... Jerusalem ... 22 Just as the new earth and the new heavens will endure by my power, so your descendants and your name will endure ... Isaiah 66 (GNT), 18 ... Jerusalem will be rebuilt, and its PALACE restored. Jeremiah 30:18 (GNT)


Jeremiah 31, the new covenant: God's Law on believers heart! - Non-Jews

Non-Jews and the Law

God's Laws has always been perceived by Christians as meant for the Jews and not for themselves. As long as they love God and their neighbours, that should suffice. But, God's new covenant isn't separated from his Law he gave to the Israelites through Moses, which are also called the Law of Moses. For it is his Law that he will write on the believers heart and this is a crucial aspect of his new covenant.      

14 (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.) Romans 2:14-16 (NIV)

In this case, how would they know the requirements of the Law? By knowing more about God's Law.
But, doesn't biblical scripture say that “The righteous will live by faith.”, Romans 1:17 (NIV)?

Then I say, what is faith worth without deeds? That is, deeds that meets the requirements of the Law. James 2:14-26 (NIV) makes clear how important this is while taking Abraham's actions concerning Isaac and Rahab's action regarding the spies as an example,
... 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone. ...
25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

And notice also,  
38 My righteous people, however, will believe and live; but if any of them turns back, I will not be pleased with them.” ... Hebrew 10:38-39 (GNT)

We should know and remember what was and still is the purpose of the Law, Romans 3:20 (NIV) ,
20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.
The Law in itself doesn't give forgiveness of sins, which stands between God and people, Isaiah 59:1-2. Forgiveness comes through God's grace. How could any one realize they need God's forgiveness if they don't even know what is sinful in order to acknowledge their sinful deeds? In other words, why ask forgiveness if there is nothing to forgive? In this way the Law and forgiveness goes hand in hand, and they have the same source, the Almighty God.

We know by the Law forgiveness by the Almighty God is needed. As the new covenant also entails this forgiveness as Jeremiah 31:34 (NIV) also says,
34 … “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

So, God's Law isn't only of importance to Jews, but also to non-Jews, the gentiles. Knowing God's Law is knowing his will and what he regards through his Law to be the deeds that meet his requirements! Ruth is a great example to non-Jews on this matter.

Shouldn't we remember that, God himself is the one who writes his Law on our heart!

Author: © Mrs A. vd Laan-LeitoPosted in: Recommended