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WEEK 8

Equipped by the Blood of the Eternal Covenant Pray that God would help you, via His Holy Spirit, to do His will.

Study Notes:

Read Hebrews 13:1–25 aloud in one sitting. Reread Hebrews 13:20–25.

Read 1 Peter 1:1–4. What does it mean for us to have a “God of peace” (Heb 13:20)? Read John 17. How is Christ’s resurrection tied to God’s ability to give us peace? Read John 10:1–18. Compare Ezek 34:1–10. What does it mean for Christ to be our great shepherd (Heb 13:21)? What does it mean that Christ gave us His blood as an eternal covenant (contract) between us and God (Heb 13:21)? (Weeks 4 and 5 reveal this. Also read Hebrews 8.) What will Christ continue to do for us (Heb 13:20)? No matter what trials come our way, no matter what pain we endure, we can be sure that Christ is with us via His Holy Spirit and our brothers and sisters in Christ. To whom does “glory” belong? How long will “glory” last (13:21)? The book of Hebrews has two endings: One that ends with an “Amen” (13:21) and one after the epilogue (13:22–25). This suggests that everything leading up to 13:21 is a sermon. The author confirms this by calling Heb 1:1–13:21 a “word of exhortation”—the 1st century ad phrase for a sermon (13:22). Hebrews is meant to be preached. So let’s preach it by living it. May grace be with you in doing so (13:25). Continue to reflect and pray through these questions throughout your week. And be sure to read the entire book of Hebrews aloud in one setting again.

After working through Hebrews for 14 months in Bible Study Magazine, I have a long mental list of ways this book is connected to everything we do. I now hear the words of this book in my head during my daily interactions with other people. But instead of offering my list, or my own hopes and prayers for you, I offer the author of Hebrews’ closing words: “Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. … Grace be with all of you.”

Want more out of your study of the book of Hebrews? Find the resources you need at Logos.com/Hebrews

John D. Barry is the Editor-in-Chief of Bible Study Magazine, a minister, and the author of The Resurrected Servant in Isaiah (forthcoming with Paternoster, 2010). Read his blog “The Infinite in Everything” at ConversantLife.com/JohnBarry

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