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Hebrews 13:25

May 30, 2019   //   by Charlie Garrett   //   Daily Writing, Epistles, Epistles (written), Hebrews, Hebrews (written), Writings  //  8 Comments

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Grace be with you all. Amen. Hebrews 13:25

The final words of the book of Hebrews are reflective of the words of Paul. The same words are found at the close of Titus. They are also found without the word “all” in Colossians, 1 Timothy, and 2 Timothy.

The author desires that grace be realized in and among his audience. Grace is unmerited favor. It is getting what you do not deserve.

With these words, we close out the book of Hebrews. This has been a marvelously fantastic 303 days of study, and one which has merely touched on the depths of this wonderful book. In this final salutation, the author wishes grace to his audience. Despite being written to the Hebrew believers of his time, this includes you today.

As a closing thought, Albert Barnes says of this epistle –

“It is the true key with which to unlock the Old Testament; and with these views, we may remark in conclusion, that he who would understand the Bible thoroughly should make himself familiar with this Epistle; that the canon of Scripture would be incomplete without it; and that, to one who wishes to understand the Revelation which God has given, there is no portion of the volume whose loss would be a more irreparable calamity than that of the Epistle to the Hebrews.”

Life application: Surprisingly, if you want to see a lot of anger between Christians, do a study on the word “grace.” For such an uplifting and generous word, it divides to the point of great animosity. The reason for this is because by interpreting the word, or more precisely the concept of, grace one way or another we will have a different view on what God has done for us in human history – particularly in the Person of Jesus.

Romans Catholicism says that we must “participate” in grace. To them, what Jesus did – including going to the cross – is in itself insufficient for our salvation. Those who follow the doctrines of John Calvin see grace as bestowed on believers unconditionally – think of it as being “forced” on those God chooses to save. The Bible teaches neither of these.

There is a happy middle though. Grace is unmerited favor – it is getting what you do not deserve. If someone offers you a gift, that is not something you can earn. If you go to pay for the gift, then at some point you are going to offend the giver and negate the fact that it was a gift. Such is the case with our salvation. It is a gift. There is no merit deserving of it and no participation in keeping it, but it must be received in order to be possessed. The Bible makes this clear again and again.

A gift which is forced on someone is oppressive – no matter what the gift is. It needs to offered and received, not forced, in order for it to be a true gift. Just as Adam used free-will to rejected God’s fellowship, we must choose to receive it back now that Christ Jesus has made it possible. God’s grace in Jesus Christ is unmerited favor, offered to all. It is all-sufficient in and of itself to save. Accept God’s gift and be reconciled through the precious Gift – our Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with you all.

O God, thank You for the book of Hebrews. And thank you for Your grace, explained in this book as it tells us of the Work of Jesus Christ our Lord, Savior, Mediator, and Friend. May we have humble hearts toward You, never finding fault in the sufficiency of His work, but rather resting in the all-sufficiency of it. Thank You for Your grace! Amen.

8 Comments

  • thank you , i does not seem like 303 days . a marvelous study . looking forward to james . love and prayers

  • Thank you Charlie , you did a splendid job!

  • BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS! Faith , faith that the answers are there. For it is the glory of GOD to conceal a Matter but it is the glory of kings to search a matter out. You Charlie and my superior word family are kings and queens in my book . Bless you all!

  • See comments from yesterday… I got a little ahead of myself lol

    I am so looking forward to going home with the lord and to see that thing he has been having kinda obsess over the last few months… Perfection..what will real perfection look like, feel like, taste like, sound like. To see the people with bodys that challanged them here everyday to have their new perfect bodies with out limitations. That to me is a blessing to see that happen to these people and know they will never ever be challanged again with imperfections Amen

    We ARE another day closer to home
    Grace mercy and peace on you and yours
    God bless my friends we fly soon

  • Thank you Pastor Charlie for this wonderful detailed study in the book of Hebrews. I have learnt a lot. I have taken notes so that I can go back and check when in doubt. Albert Barnes was correct when he said of this epistle-
    “It is the true key with which to unlock the Old Testament”
    In reading the psalms for example, when ever the psalmist quotes from Hebrews, it’s now making sense to me.
    There are also so many connections with the book of Numbers which we are studying on Sundays.
    Thank you for teaching us how to study God’s word. We look forward to the next book with anticipation.

  • Thank you Charlie for leading us on this wonderful journey thru Hebrews. I am grateful for the love of God’s word that has been placed within your heart and the diligence and dedication in which you share it and teach it to others.

  • Awesome! Another done! Thanks Charlie for the Great work,time and effort to bring us The Word of the Lord.Amen

    • Thank you brother! Woooo!!!

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