God Equipping Us to Do His Will
KJV- Heb 13:20-21 – 20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
NIV – Now 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.
(n) that great shepherd of the sheep,
Isa. 40:11> He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.
Ezk. 34:23> I will place over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he will tend them; he will tend them and be their shepherd.
John 10:11> “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
(o) through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
Zech.2:11> “Many nations will be joined with the LORD in that day and will become my people. I will live among you and you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me to you.
Matt.26:28> This is my blood of the[fn] covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Luke 22:20> In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you
(p) To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Gal.1:5> to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Focus Point: verse 13:21 –
This verse includes two significant results of Christ’s death and resurrection. God works in us to make us the kind of people that would please him, and he equips us to do the kind of work that would please him. Let God change you from within and then use you to help others.
our devotional study is from Hebrews 13:20-21. In our previous meditation, we saw that the God of peace makes obedience possible through the shed blood of the crucified, risen Christ. That shed blood forgives our sins, making friends out of formerly disobedient enemies. Furthermore, that shed blood establishes the new covenant of grace, which supplies God’s sufficiency for all our needs, including the developing of an obedient life.
Now, we will reflect upon God being the one who uses His heavenly resources to equip us to do His will. What a hope and joy this is! God Himself is willing to undertake the task of shaping us into His obedient servants: “Now may the God of peace… make you complete in every good work to do His will.”
This term (“complete”) is exceedingly insightful. It speaks of equipping people for their intended tasks, getting them ready to do what they are called to do. To equip means to furnish whatever qualities are necessary to perform the task at hand. To equip means to supply whatever is needed for an assigned purpose. Our calling and purpose in the will of God is that we engage in a great variety of good works. God is willing to equip us “in every good work to do His will.”
Long ago, David was inspired of the Holy Spirit to speak boldly in similar terms. “The LORD will perfect that which concerns me” (Psalm 138:8). In light of David’s calling to obedience (and our own calling to the same), many things concern us. We are called to serve, to sacrifice, to pray, to worship, to love, to evangelize, to edify-and the list continues. How are we to expect progress in such a broad range of obedience? Our confidence is that “The LORD will perfect that which concerns [us].”
As we have asked previously, is this equipping work of God unto obedience an automatic issue? Not at all! Remember, we can resist (Acts 7:51), quench (1 Thessalonians 5:19), and grieve (Ephesians 4:30) the work of the Spirit of grace in our lives. So what is our response to be? Since the Lord is the one who must equip us to do His will, we are to seek Him daily in the word and in prayer. We are to depend humbly upon Him. We must not look to ourselves, to formulas, or to any other false hope.
O God of peace, please do what only You can do. Equip me to obey You in every type of good work that is in Your will. I do not have what it takes to fulfill Your will for me. I often put my hope in vain places. Lord, I now look to You alone, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Eternal Life and Knowing God
“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
Ref: (c) this is eternal life, : John 1:1 > In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Phil. 2:6 > Who, being in very nature[fn] God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
Col.1:15 > The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
Heb.1:3-19 > The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to the In speaking of the angels he says, “He makes his angels spirits, and his servants flames of fire.irs. For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father”[fn]? Or again, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son” ? And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.” But about the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy He They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. also says, “In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end
(d) the only true God, 1Cor.8:4 To which of the angels did God ever say, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”[fn]? Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?
1Thess.1:9 >Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?
This statement by the Lord Jesus begins in a very profound manner: “And this is eternal life.” To complete such a statement requires comprehensive truth. If the statement had started with “this is included in eternal life,” many non-comprehensive matters could be used to finish the statement. One could rightly state that forgiveness of sins is included in eternal life. One could properly say that escaping hell and securing heaven are included in eternal life. Likewise, one could say that meaning and purpose for living are included in eternal life. Additionally, one could state that spiritual gifts and spiritual fruit are also included. Furthermore, one could say that fellowship in the body of Christ and new understanding of the Scriptures are included. Nevertheless, none of these individually, nor all of these collectively, are sufficient to complete the statement: “And this is eternal life.”
To finish that profound beginning, one must add an all-encompassing truth. One must speak of the full dimensions of eternal life. What is large enough to complete that majestic opening? Only the one reality of knowing God would be adequate: “that they may know You.” Yes, knowing God is what eternal life is all about. It is only through meeting the Lord that forgiveness is found. It is only by being in Christ that we escape hell and secure heaven. Then, it is only through getting acquainted with the Lord that meaning and purpose for our lives are made real to us. Also, it is only through a growing intimacy of trust in Christ that spiritual gifts and spiritual fruit can properly mature. Furthermore, it is only through an increasing acquaintanceship with the Lord that Christian fellowship and biblical insight are appropriately developed.
These truths certainly concur with those prophetic words of old that promised a new covenant of grace to replace the old covenant of law. “I will make a new covenant…not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers…But this is the covenant that I will make…I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people…they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them” (Jeremiah 31:31-34). Hebrews 8:11 applies these words to followers of Christ. “All shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.” The new covenant provides a growing, intimate acquaintanceship for all who will walk in its terms of grace.
Focus Points: How do we get eternal life? Jesus tells us clearly here — by knowing God the Father himself through his Son, Jesus Christ. Eternal life requires entering into a personal relationship with God in Jesus Christ. When we admit our sin and turn away from it. Christ’s love lives in us by the Holy Spirit.
For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.
For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh
Rom.7:23>But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
so that you do not do the things that you wish.
Rom.7:15>For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.