BCL Grow: On Our Hearts — Jeremiah 31:33
Jeremiah 31:33 (Redemption)
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. — Jeremiah 31:33
“A full appreciation of the radicalness of this provision of the new covenant may be seen only in the context of Jeremiah’s strong emphasis on the wickedness of the human heart. Only as man is seen as unchangeable from Jeremiah’s perspective can the hope of a new covenant be appreciated fully.” — O. Palmer Robertson, The Christ of the Covenants, p. 291.
Steps to Take
1. Reflect: How do we change? Is true and ultimate change external, internal, or a combination of the two? What is the role of the heart?
2. Consider: As God looked upon his people he knew they could not change from the outside to the inside. In the new covenant, though, he promised internal change. God would give his people a new heart with his law written on it—removing the heart of stone and giving a heart of flesh (Ezek. 11:19). A new heart was necessary since the human heart that is unchanged by God is desperately wicked (Jer. 17:9). It is only by God’s supernatural work of regeneration through his word in the power of his Spirit that we have any hope of loving God and each other.
3. Rejoice: God knows us—he knows our condition. He knows our weakness, our frailty, and our failures. He knows our inability to change ourselves. Rejoice that by his grace, mercy, compassion, and steadfast love, he condescends to fallen humans who are spiritually dead and makes his people alive, giving them a new heart that he has regenerated so that we would love him and each other forever.
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