“This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD.
“I will put my law in their minds
and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.”
Almost 3500 years ago, Moses came down from Mt. Sinai holding two stone tablets containing the Ten Commandments. They were the direct words of God, etched into stone.
The law failed however, or at least the people were unable to uphold the law. Something more would be needed to fulfill what was uncompleted within the law. Jesus was needed to fulfill the law in our place.
But the work of Jesus didn’t make the law null and void. Instead, it just meant that we would not be judged according to our ability, or inability rather, to uphold the law.
The law remains a good thing to obey. It is meant to protect us from the consequences that may occur should we break it. It is also meant to maintain our relationship with God. Because we are unable to uphold the law, we need help.
God gave us the Holy Spirit to help us keep the law. We still don’t do a perfect job with it because we still have our sinful nature but the Holy Spirit is a help. He reminds us of what we have learned and know of the Bible.
Just as importantly, God is no longer a far off being who handed down the law. Now He lives within us, so there is an increased relationship between God and man.