that have
the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do
it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
18Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.
19But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you
20Now the God of peace, that brought
again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
21Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that
which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
22And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have
written a letter unto you in few words.
ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty; with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you.
24Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They
of Italy salute you.
25Grace be with you all.