Hebrews 13:21-25
Heb 13:21 (KJB)
Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Perfect - Complete, restore, or repair
Wellpleasing - Acceptable
Here the inspired writer prays that God would make these Hebrew Christians complete, so that every good work they do will be in accordance with the will of God. The work of grace within these believers will create an acceptable array of Christian works and it is important to know that this only comes through the Lord Jesus Christ. Works apart from Christ will be works of the flesh but those who come through Christ will have eternal results, no matter how small the work may seem. All that we do is to the glory of Jesus Christ and that will be forever. The word “amen” is in this verse because the inspired writer gives total approbation to what is written plus it is the last word given in this benediction and carries with it the meaning of “so let it be or truly.”
Heb 13:22 (KJB)
And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words.
Suffer - Receive, accept, or bear
The inspired writer now asks them to allow these words of exhortation from his letter so all may be encouraged by them. This letter focused intently on the issue of the superiority of Christ over the Mosaic law and this was what he wanted the Hebrew Christians to accept. He wanted this letter to change their attitudes concerning grace versus law. He wanted them to see that Grace was the way God was saving people and forgiving their sins. No longer was there going to be any more accepted animal sacrifices. He states that this letter was brief and he is correct because of the immense amount of material in the Pentateuch concerning the law and the performing of it. It would have taken a major amount of writing to hit every point. He wanted to show them how the grace of God is superior to the Mosaic law and this he did in fewer words.
Heb 13:23 (KJB)
Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty; with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you.
It seems maybe that the writer and Timothy may have been in prison together and that he was recently released. This may give an indicator that this letter may have been written in prison but Timothy may have been absent for a while. The writer was hoping that he would be released and that he and Timothy would visit these Hebrew Christians. Maybe the writer was to be freed shortly, and that was why he was hoping Timothy would arrive shortly.
Heb 13:24 (KJB)
Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you.
Salute - Greet or welcome
The writer is asking that they welcome all those who are in places of authority in the local churches and also to greet warmly all the Saints. The fact that all the Saints are mentioned would have included women, which in the Jewish Culture would not have been considered equal to men, but that mindset was abolished when many women started getting saved and the Scriptures make it clear that they have as much value as men. It may be that this letter was written from Italy as the greeting came from the Italian Christians all over Italy, not just in Rome.
Heb 13:25 (KJB)
Grace be with you all. Amen.
This is the classic ending of all of Paul’s Epistles where he wishes the grace of God to be on all who receive the letter. Of course, this does not necessarily mean that Paul wrote this Epistle but then again, you never know, since he would have had much knowledge about the law and the sacrifices to make the comparisons within this letter. We may never know who wrote this Epistle but we can be sure it is from the hand of God and that is all we need to know.