Hebrews 10:16–“This is the covenant that I will make with them
after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts,
and write them on their minds,” Hebrews 10:17–then he adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”
What are these new laws He writes on our minds and hearts?
God spoke of the new covenant in the Old Testament–Ezekiel 36:26–And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
The heart of stone He removes from us when we accept Jesus as our savior is our old sin nature. It is removed and nailed to the cross. Our heart of stone died with Jesus. Then He gives us a new heart which is our new birth, a new creation within.
Under the new covenant He also said He would write His laws on our hearts and minds. What are the laws is He writing on our hearts under the new covenant? We know it is not the old law because Paul said we were dead to the law.
Romans 7:6–But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code. Romans 3:20–For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.
Romans 8 helps us understand the new law He is writing on our new hearts. Romans 8:2–For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:3–For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh,
God gave us the Old Covenant, laws, rules and codes to help us see we could not keep those laws through the strength of our flesh or self-effort. Jesus was the only one who fulfilled and kept all of the laws of the Old Covenant. Under the new covenant of His blood, He has given us His Spirit that He might live in and through us minus our self-effort.
Through the blood of Jesus, we enter into the new covenant, born again with a new heart, serving in the new way of the Spirit. Galatians 5:18–But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Galatians 5:22–But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, Galatians 5:23–gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:24–And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires (our heart of stone).
The new law He writes on our hearts is the law of the Spirit of life in Christ. Walking by the power of the Spirit is the opposite of trying to follow Him through our self-effort. When we follow the Spirit, His fruit is produced in our lives rather than us trying to produce that fruit by ourselves. He is glorified by this fruit, not us.
Lord, thank you for freeing us from the Old Covenant and giving us the new law of the Spirit of life in Your Son written on our new hearts.