Devotions for June 28, 2017

JEREMIAH 31:31-34

31 “The day is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. 32 This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant, though I loved them as a husband loves his wife,” says the Lord.

33 “But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel after those days,” says the Lord. “I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their relatives, saying, ‘You should know the Lord.’ For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will know me already,” says the Lord. “And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.”e


19 For when I tried to keep the law, it condemned me. So I died to the law—I stopped trying to meet all its requirements—so that I might live for God. 20 My old self has been crucified with Christ.[a] It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.


Jesus mixes things up by teaching that only with the help of the Spirit do we have any hope of living God-honoring lives. He does this by writing the law on our hearts so that it flows out of us naturally rather than we trying conjure up our own righteous actions.


Q: How does verse 33 in Jeremiah 31 describe the new covenant? Do you think this is what Jesus meant by life in the Spirit?

Q: Do you feel that you live in such a way that Christ himself lives through you, or do you live as if following the law is your main hope of living rightly?

Q: How would you think that others would say you live your life?



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