Hebrews 9:17 states: “that a will (or testament) is in force only when someone has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living (see NIV). This validates the point that I made yesterday that the four gospels were dealing with people before the cross, who were not yet born again. Another example is that the church often says that if you do not forgive; God will not forgive you (see Mark 11:25, 26). Ask yourself; ‘was this before the cross, or after the cross?’ Answer: it was before the cross and these people were not yet born again. Therefore this is an Old Covenant principle. Under the New Covenant we do not forgive to get forgiven, we forgive because God has already forgiven us (see Eph. 1:7; Eph. 4:32). Once again, the New Covenant, is God moves first and we respond whereas the Old Covenant involves our doing things to get God to respond (i.e. “dead works”) I am so thankful for a better covenant based upon better promises; how about you? (see Hebrews 8:6).