Hebrews 13:18–25 (NKJV)
While we have been presenting under the assumption that the writer of Hebrews is a mystery, the opening words of this last section again sounds a great deal like the greetings and encouragements of Paul the Apostle.
18 Pray for us; for we are confident that we have a good conscience, in all things desiring to live honorably. 19 But I especially urge you to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.Hebrews 13:18-19
Here he asks that the church or people of the Hebrews pray for him and his team. They are confident that they are living right, having a good conscience and desire to live honorably. There desire is to be restored to the people of this letter’s audience. They hope that the readers’ prayers will be offered and that their heart’s desire will be supplied.
20 Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.Hebrews 13:20-25
22 And I appeal to you, brethren, bear with the word of exhortation, for I have written to you in few words. 23 Know that our brother Timothy has been set free, with whom I shall see you if he comes shortly.
24 Greet all those who rule over you, and all the saints. Those from Italy greet you.
25 Grace be with you all. Amen.
As Paul or the mystery writer sums up the book of Hebrews, He offers this blessing, very reminiscent of Paul, that the God of peace would make them complete in every good work to do His will. He suggests that this will be accomplished through Jesus’ resurrection and the blood of the everlasting covenant, the blood of Jesus Christ. He is the great Shepherd of the sheep, and nurtures and protects His sheep for eternity. He will work in His sheep what is well-pleasing in His sight. The glory for this comes through Jesus Christ and is offered unto Jesus Christ. He finishes this statement with the word “Amen,” which literally translates “so be it,” signifying the certainty of the statement.
The writer then appeals to the readers to bear with the word exhorted unto them, the few words provided in the book of Hebrews. While this is a matter of opinion, a Hebrews does not seem to be a brief letter, it is more brief than other books of the Bible. If the writer is Paul, then his opinion of brief word be different than that of others, as Paul is known to be somewhat verbose, especially in the use of run-on sentences and lengthy statements of doctrine. If this book was not written by Paul, then it surely must have been written by a student of Paul’s, designed to carry the same cadence, pace, and writing style of Paul.
He also alludes to Timothy, who has been set free, and his desire to come to see the Hebrews with Timothy at an appropriate time. He encourages them to greet all those who rule over the Hebrews, and all the saints with them. He sends greeting from Italy (again a very Pauline greeting), and finally offers them grace, as is the tradition of Paul. This book has been a treatise on the two primary covenants outlined in the Bible, the covenant of the law and the covenant of grace. The covenant of grace is clearly held up as the superior covenant in its scope and length. It offers forgiveness to all people for all sin, and it is an eternal covenant, with an eternal offering: the Blood of Jesus Christ. The hope in this letter is massive, and gives everyone who reads it hope. May it offer you hope as well!