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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”


and continues in it,

The word “continues’ means to remain beside, to continue near, to stay beside or near, stand by another. The idea is someone who steadfastly looks to the Bible as a source for spiritual life.

and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work,

When it comes to the Word of God, we should not be hearers who dismiss what we hear (1:23,24). A “doer of the work” asks God to examine him with the Word. It is one thing to have extensive knowledge of the Bible, but it is another to apply it to experience expansively.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24).

this one will be blessed

The word “blessed” here does not mean “happy.” It means having inner prosperity of the soul regardless of circumstance. The person who consistently lives out the principles of the Word has inner prosperity of soul.

“Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night” (Psalm 1:1-2).

in what he does

Applying the principles of the Word to our experience will bless our soul because it is consistent with God’s plan for our life.


The Christian who extensively applies the Word to her experience will possess inner prosperity of soul.


A person who continues in the Word is someone who lives it as a pattern of life. He does not live it in fits and starts. He brings the Word into every situation he faces.

“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42).

Extensively applying the principles of God’s Word to our experience will have a great impact on our daily walk with God and result in inner prosperity of the soul.