There are passages in the Bible in which God has constructed in such a simple way, whereas by breaking down the particular elements in a rudimentary manner, laying one upon another, a simple progression is obvious, wherein understanding God’s Will concerning the statements is easy to grasp. The following is a good example of this blessing.
2 Chronicles 7:14
“if my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
A. Who; those who are “called by my name” = Christ-ian (-ian = “follower of”), if they:
1. Humble yourself
3. Seek God’s face
4. Turn from sinful patterns, then
B. God will respond by blessing the survival of those who are “called by His name” if they follow these 4 steps.
Concerning God’s expectation of his followers, those which have committed faith in Him according to His leadership, wherein God holds the rule over their lives, their behavior should reflect this servitude. The following Scriptures display God’s desires for the conduct of His children.
“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God“
A. “What is good” and “required” by God of His people (this passage is to God’s people) is to:
1. do (the behavior of) justice
2. love kindness (which is to continually seek after mercy, grace, & loyalty)
3. Live a humble life
4. With God by following His direction, as opposed to our own.
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
- According to, and in response to the lives and behaviors (examples) of faith of prior believers:
A. Stop the pattern of habitual sin, whereby with usage becomes more powerful, gaining control,
B. Consistently, maintain the Christian walk of obedience through suffering based upon faith, as Christ did, being our example suffered short-term loss(immediate gratification), for the consideration of long-term spiritual gains (that of the honor God would show him for his obedience).
(Christ lived in faith, the Greek words for “author” and “finisher” means that He – Jesus is the original one to have successfully done it, and did it completely. The word “our,” is not in the original text, it was only assumed by the interpreters – incorrectly ~ Christ displayed what He demanded of us, pouring Himself out and becoming a man, divine in His essence, human in His attributes. Faith only has an opportunity when there is need, Christ lived in faith because He became in “all points a man” ~ Hebrews 4:15. Please see [LINK] or the essay page on the website entitled “Faith?” “Part 2”, which gives proof text and other references in validation for this teaching)
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
A.Paul states that in consideration of the mercies that he had presented in the 1st 11 chapters of this epistle, that the believer should:
1. Separate (sanctify unto God) themselves, giving themselves wholly to God, which is
2. Their reasonable (rational thinking ~ displaying “worth-ship”) duty as servants of God, and
3. Are to maintain a separate (sanctified from the world) life apart from this sinful world, and
4. Become changed according to the rethinking (regeneration) taking place according to the
indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and by dwelling upon God’s engrafted Word (Jam. 1:21), and
5. Thereby display, a separated life where good is present to witness to all, which is
6. God’s reasonable demand upon our life in fulfilling his will.