Some Closing Admonitions from the Final Chapter of Hebrews
As you come to the closing chapter of the book of Hebrews, you will notice that the writer leaves his readers with several admonitions. These things are not mere suggestions; but rather, they are commands to follow. These admonitions are good for individual Christians, and they are just as good for churches collectively. Let’s consider them quickly:
- Love Each Other! – verse 1 “Let brotherly love continue.”
- Be A Gracious Host! – verse 2 “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”
- Pray for Persecuted Believers! – verse 3 “Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.”
- Keep Your Life Pure! – verse 4 “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.”
- Be Content! – verse 5 “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.”
- Care for Your Preacher! – verse 7 “Remember 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.”
- Know Bible Doctrine and Have Discernment! – verse 9 “Be 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.”
These seven admonitions were good for the author’s audience then, and they are just as good for our lives today. The Holy Spirit inspired the penman to put these commands in the final chapter of the book. They’re good for individuals, and they’re good for the church body.
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Since 2006, Pastor Cooper has served as an evangelist and as a pastor, traveling across the nation holding revival meetings and preaching in Bible conferences. Pastor Cooper moved to join our staff in 2019 and is building the Tabernacle Bible Class. He and his wife, Desarae, are an incredible blessing to both the college and church families. Pastor and Mrs. Cooper have one son, Lincoln.