For a will {and} testament is valid and takes effect only at death, since it has no force {or} legal power as long as the one who made it is alive – Hebrews 9:17 (Amplified Bible)

A testament is a will. Jesus left us a will before He went up to heaven. According to the Bible, a will is only enforced after the death of the one who made the will. In other words, a testament is of no effect until the death of the testator. If a man writes a will, his will is of no power until the man is dead. Whoever he wills his estate to become the one with the legal right to possess it. If the will says everything belongs to the last born child in the family, he or she then becomes the only one with the legal document to possess the entire property.

The peculiarity of the will Jesus left for us is this: He knew there was nobody on the face of the earth who executes His will for us; therefore He arose from the grave to see to it that we, the beneficiaries of that will, got our inheritance. When He ascended into heaven, He left us the Holy Spirit, to show us the provisions of our inheritance: “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God (1 Corinthians 2:12)

Not only does the Holy Spirit live in us, He’s with us to see to it no one cheats us out of the provisions of the will Jesus left for us. In that will, it is stated that eternal life – the indestructible life of God – is our present-hour possession (John 3:16; 1 John 5:13)! It is stated that we have a right to be forgiven all our sins (1 John 1:9; 2:1-2). It is stated that we should never fail (Romans 8:28; Luke 10:19), be poor (2 Corinthians 8:9; 1 Corinthians 3:21-22) or be sick (1 Peter 2:24)! It is stated that we are victors (1 Corinthians 15:57; 2 Corinthians 2:14), more than conquerors (Roman 8:37); heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ (Romans 5:17), participators of His divine nature (2 Peter 1:4)… We should never lack anything because we a legal document that confers on us the right to all God’s wealth. That document says we’re a prince of power with God; we have favour everywhere we go; the angels of God have been assigned to watch over us and ensure everything works well with and for us.

All we need is to acquaint ourselves with the provisions of that will. Get to know what belong to you by giving yourself to the careful and diligent study of God’s Word; that is His will expressed to us. Remember, just because He made you His heir doesn’t mean you automatically know and enjoy your inheritance; that’s why many Christians are struggling like the rest of the world. Galatians 4:1-3 says, “Now I say, that the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; but is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world”.

For more, please read and study: Hebrews 6:13; Hebrews 9:16-17

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Father, I ask that you daily enlighten the eyes of my understanding, so I may know and walk in your perfect will for my life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.