The New Covenant

July 29, 2018

Hebrews 8:10… For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days declares the lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

            The writer to the Hebrews quotes from Jeremiah and Isaiah in this chapter. (see Jeremiah 31:33) The end product of both covenants was the same… God wanted people He could call His. The first Covenant failed because the people did not uphold their part of the covenant. The 2nd Covenant is more likely to succeed because it is mediated by Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God. And because His Laws are written in our minds and on our hearts.

            So how does that work? Do we have white boards in our hearts on which are written God’s Laws? If that were the case, all we would have to do is take a look at that board and know the right thing to do. I must be a bit stupid, because I don’t know where to look for that white board, and I most certainly don’t know how to obey it. As I pondered this one day, the Lord reminded me that at salvation, I received the Holy Spirit in my heart. He knows the Laws of God and he knows how we ought to live them. So, God did not actually write them in our minds, He put them there in the person of His Holy Spirit. You are not searching your heart for a white board; you are searching for God. The Holy Spirit is God in you. And He is the reminder of His Laws. The old covenant taught God’s Laws but was unable to change our hearts to want to know Him. The New Covenant gave us a new relationship with God’s Laws. Now, we know His Laws as part of Him and we want to do them because we can know Him better.

            The Holy Spirit is our guide. He is leading us to the Father. He is not leading us to a place, a castle in the sky… He is leading us to a relationship. “And they shall be my people.”  We are the people of God. We live by his laws and desires. No longer do we live for the desires of the flesh, according to the law of sin and death. You and I are no longer children of the Devil, governed by the rules of darkness. We are children of God, ruled by light. Darkness says, “When wronged, repay.” Light says, “When wronged, forgive.” Let the Holy Spirit lead you in the light; that is what He does. He leads us when we follow…