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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
The covenant between the Father and Son is sealed with that blood.
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
1) The Son by it (His blood) satisfied justice,
honored the Law, mediated the cause of His sheep and washed them
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!
it to the glory of all concerned, Father, Son, Spirit and believer.
III. What the God of Peace and the Great Shepherd would accomplish
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
2) Working in you that which is pleasing in His sight and we
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
3. It is done for His glory which is forever and ever and
it is our delight that it is so.