Rite of passage
A rite of passage for teenagers is the purchase of their first car. That usually requires a parent to co-sign on the loan. Why? Because the bank considers the teenager unreliable. Why would they loan thousands of dollars to someone that has no credit history? So, a parent that has a track record of fulfilling their commitments and paying their loan payments on time must “stand with” the teenager and promise the bank that they will meet the obligation, if the teenager fails to do so.
Now let’s consider ourselves. Are we a good credit risk to God? Are we reliable, timely, and consistently completing all our commitments that we’ve made to God? Have we received benefit from the salvation God made for us and which we’ve entered into covenant with God, a covenant purchased with the blood of the Father’s only begotten Son? I can answer these questions for all of us: No!
Jesus is our guarantor
So how is it that we can not only commune with God, but also ask and receive from God, while we are so deeply flawed and inconsistent? You know the answer. Jesus has bridged the gap for us. But where does God’s Word assure us that this is so? There are several passages of Scripture which we can go to find the rest and assurance we need. But none are more direct and clearer than this:
but there was an oath regarding Jesus. For God said to him,Hebrews 7:21-22 (NLT)
“The Lord has taken an oath and will not break his vow:
‘You are a priest forever.’”
Because of this oath, Jesus is the one who guarantees this better covenant with God.
Jesus co-signs for us
This makes Jesus the guarantor of the New Covenant, the covenant that contains the provisions for our salvation and promise of resurrection. So, Jesus is the co-signer for salvation, resurrection, and promise for us to spend eternity with Jesus.
Praise be to God. Without Jesus co-signing (guaranteeing) the New Covenant, God would never extend His offer to us. We are completely unreliable, and easily distracted by squirrels! Therefore, lets worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). Let’s not deny so great a salvation (Hebrews 2:3-4). Let us give thanks to the mediator (1 Timothy 2:5) and guarantor of our hope of glory (Colossians 1:27)!
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