The Law Written on Our Hearts is not the Ten Commandments

Law in our hearts

“This is the covenant I will make with them after that time,” says the Lord. “I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.” (Heb 10:16)

“This is obviously a reference to the law of Moses,” says the law-preacher. “The Ten Commandments were written in stone, now they’re written in the hearts and minds of God’s people.”

Not true. Here are seventeen reasons why God has not written the Ten Commandments on your heart:

1. The law inflames sin (Rom 5:20) and the strength of sin is the law (1 Cor 15:56). Why would God want to stir up sin in your life?

2. The law condemns (2 Cor 3:9), yet there is no condemnation to those in Christ.

3. The law ministers death (2 Cor 3:7), but God wants you to enjoy abundant life.

4. Law and grace don’t mix. You are under grace, not law (Rom 6:14).

5. Living by the law will alienate you from Christ (Gal 5:4).

6. Living by the law is cheating on Jesus (Rom 7). Why would God do anything to encourage spiritual adultery?

7. We’re to live by faith but the law is not of faith (Gal 3:12). The law encourages us to depend on ourselves instead of Jesus.

8. Those who live under the law are under a curse (Gal 3:10). Why would God curse those he has blessed?

9. The law binds and enslaves (Rom 7:6), but Jesus wants you free.

10. The law keeps you immature for it makes nothing perfect or complete (Heb 7:19).

11. We have died to the law so that we may serve in the new way of the Spirit and “not in the old way of the written code” (Rom 7:6).

12. When there has been a change of priesthood, the law must be changed also (Heb 7:12). For God to write the old law on our hearts would be like saying Aaron is greater than Jesus.

13. God found fault with the law-keeping covenant and made it obsolete (Heb 8:7,13). Why would God insult his Son’s sacrifice by giving you the very thing his sacrifice rendered obsolete?

14. The law is a shadow of the good things to come and not the reality (Heb 10:1). Why would God give you the shadow instead of “the good thing”?

15. The Jews considered the law to be ordained by angels (Heb 2:2). If so, says the author of Hebrews, then it is inferior to the gospel of Jesus (Heb 1:4). Why would God give you an inferior gift?

16. Some Christians think that God gives them the law as a guide to live by, but why would God want you to repeat the mistake of the Galatians (Gal 3:2)? Why would God do anything to make you fall from grace?

17. The old law-keeping covenant required an accounting or remembering of sin, but the new covenant is characterized by God forgiving and forgetting on account of Jesus (Heb 10:17). If the law that God writes in our hearts is the law of Moses, then Jesus died for nothing.

If God has written the Ten Commandments on your heart and mind, you should be able to list all ten with no trouble. Can you? What’s the seventh commandment? You can’t do it because it’s not there, and a very good thing that is too! If the law that God writes in our hearts is the law of Moses, you’re in big trouble.

The good news is that God has written in us a far better law. What is this new and better law? We’ll find out in the next post!

 

56 Comments on The Law Written on Our Hearts is not the Ten Commandments

  1. This is great as are all of your posts. Thanks for helping us understand true grace. I have a guess as to what the law written on our heart is, but I’m going to wait until the next post to see if I’m right. Hurry up and write it please – haha! When a person is hearing the Good News, they just can’t wait!

  2. Diamond Girl // April 17, 2015 at 2:06 am // Reply

    It appears that God has always wanted his law to be in his people’s hearts. Deuteronomy 6:5-6 NKJV

    You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.

    • Except this is referring to the OT law, and God is addressing specifically the nation of Israel per their agreement to the covenant He established with them and those who entered into that agreement with them. That old covenant according to God’s Word is no longer valid. There is a new covenant with new “law”, and that is what God writes in our hearts.

      • Diamond Girl // April 19, 2015 at 9:45 am //

        God has always cared about the disposition of his people’s hearts. The covenant is new but the law isn’t.

      • I didn’t call the into question God caring about the condition of His people’s hearts. The old covenant IS the Law, the old law, and according to Apostle Paul, it was powerless to do anything more than make us aware of our sin. Romans 3:27 very clearly shows there are different kinds of law. We are under a new covenant and the “law” of faith. Jesus fulfilled the Law on our behalf because we were not capable. That is why we need the Holy Spirit. The greatest men in the OT under the old covenant all were guilty of being law breakers at one time or another. The idea of writing on our hearts has to do with reflecting God’s Lordship in our lives as we submit and show gratitude to Him. Romans 6:14 ESV “For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.” As we learn to live out our identity, our hearts become more in tune with God’s desires for how we should live our lives, and our actions will demonstrate that. If the Law had power to fix our hearts, Jesus would not have needed to come.

      • Diamond Girl // April 20, 2015 at 2:55 am //

        But these guys seemed to have been able to submit to the law (which has forgiveness of sin built in) : Luke 1:5-6 NKJV

        There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.”

      • The fact that they were blameless does not mean they had never sinned. It simply meant that their hearts were in the right place and were submitted to the Lord, but under the old Law covenant, they had to continually atone for that sin via the sacrificial system, and it was unable to give them power over sin. Romans 8:3-4 “For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”

        The Law was good and righteous, but as the verse indicates not something we could fully meet apart from God helping us. We only have power over sin by Christ’s atonement, not by our own efforts or by the former sacrificial system. The old Law was not sufficient, and we are not bound by it. Knowledge of good and evil did not come from the Law, it came from Adam and Eve’s eating from the tree. The old Law was only meant to bind the nation of Israel into covenant with God, that if they would observe it, they would be blessed and if they ignored it, they would experience curses. They agreed to this old covenant, but God knew it was not enough, which is why He sent Jesus to die on our behalf. The new law of faith goes deeper by giving us power over sin and the means for genuine heart change, not simply having to exert willpower over sinful desires but the means for them to be obliterated.

    • The law kills, condems. This is how it works: Can you love God with all your heart, mind, body and soul and not lust for anything else? Can you love your neighbor as yourself? Did you buy him clothes, house, food, car, phone, take him on vacation with you? If not, you are not keeping the commanment but are a lawbreaker. Break one, guilty of breaking the whole law! Bam! Death penalty. Jesus is our righteousness and we are no longer under the law, the ‘Ministry of DEATH’ as Paul termed it. Read Gal 3:17 to see how the Mosaic Covenant did not supercede nor annul the promised SEED, the Messiah, the Eternal Coveannt promised in the Garden of Eden and ratified with Abraham. Two trees, two seeds, two women, two cities. Polarity. This is our Father’s world.

      • Diamond Girl // June 20, 2015 at 9:35 am //

        How we respond to the law has two outcomes. Blessings if we obey and curses if we do not. Why did God allow the curses to come upon Israel if they just could not obey. Paul makes it clear who cannot obey God’s law – those who are led by the flesh. Read Romans 6. The law has the sacrificial system built into it. So that if we sin, we have an advocate. If the law didn’t apply to us, then why do we need a High Priest interceding for us? The problem in the province of Galatia was that people were being lied to by Pharisees (among other things). And the lie was that God cannot accept Gentiles unless they are circumcised. That is not true, because Abraham was given circumcision after walking with Him for years. Hence the promise that all Gentiles will be blessed through him cannot be predicated upon those Gentiles first receiving circumcision. The Law is how the Father wants his children to live. Or else Galatians 5 then becomes void. Why warn against practices specifically prohibited in the very same law that Paul just said doesn’t apply (according to your interpretation). How one loves his neighbour is specifically expressed in both the Law and expounded further by Jesus and it doesn’t purely consist in throwing 21st century first world luxuries at “him”. God himself calls the Law an eternal covenant as well. The Law is how we ought to live as children of God. Just like he did not redeem Israel from Egypt based on how well the Law was adhered to. It is not the basis of our salvation. But just as the Law was given after being free from Egypt, we ought to WANT TO live according to the instructions of our Deliverer. If we are led by the Spirit.

  3. Man Paul, another great article! What a gift u have man! Unbelievable! I feel so encouraged every time I read your articles. God bless you brother! My family and I are so grateful for you! We are spreading news to all our friends and family about your website!! Words fresh from heavens bakery permeating every part of my soul!!!

  4. 18. Law voids faith, nullifies the promise and works wrath. Grace through faith absolutely guarantees righteousness to all the children of faith. Romans 4:13-16

  5. Joe A.Serge // April 17, 2015 at 3:15 am // Reply

    How true! Too often well-meaning believers remain chained to the Ten Commandments as “guidelines to holy living” due to faith errors learned in childhood through legalistic Bible teachers. Love of God and neighbor is the New Covenant’s primary directive.

  6. never really thought about this, good post, so now you have to tease us….. We’ll find out in the next post! thanks

  7. When the Scriptures describe New Covenant as the “law being written on their hearts” it is not speaking of the letter of the law ( the big ten) but the righteousness of the law- which is love.
    When we obey the new covenant we not only must refuse to be sin conscious but we must choose to follow that which God is putting on our hearts each moment- and that will be the righteousness and the spirit of the law which is love. The New Covanent removes our consciousness of sin and makes us conscious of God and the needs if others – and empowers and motivates us to love God and love others.

  8. David Martini // April 17, 2015 at 3:54 am // Reply

    Awesome! Thanks, Paul. This is something I’ve been pondering off and on over the last year. I will keep my own thoughts out of this comment and look forward to your next post and see if we agree and are of one mind.

  9. This says what the law does, no wonder things weren’t working for us years ago.

  10. Excellent! But you kind of left us hanging! Can’t wait for Part 2.

    • Sorry about that. I try to keep these posts under 800 words and I simply couldn’t do justice to the Law in our hearts by tacking it on to the end of this one. It’ll be worth the wait – I promise!

  11. I will say it once again. I very much appreciate you, Paul Eillis, as well as all of your books and your website. You have been extremely helpful to me.

  12. Tom Ludemann // April 17, 2015 at 5:45 am // Reply

    Wow! Thanks Paul. It doesn’t get any clearer then that. I went to church service the other day and felt a great heaviness in the spirit. I asked the Lord what it was. He said “my people are searching for something that is gone”. I asked Him what it was and He said “they are searching for their sins that are gone”. Thanks to our awesome Savior Jesus that we are free from Law based thinking. The greatness of Him living in us should put an end to that type of thinking. Praise to Him!

    • If the Son sets you free , you are free indeed..Not to be chained to an old covenant way of thinking. Jesus came to to make a better covenant a better way. With a clean heart given at salvation we have been purged of our sin never no more to remember this . the father says He will remember them no more… We didnt have to sacrifices lamb or a bull or a goat to set us right with God. Jesus Christ the righteous accomplished that on the cross, and settled this issue of sin on His body on the cross. The goodness of God leads people to repentance. We do fail but we are under no condemnation for those that are in Christ Jesus for He freed us from the law of sin and death.this is to those that walk after the wonderful 3rd person of the trinity. The holy spirit our helper, who came 2 thousand plus years ago to be our paraclete to come side of us to walk out this set apart life in Christ and for the Holy Father. Awesome New Covenant of grace abounding toward us who believe. Praise and adore our King.

  13. Excellent post! The Carnal minded believer sees this as opportunity to indulge in whatever passion. The insecure believer sees this as bad news and no restraint for fleshy desires. The legalist sees this as great heresy and trying to preach licentiousness. The New Covenant minded believer sees this a good glad gospel news. The New Covenant grace believer sees this as true freedom and the reality of life in the New Covenant. It puts Jesus back in the center of the gospel. It places Jesus faithfulness over our own. It causes us to fully rely on Jesus finished work not on our own again/off again faithfulness. It is open door to a lasting relationship with Jesus. No codes, or ordinances or hurdles to jump through to be good enough. Glad news!!!

  14. Great stuff, Paul, as usual.
    7. “The Law is not of faith” Yes, and further … Whatever is not of faith is sin.

    I agree with Joseph Prince (in his devotional) that the laws God put on our NEW hearts are: the law of faith, the law of love and the law of liberty. (The law of the Spirit of Life)
    Jesus’ Gospel to Paul relates these together in Gal. 5:1-6.

  15. Will you make a study bible with your notes.

  16. Serge Kulapa // April 17, 2015 at 11:39 am // Reply

    Great post Paul, clear and straight to the point. Looking forward to reading the next post.

  17. I bet it’s love. “I give u a new commandment: love one another…”

  18. Hi Paul, this is the first time I have read one of your articles, and the ten commandments have bothered me for a long time, especially the 4th Sabbath. Can you explain then, what this verse, and others like it mean; Rev 22:14 ‘Blessed are those who do His COMMANDMENTS, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.’ Thank you

    • Hi Sean, this is an odd verse because the KJV says “blessed are those who do his commandments” while other translations say “blessed are those who wash their robes.” If you prefer the command-keeping translation, this post and this one may help.

  19. Now you have me thinking. I always assumed that the law written on our hearts was to mankind in general – so we have an awareness of God’s laws to point us to Him. But you are right. The law is Old covenant – so i will look forward to seeing what you have to say next post.🙂

  20. ADDAE BISMARK // April 17, 2015 at 8:36 pm // Reply

    Please Paul,what do you have to say about 1 John 1:1-10 and the seven churches.The parable of the ten virgins and that of the talent.How do you place the cross into all that

  21. AMEN!!! Well written and we all need to be reminded daily of that. This post was written so perfectly. I would not be surprised if some still contend with the faith to be abolished. God ministers to us in different ways but it will never by pass his word and the laws in our heart is a guidance. I remember on the way to a shop I was speaking to the Holy Spirit; I asked him a question about tithes and offering. He said to me immediately, do not listen to the letter of the law but the law of the Spirit. It’s more than that but he guides us by the newness of the Spirit. Instead of trying to be accepted by God by what we do, we are now accepted by what Christ and Christ alone had done and he now is our new Master and are led by the Holy Ghost.

  22. That’s awesome post Paul. another great gem. but you kept the suspense until next post. cant wait to read next part…lols

  23. Earl Hendricks // April 18, 2015 at 7:16 am // Reply

    Once again thanks

  24. Ben Fetcher // April 19, 2015 at 6:17 am // Reply

    AMAAAAAAAZING!!! I like point number 6. God cannot encourage spiritual adultery… Thanx Paul!

  25. Wonderful piece. The law was a tutor but not anymore since Christ already came. He is the author of the law of faith in our hearts. Great piece paul. God bless you

  26. Wonderful grasp of the word Paul! Thank you!

  27. Great post , cannot wait to hear about this law that creates without any demand.

  28. Amen! It is God who writes in our hearts. It is not something that says “You must not..” etc. else the prerogative is on us, man to do it.
    When God writes on our hearts, its spontaneous, its unconscious, its new desires, and I believe its love🙂.
    The very fact that you have to command someone/yourself not to do something already shows that there is a problem. It’s not from the heart.

  29. Raymond Gariseb // April 22, 2015 at 12:08 am // Reply

    Amazing post! Cant wait for the next post!!

  30. Masterpiece post

  31. Not to mention the law would never draw near to God 😉 Great post Paul!

  32. Serge Kulapa // May 10, 2015 at 9:57 pm // Reply

    Another very good piece of writing Paul. You have made it so simple to understand why the 10 commandments are not what God has put in our hearts and minds after the Cross, death and resurrection of Jesus. Merci Paul.

  33. Thanks Paul ,,, you nail it when it comes to grace

  34. Paul some people believe that God never desired to give the law in the first place, but made a concession because of the hard hearts of the Hebrew people. What are your thoughts?

      • Thanks Paul. I agree with your post. Here is where I struggle. Deut 5:23-27 is a parallel passage that gives the behind the scene conversation that the Israelites had with Moses and God when God descended on Mt. Sinai. They basically say, give us the rules and we will follow. I have no problem up to this point interpreting the way you have. However, in Deut 5:28-29, God said they did the right thing and it seems like he is pleased. This is confusing to me if God really didn’t want the law…Any other thoughts you have would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

      • The Good News Bible has an interesting take on this passage:

        “We will listen and obey.” When the LORD heard this, he said to me… “If only they would always feel this way! If only they would always honor me and obey all my commands, so that everything would go well with them and their descendants forever.” (Deu 5:27-29)

        If only indeed!

  35. very interesting. Thanks Paul!

  36. Always check KJV bible not whatever someone said. Matthew 22:34-40

    Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments

    • You do realize he was writing to people still under the old covenant right? Same reason he told the Pharisees they SHOULD be tithing their herbs, because they were under the old covenant. Notice no one is ever told to tithe in the new? Not everything Jesus said applies to Christians. Much of it is written to people still looking at their own works based righteousness (oxymoron). Jesus actually later gave a NEW commandment to be in the NEW covenant: love one another as HE has loved us. (John 13:34) He loves us even more than we love ourselves🙂

  37. When people say the new covenant and the new law are separate things, it’s as if they haven’t read Galatians 3:21-30. You want to know if you’re under the law? then look at the covenants. one is a slave (given at mt sinai) one is free. you get into the new coventant you get out the slavery to the law and covenant. God is tieing the two together.

    and Look at 2 Cor 3:6. There it is again. Tablets of stone (10 Commandments)…gone with the old covenant… Alas we have mercy on those who still tie the laws of Moses to themselves. It’s clear further down why this is so: “But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts” (v.14). THERE IS HOPE!🙂 “But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away” (v.16).

  38. Ronald Stacy yawn // August 27, 2016 at 9:09 am // Reply

    Absolutely spot on Paul. If only the majority of the church could rightly divide the word of Truth. It would be so much more freedom. It just breaks my heart to see the church under so much bondage because they continue to put themselves under the law.

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