“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/Concluding Exhortations

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“He Looked Beyond My Faults”, Albertina Walker.  This goes way back.  Praise God!

Concluding Exhortations”, Acts 13:1) Let brotherly love continue.  2) Be not forgetful to entertain strangers:  for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.  3) Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.  4) Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled:  but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.   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.  Genesis 28:15; Psalm 37:25; Isaiah 41:10, 17.  6) So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my Helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.  Psalm 27:1.  7) Remember them which have the rule over you (are the guides), who have spoken unto you the Word of God:  whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.   8) Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.  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.  10) We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the Tabernacle.  1Corinthians 9:13.  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.  Leviticus 4:11.  12) Wherefore Jesus also, that He might Sanctify the people with His Own Blood, suffered without the gate.  John 19:17; Acts 7:58.  13) Let us go forth therefore unto Him without the camp, bearing His reproach.  1Peter 4:14.  14) For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.  Micah 2:10.  15) By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks (confessing) to His Name.  16) But to do good and to communicate forget not:  for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.   17) Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief:  for that is unprofitable for you.  Ezekiel 3:17.  18) Pray for us:  for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.  19) But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner,  20) Now the God of Peace, that bought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that Great Shepherd of the sheep, through the Blood of the Everlasting Covenant,  Ezekiel 34:23; John 10:11.  21) Make you perfect in every good work to do His Will, working in you that which is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be Glory for ever and ever.  Amen.  22) And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the Word of exhortation:  for I have written a letter unto you in few words.  23) Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty; with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you.  1Timothy 6:12.  24) Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the Saints.  They of Italy salute you.  25) Grace be with you all.  Amen

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary -v1, continue: The recipients of this letter had practiced brotherly love (6:10), but the author feared that the idea of returning to some form of Judaism might be hindering them from encouraging one another in the faith (10:24, 25). v2, Entertained angels is a reference to men in the Old Testament who encountered Heavenly beings. Abraham (Genesis 18), Lot (Genesis 19), Gideon (Judges 6), Manoah (Judges 13). The idea is that when we practice hospitality we may be helping a messenger of God without realizing it. *And therefore, might miss out on a blessing.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v2-6, Here are earnest exhortations to several Christian duties, especially contentment. The sin opposed to this grace and duty is covetousness, an over-eager desire for the wealth of this world, with envy of those who have more than ourselves. Those who cannot be so, would not be content though God raised their condition. Adam was in paradise, yet not contented; some angels in Heaven were not contented; but the Apostle Paul, though abased and empty, had learned in every state, in any state, to be content. This promise contains the sum and substance of all the promises; “I will never, no, never, leave thee, no, never forsake thee.” The true Believer shall have the gracious presence of God with him, in life, at death, and for ever. v7-15, Christ is both our Altar and our Sacrifice. Let us go forth therefore unto Him without the camp; go forth from the ceremonial law, from sin, from the world, and from ourselves. Living by faith in Christ, let us willingly separate from this evil world. v16-21, We must, according to our power; give to the necessities of the souls and bodies of men: God will accept these offerings with pleasure, and will accept and bless the offerers through Christ. v22-25, So are the hearts of men and Believers that there is a need of earnest entreaty and exhortation that they would bear it, and not neglect it, or reject it. Let the favour of God be toward you and His Grace continually working in you. Amen

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