Christ Walk, Our Example
Thursday, May 3rd, 2018
“He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.” 1 John 2:6
Christ’ whole life was lived in dependence upon the Father Who worked in Him by the Spirit. He related every circumstances He faced to the Father’s ability to handle it through His humanity. He could have walked any one of them of His own divine strength but for the sake of the example He wanted to leave us, He did not.
John said of Jesus, “The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as Jesus walked.” 1 John 2:6 Jesus Christ walked with His focus on the Father and the Father worked through Him by the indwelling Holy Spirit.
The believers in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection ought to walk with a focus on Jesus and He will work through us by the same Holy Spirit Who indwells us.
- How Can We Do This?
We must first know that the Holy Spirit has taken up permanent residence in us the moment we put our faith in the baptism and death of Christ. Rom 8:9 says that not to have the Holy Spirit in us is tantamount to not being a true believer in Christ. The Holy Spirit Who dwells us is a person Who is co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Son. Secondly, we should know that sin grieves the Holy Spirit but doesn’t cause Him to leave us. Eph 4:30 Jesus promised, “I will never desert you nor will I every forsake you.” Heb 13:5 The third thing we should know is that it is one thing for the Holy Spirit to dwell in us but quite another thing for Him to fill or control us. God wants us to be continually filled with the Spirit. The only way we can have this happen is to decide who runs the show in our lives. We need to make a once and for all decision to give the title deed of our lives to God. This does not mean that we are always going to do what God wants us to do. It does mean that we have come to a point in life where we have safely assessed what God has done for us through Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection. We acknowledge that God has given us eternal life, put us into His forever family, given us an inheritance with His Son and made us kings and priests forever. Now we can say with confidence, ‘I can trust a God like that. If we give our life totally into His keeping, He will know how to handle it and do the best with it for His glory.’
- I Know Who Holds The Future
Ever since I met the Gospel of God’s Righteousness, I have this attitude: I don’t know what the future holds but I know who holds the future. I believe this is the attitude that God wants of us if we are going to have a life continually filled with the Spirit. However, we ought to mean it and give our life to God this way because He will be serious about taking it. We will be saying, ‘Lord, I want Your will, even though I don’t know now what it will be.’ As we get to know God in this intimate way, we will discover that we have not made a risky deal. God’s will for our life will go far beyond our wildest dreams. As God has been waiting for a blank cheque from us so that He could begin to fill in His marvelous plan and purpose. God wants us to decide who is master for our life.
- Walking In The Spirit
Sometimes it gets a bit confusing as to just how we are to live the new creation life. First we read that we are to be filled with the Spirit and that will give us the power we need. Then someone comes along and speaks of walking in the Spirit and tells us that will keep us from sinning. Someone else has found that walking by faith is a secret of Christian living. Just what is the formula anyway? Is there some point in our Christian lives where we must have a special encounter with the Holy Spirit which will alter the course of our lives and the way we live? I strongly believe that a true believer in the baptism and death of Jesus has received the perfect remission of sins to have the indwelling Holy Spirit to lead his life.
Let me share what I feel the Word teaches about this. Paul’s exhortation to the believers to be filled with the Spirit Eph 5:18, to walk in the Spirit Gal 5:16 and to walk by faith 2 Cor 5:7 all refer to the same principle of the believers coming to the conclusion that one can’t live for God. We must trust the Holy Spirit to live the Christian life in and through us. For many Christians the realization that the Holy Spirit wants to and is able to live the Christian life through us is such welcome news that when we begin to experience victory instead of defeat, we are literally overwhelmed. God does not want to give us a one-shot exposure to His power, however. He wants to give us a new pattern of living where He fills us moment by moment with new life and spiritual energy. Any encounter with the Holy Spirit which does not produce a whole new life is not the walk in the Spirit or fully of the Spirit that the New Testament teaches.
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