All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. Here is general advice. But that is out of your hand. 13 "Make level paths for your feet," so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.” Heb. I did not mean to spend so much time there, but I want you to see it. Hebrews 13:11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. They are all facets of showing love for one another. This is what happened in Genesis with Abraham and the three angels. I am serious. Before he gets to the specifics of his advice, Paul uses chapter 12 to show the stakes and the parameters of our mission here at the end. It's only a little while longer.". There were other things, but these are the major ones that Paul stresses. We think what we think is so right. But somehow, somebody got a hold of these thoughts, inspired by God obviously, and wrote them down, and they became part of the Bible. Do I hear anybody saying that we are not? No. A-ha! This says pretty much the same thing. It could have been Silas. People act like this, and God hates it, because it is driving His church apart. They had nothing to hold them back, or entangle their feet. Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. It is useless. Your leaders are brethren too, and so Paul is saying, "Look to them for an example. But the idea here remember, is "love of the brethren." And what this sin was doing was pushing them to desert God. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it." Hebrews 12:3-7 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. Jesus Christ hasn't made a mistake in putting them there as your leaders. He did not see the importance of the birthright in comparison to one measly pot of beans. The destruction of this world is only a few years ahead of us, and we are in the process of adjusting our minds and our thinking to the way it will be when the Millennium comes, when we inherit the Kingdom of God. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. I do not know. Hebrews 12:11 Context. Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. I mean, I could not believe some of the things that I was reading in there that just shocked me, because it was so current. Hebrews 12:11 Translation & Meaning. What should our conduct be so that we will be counted worthy to escape all those terrible things that will come to pass upon this world in the Tribulation and the Day of the Lord? However, since we have been saved by grace through faith, we have become children of God, and joint heirs with Christ. The idea here too is that in those days they ran naked in the Olympics. Hebrews 12:11, ESV: "For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it." Love the brethren. Look at Sylvia Donahue all by herself up there in New Hampshire. 4, and your other relationships will fall right into place. They had questions about angels, and they had a great angel-ology, or whatever. Erwin is up there in Quebec. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. They completed their course, and now they are like a cloud, a gathering of witnesses around us; not literally, but that is the figure, that they are just waiting there for us to cross the finish line, and we are to be encouraged by them, like they are shouting in the stands, "Come on! I do not know quite the theological word for that, but they had at this time come up with various ranks of angels, and all these things, and God wanted them to know that all that was just plain poppycock. Hebrews 12:13, ESV: "and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed." Hebrews 12:11. πᾶσα δὲ παιδεία.… Another encouragement to endure chastening: if it is allowed to do its work righteousness will result. They had everything in common and they shared with one another. . And it is a good thing, because we have not been able to handle it. If we drift, we lose, we die spiritually—and this was their problem. 11:19 "raise men from the dead" Abraham expected Isaac to return with him (cf. And you know what happens? A church drifting, slowly giving in to sin in several areas, losing its spiritual vitality and understanding so that it can no longer discern true from false? Like the recipients of this epistle, the greater church of God, having drifted away and given in to sin, must also lay aside every weight which encumbers, accept God's chastening, receive encouragement from those who have already succeeded (Hebrews 12:1), and energetically get back into the spiritual race. God the Father is the eternal Vinedresser, Who will prune away all the old, dead, unproductive parts of our life, so that we may bring forth much fruit to His glory. We do not need anything else. And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their sense and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will. The original manuscript did not say "To the Hebrews." I am not saying that angels will be around testing you whether you are hospitable, but the idea is, get to know the brethren. Now what does this tell you they were doing? You may not think so, but we just found out this week that there are just hundreds of millionaires in Charlotte. Therefore [because we have been trained by this chastening] strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed. Hebrews 13:3 Remember the prisoners as if chained with them, and those who are mistreated, since you yourselves are in the body also. Let us get back in the race. Hebrews 12:8-10 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Oooh! There would be GREAT tribulation, as Mr. Armstrong would say, and it is not going to be a cake walk. Then in chapter 2 he begins some indication of what the problems were. If we do these things, God will be able to work in us and complete us for the entering of His Kingdom. Hebrews 13: 15 Through Him then, let us continually * offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. Well, you know it does. He also describes how some have fallen. No chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous, nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. This gets back to the first one. Texts: Proverbs 3:11-12. There are twigs that the Bible does not make any stand on, and it is your opinion versus somebody else's opinion. I believe it is in Psalm 111. Aim: CATL faith is essential in God’s family. Remember that God has given us every advantage for success, especially a relationship with Him. Or being absolutely correct as to when the new moon starts? I'd like for myself a piece of that! John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another. If you look it up in a modern translation, most often it says leader, not some harsh dictator that is cramming whatever down your throat. When your mate looks at you does he see the characteristics of Jesus Christ transforming you even now? During His earthly ministry, the Lord Jesus described Himself as the Vine, and explained that we are branches on that heavenly Vine. I do not care if you are right! Not only be sympathetic to them, but have empathy for them. An important aspect of heavenly citizenship is willing submission to the chastening of our heavenly Father. Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. God has given us what we need. Now my personal feeling, my personal opinion is that the apostle Paul had a hand in writing this book. God has done everything that He can, and now it is up to you. But what do we do in the meantime? Does your mate see God forming in you? Here you find that Paul had the same problems there, that he admonished Timothy not to get involved in them. Everything about the New Covenant is better than the Old Covenant. Pretty simple. He did not get the priorities straight. Remember that God's discipline is for our ultimate good, to strengthen us for the times that are ahead. It is so easy to become wealthy in our society. This is also the meaning of John 3:16. And then the ministers have to make sure that from their end they' ae doing it right, serving as overseers, not by constraint, not because they have to, but willingly. It can foster patient endurance, and encourage a submissive spirit, that truly benefits from the wise chastisement of our heavenly Father. Paul maybe died about 65 AD, or somewhere around there, and it could have been that he left notes, or maybe it was a sermon. So God's discipline is good, is it not? They could lose theirsalvation, because sin was creeping back into their lives. He takes care of the sparrows." So if you do not do His commandments, you lose your understanding. He has a much higher reason for doing this to us. Hebrews 12:13, KJV: "And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed." Oct 19, 1997. ", This is a particular weakness of the Laodicean condition, simply because we live amid so much wealth. . May I follow His example in spirit and in truth - this I ask in Jesus name, AMEN. Let us repent of those sins that are causing us to turn aside from the course. 13 “Make level paths for your feet,”. He let his stomach get between him and the birthright, and even though he cried his eyes out, there was no changing history. The practical advice in Hebrews 12-13 fits our current condition like a glove. What is more important? So we have got to be doing these things. From internal evidence in the book of Hebrews, it is pretty clear that it was written a few years before the city of Jerusalem fell to the Romans in 70 AD. Hebrews 12:11-13. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. As Abraham's faith was later accounted to him as righteousness (cf. Get this one right—No. So when I talk about the author, I will probably call him Paul. The practical advice in Hebrews 12-13 fits our current condition like a glove. Which has more value? Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. All these things are aspects of agape love, which is entirely selfless and outgoing. Paul uses the first ten chapters to show how superior, how much better the new way is than the old way. Now they were carnal. Maybe they don't like hamburgers. They were being distracted from God's way, and they were allowing themselves to get "hooked," and they were slowly, area by area, sin by sin, going back into what they had come out of. They do not understand what is important. ", Revelation 3:17-18 "Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing' [And God says, Whoa, Nellie! 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. 8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Whatever it is, sacrifice a little time or money or effort, or whatever it takes, for their good, because you could be in their shoes very quickly. Thank You that Jesus is the perfect example of a Man, Who learned obedience.. by the things He suffered. II Timothy 2:14-26 Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers. So use this tool, because we need it. I am speaking the "us" being the whole church of God, at least the way we were just a few years ago before we were awakened through God's mercy. He says, "I'll drag you through that tribulation unless you repent of your highmindness." This is probably best seen in the Pharisees which Christ castigated up and down because they did all those things that they were instructed to do, but their heart was not right. These were men and women just like us, that we are assured that they made it. Submit to the teaching, because it is not the minister teaching, it is God teaching. It is practical advice. This is what we are supposed to compare with that pot of soup. But it does not matter, because God wrote it. It could be those who are sick, those who are alone. Amen. One of them. That is why Paul, in chapter 12, said those things, so that we could get our heart right, so that when we do these practical things we are doing them for the right reason. This should be an encouragement. That word was the summing up of all that there was to say of affliction. We will make it to the same goal they were striving for with all their being.". My synopsis of this is strengthen your marriage. Hebrews 13:12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. It was the end of that period of time in which God was approached through the priesthood. Scripture: Hebrews 11-13. And then Paul quotes that again here in Hebrews 10:38, "The just shall live by faith," and then he expands on that by showing us examples of faith from the Old Testament, encouraging us, that "Look! Then we have the encouraging word in Hebrews 11:39-40, that they have not yet reached their ultimate goal, because God has provided for us, that they should not reach it before we do. He chastens us for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. To bring us back to Him, that we have not had to facereal physical persecution? We can have a relationship with Him based on love and reverence and faith; not sheer terror. I do not want to spend too much time on this because I think you understand the parallel. The goal is much higher, but the penalties are much higher too. Right? Hebrews 13:16 But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. They sound harsh and dictatorial to our modern sensitivities. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. Service Orientation: God wants us to persevere in our faith. For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will? It is vain. Since He has promised us these things, and we know that God is faithful, we can be content that God has given us exactly what we need. 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