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Wednesday | 18 July 2018
The law upon our hearts

As those who believe, it is true that we are zealous to do the will of God, but it must be according to the knowledge which Christ gives us, as we receive and accept His mind. This is ‘the righteousness of faith’. In the book of Romans, Paul wrote about the children of Israel, saying that they had a zeal for God, but that it was not according to knowledge. Rom 10:2.

What was it that they did not know? They did not know about the righteousness of faith. If they had known what it was, they would not have desired to establish their own righteousness through the keeping of the law. They would have, instead, submitted themselves to the righteousness of God.

In the fellowship of Christ’s offering, the Holy Spirit writes the law of the Spirit of life on our hearts to replace the other law that is within us. The law of the Spirit of life, which is written upon our hearts, is setting us free from the law of sin and death. This is the life which is now available for us to live in the New Covenant.

Quite simply, a ‘covenant’ is an ‘agreement’ made between two or more people. In the New Covenant, the Lord said that He would put His law in our minds and write it on our hearts. Further, He would be our God and we would be His people. We would each know Him personally, from the least to the greatest, and He would forgive and forget our iniquity and sin. Jer 31:31-34. Heb 10:14-16.

Through the New Covenant, we are able to ‘meet and agree together’ with our brethren in true fellowship, because we are finding the mind of Christ for every situation, and His law is being written upon our hearts. In this, we know the righteousness of faith, because we are able to do the will of God, which is our sanctification.


Further Study:
Jeremiah 31
Daily Proverb:

References:

Rom 10:2
For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.

Eze 36:26
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

Jer 31:31-34
Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah — not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the LORD. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.

Heb 10:14-16
For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before, "THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THEM AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAWS INTO THEIR HEARTS, AND IN THEIR MINDS I WILL WRITE THEM."
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