God Moved His Law from Two Stone Tablets to the Mind
God wrote the original Law on Tables of Stone (Exo 34:28, NLT), and housed it in an earthly temple (Exo 25:8-9, 16, 21; 26:30-34, NLT). That plan did not work well, God constructed a new temple for the Law. “Do you not know that you are the temple of God…” (1 Cor 3:16-17; 1 Cor 6:19, NKJV)? Where ever God’s temple exists, you will find His Law. “…This is the new covenant I will make with the people, [not nation], of Israel after those days. ...I will put My instructions, [My laws], deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts/minds. I will be their God, and they will be My people” (Jer 31:33; Heb 8:10, 13, & 10:16, NLT). This new arrangement fulfilled the ancient promise spoken of by Ezekiel: “…I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations” (Eze 36:26-27 & 11:19-20, NLT). If the law was NOT “…holy, right and good” (Rom 7:12; Isa 42:21, NLT), would God reuse it, and give it vitality through the substitutionary death of Christ, (Rom 3:25; 1 John 2:2), and connect its fulfillment with walking in the direction led by the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:3-4; Isa 30:21, TLB)? God did this because “the Law of the Lord is perfect…” (Pss 19:7), but He “found fault with the people…” (Heb 8:7-8). “…They were trying to be saved by keeping the law and being good instead of by depending on faith. They… stumbled over the great stumbling stone” (Rom 9:30-31, TLB). Don’t repeat these errors for they collapsed an entire religious system [Matt 8:10; 15:9; 26:4; John 7:1; Heb 8:9]. “…The law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor” (Gal 3:24-25, NKJV), but “…are kept by the power of God through faith…” (1 Pet 1:5). “The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent His own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving His Son as a sacrifice for our sins. ‘[When you came to Christ, He set your free from your evil desires… by a spiritual operation, the baptism of your souls. …He gave you a share in the very life of Christ… and blotted out the charges proved against you, the list of His commandments, which you had not obeyed’ (Col 2:11-15, TLB)]. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature, but instead follow the Spirit… of God living in you” (Rom 8:3-4, 9, NLT). Clearly, God did NOT abolish the law, as some suggest, citing Paul’s statement, in the King James Version of the Bible, about “…the handwriting of ordinances that was against us…” (Col 2:14). Instead, He met its requirements, (Matt 5:17) and wrote it on our minds (Heb 10:16) so that all those who, through faith in Christ and the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit (John 14:17 & 16:13), “…do his commandments, [will have unfettered access] to the tree of life, and [enter]… through the gates, into the city—the New Jerusalem” (Rev 22:14; 21:2, 26-27). God guarantees this promise by His presence, which abides in all who love Him and keep His words (John 14:23), and attain to righteousness, “…even the righteousness of God, which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe…” (Rom 3:22; Php 3:9; Heb 11:7).
Bro. Graham F. Watts, Sr.