“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: 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.” Hebrews 8:10
A few weeks ago I met a girl in a way only God can connect people. One thing led to another and before you know it, you are in a company of new people.
The moment we spoke, I liked her right away. She was engaging and just fun to be around plus she loves Jesus. She told me she was the only Christian in her entire Buddhist family. How did she do it? I have no idea.
My new friend happened to be a missionary. She became born again back in 2010 and ever since she went all in for Christ including quitting her day job, carrying her cross to follow Him. I thought she was brave.
The more we got into a deep conversation the more I found her to be interesting however I didn’t get an opportunity to get a lot of scoop on her personal life due to our time constraint. The main reason I wanted to meet her was that I was interested to find out about her mission work and learn something new. Little that I knew, she also needed to learn from me even though that was not part of a plan. In the same week, I learned why it is important to always prepare yourself to give no matter who you are going to meet.
Upon that, on our first skype’s chat, I told her “I would like to do what you are doing” She said, “don’t”. That should have been a red flag right away however I wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt. Her answer shocked me. That’s not something I expected would come out of the mouth of a believer. Aren’t we suppose to encourage one another?
The Lord told us to speak words of grace to one another. To say words that lift up, build up but I felt like she crushed my spirit. I didn’t know why she would suggest I shouldn’t serve the Lord. Like, do I need permission from her? As far as I am concerned I am blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:3). In her view, most Christians don’t know their faith. So, her mission is to teach them how this works. I didn’t pay much attention for the rest of our conversation that evening however, I went along with it. I was just curious to know where she was going with this.
On our next skype meeting, she started by asking questions about our previous conversation. I honestly didn’t remember anything because she was teaching something foreign to me. She picked and chose several scriptures including Hebrews 8:10, twisted, mix and turn to fit what she believe to be the right way to have eternal life. She told me we earn eternal life through knowledge and work (performance based salvation). I wasn’t surprised with that. Self-righteousness isn’t new in church today nonetheless, earning eternal life through scripture memorization is beyond anything I ever come across. She said when we memorize the word we are obeying new covenant which is “writing the law in your heart and putting it in your mind.” What she doesn’t read though is that the one who writes the law is God Himself and not a believer.
She told me she was saved however she had to memorize scriptures aka putting the law in her head and write in her heart to hopeful have eternal life. She teaches this stuff to weak and baby Christians saying salvation through the blood of Christ is not enough. Saying you have to work to secure your eternal life. The work at the cross is not a guarantee. I mean this is flat wrong. This, in my humble opinion is blasphemy and insult to the work of the son of God and God the Father.
See, God knew all this will happen in the world long before the foundation of the world. He knew people like her and many other will rise up to pervert His word. He knew they will chop, slice and dice His word to fit their personal philosophy. That is the reason He poured out His Spirit (Joel 2:28) to teach us His word so we don’t rely on humans teachers any longer.
In our last conversation, my spirit was stirred up within me after learning what she was teaching was plainly false. I had to stop her before she does more damages to children of God. But, she was so self-righteous and wasn’t open to hear what I had to say. I pray sooner or later she finds the truth. For the truth will set her free. She was coming to give me lectures only to find out she is the one who will be lectured. At the end of our session, she told me she will be having a busy week. It was a polite way of saying “we are not meeting anymore.”
So in light of all that, the cornerstone of the New Covenant is God’s promise to “put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts” (Jeremiah 31:33). In Ezekiel 36:26-27 He tells us how He will accomplish this: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws”.
We need God’s help, through His Spirit, to obey Him from the heart and bring our thoughts, attitude, and actions in line with His. We must allow His Spirit to become the guiding force in our lives so that we might have this “new heart.”
Without God’s Spirit a person cannot fully understand God’s Word and will, “for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14).
Correctly understanding the scriptural truth that the Holy Spirit is God’s power that can transform our lives helps us better understand His purpose and will for us.
It is also a key to understanding the whole purpose and intent of the New Covenant. God did not establish the New Covenant to abolish His laws, He established it to remedy the flaw that was in the people (Hebrews 8:8)—the weakness, disobedience and lack of faith inherent in all of us that leads us to sin (Romans 3:10-18). Through His Spirit, God empowers us to develop holy, righteous character and resist temptation and the pulls to sin.
With God’s Spirit at work within us, God’s wonderful promise of the New Covenant in Jeremiah 31:33-34 can be fulfilled.