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Equipped With Everything Good (13:17-25)

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The book of Hebrews was written to people who were suffering because of their faith in Jesus Christ. Some of them were wavering in their faith and were thinking of returning to the Law of Moses. Hebrews emphasizes the superiority of Christ, and reminds us of the example of the people of faith who have gone before us. Only if we remain faithful as they did in the face of adversity will we obtain the promises God has made. Our suffering and pain is nothing in comparison to the joy that awaits us, provided we remain faithful to Christ.

Living In The Covenant (13:1-16)

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Becoming a follower of Christ brings us into a covenant relationship with God. A covenant is a relationship of mutual caring where each party puts the interests of the other ahead of his own.

Do Not Refuse (12:14-29)

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It is easy to become discouraged when we face hardship or persecution for our faith. However the inspired book of Hebrews teaches us that God allows the followers of Christ to experience suffering as a form of discipline. There are some things which can only be learned through hardship. It is not God’s intent to destroy us, but to purge out of our lives everything which would make us unfit for our eternal home. When suffering comes we can choose to reject the lesson or we can respond as God desires.

For Our Good (12:1-13)

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The book of Hebrews points out that many times people undergo suffering and persecution as a result of their faith. In chapter 11 there is an extensive list of the things people suffered in order to remain faithful to God. If the people of old had to suffer as a result of their faith, it should come as no surprise that the followers of Christ often have to endure suffering today.

The World Was Not Worthy (11:32-40)

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Some people embrace a particular religion because they think that it will raise their social or economic status. Still others think that joining a particular religion will make God happy with them and their troubles will go away. Those who decide to follow Christ for these kinds of reasons are sure to be disappointed. Though there are many blessings and benefits in following Christ, it can also bring trouble, suffering, insult and persecution. When this happens, those who thought to gain financially or socially from taking Christ’s name, will quickly abandon Him. The same is true for those who accept Christ because it is convenient, but have no real conviction. Jesus likened such people to rocky soil which does not produce a crop. “What was sown on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away.” (Matthew 13:20-21 NIV)

Living By Faith (11:20-31)

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The Bible teaches us that it is impossible to please God without faith. Jesus often rebuked His disciples for their lack of faith. But what are the characteristics of faith? If a person were to live his life by faith, what would his life look like?

Abraham’s Example (11:8-19)

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The followers of Christ to whom the inspired book of Hebrews was written, were experiencing difficulties and hardship because of their faith. As a result, they were discouraged and some were even thinking about leaving Christ. Hebrews points out that God will richly reward the faith and perseverance of those who remain true to their commitment to Christ. They could be confident they would receive the promises God made because of the character of the One who made them.

Commended (11:1-7)

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What enables us to believe things of which we have no direct experience? It is our confidence in the character of the person who tells us of them. The strength of our belief of what we have been told is in proportion to the trustworthiness of the person who told us. For example, the Apostle Paul writes, “...I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.” (2 Timothy 1:12 NIV)

Do Not Throw Away Your Confidence (10:26-39)

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We often do not understand the value of something we have until it is taken away and we no longer enjoy the benefits of it. For example, we might not appreciate our bicycle very much until it is stolen and we are forced to walk. Then we realize how great a blessing the bicycle was. Similarly, we cannot enjoy the benefits of having something without also accepting the responsibility that goes with it. If we do not oil our bicycle and put air in the tires, it won’t be long before it no longer works.

By One Sacrifice (10:11-25)

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The inspired book of Hebrews spends a great deal of time demonstrating that Jesus is superior to other prophets. He is superior even to angels. In fact, He is the exact representation of God. Because Jesus is superior to all others, He is also a superior priest and the sacrifice He made for sin is superior to all other sacrifices. The sacrifices specified by the Law of Moses were inadequate to take away sins. Jesus’ sacrifice, however is perfect. It accomplished what God intended.