“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, 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.”
At first sight, Hebrews 13:20-21 might be a little on the difficult side for some to wrap their heads around.
But basically, what Hebrews 13:20-21 is saying is that “If God has work for you to do, He will make sure you have the right tools to do His job.”
Even more basically, the passage means “God will EQUIP all those He sends forth to do his work.”
VERSE 21 – Make you perfect in every good work to do his will: may this God dispose, incline, and fit you for, may he finish and perfect in you, grace to perform all the forementioned duties, and every other good work, which he enjoineth on you towards God, one another, and all men, 2Co 13:9; Eph 4:12; Tit 3:14; 1Pe 4:2; 5:10, according to his written will and law, Eph 2:10.
–Matthew Poole Commentary on the Bible
Again, God does not send those to do His bidding on their way empty-handed.
It has been said, “God does not call the equipped: He equips those he calls.”
And God’s Word declares that God gains great satisfaction from using flawed humans to do his work. This is said to abound to God’s glory because the work was done by those who HAD to employ the power of God in order to be successful.
” But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.”
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”
“…for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”
So, while God has declared that he uses the lowly to confound the mighty, he has also declared that the lowly will be fully equipped to do His work.
“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work”
Therefore, IF the reader is EVER hesitant about undertaking a labor for God, he should keep in mind that God does not expect him to begin his labor empty-handed. God not only provides the tools needed for the job, He provides advice, information, directions and other support as well.
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
God equips ALL who go forth to do work in His name–and He equips them well.
Because God takes an interest in maintaining a good reputation among His creation.
“For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name’s sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people.”
“He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
“Nevertheless he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known.”
HAS the reader ever contemplated doing something for God, but worrying that he would not be able to complete the job?
It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
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THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: January 27, 2021.]
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