8 I will make a new covenant…10 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.
There are believers who think that God just wants us to behave morally and responsibly. This is, however, only a part of the truth concerning the gospel. The greater truth is that we are saved by grace through faith, and not by our behaviour or deeds.
Often, these believers see the Bible as a rule book on how to be holy, and not as the living Word of the One who can make you holy. Salvation, from the start to the finish, is the sole work of God in Jesus Christ. And that’s why the gospel of grace is an affront to these individuals, because it calls us to believe and rest our salvation on the perfect work of Jesus. However, even if they do embrace grace as the only way to be saved, they would subsequently add the idea that we are to “balance” law and grace so as to stay saved.
In the epistle to the Hebrews, the Apostle Paul reveals to us that God Himself will purpose us to live and do right before Him through a new covenant where He will put His laws in “our minds” and write them on “our hearts”. In the context of this verse, “My laws” is not a reference to rules and regulations, but a revelation of His righteous reign of grace through and in us.
Here we paraphrase what the Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 5:7 — “We walk (live) by faith (what we believe), and not by sight (not to regulate our lives by outward appearance).” As such, the Christian life therefore is not our effort of trying to balance law and grace, which leads to self righteousness. Rather, it is to believe God will consciously and actively reveal His way through His Scriptures and Spirit so that we will walk rightly.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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