The Book of Hebrews Bible Study Chapter 13 Part 3

Our last reading for this week and our last reading in the book of Hebrews: Hebrews 13:18-25

v18: We are confident that we have a good conscience: The writer of Hebrews is a leader to the people that he is writing to, and he believes that his conduct is right.

v19: Restored to you: That he (this writer to the Hebrews) would be able to go to this congregation soon/quickly.

v20: The writer is telling these people that he wants to come to them as a leader again, but what is more important is that Messiah, who has been brought up from the dead, the Shepherd of the sheep, is their true leader. 

v21: Complete in every good work: We can know what good works are by studying the commandments of G-d. 

  • To do His will: When I am doing good deeds – what the Torah has commanded me to do – then I will be doing His will. Commandments are sources of revelation for us and teach us what G-d desires, His will. As we do His will, through Messiah Yeshua, we are found to be pleasing before Him.  

v22: Bear with the word of exhortation: He is referring to what he has just written about – to be prepared for every good work, in order that we might do G-d’s will. Obedience to the commands of G-d brings revelation into our personal lives and helps us to know what G-d’s will for our lives is. 

v23: The author of Hebrews is hoping to come with Timothy to see these people who he is writing to. The ministry of the author and Timothy has the same objective. 

v24: Greet all those who rule over you: Be mindful of your spiritual leaders. 

  • Those from Italy greet you: This gives us a clue that the writer is in Italy at the time of writing this epistle. 

v25: Grace be with you all: This last verse is written in a way in order to emphasize grace.  There is a power and an anointing upon grace. Grace does not have just an eternal consequence (through the blood of Messiah it has the power to save us eternally) but it also works in our behaviour now (in this present age). Grace is related to covenant. G-d extends grace to individuals in order that the covenantal purposes might be realised by that person. If G-d did not extend grace, those covenantal purposes and promises would not be available to us. We all fall short of G-d’s expectations (Rom 3:23). Messiah came and did the work of dying and shedding His blood for all of us (John 3:16) on the cross and He made grace available to us all. That grace has a transforming outcome in our lives. It puts us into an eternal relationship with G-d that cannot be broken, but it also gives us an opportunity – Matt 19:26. Whatever we need to serve G-d and to accomplish His purposes we can, by grace, beseech Him and be assured that He will provide it. The purpose of grace is that G-d’s will might be realised in our lives and for our lives and through our lives – it touches other people too. The glory of G-d is manifested when the will of G-d is accomplished. 

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