I think we may have been looking at it from the wrong angle. Instead of saying that the law written in the heart is not the Ten, perhaps it actually is. The difference between those who believe the Gospel and those who do not is not whether or not the law is the "Ten" or not; it is in understanding the role of the law and what it accomplishes for the believer.

Paul also speaks of being circumcised in the heart. Circumcision is not a beautiful, ethereal experience. It is bloody and excruciating. Lawmongers try to present the "law written in the heart" as a beautiful, ethereal experience, but I propose that it is just the opposite. Those who have the law written in the heart are "circumcised" in the heart. They are cut to the quick with a stark and unavoidable realization of their own depravity. This, after all, is the sole spiritual purpose of the law in Scripture: To show us our sinfulness and our complete and unending dependence upon God's mercy.

Those who have the law written in their hearts will not brag about being "lawkeepers," nor will they start to produce works worthy of the law. In fact, their boasting of the "law in their hearts" and how it is making them produce "good works" is indisputable evidence that the law is not "written in their hearts" but only in their fondest fantasies and delusions. Instead of turning into little icons of Jesus, those in whose hearts the "law" has been written will have an abiding and continuing presence in their hearts and minds of how sinful they are and how desperately they need the grace of God in Jesus Christ. The "law in the heart" is a constant reminder of their need of their Savior, a constant condemner of their sinful flesh and reminder that they are worthy of nothing but eternal death and damnation, but for the shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The problem is that actually do not worship the "Ten," but a "law" of their own manufacturing. They cannot look at the "glory" of the Ten because it is too penetrating; too demanding. Having never truly been confronted with the "glory" of the "ministry that brought death," they have not yet been confronted with their own spiritual death. Thus they have no sense of their need to be "born again."