Text: Hebrews 8:1-13
God and His law are outside of us. That is the nature of the relationship.
Law is outside of us and speaks to us, telling us what to do or not to do, but it cannot force us to do anything. When we disobey, the Holy Spirit presses upon our conscience, and we sense the guilt of our lawbreaking.
Sinners work at suppressing the voice of the conscience (Rom.1:18).Our sinning is not the fault of the law, the law just declares what God requires.
The problem is with us, we are naturally hardened towards God and deaf to His law. It is utterly impossible for anyone to keep God’s law at heart.
However, if God’s law resided within us (not just speaking to us from the outside), if His law was part of us, then we would love His law, and we would be able to obey it. That is what happens in regeneration, when God gives new life to His chosen people. His law is written on their hearts and minds, it is within them. Sinners sin because that is what is in them,
it is their nature. We who belong to Christ have a new nature, a nature of love for God and His law. We no longer live according to the demands of an officer. The transformed life is lived from within the new nature, which flows out in love and grateful obedience to God.
Meditate on verse 1. How are you going to respond to it?
Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, thank You for Your Son, Jesus Christ, who is my High priest. Amen.