Home Menu

How does 2 Chronicles 7:14 relate to our Christian walk?

2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “…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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Solomon had just completed his construction projects, namely the Temple. He dedicated the Temple to the LORD, and the presence of the LORD filled the Temple. Solomon then reminded God of the covenant that He had made with Israel—that is, God would bless the Israelites if they obeyed the statutes and commandments of the LORD, but if they rejected these laws, they would be cursed. Leviticus 26 is an excellent example of these.

However, there was no way that the Israelites could keep these Laws completely. So, to get a reprieve from God’s anger, God graciously (he’s always been a gracious God, even in the Old Testament) setup the priestly system of blood sacrifices. Each year on the Day of Atonement, the priest would offer sacrifices for the sins of the people. There is no forgiveness without the shedding of blood (see Heb 9, especially verse 22).

This is why Solomon had the Temple built, to be the place where these sacrifices are made. He is consecrating this Temple in 2 Chronicles 6-7. 2 Chronicles 7:14, then, is a reminder of the covenant. It’s an If-Then type statement. If God’s people do A, then He will do B.

However, God did not intend for this If-Then/Sacrifical covenant to last forever. His plan was to offer his only Son as a final blood payment for sin. Jesus’ virgin birth ensured that his identity was acceptable since he was not born into original sin. His performance was flawless. Both of these 2 issues (identity and performance) will disqualify someone from being acceptable to God. When Jesus died on the cross he forgave the sins of every person in the world. He resurrected on the third day. However, that forgiveness only benefits those who place their faith in trust in Christ. This faith is an act of the mind and the will, and at that moment of salvation, we are completely forgiven of all past and future sins. The Bible says that we were crucified with Christ (Gal. 2:20). The old sinner identity that we had which came from original sin is no longer who we are. We are holy, righteous saints, and the law is written on our hearts. God no longer doles out blessings and judgments to Christians based on their performance.