Summary: To show the need for the new testament and the death of the testator, who is the LORD JESUS
Why is it necessary for the LORD JESUS to die on the cross?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show the need for the new testament and the death of the testator, who is the LORD JESUS
Hebrews 9:16 (New King James Version)
9:16 For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
Thank You very much LORD JESUS because thru Your death on the cross You made effective the New Testament for us so we can do what only pleases You.
Testament and Testator
A. Date of writing: Before AD. 70
B. Style of writing: Best Greek style
C. Authorship: Not specific, but generally attributed to Apostle Paul. Can be also ascribed to Barnabas, Luke, Apollos
D. Audience: Hebrew Christians
E. Theme: Christ is superior to the prophets; Christ is superior to angels-J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible
F. Purpose: The chief doctrinal purpose of the writer was to show the transcendent glory of the Christian dispensation, as compared with that of the Old Testament.Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. There is a testament
"For where there is a testament,"
Testament or "diatheke" in Greek word, meaning:
1) a disposition, arrangement, of any sort, which one wishes to be valid, the last disposition which one makes of his earthly possessions after his death, a testament or will
2) a compact, a covenant, a testament
GOD wrote a contract between GOD and Man, and the necessity of death of the testator who is the LORD JESUS CHRIST took care of the dying part.
Matthew 26:28 (Amplified Bible)
26:28 For this is My blood of the new covenant, which [ratifies the agreement and] is being poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Luke 1:72 (Amplified Bible)
1:72 To make true and show the mercy and compassion and kindness [promised] to our forefathers and to remember and carry out His holy covenant [to bless, which is all the more sacred because it is made by God Himself],
Luke 22:20 (Amplified Bible)
22:20 And in like manner, He took the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament or covenant [ratified] in My blood, which is shed (poured out) for you.
Hebrews 13:20-21 (Amplified Bible)
13:20 Now may the God of peace [Who is the Author and the Giver of peace], Who brought again from among the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood [that sealed, ratified] the everlasting agreement (covenant, testament),
13:21 Strengthen (complete, perfect) and make you what you ought to be and equip you with everything good that you may carry out His will; [while He Himself] works in you and accomplishes that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ (the Messiah); to Whom be the glory forever and ever (to the ages of the ages). Amen (so be it).
The LORD JESUS CHRIST sets out this new testament or new covenant with us, also strengthened, made us what we ought to be and equip us with everything good that we may carry out His will.
B. Death of the testator is a necessity
"there must also of necessity be the death of the testator"
Testator or "diatithemai" in Greek word, means:
1) to arrange, dispose of, one’s own affairs
2) to make a covenant, enter into a covenant, with one
The LORD JESUS CHRIST Himself made this new covenant with the house of Israel after those days (old covenant days) so He is the Maker or testator.
Hebrews 8:10 (Amplified Bible)
8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will imprint My laws upon their minds, even upon their innermost thoughts and understanding, and engrave them upon their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
The FATHER appointed a kingdom to JESUS, now JESUS confers or is the testator of this kingdom for us.
Luke 22:29 (Amplified Bible)
22:29 And as My Father has appointed a kingdom and conferred it on Me, so do I confer on you [the privilege and decree],
The LORD JESUS CHRIST set up and concluded with us a new testament, agreement or covenant so the LORD JESUS CHRIST is the Testator.
Hebrews 10:16 (Amplified Bible)
10:16 This is the agreement (testament, covenant) that I will set up and conclude with them after those days, says the Lord: I will imprint My laws upon their hearts, and I will inscribe them on their minds (on their inmost thoughts and understanding),
It would have been enough that the LORD JESUS CHRIST died on the cross, it was a necessity for the testator and it established the new testament to be effective, yet after 3 days He rose again from the dead and seated at the right hand of GOD with us.