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"Outside the Gate"

Hebrews 13:7-16 (NIV)


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

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

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. 

10 We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat.

11 The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. 

12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through His own blood. 

13 Let us, then, go to Him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace He bore. 

14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.

15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess His name. 

16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased


See also:

Genesis 3:9

Genesis 3:15

Matthew 24:35

Mark 13:5,9,23,33 & 35

Matthew 15:2-3

Matthew 15:11 

Psalm 139:23-2



Important Takeaways:


God’s Word remains the light that shines into our humanity.  And His Word remains the life that leads us into eternal life.


A heart mindful of God’s grace is a heart fortified in the faith.  This was the kind of faith and life that Jesus modelled.

 

As disciples of Christ, we are strengthened by His sacrifice so we can depend daily on the mercies of God.  We are strengthened by His grace and not by the rituals we perform.

 

Jesus perfected a new orientation that moved worship and salvation from a physical place and structure to a Person and Savior.


The two acceptable sacrifices we must make is a sacrifice of praise to profess His name and a sacrifice of sharing to serve others.