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“But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does”


Now we look away from the man who turns from the principles of the Word to the man who turns to the principles of the Word.

But he who looks into

The words “looks into” primarily mean to stoop sideways, to bend over, and then to stoop to look into. The idea is to stoop for the purpose of looking at. This is a very strong term for observation, stronger than the word for “look into” in the previous verse. It means to examine something from the closest possible vantage point so that one reaches a point of concentration.


It takes concentration to form principles from the Word.


The Christian life takes concentration. It is one thing to read the Bible, but it is another to find its principles. It takes concentration to find the operating principles for our life. People of our generation do not want to concentrate, so they do not find principles for living. They live by superficial tidbits that will not give them structure for their lives.

“Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified. But I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified” (2 Corinthians 13:5-6).