Walking

God tells us through the apostle John in 1 John that if we say we abide in God then we ought to walk just as Jesus Christ walked.  I want to quote a large portion of the passage surrounding the text because it clearly defines the attributes of a believer in Jesus Christ.  Then I want to look at the gospels to understand Jesus Christ, how He walked and what our walk of faith must look like.

5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.  6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.  7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.  8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.  1 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin.  And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.  2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.  3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.  4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him.  By this we know that we are in Him.  6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.  7 Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning.  The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning.  8 Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.  9 He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now.  10 He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him.  11 But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.  1 John 1:5-2:11 

From this passage we can see that those who abide in Christ have confessed their sins, been cleansed from their sins by His blood which He shed because He is our propitiation, walk in the truth by believing and obeying the Bible, therefore walking as Jesus Christ walked, and by loving other believers who are born again through faith in Jesus Christ.  For those who profess to have fellowship with Him, but do not, we can see that they never confess their sins, so the blood of Jesus Christ has never cleansed them of their sins and He is not their Advocate, they do not believe the Bible is the inerrant, inspired, infallible Word of God preserved for us, so they do not obey it, and they hate true believers.  Truly this is the state of many within the visible church, which has become a rich harvest field for those who know and love Jesus Christ and want to see others believe the gospel of salvation and so be saved.   This is pictured by the Lord Jesus Christ standing outside the end time apostate Laodicean church knocking on the door to call out those who will believe in His name.

19 “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten.  Therefore be zealous and repent.  20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.  21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.  22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’” Revelation 3:19-22

 What did Jesus Christ overcome and how did He do it?  As we look in the gospel records we can see that Jesus Christ overcame the falsehood and evil of His day by reverencing and obeying His Father, He did this instead of what was expected of Him, that He would seek the esteem of and recognition from the fallen religious leaders who were leading Israel astray.

23 And He said to them, “You are from beneath; I am from above.  You are of this world; I am not of this world.  24 Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”  25 Then they said to Him, “Who are You?”  And Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been saying from the beginning.  26 I have many things to say and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I heard from Him.”  27 They did not understand that He spoke to them of the Father.  28 Then Jesus said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things.  29 And He who sent Me is with Me.  The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.”  30 As He spoke these words, many believed in Him.  31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.  32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  John 8:23-32

Jesus Christ always sought to please the Father by upholding the truth and speaking the very words of God to all.  He came from the Father to do the will of the Father, and that will is to seek and to save that which was lost.

32 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven.  33 For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”  34 Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.”  35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life.  He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.  36 But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe.  37 All that the Father gives Me will come to me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.  38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.  39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.  40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”  John 6:32-40

Jesus Christ overcame by obeying His Father and speaking only the truth always.  He spoke God’s Word to the Jews, and they rejected Him.  Jesus Christ ministered the truth of God by the Holy Spirit.  Those who rejected His testimony were doing the will of their father, the devil.

37 “ I know that you are Abraham’s descendants, but you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you.  38 I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with your father.”  39 They answered and said to Him, “ Abraham is our father.”  Jesus said to them, “ If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham.  40 But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God.  Abraham did not do this.  41 You do the deeds of your father.”  Then they said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father—God.”  42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me.  43 Why do you not understand My speech?  Because you are not able to listen to My word.  44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do.  He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him.  When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.  45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me.  46 Which of you convicts Me of sin?  And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me?  47 He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.”  John 8:37-47

Those who hear God’s Word will repent of their sin and put their trust in Jesus Christ, which is the initial step of obedience to God.  Take care though, just because you read the Bible doesn’t mean that you have come to Jesus Christ for eternal life.  Make sure that you come before Christ confessing your sin and believing in Him.  Those who place their faith in Jesus Christ overcome the world, sin and the devil and have passed from eternal damnation to eternal life.  Jesus Christ, the propitiation for the sins of the whole world, died in our place taking the just judgment and wrath of God that we so justly deserve, when He was crucified.  Then by His sacrifice we are reconciled to God the Father having been redeemed by the shed blood of the Lamb of God.  His resurrection is the seal that His work satisfied the justice and mercy of God so that we who are born again through faith in Him have eternal life and victory over sin, Satan, death and the world, through Christ’s resurrection victory.

Walking as Jesus Christ walked, means we confess our sins, repent and put our faith in Jesus Christ.  Then as we follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ we will be obeying our Father, His Father, and glorifying Him.  As His Holy Spirit works within us we will be conformed to the image of God’s Son through belief in and obedience to the truth.  Let us study the Word of God by the power of the Holy Spirit and Christ enlightening our hearts and minds so that we are drawn closer to Him.   Let us walk as Jesus walked to the glory of God our Father relying upon Him.  As we have received Christ Jesus our Lord let us also walk in Him.  Let us, like our Lord and Savior, turn away from the deceit of wicked men led astray by the devil and let us share His truth with all those around us.  May God bless us as we follow His Son in obedient faith.

39 “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.  40 But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.  John 5:39-40

44 Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.”  45 And He opened their understanding, that the might comprehend the Scriptures.  46 Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.  48 And behold you are witnesses of these things.  49 Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”  Luke 24:44-49

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