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Put Back in His Will - None are Lost

04 October 2011 by Neil

Q. 42. Why was our mediator called Christ? 


A. Our mediator was called Christ, because he was anointed with the Holy Ghost above measure; and so set apart, and fully furnished with all authority and ability, to execute the offices of prophet, priest, and king of his church, in the estate both of his humiliation and exaltation.

My daddy has a will. He also had a Saint Bernard dog whom he loved with a great love, but alas, the dog passed away a couple years ago.  I am therefore 80% certain that I and the rest of daddy's descendants have since been put back in his will.  A will is prepared by a living person (well, duh), specifying how the particulars of the net assets and benefits associated with him will be distributed after his death. I say net, because any debts against the estate must first be cleared up. The will writer is called the testator.

Every will should name an Executor, and the choice is important. The Executor is someone whom the testator trusts, who hopefully thinks like the testator, in charge of proving that the outstanding bills have been paid, and then ensuring that the estate is distributed in accordance with the deceased testator's wishes.  If there is no Executor, or a poorly chosen one, then the last will and testament won't be carried out as the dearly departed would have wished

Although there is a completely valid sense in which the new covenant is an agreement between the Father and the Son, there is another sense, just as valid, in which the new covenant (or at least part of it) is a soliloquy.  When we listen in, we hear something like, “This is my last will and testament...”.
Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant. For where a will is involved, the death of the one who made it must be established. For a will takes effect only at death, since it is not in force as long as the one who made it is alive. -- Hebrews 8:15-17 - ESV
For good measure, let's also read it in the version that Paul and Moses used:
And 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. For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. -- Hebrews 8:15-17 - KJV
The writer of Hebrews is telling us very plainly that the new covenant (aka new testament) is a will. Repeating, the new covenant is the last will and testament of a living person, a person who expected to die, and in fact did die.  Which person?  There can be only one answer: Jesus Christ.

Well you know the next question. Who could Christ select as his trusted Executor, someone who would follow the specifications of the new covenant exactly, who had the power to distribute the benefits of Jesus' flawless life and sacrificial death, and who would prove that all outstanding debts had been paid?  Rephrased, who could ensure that no sheep were snatched from Christ's hand? (John 10:27-30)

Very cool answer... Christ selected himself. After he died, Jesus Christ rose from the dead, ascended to heaven and took on the job of Executor (or, Mediator) of his own will, the new covenant. No one else could do it. Jesus Christ the Son of God ensured that the benefits of his life and death (i.e. imputed righteousness and an eternal inheritance) are given to all his sheep. None are lost.

What mere human ever had the power to live after dying in order to dispense eternal benefits as the Executor of his own will?  The Mediator had to be God.