Blessing(click HERE for study notes) (Hebrews 13:20-21)Timo Keskitalo, April 22, 2012
Part of the Exposition of Hebrews series, preached at a Sunday Service service
Discuss about the nature of blessings. How much is a blessing a request,
a statement or a declaration?
This blessing is very rich in content. List the topics mentioned in this
The expression "God of peace" is used by Paul in the and of Romans, 1
Cor, Phil and 1 Thess. Try to find these references. "Peace of God" may
be used as a greeting in some circles. What is the difference between
that and this God of peace?
Would it be right to describe the verse 20 as "God for us" and verse 21
as "God in us"?
As we speak about covenant, it would be natural to talk in terms "God
for us and we for God" in a sense of mutuality. But that is not how this
goes. Why is that?
Making peace is costly. What is the price of the peace between God and us?
In what sense is the covenant eternal?
Why is blood so much mentioned in the Bible? What is the meaning of the
If Jesus is the great shepherd, how does that relate to Psalm 23? Did
you know that in "Lord is my shepherd" the word "Lord" is actually Yahweh?
Do you remember what was the actual accusation against Jesus in front of
the high priest? He was accused of blasphemy. In what way?
For this he was put to death. Then God raised Jesus to life. So what was
God's verdict on the accusation?
All this God has done for us.
So what and how does he operate in us?
Connect the God of peace to the verbs in verse 21.
How does God equip us?
How does God work in us?
It all happens through Jesus! Pray prayers in the group allowing Jesus
to equip us and work in us in every way.
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20 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, 21 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. (ESV)