Written On Our Hearts
Posted: Saturday, August 29
2 Corinthians 3:1-18
Verse of the day:
Clearly, you are a letter from Christ showing the result of our ministry among you. This “letter” is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on tablets of stone, but on human hearts. (2 Corinthians 3:3)
The old covenant of law was written upon "tablets of stone." The new covenant of grace is written upon "tablets…of the heart." This is another vital contrast between the old and new covenants. This difference again decides whether we draw upon the external or the internal.
The new covenant message of God's grace is written on tablets of flesh—the heart. Grace not only forgives our failure before the law, but it works to develop personal holiness at the very core of our being. This was the promise God gave through His prophets of old—that He would put His holy law into peoples' hearts. The book of Hebrews applies this promise to all believers in Jesus Christ. “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts" (Hebrews 10:16).
We have incredible hope through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ! Now, God transfers His holiness from an outside standard, (stone tablets), to an internal resource, (to the heart where He resides). Now, the Lord is making His holy requirements an internal part of our being, as we humbly trust in Him.
God is stirring holy desires in us, as we earnestly seek after Him. He is developing His holy priorities and spiritual strength deep within our hearts so that we can walk in His righteousness—developing a life reflecting more Godliness. "It is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure" (Philippians 2:13).