Following from the exhortation to let love of the brethren continue, the writer to the Hebrews now exhorts us not to neglect to show hospitality to strangers. We examine what hospitality means here and we see:

  • Many people do not understand the meaning of hospitality - it does not simply mean inviting friends around for meals
  • Hospitality to strangers is demonstrated by the people of God in both the Old and New Testaments
  • Hospitality is commanded of God’s people in the Old and New Testaments
  • Those who receive hospitality from us are not to be believers only

Offering hospitality is an act of righteousness - those who do not practice it are certainly disqualified from being elders in the church. Indeed, those who do not practice hospitality may not be believers at all. The inhospitable were among the goats in the sheep and goats judgment of Matthew 25. We are all encouraged to search our hearts in the light of these things and to do all we can to practice hospitality out of love for Christ.

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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