Epistle to the Hebrews (13:15-16)   Leave a comment

Epistle to the Hebrews

Epistle to the Hebrews

Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.” Hebrews 13:15-16

Since we have been promised a permanent resting place for our soul, let us praise God. You and I do not have much time left on this earth. If we have 60 more years ahead, what is it compared to eternity? Our author understood how valuable God’s promise was and he had a heart of worship. Let us be loyal and faithful to Him who promised us something beyond our understanding. Jesus said:

Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.” John 14:1-3

What Jesus went to do for us should bring in our heart an immense joy and peace. However, we are still troubled in our soul about earthly things.

Jesus said in v27:

I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again.”

We often fail to consider what great heavenly home Jesus went to prepare for us. We have never seen how heaven is and in our mind we picture out that it’s going to be a golden place with precious stones everywhere as described by the book of revelation.

The wall was made of jasper, and the city was pure gold, as clear as glass. The wall of the city was built on foundation stones inlaid with twelve precious stones:the first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst.The twelve gates were made of pearls—each gate from a single pearl! And the main street was pure gold, as clear as glass.” Revelation 21:18-21

If you think that it’s the pearls which are going to make heaven awesome, you’ve missed the point. It’s the Architect of these things who should be the center of attention.  We read in verse 22:

I saw no temple in the city, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. And the city has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its light.”

It’s the fact that we would be admitted in God’s Holy presence which is the great promise. If you think that you’ll be admitted in heaven just to sing for eternity, then I guess it’s going to be distressful after the first 1000 years!  Heaven will be boring if you do not get it right why you are there. If we understand how unworthy we are to be in God’s presence, we would value much this great promise. I would prefer spending eternity with Jesus without pearls around me than having everything else without Him. To be in the presence of such an awesome mind, wise, loving and powerful Being should bring us to our knees. Angels in heaven don’t worship God under compulsion or because of a dictatorial divine being. Dear readers, it’s God’s everlasting glory and holiness which bring His creatures down to their knees. Moses asked to see God’s glory and his life has never been the same since. Let us aspire to seek God’s glory and His kingdom then our eyes will open to our unworthiness.

Our author also wants to mention that blessing others with gifts are also a form of worship to Him.

There’s not anything you’ll give to God that God will remain indebted to you. We read in the book of Job  “Who has given me anything that I need to pay back?Everything under heaven is mine.” Job 41:11

When you’re helping someone in need, it’s like you doing for God. As we’ve seen above, God is not the debtor of anyone.

If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord—and he will repay you!” Prov 19:17

Jesus expressed it as such: “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’“And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’ Mat 25:44-45

Selfishness is self-worship but giving is honoring someone else. When we talk about sacrifice, we talk about something which cost us. It requires involvement. It’s not a drop of water from an ocean. It’s not drawing out from our excess and giving it to God. Worship is not only with our lips but also through our life. Will God accept our praises if we have a selfish heart? We cannot fool the One who created us. Zacchaeus experienced salvation when he gave up the possessions which entangled him.

James portrayed it as such: “What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? Soyou see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.” James 2:14

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Posted October 5, 2013 by Cedric in Theology

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