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Love One Another

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Hebrews 13:1

Love One Another

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Before the resurrection, the disciples had a bumpy relationship. They argued over who was the greatest among them (Mark 9:34) and over which of them would sit in the seats of honor at Jesus’s left and right in the Kingdom (Mark 10:37,41).

After the resurrection, their love for one another cemented. The ladies and the two Emmaus Disciples went first to the Eleven (LK 24:9, 33-34). The Eleven stayed tightly connected for 40 days, till Jesus ascended, and then went rejoicing as a group to Jerusalem (LK 24:52). The 120 prayed together as a unit for 10 days.

Christ-followers would still have their interpersonal problems from time to time, but the dye was cast. Years later their hearts were still knit to one other.

Hebrews 13:1 (Holman) Let brotherly love continue.

Decades after the resurrection, the love of Christians for one another was continuing. “Brotherly love” translates the word, “philadelphia”. “Phileo” means “love”. “Adelphos” means “from the same womb.” We could translate it brother-love, sister-love, sibling-love, or of-the-same-womb love. In other words, believers had for years loved one another as if brothers and sisters from the same womb.

The stark difference between before the resurrection, versus after it, had at least four causes. One, they did not have a clue

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HEBREWS 4:12-13

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Heb. 4:12a “For the Word…”

The writer of Hebrews used scripture as the basis for his discussion of God’s rest, because we can know nothing of God’s rest apart from the Bible. “Rest, this treasure, is found in Scripture. There it is deposited, revealed, declared, and laid up safe for the edification of the church in all ages” (Owen). To find rest, we must search the Scriptures. Thus, our writer emphasizes the importance of the written word.

Heb. 4:12b “…of God…”

Throughout Hebrews, our writer mentions God as the Speaker in Scripture. This divine inspiration, God speaking in and by the penmen of Scripture is the foundation of our faith. We must greatly reverence the Bible, as truly spoken by God.

Some read the Bible casually, but its greatest pearls are found by reading it with a sense of urgency and eagerness. The blessed man is one who “delighteth in the law of the Lord, and meditateth in it day and night” (PS 1:2). This attitude is found only in those who believe that God would “open his eyes, that he might behold wondrous things out of his law” (PS 119:18). The Psalmist knew God spoke in the written word, and therefore he knew he was assured of finding wondrous things therein.

When we accept Scripture as coming from God, we have no trouble believing it will be sufficient for our e