Hebrews 13 presents the apostleâ€™s concluding admonition: â€śLet brotherly love continueâ€ť (Heb. 13:1). He has affirmed throughout the epistle that we are of the household of the Kingâ€“High Priest, Jesus, His brothers and sisters. The author does not conceive of the audience only as a group of individuals who work on their salvation in a one-on-one relationship with Jesus, but as a family, or household, saved together. Paul has characterized the work of Jesus for us as â€śbrotherly loveâ€ť: He was â€śnot ashamed to call them brothersâ€ť (Heb. 2:11, ESV). Thus, believers should do for one another what Jesus did for them.
Throughout the letter, brotherly love involved â€śexhorting one anotherâ€ť so that no one would fall short of the grace of God (Heb. 3:13; Heb. 10:24, 25; Heb. 12:15â€“17). In chapter 13 it involves numerous elements: hospitality (Heb. 13:2), visiting and supporting prisoners and those who have been mistreated (Heb. 13:3), honoring marriage (Heb. 13:4), avoiding covetousness (Heb. 13:5, 6), remembering and obeying the leaders of the church (Heb. 13:7â€“17), and praying for the author himself (Heb. 13:18, 19).
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