“This is the covenant I will make with them

after these days, declares the Lord:

I will put my laws on their hearts,

and write them on their minds.”

Hebrews 10: 16

 

This is a really amazing thing to consider. If I were to consider these words that were taken from the prophet Jeremiah in a literal manner I would have an image of a lot of ink covering my heart and mind. This might look like some of the most elaborate and complex tattoo artistry imaginable. The lines would be perfect and the colors vivid beyond anything else on earth or in the sky. There must be pictures illustrating the concepts as well. My mental image of the final product is more beautiful than any tapestry or painting that I have ever seen, for the artist is the creator of all beauty.

 

Although the means that God has utilized in doing this writing is not pen and ink, it is in every sense real and tangible. When we surrender our lives to Christ, His Spirit comes to dwell within us. So the writing is done in a manner that has a form of permanence to it that exceeds even the strongest ink. It is also an interactive book. God continually speaks to us and gives us insight and direction that comes from the core of His being. Although the presence of Christ’s Spirit profoundly changes us, He also leaves the unique person that we are in tact, we are just more fully whole and we are now spiritually alive.

 

God’s approach to giving us access to His truth and to the capacity to understand it has a greater purpose than just filling our lives with volumes of books like those in a library. Christ wants to speak to us and to live life with us. He knows that this world is complex and that the challenges that we will face and the concerns that will plague us are both real and highly variable. Thus we are given the Living Word that is Christ, and that Word is a part of who we now are. This idea leads me to seek to live more fully in the reality of its impact on my life. Thus, it is my heart’s desire to allow the words of truth that are written in me by Christ to be the expression of all of my actions today.

 

 

If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through the Spirit who dwells in you.

Romans 8: 11

 

In one short statement we see the basic truths of what Christians believe, the foundation of our faith. God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are all present, and each of their roles in our lives is mentioned. However, even more important to Paul’s message to us is how all of this has a life-changing impact on the lives of people who know Christ. The Father sent Jesus into this world knowing that He would live a life that was the perfect image of the lives that God had intended for all of humanity to live and also fully aware of the way that we would reject, torture and kill the Christ.

 

Yet our sinfulness was nothing more than a catalyst that led to the revelation of God’s supremacy over all of creation including its greatest power, which is death. But God did not stop there. His plan for redemption and restoration is not bound by time and place so that it entered into a period of hiatus with the resurrection and ascension of Jesus; rather, God gave us His Spirit to reside within His children. This act of God’s is a very real and tangible life changer for us.

 

God desires to be in an unending, eternal if you will, relationship with all of humanity. So He sent Jesus to be the way and the means to that desired end. Still God seeks more. He wants to see the people of His creation living in the righteous center of His will during this earthly life. As that is a gut wrenching, grit the teeth impossibility on our own and God takes no delight in our failure, He provided the way to redeem life for His people out of the death that sin has brought about in us. As the Spirit dwells in us, we have the presence of God’s perfect love, grace, mercy, and truth, and the nature and the character of the Father as demonstrated through the Son are ours to live out and to bring the touch of life to this dead world.

For now I have chosen and consecrated this house that my name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will be there for all time.

2 Chronicles 7: 16

 

Then it was a building. In those ancient times it was a beautiful, magnificent, and breathtaking work of craftsmanship by the best builders that could be found. Then it was a place where God could be found when people chose to seek Him. It provided a sanctuary from the evil that consumed the world. In those days, we needed to pay an ongoing price to draw near to our God, for all that we had to offer was perishable and temporary. The wages that we could earn from the spiritual labor of life were still measured out in relationship to the work of following the Law.

 

Now the temple of God is as near as our hands and as personal as our faces. Now the craftsmanship is perfect, for the singular workman is the Creator of all. Now the sanctuary is resident in our hearts, and the Spirit of God wraps us in His loving arms of protection and grace. Christ has paid the price for each of us. He has transformed the veil of separation into a door of access. The world will never return to its state of Satanic ownership, and the end of his days of false rule is coming fast.

 

Today, we have the permanent presence of the God of Creation, the Lord of the universe, and He is the savior of our souls and the redeemer of our lives. God has chosen and He consecrates His beloved children, you and I, as His permanent house of blessing. Christ came out of the splendor of heaven to bring its glory to us, and He left His Spirit with and in us in order to do the work of transforming us into a race that is committed to His holy and righteous way. So, let the blessings of the Lord fill your heart with His love and allow that love to fill your world with His presence.