1. The third section of Hebrews (ch.11-13) stresses "the superiority of the Christian faith." a. (ch.11) Faith is explained and illustrated. b. (ch.12) God's people are exhorted to persevere. 1) (vs.1-3) The Christian race is to be run with "patience." 2) (vs.4-13) God's chastening must be faced with "endurance." 3) (vs.14-17) Instructions relating to perseverance must be followed. 4) (vs.18-29) Christians must listen to Him who speaks (1:1-3). c. (ch.13) Additional responsibilities are revealed that are designed to help Christians persevere. 2. (13:1-3) In order to persevere we must fulfill our responsibilities toward others. a. Instructions relating to others are also addressed in 3:13; 6:10; 10:24-25. b. These are important matters because Christians who become discouraged and begin to drift away from the Lord usually withdraw from other Christians. c. Fulfilling our responsibilities toward others will help us to remain faithful to Christ.
I. (vs.1) WE ARE TO "LET BROTHERLY LOVE CONTINUE"
A. "Brotherly love" is emphasized throughout the New Testament (Romans 12:10a; 1 Peter 1:22; 2 Peter 1:7). B. This kind of love was demonstrated by the members of the congregation that met in Jerusalem (Acts 2:42, 44-46; 4:32, 34-35). C. We are shown how to let brotherly love continue in 1 Peter 3:8-11.
II. (vs.2) WE ARE TO PRACTICE HOSPITALITY
A. Abraham (Genesis 18:1-8) and Lot (Genesis 19:1-3) practiced hospitality. B. God required the Jews to practice hospitality (Leviticus 19:33-34). C. Christians are to be "given to hospitality" (Romans 12:13b). D. Hospitality is an important part of the admonition given in Galatians 6:10.
III. (vs.3) WE ARE TO REMEMBER THOSE WHO ARE IN BONDS
A. This is primarily referring to people who have been imprisoned for doing the Lord's work (Matthew 5:10; 25:36). B. The Hebrew Christians had assisted the writer while he was in bonds (10:34). C. Paul was grateful to those who cared for him while he was in custody (2 Timothy 1:16-18).