Our God, His People

Hebrews 8:10: “This is the covenant I will establish with the house 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.”

These beautiful words appear several times in Scripture, in both the Old Testament and the New. It really sums up God’s loving plan for us, the relationship He has in mind for us. His ways will be deeply ingrained in us, controlling both our thoughts and our passions. He will be our God, and we will be His people.

On a personal level, this means that He will be mine, and I will be His. On a community level, it means that all those who belong to Jesus Christ will have a more intimate connection than we’ve ever imagined.

When we look at this verse in context, it tells us that “after that time” refers to a new covenant between God and His people, an eternal covenant through the cross of Jesus Christ. The end of the passage says that this new covenant is eternal because in it all our sins are forgiven; by contrast, in the old covenant, complete obedience was required. But through Jesus, disobedience is forever forgiven–and not only that, but obedience will follow because God will embed His law in our hearts and minds!

No wonder it’s called the Good News! This is what it’s all about.

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Published in: on July 31, 2007 at 7:00 am  Leave a Comment  

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