The last chapter of Hebrews was probably penned by St. Paul. He did that a lot; dictated or delegated the body then added a personal exhortation and benediction at the end. If you were handed a letter by Mark Twain and another by William Faulkner, you would not need the title pages to know who wrote which. But Hebrews 13 is different.
It is as if we’re handed a letter by Faulkner with the last page written by Twain; complex language suddenly gets simple and clear. The Church lost track of who actually wrote what. I am guessing that Apollos or Priscilla wrote the letter and Paul gave it his imprimatur. Don’t hesitate to read it for itself.
It opens with a riff on the Greek word: phileo with meanings in the verb tense lost in translation.
Brother-love one another continuously.
Stranger-love visiting missionaries going forward.
Remember-love the church-folk in prison.
Husband-wife love is good and should be celebrated now.
Money-love is a dead-end always.
Leaders modeled this all for you because Jesus gave us timeless love that doesn’t need rituals or food laws or any of that.
It ends with a benediction: Peace, good news about Timothy getting out of prison, your friends say Hi. Grace.
I like to end what I write with a benediction too. Bene=good Diction=word. Email signatures are too short these days. My current one is “love bears all things”… another of Paul’s ideas. Grace is a pretty good idea to leave people with, too. Peace, some good news, a greeting, and grace.