"He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love." --- (SofS 2:4)
Travis Case, Pastor/Teacher Northgate Baptist Church F.E.A.S.T Ministries
I. A Will Must Be Put On Record.
A. The Bible is Recorded In Heaven.
Psalm 119:89, "For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven."
B. The Bible is recorded to Reveal Christ.
John 20:31, "But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name."
C. The Bible was recorded to Assure Believers.
1 John 5:10-13, "He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God."
II. A Will Must Have An Administrator.
Col. 2:3, "In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge."
B. The administrator must have Power.
Matt. 28:18, "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth."
C. The administrator must be Present.
Matt. 28:20, "Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen."
III. A Will Must Be Signed By The Testator.
A. It was signed by His Faultless Life.
Luke 23:4, "Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I find no fault in this man."
B. It was signed by His Suffering.
Matt. 27:27-31, "Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. 28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. 29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! 30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. 31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him."
C. It was signed by His Resurrection.
Rom. 4:25, "Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification."
IV. A Will Requires Witnesses.
A. The Father is a witness.
James 5:20, "Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins."
B. The Bible is a witness.
John 5:39, "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me."
C. The Holy Spirit is a witness.
John 16:13-15, "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. 15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you."
V. A Will Is No Good While The Testator Lives.
A. Jesus Became Man in order to Die.
Heb. 2:14, "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;"
B. Jesus Knew He had to die.
Luke 9:30-31, "And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias: 31 Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem."
C. Jesus’ death is the Bible’s Theme.
1 Cor. 15:3-4, "For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:"
VI. A Will Names The Heirs.
A. Paul tells us that we heirs.
Gal. 4:7, "Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ."
B. Peter tells us that we are heirs.
1 Peter 1:4, "To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,"
C. James tells us that we are heirs.
James 2:5, "Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?"
VII. A Will Describes The Inheritance.
A. A New Nature.
2 Peter 1:4, "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust."
B. A life of Peace With God.
Rom. 5:1, "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:"
C. An Inheritance In Heaven.
1 Cor. 2:9, "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."
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