How Jesus brought in the new covenant

Hebrews Bible Background

11.12.2017 – New Testament: Heb 9.16–17

To read the Bible in a year, read Hebrews 9 on November 12, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

The writer of the Book of Hebrews had argued that Jesus is the Mediator of a new covenant, accomplishing that by means of death, His death. Then the writer explained why Jesus had to die,

For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives (Hebrews 9.16–17). 

Jesus had to die to fulfill the first covenant, and with it fulfilled, His death also brought in a new covenant because covenants or testaments go into force sometime after the death of the one who made it. It does not have power during the life of the testator. Therefore, he has to die. And that is what Jesus did so that the things He taught during His ministry have an application now.


  • Do you follow the teachings and commandments of Jesus of Nazareth?
  • Have you thought before that the teaching of Jesus are not for Christians today?

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