Friday, June 26, 2015

Minds and Hearts

Hebrews 8:
6 But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises.
7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second.
8 For he finds fault with them when he says: "Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah,
9 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt. For they did not continue in my covenant, and so I showed no concern for them, declares the Lord.
10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
11 And they shall not teach, each one his neighbor and each one his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.
12 For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more."
13 In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away. 

Hebrews 10:
12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,
13 waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet.
14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.
15 And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying,
16 "This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,"
17 then he adds, "I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more."
18 Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin. 

Both neo-con evangelicals and liberal universalists hold to the belief that the enacting laws through man’s governmental systems solve a particular “sin” problem. In one case, the neo- pharisaical evangelicals go to Moses as the basis of their legislation. As for liberal universalism, they go to their own man-centered philosophies regarding “fairness” and a system of pseudo-equality. Both stand in opposition to each other and yet both end up on the same side of the fence when it comes to the Truth of God in Christ. Both are failed attempts at writing the law on the hearts and minds of men, and both serve only to affirm the condemnation of all sinners. They both promote a self-generated righteousness.
However, only God can write His law on the hearts and minds of men, and He accomplished this through Christ alone, for the elect alone. This “writing on our hearts and minds” through Christ finds its origin in His grace, and is affirmation that without such grace all men stand condemned.

The result of such grace, is a God-generated righteousness, (i.e. regeneration), the
saint’s passing from death to life through the Son.
The law is not written on the hearts and minds of men in order to enable them to
become perfect law-keepers. It is done so in order to daily remind the redeemed that
Christ alone is their righteousness, and He alone removes sin, its stain and its guilt. 

Romans 10:
3 For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness.
4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

The issue within visible evangelicalism is not so much liberal universalism, (though it is there to some extent, mainly among those who claim to preach “grace”); the issue is legalism (that is Moses being preached as the Gospel). The Law is not the Gospel. The Law is not good news. The Law transforms no man.

Romans 7:13 Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure.

The sinner saved by grace recognizes the proper use of the law, whereas the true antinomian attempts to assign an application for which the law was never given. The antinomian does not acknowledge the proper use of the law and therefore fails to acknowledge the grace of God, which is the Gospel message.

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