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Within the Christian tradition where I was raised — the Church of Christ — there was an often spoken, but sometimes unspoken assumption that the Text of the New Testament was the Covenant.

I think that’s not correct.

The writer of Hebrews described the new covenant in chapter 10, verses 16-17.  But actually the writer is quoting Jeremiah 31:31-34.

There is a sense Jeremiah admits the old covenant was written down … in stone … in the form of the Ten Commandments.  But then he goes on to describe the new covenant that is coming:

I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

God is going to write the new covenant on our heart … He didn’t say, he’d put the covenant on paper … he said he’d write it on our hearts.

And yet, so many believers look to the Text and argue about doctrine and other things.  As I wrote in the comments on Jay Guin’s blog, OneInJesus.info, when he wrote about these verses:

One of the implications of this passage is how it affects our use of the Text … we have often equated the NT Text to the covenant. The NT Text reveals the covenant, but is not itself the covenant.

Is your relationship with God wrapped up with the Text or is it engulfed by Jesus?

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