Our reading today at the end of the Book of Hebrews contains a wonderful Benediction. What is a “Benediction?” “It is a declaration of blessings from God upon His loved ones. Benedictions are found at the close of some New Testament epistles (e.g., 2 Corinthians 13:14 and Ephesians 6:23-24).
Benedictions, though brief, offer words of assurance or precepts designed to bring joy, peace, comfort, and security to those who place their trust in God. Benedictions from Scripture are often read or recited near the close of a worship service. In this context, benedictions embody a call to unity, faith, and joy among the brethren. Reciting a benediction is meant to encourage believers and stimulate joy and commitment to God.” (Quote from Got questions).
The following verses are from Hebrews 13:20-21, ESV. “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.”
What a powerful benediction as it speaks of the incredible power over death that becomes evident with the resurrection of Jesus. This fills us with tremendous assurance. We are blessed with everything good so that we can do wonderful things for Jesus all for the glory of God.