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His Glorious Appearings (23 of 48)
I want to connect these verses with what we were previously talking about in the 9th chapter. It is important for us to see the logical sequence of thought. The writer of Hebrews is discussing that in the Lord Jesus Christ we have a new will and a new testament—the last will and testament of the Lord. He is using the word, will, in terms of a legal document. Back in verse 16 it says, “For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.” That is, the death of the person who wrote the will.
He is saying that a will is of no force until the person who made out the will dies. It takes the death of the person who writes the will for that will to come into play.
As we move down through these verses the point he is making is that the Lord Jesus Christ had to die. The new will that we have in the Lord Jesus Christ is based upon the death of our Savior on the cross of Calvary. He talks first of all how the will is mediated. It is mediated through our Lord Jesus Christ in His death on Calvary.
Then he talks a little bit about how this last will and testament of our Lord is validated. He makes it very clear that it took blood for the will to be validated. That’s why when you come down to verse 22 it says, “Almost all things are by the law purged with blood and without shedding of blood there is no remission.” That is, there is no forgiveness. It is the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, which makes possible our forgiveness of sin.
There is the testator—the one who has to die for the will to come into force. In a will there is also the executor—the one who sees that the terms of the will are carried out. There are the heirs, the benefactors of the will. We have learned in these verses that that is you and me.
Sometimes there are problems attached to a will. Wills are very often contested in court. The terms of the will are contested. ...
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