“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, 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 )
This is a perfect example of both grace and knowledge in action. Once we understand what was given to us through the blood of the eternal covenant we are free to be everything that God designed us to be.
In fact, we are to use this knowledge to strengthen, complete and equip us for doing God’s will. Amazingly, it is also Him working in and through us to accomplish this will. Not only is this so, but it also pleases and brings glory God when we participate in the role and the mission that God has designed for us.
All of this is possible because of Jesus and His role in our salvation & sanctification and His role as our High Priest. Jesus is the one who deserves glory, honor and praise for all eternity because of the great and mighty things He has done for us.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” ( Ephesians 3:20-22 ).
"Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way. I particularly urge you to pray so that I may be restored to you soon” ( Hebrews 13:18-19 )
As the book of Hebrews is winding down the writer is giving final instructions. He starts off chapter 13 with wonderful reminders for those who read it.
Keep on loving each other (vs. 1)
Remember those in prison (vs. 3)
Honor your marriage (vs. 4)
Be content (vs. 5)
Remember and imitate your leaders (vs. 7)
Be strengthened by grace (vs. 9)
Continually praise God (vs. 15)
Obey your leaders (vs. 17)
And now he reminds them to pray specifically for them as they finish their course. He was convinced that he had a good and clear conscience and was living honorably. However he desired to come and visit the people he had addressed in this letter. In closing he instructs them to pray that he will be restored very soon.
No doubt the writer held these people in high regard. He carefully and skillfully explained Jesus’ role in our redemption from beginning to end. So of course he desired to come to them personally to see how they were getting along. Amazingly he asked these precious people to join with him in prayer until this came to pass. As believers, we have the wonderful right and privilege to come before the Father to ask and receive. What a great final reminder from this writer, the reminder to pray and ask God for things we desire.