Epistle to the Hebrews (13:20-21)   Leave a comment

Epistle to the Hebrews

Epistle to the Hebrews

Now may the God of peace—who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep,and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood—may he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.” Hebrews 13:20-21

  • The God of peace

The Greek word used here is εἰρήνη which can refer to prosperity, quietness and rest. This is what our good Lord brought to our soul. He removed the burden of sin from our mind and soul. He said :

I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27

Peace of mind and soul is a special gift bestowed by our Lord on us. It is not a wish or benediction but verily a gift our soul can experience. The world does not have it because it is the indwelling peace of our Lord. This peace is not only a spiritual one but also soothe our physical needs.

He reassured us by saying : “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world” John 16:33

Our Lord has repeatedly told His disciples to have faith in Him. Living by faith and trusting God is a choice that only you can take. You will not experience His peace if you do not trust Him. Jesus also said that we will not be exempted from trials and sorrows. Absolute trust in Him is what will allow us to experience this joy and peace. He is the Good Shepherd and He takes care of His sheep. Our Lord said that He will leave 99 sheep to look for a lost one because He values them all. A lost sheep among millions is not negligible to Him (Mat 18:12).  A pastor might not notice that a sheep is wandering in a big church but Jesus is very concerned about it.

  • Ratified an eternal covenant

Paul said :

You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.” Col 2:13-15

The old covenant condemned all of us. The charges brought against us by the law were huge and there was no escape. As we have seen in earlier chapters, our Savior fulfilled the law and established a new covenant. This new covenant is far superior since it was inaugurated by His own blood. Once for all He offered Himself as a living sacrifice. This is an eternal covenant, there will never be sacrifices again. Jesus victoriously put an end to Satan’s dictatorship. On the cross, Jesus demonstrated publicly the gravity of our sins and the grace of God. Who will condemn us if Jesus declares we are justified?

Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.” Romans 8:33

  • He equip you with all you need for doing his will

Paul said to the Philippians: “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Phil 1:6

If God has equipped you with spiritual gifts, it is to serve Him.  He will not ask you to do beyond what He called you to.

Philippians 2:13 says:

For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.Do everything without complaining and arguing

I believe that God has designed a particular task for each Christian to do on this earth. He will work in our soul for our perfection. Each Christian who has a relationship with God feels this urge to serve Him. He’s unfulfilled and perhaps anguished if he does not do what he is supposed to do. Pastors and teachers are there to help the Christians discover their callings and encourage them.

Paul explained that the Spirit has given us different abilities to serve others (1 Cor 12)

In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.” Romans 12:6

Now you have every spiritual gift you need as you eagerly wait for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Cor 1:7

Peter said: “By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence” 2 Peter 1:3

Under the old covenant only the Levites had part in the priesthood. Our Good Lord made all of us priests (Rev 1:6, 1 Pet 2:9) and ministers of His gospel. Is not it amazing that God gave us the privilege to serve Him right here on earth? It is the desire of our author that the readers serve Jesus in His power. Let us have a grateful heart that God gave us this privilege to form part of His army.

 

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Posted October 15, 2013 by Cedric in Theology

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