Monday, January 4, 2021

What are the Laws written on our hearts?

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Hebrews 8:10 NKJV

 Ever since the ratification of the New Covenant, there has been one question asked by many. Not the only question pertaining to the New Covenant and new life in Christ, but still a question asked often. What are the Laws God has written on our hearts? 

 Often the answer given is that the laws written on the hearts of the believer are in fact the Mosaic Laws. That the 613 commands of the Law are what God has written inwardly. Some just answer that the Ten Commandments are the Laws written on our hearts. Is this correct?

 Based on the New Covenant, I must say no. Am I right? Is this just my opinion? Let's go to the Word of God and see what God declared.

Our study text in full context lets us in on the truth. The Old Covenant is obsolete and passing away. Why would God place Laws that are fading away on our hearts?

 Paul reveals even further proof in Ephesians 2. Look at this in full context. Paul reveals something about the Old Covenant Law. 

having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. Ephesians 2:15-16 NKJV

 Why would God write Laws on hearts that have been abolished through the Cross? What profit would there be in the engraving of abolished laws within us? If God abolished the Old Covenant Law then He wouldn't put it on our hearts.

 We must also look at what Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 3. This is one of the most powerful passages concerning Law vs Grace recorded in the New Covenant. Look how Paul details the Mosaic Law.

 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, 8 how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.  2 Corinthians 3:6-9 NKJV

 Paul declares the Mosaic Law to be the ministry of death and condemnation. God is not writing death on our hearts. God is not engraving condemnation upon our hearts. The Spirit gives life but the Letter kills. The Spirit is within our hearts, not the Letter. God has not inscribed that which kills within but that which gives life and imparts Love and His Goodness. 

 So we see from the Word, that it is NOT the Letter of the Law that has been written on our hearts. So what has been written on our hearts? Because the Ten Commandments are not written on our hearts, does that mean that we can now freely lie, cheat others, commit adultery and murder? In the next couple of articles, we will answer these questions plus more. For now, let me just say, the Life of God within wouldn't lead us to harm others. 

 In summation, we must know and be confident in the truth that God is a Good God. He wouldn't write death and condemnation on our hearts. He wouldn't engrave the abolished and obsolete on our hearts. Grace is greater than Law and that is a truth that we must never relinquish. Stay tuned, more to come on this important subject. 

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