God says that those in the new covenant will have His laws written in their minds and hearts. But what does that really mean?
There are three English words that keep rolling around in my head regarding this and I am trying to figure out how they work together as regards this new covenant promise. These words are as follows:
What does it mean to write His laws in our minds and hearts? Here is the scripture that I am referring to:
(Heb 8:8) For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
(Heb 8:9) Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
(Heb 8:10) For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
We have been taught and rightly so that we are here to develop Godly(righteous) Character in our lives. That based on our faith, following God’s laws will develop that character by their use.
Look at what the Apostle Paul says about that in Hebrews:
(Heb 5:14) But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
We can begin to see what is right and wrong by exercising our senses by using them to decide our course of action based on His Laws. This is character building. How do we define character anyway:
The dictionary says the following: Character is the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual. But notice that it does not say what kind of character that individual actually represents. It seems to me that we have to develop the right Kind of Character.
But back to the original question. How are God’s Laws put into our hearts and minds or rather what does that mean? How does it affect us? God says that He is going to put His laws into our hearts and minds. He is going to do it. So we need to understand what is going on and learn how to deal with it, I think.
Let’s look into another word’s definition. Conscience! What is conscience anyway? Here is what the dictionary says: Conscience is an inner feeling or voice viewed as acting as a guide to the rightness or wrongness of one’s behavior.
Now, look at the fact that if we are God’s people then His Holy Spirit is residing inside of us.
Rom_8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if any man has not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
So we see that God has put His Spirit inside us and that He also promises to place His laws inside our hearts and minds too. So we are seeing our choices in life filtered by these laws within us that alter how we react to things. Our conscience if you will is being modified by God’s Holy Spirit to see what is the right thing to do and then we do what is right because it is simply the right thing to do. This is God writing His Laws into our hearts and minds.
But we still have a role to play here we must be aware at all times. Here is where our consciousness comes into play. Here is the meaning of that word: Consciousness is the state of being awake and aware of one’s surroundings. So it is our responsibility to be constantly aware of what is going on around us so that we can always in good conscience defend our actions based on God’s laws.
Eph_5:16 Redeeming the time because the days are evil.
Heb_5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have a need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have, need of milk, and not of strong meat.
This is why it is so dangerous for us to fall into a Laodicean Attitude of satisfaction of ourselves. Some of us have become so lackadaisical that we can no longer handle strong meat and must be taught again the basic principle doctrines of Christ.
So as we use God’s Laws to show us what to do, we are developing our internal conscience that begins to filter everything we see by the laws that are now internal to our minds and hearts. As we continue to go through our lives being watchful always we are strengthening that internal conscience, so that truly we begin to see what is right and wrong more clearly and almost automatically decide to do the right thing simply because it is the right thing to do.
those of us who are truly following Christ will never want to do the wrong thing again. We may stumble, we may slip and let our attention or “consciousness” waver but as long as we are watching closely we as the Firstfruits of God’s Kingdom will always do the right thing.
Truly God is indeed writing His laws into our minds and hearts.
What do you think? Doesn’t this make a more complete understanding than just building character does? Character reflects who we are at the moment but our conscience is where God is writing those laws in our hearts and minds.
Remember God warns us that we can indeed sear our conscience.
1Ti_4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
Tit_1:15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure, but even their mind and conscience is defiled.