But… Isn't The Law Written On Stoney Hearts?

7164p28“In that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them.” ~ Romans 2:15

Yes, I think most of us would agree that the Law, or the “works of the Law,” are written on human hearts.  But here’s the thing…

 

Unsaved people have hearts of stone – (Ezekiel 11:19) 

That stone is “where” the Law was written – (Romans 2:15)

God removes that stone along with its inscribed Law – (Ezekiel 36:26)

God replaces that heart of stone with a heart of flesh – (Ezekiel 36:26)

The Heart of flesh is etched with a new message that is not the Law – (2 Corinthians 3:3)

 

If the above propositions are correct, then what are the implications? 

 

 

0 thoughts on “But… Isn't The Law Written On Stoney Hearts?

  1. David Woods says:

    I think it’s simply that Jesus died for us while we were yet sinners.

    The law is written on the heart, not the stoniness of it. I see what you are getting at, but the “new message” is simply that the Messiah has come, and has done the job He was sent to do. That being, to fulfill the law. by dying for the sins of all mankind, while they are yet sinners, so that those sinners who choose to follow Him, may be assured that they are going the right direction.

    (Or something like that) 😉

  2. Tobie says:

    The conscience is part of the heart, whether it be made of stone or flesh, and contains the essence of the moral law. Paul’s point to the Jews in Romans 2 is that the possession of the law is not meritorious or even unique. Even the gentiles possess it, and can keep it up to a point. Ezekiel’s promise of a heart of flesh, and Jeremiah’s promise that the law will be written on those hearts, are not references to a rewriting of the law as it exists in stoney hearts, but of a Spirit consciousness that will enable humans to look beyond the letter of the law to the Christ life of servanthood and love, together with the empowerment to obey it, and so to “fulfill the law”.

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