20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
This is a benediction to the letter. Most people think Paul wrote this book. Regardless, the Holy Spirit, the true author is pronouncing a blessing upon us. At first glance, it sounds like something impossible. Those words “perfect,” “His will,” and “well pleasing in His sight,” all bring shutters to the mind of the average Christian. It sounds like something we have to do to be pleasing to God otherwise we aren’t.
However, there are three words which change the whole meaning. They are “through Jesus Christ,” because He is the only one who can “make” you. This is something you can’t do. It is only the “Great Shepherd of the sheep” that can make you anything.
God sees us through Jesus. He is perfect so He sees us as perfect. Is Jesus well pleasing, then we are too. We are already everything Jesus is. Our spirits are new creations. We have a new nature. We have a new heart. We have the mind of Christ. As He is so are we on this earth (1 John 4:17). God sees the finished work of Jesus in us. We died, were buried, and rose in Christ. We have all He is.
It is just a matter of working out our salvation. It is working from the inside out. It is Jesus however at work in us doing what is well pleasing to God. It is Jesus working in us to perfect every good work.
We have trouble in seeing what we are and what we do. Religion is performance or behavior based. It is trying to do things to please God. But that’s the wrong motive. We do things because we please God. We are approved already. What we do is an outflow of what we are through Jesus.