The New Birth and Repentance
The scriptures teach that when people are born again, God
writes his laws within their hearts and their minds. We
quote the following seven passages that prove this
37:30, 31 "The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom,
and his tongue talketh of judgment. The law of his God
is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide."
B. Psm. 40:8 "I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea,
thy law is within my heart."
C. Jer. 31:33 "But this shall be the covenant that I
will make with the house of Israel; After those days,
saith the Lord, I will put my laws in their inward
parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their
God, and they shall be my people."
D. Heb. 8:10 "For this is the covenant that I will make
with the house of Israel after those days, saith the
Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them
in their hearts; and I will be to them a God, and they
shall be to me a people."
E. Heb. 10:16 "This is the covenant that I will make
with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put
my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I
F. II Cor. 3:3 "Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared
to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written
not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not
in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart."
G. Rom. 2:14, 15 "For when the Gentiles, which have not
the law, do by nature the things contained in the law,
these having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts,
their conscience also bearing witness, and their
thoughts, the mean while accusing or else excusing one
several conclusions from the above seven passages:
writes his laws directly into the hearts and minds of
his children, there are no intermediators.
B. These laws written in the hearts and minds of God's
people serve as the foundation of the new covenant of
C. These laws manifest themselves in the lives of God's
D. These laws serve as the foundation of a court room
set up in the hearts and minds of God's people.
last conclusion we expand using Rom. 2:14, 15. There can be
no trial or judgment without a law. No one can be tried for
breaking a law when there is no law. In a court room there
are laws, witnesses, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and a
judge. First, the laws are in the hearts and minds of God's
people. Secondly, God has given us a conscience whose
purpose is to be a faithful witness. Thirdly, our thoughts
thru either accusing us or excusing us serve as both the
prosecutor and the defense attorney. Finally, our hearts
serve as the judge (I John 4:20).
built within each of his children a court room. The trials
within our heart and mind serve to convict us and lead us to
repentance. First, we are convicted of our own sinful
condition which causes us to see ourselves as condemned
before a just and holy God. Afterwards, we are enabled, by
faith in Christ's atoning blood, to see Jesus as our Savior.
Thus the court room of our heart and mind has served to both
convict us and to justify us. For an example of these
principles I encourage the reader to look at Isaiah's
experience in Isaiah Chapter 6.
this court room serves to convict us of individual sins,
thus causing Godly sorrow within us. This in turn leads us
to repent (II Cor. 7:10, "For godly sorrow worketh
repentance to salvation not to be repented of.") We do not
repent in order to be born again or to become a child of
God, but we repent because we are born again!
ask ourselves, "What laws are written in our hearts and
minds when we are born again?" I Thes. 4:9, tells us that
God teaches us to love one another, "But as touching
brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye
yourselves are taught of God to love one another."
Similarly, I John 4:7 reads, "Beloved, let us love one
another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is
born of God, and knoweth God." Again, I John 3:14 says, "We
know we have passed from death unto life, because we love
the brethren." From the above we can conclude that love
comes from God and is placed within us when we are born
again. God teaches us to love directly by writing the laws
of love within our hearts. The Lord taught us that there are
two great laws of love in Matt. 22:37 40, "Thou shalt love
the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul,
and with all thy mind. This is the first and great
commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love
thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all
the law and the prophets." Rom. 13:8, 20 teaches us that
"love is the fulfilling of the law." Likewise, Gal. 5:14
reads, "For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in
this; thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." Paul told
Timothy in I Tim. 1:5, "Now the end of the commandment is
charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and
of faith unfeigned." Finally, James wrote in James 2:8, "If
ye fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, Thou
shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well."
On the negative side we can conclude that before a man is
born again, he will not love his neighbor or God, he will be
totally selfish in his actions, he will have no conviction
of sin or sins, and he will not repent or believe that
Christ is his savior. The gospel is foolishness to him (I
the man that is born again, having the laws of love in his
heart, will love both God and his neighbor, will manifest
unselfish love, will be convicted of sin and of individual
sins, will be led to repent, rejoice in the gospel of his
salvation, and by faith see Jesus as his savior.