Hebrews Doxology, Hebrews 13. The doxology in the book of Hebrews, chapter 13 is actually quite short, however, the blessing preceding this doxology is rich with meaning.
20 Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Hebrews 13:20-21 (NIV)
The doxology in Hebrews 13 is actually quite short.
To whom [God] be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
However, the blessing preceding this doxology is rich with meaning. In a few short words, Paul sums up the entire ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ's blood was shed to fulfill the eternal covenant, He was resurrected (brought back from the dead), and He is THE Great Shepherd of the sheep. The blessing then continues,
May the God of peace . . . equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him.
Is there any doubt that God can fulfill what He has promised? God provided so great a salvation for a people such as us who were totally alienated from Him by sin. This is our God! We have access to God through the Lord Jesus Christ! That should certainly put a bounce in our steps today.
This is the great and wondrous God we serve. Nothing was left undone to accomplish such a merciful and gracious salvation for us. The entire Word of God, Old and New Testaments, contains God's story of man.
Beginning with the fall of man, causing his utter destruction, God graciously provided a Savior, first promised to us in Genesis 3:15. Through God's eternal covenant He brought back from the dead, the Lord Jesus Christ, who died that we might have life. Just as God was able to bring Him back from the dead, so does He keep His covenant with those who fall before Christ for salvation. As we put all of our trust and confidence in the Lord Jesus Christ, so does God bring us back from the eternal death caused by our sins to eternal life with Him.
Go, with confidence that God WILL equip you this day with everything you need to do His will, and that He will work in you what is pleasing to Him.
How can we, then, but respond in any other way than to say, with the writer of Hebrews,
"To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen."?
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