Walking: Part Two

God tells us through His Word that if we abide in Jesus Christ then we will walk as Christ walked.  We can know how Jesus Christ walked by studying the gospels and then humbly asking the Lord to bless us with the same God honoring love and obedience.  There is so much within the visible church today that is contrary to Christ and His Word that it is extremely important for us to resort to our God through studying His Word, prayer and relying upon His Spirit.

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.  1 John 2:5-6

Jesus Christ epitomized the fear of God in His life.  He obeyed God in every instance and turned away from the fear of man or following the ways of men.  We find the expression of His godly fear given to us in Hebrews chapter five.

5 So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him:  “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.”  6 As He also says in another place: “You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek”, 7 who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, 8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.  9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, 10 called by God as High Priest “according to the order of Melchizedek,” 11 of whom we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing,… Hebrews 5:5-11

 If Jesus Christ, God the Son of God, reverenced and obeyed His Father in all things, as believers in Him, how can we not follow that example that He has given to us, even to the point of suffering for His name’s sake?

21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:  22 “Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in his mouth”, 23 who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; 24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.  25 For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. 1 Peter 21-15

The passage that references Jesus Christ’s tears and cries before God is recorded for us in Luke’s gospel.  It is there that we find Jesus Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, praying fervently to His Father before going to the cross to become the propitiation for our sins to reconcile us to God.

40 When He came to the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”  41 And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if it is Your will take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”  43 Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him.  44 And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly.  Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.  45 When He rose up from prayer, and had come to His disciples, He found them sleeping from sorrow.  46 Then He said to them, “Why do you sleep?  Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation.”  Luke 22:40-46

Jesus Christ, in the days of His flesh lived in godly fear, obeying God and suffering vile persecution to the point of death, death upon the cross, a most painful and ignoble death.  Before His execution, He led a life dependent upon God for everything and rejected worldly provision, wisdom and religion.  His rejection of the world system, under control of Satan, ultimately led to His mock trial, false conviction and murderous execution.  There are numerous places in the gospels where we witness Jesus Christ turning from the ways of Satan and the world in complete obedience to His Father because of His godly fear.

8 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.  9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”  10 Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan!  For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve.’”  Matthew 4:8-10

19 Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.”  20 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”  Matthew 8:19-20

40 There were also women looking on from afar, among whom were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the Less and of Joses, and Salome, 41 who also followed Him and ministered to Him when He was in Galilee, and many other women who came up with Him to Jerusalem.  Mark 15:40-41

42 Now when it was day, He departed and went into a deserted place.  And the crowd sought him and came to Him and tried to keep Him from leaving them; 43 but He said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent.”  44 And He was preaching in the synagogues of Galilee.  Luke 4:42-44

38 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house.  39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word.  40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone?  Therefore tell her to help me.”  41 And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and trouble about many things.  42 “But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be take away from her.”  Luke 10:38-42

21 Then Jesus said to them again, “I am going away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin.   Where I go you cannot come.”  22 So the Jews said, “Will He kill Himself, because He says, ‘Where I go you cannot come’?”  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 you 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 to you 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.”  John 8:21-26

22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves know—23 Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; 24 whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.  Acts 2:22-24

What passes for the Christian faith today is fear taught by men.  The whole religious system seeks to appease the worldly system, how else can we explain the rampant and diabolical departure of the professing church from the faith once for all delivered to the saints and the abandonment of the Word of God?  How else can we explain the endorsement of homosexuality by the church as it is led by their sponsor the US government?  How else can we explain the growing persecution of genuine believers?  How else can we explain the lack of mourning and crying out to God through godly fearful vehement prayers and fasting for His visitation of grace upon this wicked generation?  There is no fear of God before the eyes of the average church goer.  They are happy to be sitting under the power and deception of Satan as his kingdom subjects under his dominion in this fallen world system set in gross rebellion against our God and Father and His Son Jesus Christ.

As the beloved children of God we must follow Christ’s example and live our lives in godly fear, bringing honor and praise to the great and glorious name of our Savior as we live in humble obedience to Him.  May we be mindful that allegiance to Christ does not allow for lawless living.  We must serve Christ in godly fear doing good to all as service to our King.  May God bless us.

17 Repay no one evil for evil.  Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.  18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.  19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.  20 Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”  21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.  Romans 12:17-21

9 Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.  10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.  11 Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences.  2 Corinthians 5:9-11

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