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!


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

  1. momzilla76 // July 21, 2017 at 12:13 am // Reply

    The division between old testament and new testament exists for a reason. If you are not yet at a place where you can discern that then you may not as spiritually old as you think you are. The key is found in the word testament itself which scripturally uses the same Greek word for covenant. All believers should be fully grounded upon the knowledge and wisdom of the covenant that Christ ushered in with His own blood, His new testament-covenant. Without that grounding well meaning people blend up what God Himself has clearly separated. Jesus Himself distills everything previously written down to two commands. Miss that and the risk is great to place a yoke upon necks that even the fathers could not bear.

  2. How about I John 3:23 for the laws that he places on our hearts? And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he has commanded us. That that is not law that kills but gives life.

  3. The Ten Commandments are Gods Law written in his own hand on tablets of stone. The other Laws are written on paper by mans hand and are call the Mosaic Laws. These are the ones that no longer apply. God’s Law (The Ten Commandments) are the ones that are put in our minds and written in our hearts.

    • There are seventeen problems with this interpretation, as I outline in the article above. I know many law-minded people believe the Ten Commandments were not part of Moses’ Law, but this is not what the Bible teaches (see John 1:17, Hebrews 2:2). Jesus plainly referred to the Ten Commandments as Moses’ Law. When speaking of the sixth commandment he said, “Did not Moses give you the Law, and yet none of you carries out the Law? Why do you seek to kill me?” (John 7:19).

      • How could anyone say the Ten Commandments are not the Mosaic Law when, yes it was God that put them on stone but, it was Moses that brought the stones down from the mountain which is why they are referred to as the Laws of Moses. That’s crazy.

    • If you notice on Deuteronomy 4:13 and 9:9 The ten commandments on stone are called the covenant. Hebrews 8 tells us that the first covenant has been replaced(because Jesus fulfilled it to completion) by a new covenant based upon better promises. If the ten commandments were truly what is written upon our hearts no one would argue about which day of the week we came together for church on. It would be a non issue as our hearts would spiritually lead us to choosing the Sabbath(Saturday). Yet the majority of genuinely saved people choose a different day. Those two things stood out to me when I went to study this out for myself. The 10 are called the first covenant and we Jesus believers are under a new and better one. Plus no one except one scant denomination holds services and rests on Saturday..

    • I John 3:23 are the new laws I believe God is referring to when he says this. Sinners are convicted of sin, Christians are convicted of their righteousness in Christ.

    • tatjana virant kramar // October 1, 2017 at 1:55 pm // Reply

      on STONE…. but God promised us aNEW heart of flesh.. Law is NOT for the just, says ap. Paul. We are just(ified) in Christ. Stone- flesh, not just – justified…SEe the difference?

  4. Breaking which law is a sin? And by keeping which laws we come UNDER LAW?

    • Roshan J Easo // September 30, 2017 at 9:14 am // Reply

      Break one you break them all. The law says “Thou shalt not”, but the new covenant of grace God says, “I shall”. Law says, “Do not covet”. Grace says, “Love your spouse” and “Freely accept others as Christ accepted you.” The only law that counts is the law of faith and love: of rest in Christ Jesus as a saint dearly loved along with all the saints everywhere. Law says don’t sin and sin increases. But grace increases all the more. Keep your gaze upon Christ with whom you are seated in heavenly places above all rule and authority and every name that can be named. In Grace to Transformation, “we are not against the system, but against a dead idea in favor of a Living Savior.” You can be blessing-conscious because Jesus died and rose again to be our curse in our place. If it sounds like a curse it’s not for you. If it sounds like a blessing, you can have it.

  5. LOL, I hate cliff hangers but it’s okay because I already know what laws God has written on our hearts and your right, there is no way it is the 10 Commandments.

  6. Tito Agustin // October 20, 2017 at 5:39 pm // Reply

    .if we read the text in Hebrews 8:10: “This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.” Verse 10 clearly says it is for the nation of Israel only…

    • The new covenant forged in Christ’s blood is for everyone Jesus died for; i.e., it’s for all. If it was only for the Jews, why would Paul preach it to the Gentiles in Corinth (1 Cor 11:25)? The old covenant with its laws was for Israel, but that covenant was a shadow of a better covenant with better laws written in better blood for all (Heb 7:22, 8:5-6, 12:24).

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