Jesus’ Last Will & Testament – Notes/Study Sheet

(Heb. 9:14-17)

 

Introduction:

   * Man not allowed to pick and choose what he believes (Deut. 4:2, Rev. 22:18&19).

   * Diatheke (Grk.) – “Covenant” or “testament” (also contract).

   * Last will & testament.

 

1. Multiple Testaments cannot be in effect at the same time.

 

   * Jesus Christ is ___________________________ of a new testament (Heb. 8:8&13).

 

   * New Testament is new in what ways? 1)                                                 2)

 

   * Heb. 8:8 – New Covenant is coming (Jer. 31:31-34).

 

   * Something old must _________________________  ________________________ (Heb. 8:13).

 

   * Christ did what? (Heb. 10:9) ______________________________________________________.

   * Paul said living under 2 covenants like being married to 2 women (Rom. 7:1-4).

   * 7th Day Adventists borrow (wrongly) from both testaments (Ex. 20:8; Ezek. 20:10-12; Luke 22:30).

   * Other religions look to Old Law to justify other things (instrumental music from Psalms, etc.)  see Jn. 10:34.

 

2. For testament to be in effect, must be death of Testator.

   * Heb. 9:15-17 – testament no effect while Testator lives!

 

   * Water baptism essential to salvation under New Law (Mk. 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22;16; Eph. 5:26; I Pet. 3:21 et al).

 

   * While Jesus lived, New Law not in effect, there fore He could grant pardon as He chose (thief on Cross, palsied man –

       Luke 23; Mark 2:1).

 

   * New Law in effect. Baptism essential part of being pardoned from past sins (Acts. 2:38; 22:16).

 

3. An approved testament cannot be altered.

   * Gal. 3:15 – Once testator is dead and testament approved, cannot be altered/added to.

 

   * The Bible’s commands often cluttered with human traditions (Mt. 15:1-9).

   * Such ought not to be!

 

4. Some testaments have conditions placed upon them.

   * Gal. 4:1-2 – A father may leave his son an inheritance, but he can’t have it until he’s 21, for example.

 

   * May not inherit at all if he doesn’t meet certain conditions (complete college degree, etc.)

 

   * There is certainly a place for obedience in receiving salvation, for God has ordained it so (Jas. 2:20; Rev. 2:10).

 

   * Paul taught Christians are made free from sin through obedience (Rom. 6:17-18; Jn. 3:36, II Thes. 1:8; Heb.  5:8-9; I

      Pet. 4:17) – obedience of faith (Rom. 1:5; 16:26).

 

   * Notice “exception” clauses – Jn. 8:24, Luke 13:3-5, Jn. 3:3-5). Except certain things be done, salvation won’t be

      realized!

  

Obey the Lord, become a New Testament Christian today!

                                                                                                                                    R.W. McAlister 11/16/08 a.m.