Sunday, August 16, 2020

768. Good News About 2 Chronicles 7:14 (God Wasn’t Speaking to You)

Taking a look at another “verse” where legalistic religion will often try to apply to Christianity … it comes from 2 Chronicles 7:14:
“…if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
This is wrapped in the context of the (former) Old Covenant, where the Jewish temple had just opened for business—which would be considered a house of animal sacrifices. It was another conditional promise based upon keeping the law … which nobody could ever successfully accomplish. If they were obedient to every command—while praying and seeking God’s face at the temple house–then God would respond with healing and forgiveness.

Under the New Covenant where we abide, forgiveness and blessings came through another way other than works … it’s by grace through faith and the blood of Jesus Christ which has already been shed. His glory couldn’t be handled by the priests when it filled the temple, but now He has filled you with that same glory by His Spirit—you are His temple. He doesn’t hide His face from you and He never leaves.

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