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Hebrews 13

posted Apr 6, 2013, 12:05 PM by David Gerhart
"I've been hoping you'd call."

There are many believers that who presently find themselves "outside the gates."   The gates of the the latter-day church have become a point of separation -- between followers of God and followers more beholden to the personalities and messages proffered in the church.

Still, we are to honor our "leaders" ... and this provides a natural opportunity for our common enemy.  Conflict, discord.

Charles Spurgeon:

"The Christian’s reason for leaving the camp of the world’s sin and religion is not because he loves to be singular, but because Jesus did so; and the disciple must follow his Master."

Paul writing to the Hebrew Christians:

"Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so." Heb 13:9

Christ died for us, outside the camp.  We also note that His accusation and persecution began inside those gates.

It is proper to remember that persecution for standing, or being shunned -- is a method the Lord uses to instruct BOTH parties.  In one case the humility of being oppressed, in the other the possibility of  conviction.  

Callous, loveless discipline is not biblical.   Love costs us something.  Casting out those with differences to enforce commonality is the very definition of Xenophobia.

For those outside, we are not permitted to rail against methods but instead return honor.

"Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account." Heb 13: 17

"Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith." Heb 13:7

We consider outcomes, NOT methods.  Many are the promises of blessing if we wait on the Lord ...

And finally Paul's prayer - in it's wonderful simplicity and grace...

"I particularly urge you to pray so that I may be restored to you soon" Heb 12:19