- 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.