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Friday, December 23, 2016

Last Will and Testament (Hebrews 9:16-17)

"In the case of a will it is necessary to prove the death of the one who make it, because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living."

What are death benefits? What someone gains at the expense of another's death.

A will directs who will receive someone's assets when he or she dies. In other words, death has to occur before the terms of the will can be executed.

I've never been a beneficiary of anyone's will. Well, except for Christ's. What are His death benefits? What do I gain from His death?
  • Complete salvation (7:25)
  • An eternal intercessor (7:25)
  • A changed mind and heart (8:10)
  • A relationship with God (8:10)
  • Complete forgiveness of sin (8:12)
  • Inner cleansing or a cleansed conscience (9:9,14)
  • An eternal priest, eternal sacrifice, eternal forgiveness (9:24-26; 10:18)
An old joke goes, "Where there is a will, I want to be in it!" No earthly will contains such amazing benefits. What can be gained by the death of anyone on earth cannot be compared by the benefits gained through Christ's death.

How can you be sure that you are a beneficiary of the Last Will and Testament of Jesus Christ? Saving faith in Christ alone, apart from any works, secures your inheritance. His death insures that I inherit all that His death secured for me and His resurrection imparts what His death secured. How blessed I am to be named as beneficiary to His will. I must read and know the will, however, in order to appropriate its contents. They are mine for the taking.

Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading: Hebrews 7:1-10:18
  • What purpose did the earthly sanctuary/tabernacle serve?
  • Make two columns and list the differences between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant (place, priest, benefactors, terms, burden of sin, etc).
  • What point does the writer of Hebrews make about Abraham/Melchizedek, Israel/Aaron and high priests?
  • Make two columns and list the differences between Israel's high priest and Jesus Christ.
  • What takes place in the hearts of people under the terms of the New Covenant that doesn't take place under the Old Covenant?
  • What does the continual need for an annual offering demonstrate under the Old Covenant?
  • How can we know for certain that our sins have been forgiven?
Turning truth into prayer
Read Hebrews 10:19-22. Thank the Lord Jesus Christ for being THE WAY into the Most Holy Place. Thank Him that He ever LIVES as the High Priest to make intercession for us. Worship the Lord with thanksgiving. Thank Him for cleansing your conscience from the guilt of sin. Lift up holy hands to the Lord (something Old Covenanters could not do!). Worship the Lord.