1 Comment on “Paths of Righteousness

  1. Great exposition. Just remembering that it is the work of the Holy Spirit to stir us into remembrance, as Christ said: ‘But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.’

    The New Covenant promise of Holy Spirit internalisation and behavioural transformation outstrips the partially successful internalisation of divine law in the OT: ‘”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. No longer will a man teach his neighbour, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,”declares the LORD.’ “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” (Jer. 31:33,34) It is no longer left to human self-effort: ‘These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. ( Deut. 6:6 – 8)

    The knowledge of God is His revelation of Himself in the assurance of eternal salvation through His Son, the outshining of His majestic justice and mercy.

    Paul sees the promise extended to Jews and Gentiles alike: ‘Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.’ (Rom. 2:14, 15)

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