November 13, 2018

Hebrews 8:11 (NLT) — 11 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.

I found Pastor Jon Courson’s take on this verse insightful, refreshing and thought provoking. Here is what he had to say:

One day, someone said, “Jon, I haven’t been in church lately.”
“I know,” I said.
“Well, why didn’t you come and tell me to get back to church?” he asked.
“That’s not my job,” I answered. “The New Covenant says you already know what you should have been doing because the Lord wrote His will on your heart.”
Gang, we don’t need anyone to put rules on us or regulations around us because the Lord lives in us. And that’s the great thing about Christianity. When you’re walking with the Lord, when you’re living in the New Covenant, you don’t have resolutions and regulations, stipulations and obligations. Those are the way of the law.
Instead, you just do what the Lord is writing on your heart, telling you in your mind, whispering in your ear moment by moment.…

“Talk to that guy over there,” or,
“Go to the Mission,” or,
“Make her some chocolate chip cookies.…”

And all you have to do is say, “Okay. Far out!”—and do it. That’s what it means to be a born-again New Covenant, Spirit-led Christian, for whatever God wants from you, by His grace, He will work within you (Philippians 2:13).
Our brothers and sisters in the first-century church were the most radical Christians in all of history. They sold all of their possessions. They spread throughout the world. They lived for the kingdom. But you know what? They didn’t get together and study Hebrews, because Hebrews wasn’t yet written. They didn’t study the theological implications of Romans because Romans wasn’t written. They didn’t scrutinize the teachings of Jesus as recorded in John’s Gospel because John’s Gospel wasn’t written.
They didn’t have the written New Testament—but they did understand the reality of the New Covenant. They obeyed what the Lord was writing in their hearts. And as a result, they turned the world upside down (Acts 17:6). Then, when the New Testament was written and began to circulate through the church, it was a confirmation of what they were already doing because it was the same Lord who had been writing His will for them upon their hearts.
Today, sad to say, many don’t understand the New Covenant. Our Trinity is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Bible. We’ve lost touch with how the Holy Spirit speaks to us moment by moment because we’ve replaced His voice with the written Word. Many churches and organizations study the Bible and are right in their theology—but they’re dead right because theirs is knowledge for knowledge’s sake. The New Testament was never intended to be an esoteric, intellectual, theological trip for people who like to fill notebooks, answer questions, and work on workbooks. That was never the intent of the New Testament writer. What was the intent? To provide a way believers could be confirmed or corrected in what they were already living out as a result of obeying the still, small voice of the Spirit.
The person who’s really used by the Lord is one who simply says, “You’re going to tell me moment by moment what I should do, and, Lord, I will just say, ‘Yes,’ to whatever You say.” A whole lot of people have made the New Testament writings the new law. Like Pharisees searching for jots, tittles, and interesting insights, they fail to see that the Word was simply written to nudge them along in their walk and to confirm the voice of the Lord in their heart.

Be Inspired Hilltop!


  1. Mary Anne Frank says

    Oh my, Pastor Dan…I think you just opened a whole can of worms here. I must say that though I understand and agree with some of the statements in this commentary I strongly disagree with his bent on reading and studying the scriptures. We know from READING the scriptures that the scriptures are ALIVE. We also know that all scripture is there to teach, reprove, and bring us into a closer relationship with God. Yes we need to listen to the Holy Spirit but because we are sinners we also need to have the truth of the Word to back us up in what we are sensing. Almost always when I read and study the Word the Holy Spirit speaks to me before I have even thought the thoughts. We need the Word not only to back up what we believe we are hearing but to guide and direct us in EVERY way and every moment of our days. He states that we don’t need a set of “regulations, resolutions, stipulations and obligations”. I agree that those things do not ‘earn’ us our salvation or a better place in heaven or even a better place on earth. But, as you preached a few weeks ago, we show our Love for our Savior by following HIS teachings. Even thought they did not have the written Word yet the people of the NT church sat at the feet of the apostles who had LEARNED first hand from sitting at the feet of Jesus. They were passing along what they learned (knowledge) to the church and eventually that became the written Word.
    Ok I could go on and on but I hope you see my concern about this pastor’s teaching.

    • Daniel Mueller says

      Thank you for your response. I am so glad that you hold to the Word of God as do I. I think Pastor Jon was tired of people going to bible studies, learning and learning and never coming to the truth that the Word was to be lived out. Some people have all the right words, all the right actions but there is no love. Therefore as Paul says they are nothing but a noisy gong and a clanging symbol. Love of the Word should translate into love for the Savior and that is where the Holy Spirit comes in. He leads us into all truth and as Pastor Jon said, He nudges us into carrying out that word.

    • Daniel Mueller says

      Here is Pastor Jon’s take on the Word of God > How I thank the Lord for Amos and Isaiah, for Jeremiah and Hosea—for prophets from whom we can learn the heart of God. Get in the Word, gang. Study the prophets. Meditate on the Psalms. Memorize the Gospels. Read the Word—and you’ll know exactly what the Lord wants you to do.

      Courson, J. (2006). Jon Courson’s application commentary: Volume two: Psalms-Malachi (p. 788). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.