Yesterday we saw that through the one sacrifice of Jesus, every true believer has been made perfect in God’s sight. At the same time, He is sanctifying us – changing us to be more like Jesus.
Today’s verses show us how. Jesus died to bring us into the new covenant. This is what God promised to do back in Jeremiah 31:31-34 after Israel broke the old covenant and was taken into exile. They failed to obey because they were sinners; their hearts were hard. The laws were good and righteous, but they were written on stone – outside of them.
But one of the promises of the new covenant is that God’s word is written on our hearts. That is how God can change His people. Before you were a Christian you were dead in your transgressions and sins (Ephesians 2:1), you were in Adam (Romans 5:14) and so lost.
But now you have been made righteous (Romans 5:18), alive (1 Corinthians 15:22, Ephesians 2:5), and so you are now free to do God’s will.
Hebrews 10:15 says, “I will put my laws on their hearts and write them on their minds.” The Holy Spirit has given you life and the power to live for the glory of God.
Growing in holiness is a battle because the devil, the world around and our flesh wage war against us. However, you are not alone. You are not striving in your own strength to keep rules that are written on tablets of stone, but you are being helped by the Holy Spirit to obey the commands that He has written on your heart.
As the song says, “Your power and work in me is changing me.”