THE NEW COVENANT, WRITTEN IN THE HEART

TEXT: “I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds” (Heb. 10:16b).

INTRODUCTION: Read Jeremiah 31:31–34. God says in this Scripture, “I will make a new covenant” (Jer. 31:31). The newness of it is, “I will put my law within them, and I will write it upon their hearts” (Jer. 31:34).

In Hebrews 8:10 and 10:16 this “new covenant” is presented; “I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds.”

I. This new covenant is established with us by a birth from above.

A. “You must be born from above” (John 3:1–16).

B. “… a new creation” (2 Cor. 5:17).

C. It makes us “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4).

D. “His law” is in the “new born,” in the “new creation,” and in the “partaker of the divine nature.”

Illustration: Native pecan tree receives a paper shell pecan graft. Henceforth it bears only paper shell pecans from its paper shell pecan nature.

II. No law of God is pleasing or acceptable to the person who has not been born again.

A. By the new birth, we enter the kingdom of God (see John 3).

B. In that kingdom God’s will is His law.

C. His law is set forth in His commandments. Being born from above we love His law, His kingdom.

III. In Romans 8:1–4 Paul declares that through the redemptive work of Christ, the law is fulfilled in us, who walk in the Spirit.

CONCLUSION: The laws which have been written on the heart correspond to the laws written in the Bible. “This is the love of God, that we keep his commandments” (1 John 5:3).

 Hallock, E. F. (1975). More Sermon Starters (p. 39). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

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