It was a huge question for the early church, one of the first questions the church councils sought to answer. Was Jesus a human being? Was Jesus divine?
Humility and teachability are to be our leading edge. To be responsive to and supportive of those who teach and lead us is also a mark of faithfulness.
Jesus’ death and resurrection marked the beginning of the new covenant of grace, pointing towards the heavenly Mount Zion. Living by faith in Jesus meant rejecting the old life, and it also meant being rejected by the people who still lived the ways of the old life.
We have some options when we hear a teaching that doesn't sit well or sound right.
The writer gives us five ways to treat our brothers and sisters well: to love genuinely from the heart, and to be hospitable, faithful, content, and teachable. In these ways, believers live daily by faith in community.
Jesus' command of love became a central part of the apostolic teaching, showing up in all the gospels, in Acts, in all the epistles, and, in certain ways, even Revelation.