Hebrews 13:1-8 … Many commentators call Hebrews 13 the epilogue of the letter. Just as the prologue contains the beginning words, the epilogue will be the ending words. That may be so, but we like to think that Hebrews 13 has examples of the “acceptable service” that we want to offer to God that was encouraged in Hebrews 12:28. (It is useful to think about all of life being structured to be “acceptable service” offered to God.) Here’s the examples of service we see in these opening verses of Hebrews 13: love, hospitality, consideration of others (even those deserving of deprived status, as prisoners are), holiness and purity in marriage and sexual conduct, contentment with your material provisions, and avoidance of greed in recognition of God’s provision for us. These are all things that merit some careful thought – perhaps holding these standards up to our own behavior.
The final statement in this passage, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” is confirming the trust and eternal relationship we have in Jesus. Back in the beginning of Hebrews (Hebrews 1:9), we were told that we’re called according to His grace and purpose from eternity. We’re reminded that the God we serve and trust is forever, which ought to substantially strengthen our faith.