1.The Bible says: “For where a TESTAMENT is, there must also of necessity be the DEATH OF THE TESTATOR” [Hebrews 9:16] A TESTAMENT is a legally binding AGREEMENT stating how a man wishes to dispose his possessions after his death. When God laid the foundation of the world, He also prepared a TESTAMENT stating TERMS and CONDITIONS for those who shall INHERIT His ETERNAL ESTATE. By FOREKNOWLEDGE, He determined His HEIRS, wrote their names in the BOOK OF LIFE and disowned those “…whose names are not written in the BOOK OF LIFE of the LAMB SLAIN from the foundation of the world” [Revelation 13:8] The “LAMB SLAIN FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD” is Jesus Christ, who being the “brightness of his glory, and the EXPRESS IMAGE OF HIS PERSON” is the TESTATOR [Hebrews 1:3] At the appointed time, the TESTATOR of the NEW TESTAMENT was MANIFEST on earth to DIE and have His WILL ENFORCED. The LAMB of God was MANIFEST among us, and John testified, saying: “…Behold the LAMB OF GOD, which taketh away the sin of the world” [John 1:29] The LAMB OF GOD came and DIED for the SIN of the world, including you and I, and activated the WILL of God for all men irrespective of race, colour or gender.
2. The Bible says: “By so much was JESUS MADE A SURETY OF A BETTER TESTAMENT” [Hebrews 7:22] SIN is proof of Satan’s odious presence and whosoever embraces SIN is as abominable as Satan before God. When Adam and Eve fell into SIN, the HOPE of our EVERLASTING INHERITANCE was in jeopardy until BLOOD was shed and God made “… coats of skins, and clothed them” [Genesis 3:21] The BLOOD of animals partially erased the odium of SIN and PREESERVED the HOPE of ETERNAL LIFE. The COVENANT with Abraham was signed with the BLOOD of circumcision, but was not enough to implement the TESTAMENT [Genesis 17:11] The OLD TESTAMENT, with Israel, was midwifed by angels and inked with the BLOOD of animals, when “…Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the BLOOD OF THE COVENANT, which the LORD hath made with you concerning all these words” [Exodus 24:8] The BLOOD of sinful man and animals covered but did not break the yoke of SIN, “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins” [Hebrews 10:4] But in Jesus Christ, we have the SURETY of a BETTER TESTAMENT, as it is written: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, THE MAN CHRIST JESUS, WHO GAVE HIMSELF A RANSOM FOR ALL…” [1 Timothy 2: 5-6] The offer of the BETTER TESTAMENT is on your table and the choice is yours.
3.The Bible says: “For a TESTAMENT IS OF FORCE AFTER MEN ARE DEAD: otherwise IT IS OF NO STRENGTH AT ALL WHILE THE TESTATOR LIVETH” [Hebrews 9:17] The TESTATOR came at the appointed time, and “… GOD WAS MANIFEST IN THE FLESH, …” [1 Timothy 3:16] God was manifest in Jesus Christ with ORIGINAL COPY and DETAILS of His WILL, written from the foundation of the world. By the shedding of the BLOOD of the TESTATOR on the Cross, at Calvary, the full BENEFITS of the ESTATE of God was activated in our favour. Whereas all previous COVENANTS, including the OLD TESTAMENT, pertained to persons or particular nations, the NEW TESTAMENT reconciles all nationalities and races to God in Jesus Christ, as the Bible says: “…for THOU WAST SLAIN, AND REDEMED US TO GOD BY THY BLOOD out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation ”[Revelation 5:9] If the DEATH of Jesus Christ paid the RANSOM for our SINS, His RESURRECTION was the GAME-CHANGER. By His RESURRECTION, DEATH was defeated, and everyone that comes to God through Jesus Christ is initiated into EVERLASTING LIFE. The NEW TESTAMENT removes all barriers between God and man. It no longer matters where we were born or the weight of SIN hanging on our necks, we are justified freely by His GRACE and “… made heirs according to the HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE” [ Titus 3:7]
4. Jesus Christ said: “For this is my BLOOD OF THE NEW TESTAMENT, which is shed for many for the REMISSION OF SINS” [Matthew 26:28] The NEW TESTAMENT is as old as time, but so called because it SUPERCEDES all previous COVENANTS. When the TESTATOR died at Calvary, the Kingdom of God was established on earth to EXECUTE His WILL. By GRACE, through FAITH in Jesus Christ, we are no longer slaves to CRASS MATERIALISM, SIN and DEATH, but citizens of the EVERLASTING Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is not a physical location or material condition, “… behold, the kingdom of God is within you” [Luke 17:20] The Kingdom of God is the TESTATOR living in you to EXECUTE His WILL in your life and my life, as it is written: “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” 1 Corinthians 3:16] Because Jesus Christ lives in me, I am reconfigured in the image and likeness of God and “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” [Philippians 4:13] We are literally gods and ambassadors of Jesus Christ. Though the world presently mocks us, and we are pressed to breaking point by trials of our FAITH, “… we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” [1 John 3:2] The Lord will come as a thief in the night, let us be vigilant and prepared, so we are not caught unawares.
5. The Bible says: “… Except a man be BORN AGAIN, HE CANNOT SEE THE KINGDOM OF GOD … Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, HE CANNOT ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD” [John 3:3-5] To SEE means to acknowledge the NEW TESTAMENT as God’s offer of PEACE and ETERNAL LIFE. Many people do SEE but miss the WAY when they seek to ENTER on TERMS and EXPECTATIONS of OLD TESTAMENT. The Bible says: “For the kingdom of God is not MEAT and DRINK; but RIGHTEOUSNESS, and PEACE, and JOY in the HOLY GHOST” [Romans 14:17] Whereas Israel approached God with MEAT and DRINK offerings under the OLD TESTAMENT, the NEW TESTAMENT demands you must be BORN AGAIN, with proof of RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE and JOY in the Holy Ghost. Beloved, what you have or have not in this world has nothing to do with your ETERNAL INHERITANCE. If you are BORN AGAIN, I exhort you to firm in the HOPE of Glory at the appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ in clouds of GLORY, when we shall be caught up “… in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” [1 Thessalonians 4:17] If you are not BORN AGAIN, I admonish your to receive Jesus Christ as your LORD and SAVIOUR today and be established in the NEW TESTAMENT, amen.