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October 16, 2016

"A WONDERFUL BENEDICTION"

TEXT: Hebrews 13: 20-21
READING: Hebrews 9: 1-16

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SUBJ: A prayer based in the design and intent of God in bringing many to salvation and glory to His name in His Blessed Son, or Lord Jesus Christ.

AIM: That we should both pray in this manner for all and especially each other and rejoice that such is set forth as having been prayed for we who read.

INTR: The thoughts brought to bear in this passage are profound in their depth of meaning both in comprehending the greatness of our redeeming God, but also the greatness of our salvation.
1. A text that has been used by many in that it extols the accomplishments of the blood of Christ as the end of older covenants and the confirmation of all that is eternal.
2. Spurgeon is often remembered for his message on this text and it has benefited many.
3. We are made aware of this all important nature of the believing relationship with our God and in Christ in that we are placed in a covenant relationship with Him but one in which He fulfills both sides of the contract.

THESIS: All the promises of God are in Christ yea and amen and all the eternal covenants are confirmed in Him and His blood is witness to it.

I. The “God of Peace” and what He has done (v. 1a)
1. We first consider that peace in any form is His to give or to take away and because of this we are made to understand that such peace is not to be lightly considered.
2. It is a matter often referenced: Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen. Romans 15:33 AND And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. Romans 16:20 AND Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. 2 Corinthians 13:11 AND Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. Philippians 4:9 AND And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 AND Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thessalonians 3:16.
3. It is He, that in that context, brought again the Lord Jesus from the dead and so we see that peace with God is not possible apart from Christ our Lord and in particular that
4. It was accomplished by the blood of the Everlasting Covenant
1) To be noted here is that it is the “bringing Christ from the dead” that is through the blood.
2) We cannot help but note the implications of that which He took on Him in going to the cross and submitting unto the death thereon. – He was brought from the dead because our sins that were upon Him had been taken away!!!

II. That Great Shepherd of the sheep (v. 1b)
1. This the role that He came to fulfill and that was always in view: I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. John 10:11
2. The characterization of Christ in this role is particularly endearing and precious to believers in that they are distinguished from the world!
3. And, it is through His blood that He secures His sheep in that
1) The eternal objective is met and
2) The covenant between the Father and Son is sealed with that blood.
3) See: As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water. Zechariah 9:11 AND Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. Acts 20:28
4. Spurgeon observed that:
1) The Son by it (His blood) satisfied justice, honored the Law, mediated the cause of His sheep and washed them therein.
2) To the Father, his blood is His bond. He binds Himself to do all that He designed and promised to the Son for those He gave Him.
3) To the believer, it is the evidence of a ratified covenant!
4) And it to the glory of all concerned, Father, Son, Spirit and believer.

III. What the God of Peace and the Great Shepherd would accomplish (v. 21)
1. The effect of a work of grace that is in accordance with the Covenant of Grace
1) Believing on Him and acting in Him to His glory
2) Working in you that which is pleasing in His sight and we note
i. There is no legal requirement nor hope of any input from men
ii. And that it is not arbitrary with God
2. All is done through Christ and
3. It is done for His glory which is forever and ever and it is our delight that it is so.