“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah…For this is the covenant…I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people” (Jeremiah 31:31, 33).
These days have come!! The question we must ask is whether we realize how amazing and wonderful these days are? The Law of God was first written on stone tablets and given to Moses when the children of Israel began their journey through the wilderness. It was an external law that had to be obeyed but carried with it consequences; blessing or curse. The fact is, neither Israel or we could completely obey the requirements of the Law which brings condemnation.
How would God write His law on their hearts and ours? He was indicating that His law would no longer be external, but internal, written on the heart; “you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts” (2 Corinthians 3:3). When this takes place, obedience to the commands of Christ are no longer driven by an external written law, but through love given by the Spirit for the Author of the commands.
Roland Allen writes, “the commands of the gospel are internal…implanted. Under the Law the command is bound up in the letter. The letter is the standard. But in the gospel, this is not so. Under the gospel it is the Spirit which is communicated. In the gospel, the Spirit is the standard.” (Essential Missionary Principles, 1913, page 16-17). Are you driven by the external law or the internal command written by the Spirit?
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