To Be an Heir the Testator Must Die

For many years, since 1985 after I finished my conscription – national service – of two years in the Navy (Marines), I have in some form worked in the field of Law. Back in 1985 I was employed in the offices of the Master of the Supreme Court (now High Court) as an Estate Examiner (Public Servant) for the Department of Justice. After 1990, I continued in this field working for a trust company and attorney firms as a paralegal estate administrator up until the 31st March 2011 when I stepped out in faith to do the work of a full-time evangelist in the service of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Saviour.

In view of this introduction, I am setting the foundation for a portion of Scripture that I wish to share that parallels the Spiritual of what also takes place in the natural. In legal work in deceased estates, when a person passes away it would be part of the executor’s duty to ascertain whether the estate was one of testacy or one to be dealt with as an intestate estate (under the laws of intestate succession). The point to be made here will be the testacy estates, where the deceased left a Last Will and Testament. This Testament had no effect while the testator was alive and although the heirs or beneficiaries (the plural is also the singular and vice versa) had a right to the assets bequeathed to them in terms thereof, they did not enjoy a real right to the assets until a further date in the future, i.e. the date of death of the Testator. Only upon the death of the Testator could the conditions of the Testament come into force and the heirs could now receive their right to their inheritance. Someone had to die before the Testament came into operation.

So is it with the Gospel, Jesus Christ had to die, and be resurrected, before the inheritance can be received by those who repent and believe upon His name, as we see in Scripture, Hebrews 9:15 –

15And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

In adding to the post hereunder titled Jesus Christ is God the Saviour, this portion of Scripture reveals the finished work of the Messiah as the New Covenant’s Sacrifice – He that was prophesied of and concealed in the Old Testament is He that is fulfilled and revealed in the New Testament, the Living Christ God Almighty. Here is the full portion of Scripture to silence the mockers, blasphemers and antichrist:

11But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 13For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. 16For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 17For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. 18Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood. 19For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, 20Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. 21Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. 22And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. 23It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: 25Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; 26For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 28So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. ~ Hebrews 9:11-28 

1For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. 2For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. 3But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. 4For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. 5Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: 6In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. 7Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. 8Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; 9Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. 10By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 12But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 13From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. 14For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. 15Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, 16This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. 19Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21And having an high priest over the house of God; 22Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. ~ Hebrews 10:1-25

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