Hebrews 8:10

Hebrews 8:10

This is the covenant I will establish with the people 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.
Hebrews 8:10

The verse today comes from Jeremiah 31:33 which as you can see is virtually identical.

“This is the covenant I will make with the people 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.
Jeremiah 31:33

This verse was provided in context on July 20, 2018. Many of the comments below are a mix of then and now.

Did you know if you Google Jeremiah 31:33 alone Google comes up with over 542 thousand hits. However, Google Hebrews 8:10 and there are 1.89 million hits quite a difference. The Old Testament verse was about Israel being reunited one day. In Ephesians the verse is clearly about what our relationship will be with the Messiah, Jesus. As the Benson Commentary states

For this is the covenant that I will make after those days — In the times of the Messiah; I will put my laws into their mind — I will open the eyes of their understanding, and give them light to discern the true, full, spiritual meaning thereof; and write them in their hearts — So that they shall love them, and shall experience inwardly, and practise outwardly, whatsoever I command.
(boldface added)

While the old covenant was written on stone, this new covenant is all the better as it is written on our hearts.

In relationship to the times of the Messiah, that is the time of Grace Matthew Henry had this to say

The superior excellence of the priesthood of Christ, above that of Aaron, is shown from that covenant of grace, of which Christ was Mediator. The law not only made all subject to it, liable to be condemned for the guilt of sin, but also was unable to remove that guilt, and clear the conscience from the sense and terror of it. Whereas, by the blood of Christ, a full remission of sins was provided, so that God would remember them no more. God once wrote his laws to his people, now he will write his laws in them; he will give them understanding to know and to believe his laws;

It is this new covenant of grace that makes all the difference. We are incredibly blessed to live under this covenant. We should embrace the idea of having this covenant in our minds and written on our hearts. Too often we do not take this covenant seriously enough. God did, that’s why he put it in our minds and wrote on our hearts. We ignore it at our peril.

When Jesus told Nicodemus

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16

Jesus was not just telling of God’s love, but what the stakes were: eternal death versus eternal life. We should choose to do what is written on our hearts, thus choosing eternal life.