X04.11........"Submit to the Rule"--Please read the rest!!

 

7 "Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God:....."

17 "Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves:...."

Whether we realize it or not, these verses in the Bible have been made BIG. "Submit to authority"--"Submit to the rule"--Submit to sound teaching"--We believe that the Bible stresses these things--because tradition--and the traditional format of the Christian church has stressed these things. Now, we have studied these verses in detail in many other Bible studies on this website. We have seen that these verses are actually saying that we ought to listen to other believers when they teach the word to us---but that this is NOT referring to "authority" in ministry--since Jesus' definition of ministry is NOT exercising authority over other believers. These verses, taken out of context, "fit" our picture of the "authority" that ministerial leadership has within the format of the church.

In this study we are not going to study these verses (we've done this elsewhere)--rather what we are asking you to study is the Bible, in its' own context. In other words, let's read the rest of the verses in this chapter--and see something.....

 

1 ¶ Let brotherly love continue.
2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.
10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.
11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.
12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

 

If you read the rest of this area of scripture, you will see the true picture of the church that the Bible describes.

Take notice--

1 ¶ Let brotherly love continue.

The basis of operation of the church in the Bible was brotherly love--and not "rule".

2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

The first purpose of the apostolic plan of the church was ministering outward--to "strangers"--going outward with the Gospel, not an inward ritual of "rule".

3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.

Again, an outward purpose, to minister to those in prison and those which are in adversity. A purpose of the Bible church was to actively seek the lost and needy and hurting--not to make a comfortable "sanctuary" for our own benefit.

4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

The Christian marriage and home was the "house of God" the operational meeting place for believers, not a large institution. Small groups is what apostleship is all about.

5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

Jesus said to serve God and not money. The monetary, covetous building plan of many a church, is certainly not part of Bible church operation. These verses tells us that we could be free, and not fearful of the world, if we can be content with what we have, and utilize what we have, for God's purposes. "Fund-raising" was not part of the church of the Bible--they had faith that God had already provided everything they needed for their ministry.

 

8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.

The grace of God is salvation through faith in the name of Jesus--the name which never changes in it's authority to save, heal and deliver everyone who will believe. The establishment and growth of the Christian is meant to come from "grace"--the Gospel received--and the Gospel furthered by those which are saved. We should not be carried about by any other different doctrines--teaching which are offshoots of this simple Gospel of grace. You are saved by the Gospel, and after you are saved, the Gospel is your job.

 

.......not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.
10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.
11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.
12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.

The book of Hebrews, in previous chapters has dealt with the new covenant, and the changes from the old. It has spoken of the better sacrifice of Jesus, and the fact that there is no longer a need for offerings, a delegated priesthood, or a specific temple in which to make offerings. (All these are BIG basis for the format of the Christian church--the building is the "sanctuary"--the pastor is the "priest"--and your job is to bring in an "offering") These verses tell us that we ought to go forth outside the camp--as Jesus did. This is, again, the encouragement and example of sending the Gospel outward continually--the central purpose of the church. The sanctification of a Christian comes from their ministry--NOT from the making of continual offerings in a temple.

 

14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.

The church in the Bible did not build structures--they fully realized they were to build God's kingdom, an invisible kingdom in the earth, within the heart of man. The church is people, not a building. Many know this, but the church in the Bible truly lived this out.

 

15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

 

 

The sacrifice they offered was thankful praise to God with their lips. "Worship" is BIG in the church--so big it is not big unless it has an hundred member choir, electric guitars, and sate-of-the-art sound system--or perhaps a Medieval pipe organ. The Bible says the praise that matters to Him is the true thankfullness we can give Him with our own lips.

 

16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

The word translated as "communicate" in this verse is elsewhere translated as "fellowship". This was the functional fellowship of the operation of brothers and sisters together in the Lord, working to further the Gospel. It was the small groups of apostleship, prayer in the Spirit, asking for the lord' leading to "do good"--to carry out the Gospel as the Lord lead. The sacrifice of ministering the Gospel is what pleases the Lord.

Brotherly love, fellowship in the Gospel, simple worship. Not coveting the things of the world, rather utilizing what God has given in contentment. The Christian home and marriage the operational structure of the church. Carrying the Gospel outward.

If we only see the "rule" we will miss all of this!