“The Mediator and the New Covenant” Part 6

We continue once again with our forth question, who specifically is the Mediator?

In this study we would like to take a quick look at the “Testator” to see how this is related to the
Mediator.

Testator: a person who has made a will or given a legacy.

And for this reason he is the Mediator of the new covenant by means of death, for the
redemption of the transgressions under the first
(Law) covenant, that those who are called may
receive the promise of the eternal in heritance. For where there is a
testament (a bequest, a will)
there must also of necessity be the death of the testator, for a testament is in force only after
men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives
.”(Heb 9:15-17)

"The Apostle explains that no will or testament or bequest is of validity so long as the testator lives.
Whatever covenant of agreement may be had, it awaits a final sealing or completion by the
death of the testator
. The Apostle applies this to Christ. By His death Jesus passed on to us, the
church, the benefit of his merit; namely, the earthly rights of ‘
justification’ to all that was lost in Adam
and redeemed by the precious merit of Christ’s sacrifice finished at Calvary. In accepting these earthly
blessings, we, as His members, agreed to the terms; namely, that
we also surrender our rights to
these, as servants or
‘ministers of the New (Law) Covenant’—that these earthly blessings secured
by our Lord’s obedience and death should thus pass through us and still be the Redeemer’s asset to be
given to Israel, under Israel’s New (Law) Covenant.

The fact that Israel is still outcast from God’s favor is merely
evidence that the body of Christ is not yet
completely sacrificed, for bear in mind that the covenant is of no validity until the death of the testator.
The Lord Jesus, the primary Testator, has accepted consecrated believers, as ‘members of his
body,’
and he is working in them by his holy Spirit to will and to do the Father’s good pleasure—
that they may lay down their lives in sacrifice, filling up that which is behind of the afflictions of
Messiah.  As soon as the last member of the church shall have died as a member of His body, the
New (Law) Covenant with Israel will be sealed—
sealed with the blood of the Testator; the death
of THE Christ, Head and members
.

Meantime the resurrection change of the church as the body of Christ will have brought the Testator
as a
whole
to the plane of glory, honor and immortality. On this plane THE Christ, Jesus the Head, and
the church, His mystic body, will be in antitype
the great Prophet, the great Priest, the great
King
, the great Judge, the great Mediator between God and mankind in general. Then will come
the time promised in the Scriptures when this Great One, this Glorified One, the Seed of Abraham on the
spiritual plane, will begin the work of blessing all the families of the earth, under the conditions of
the
New (Law) Covenant
, to be made with Israel first. (R4453)

Hebrews 9:16 reads: "For where a Testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of
the testator
." In the case of Moses the death of the Testator was represented by the slaying of
the bullock
AND the goat. In the case of the Antitypical Moses, the death of the Testator is
shown in the sacrifice of our Lord
AND the Church his Body. The ability of Christ to give a
Testament or Covenant, or to make a Covenant, should also be seen. As the man Jesus he could not
make this Covenant. Why? Because as a man--not spirit-begotten--he could merely have given his human
life for mankind and then would have had nothing left for himself; or if he had retained his earthly life he
could have established only an earthly Kingdom and never could have given eternal life to any one
subsequently. He might have blessed them with wise laws and regulations and improved conditions over
the present time, but never could have given them life and the perfections and blessings that he will be
able to give under the New Covenant.”

HOW THE LORD BECAME A TESTATOR    

In order to be a Testator and give eternal life to the world, it was necessary that our Lord
should carefully follow the Plan that God had arranged: First, by his own obedience he should
demonstrate his loyalty to God and receive life on the divine plane as his reward; second, that
then, by taking up his human life which he did not forfeit in anywise, he should have that human
life and its rights to give to Israel and through them to all mankind.
He is thus a Testator. He is
thus one who bequeaths (or wills) something to others. He bequeaths it not while he is alive, as a gift,
but he gives it as a Testator, as that with which he parts in death. So our Lord Jesus, as the Great
Mediator of the New Covenant, will give to mankind the human rights and privileges to which he had a
right by virtue of his perfect obedience to the Divine Law.
He invites us, NOT to share those rights
with the world,
NOT to come under his Mediatorial reign and be sharers in restitution privileges,
but, according to the will of God, to do something else, viz., to
join with him in becoming
Testator
, to lay down our lives and thus be sharers with him in the spirit of his great work, that
we may also share with him in the actual features of that work during the Millennium
.

HOW WE (THE CHURCH) ARE JOINED TO THE TESTATOR    

The very first difficulty encountered is that we, unlike him, have not perfect bodies that we could give as
perfect sacrifices; hence God's arrangement for those who have this sacrificing attitude of mind is that
they may be dealt with by the Lord Jesus and that he may,
as their Advocate, impute to them his merit,
his restitution rights, to make up for, to off-set, their blemishes and imperfections, that they may offer
unto God a sacrifice that would be pleasing.
We see that he does not give to these who are now
called, either the Mediatorial blessings of the Millennial Age or the restitution conditions which
that Mediatorial reign will confer
. He gives to them that which will serve his purpose for them
much better; viz., an imputation of his merit for past sins, to allow their sacrifice to pass the
Divine propitiatory satisfactorily
. Even then their sacrifice would prove imperfect and unsatisfactory
because of inability to carry it out to a completion, did he not continue to be their Advocate. With every
blemish and imperfection that is unwillingly theirs they can go to him as their Advocate and obtain mercy
and have the cleansing from all sin through the merit of his sacrifice.” (
R4623 par.12-14)

“So, then, in the Scriptural language, that which our Lord did do in connection with the promised New
Covenant between God and Israel at his first advent, was that he became a "
surety" and guarantee for its
later fulfillment. (
Heb 7:22) From that time, therefore, the New Covenant may be considered as assured
or legislated or guaranteed,
but not put into force, because, as the Apostle declares, a testament or
will is of no binding force until the death of the testator
. In harmony with the Divine Plan the
Redeemer applied the merit of his sacrifice to a special class "
called" and "drawn of the Father" during
this Gospel Age, to be members, to join with him in his sacrifice. These were to receive of his fullness, his
merit, as the atonement for their sins, and then they were to drink of his blood or share in his death, that
his blood or the merit of his sacrifice might as a blessing pass through them and permit them by
sacrificing restitution blessings to attain the divine nature and glory. (
2 Pet 1:4)

None of these may keep the blessing of restitution privileges. Each was obliged in advance to pledge
his life in sacrifice with his Lord before his final acceptance and begettal of the Holy Spirit to joint-heirship
with the Head in his glory, honor and immortality.
So then (AND THIS IS THE IMPORTANT PART) the
reason that the New Covenant promised in Jeremiah's day (
Jer 31:31), and assured by our
Lord's death has not yet gone into effect and become operative in restitution blessings to Israel
and the world is, that
the death of the testator has not yet been fully accomplished; for the
testator, through whom Israel will get that great blessing of the New Covenant,
is not our Lord
Jesus alone, but The Christ, Head and Body
.

To this agree the words of the Apostle again, namely, that natural Israel will “
obtain mercy through
your [Spiritual Israel's] mercy
.” (Rom 11:31) The laying down of the restitution rights received
by us from the Lord through faith in his blood is our sacrifice of the same,
the dying of the
Testator's Body
. (2 Cor 4:10) Israel is to be the beneficiary of this testament, this legacy, this will, the
merit of which is all as Jesus said, "i
n his blood," in his cup, which we must drink  (Matt 20: 22,23; 26:
27
).” R4498

Although we have to a limited extent already answered our fifth and final question, where and when
does this mediation begin?
There are still a few more thoughts pertinent to this question, which need
to be addressed.


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