Kingdom Life (Hebrews 13:1-6)
First Scripture Reading: Psalm 118:1-29
Second Scripture Reading: John 13:1-38
Sermon Text: Hebrews 13:1-6
As the writer of Hebrews brings his letter to a conclusion, he gives a series of exhortations that are meant to teach us how to apply the rich truths of the gospel to our lives. He has spent twelve chapters explaining the wonderful accomplished work of Christ, our superior Prophet, Priest, and King. And now in chapter 13, the writer shows that a right understanding of the gospel will have a direct impact on how a true believer lives. This is doctrine and life, truth and application. What we see in verses 1-6 is that our faith must affect every aspect of the way we live, from our affections, to our care for others, to loving our spouses and keeping a biblical perspective about money. Pastor Richard Phillips writes:
If we are to wear the genuine mark of Jesus Christ in this world, it will have to be in the manner of these verses from Hebrews 13. It will be through love and purity before the world, shining, as Paul said, "as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life" (Philippians 2:15- 16). In that manner, it will then be Jesus we truly and faithfully proclaim, displaying his mark of love and wearing his righteous robe.
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