To Walk As He Walked

in God

Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, "I know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. (1 John 2:3-6 NKJV)

A number of people try to promote a cheap gospel which essentially suggests that God winks at our sins. They assume that because Jesus died for our sins that that means He abolished the Law of God. But how could this be true when Jesus himself said that He did not come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it (see Matt. 5:17)? In other words, Jesus revealed the works of the Law in the flesh and thereby demonstrated what it meant to walk in God's love. Note: in speaking of the Law I am referring to God's moral Law, that is, the Ten Commandments, which essentially define love.

For the Bible says, "By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome." (1 John 5:2-3 NKJV) Therefore, if you do away with the Law of God are you not throwing out something that informs us of what it means to love? That is precisely what is happening when people try to suggest that Jesus abolished the Law on the cross. And it should be nothing short of appalling to us when we see people trying to do this while professing to believe in everything that Jesus stands for.

The bottom line here is that John is making it very clear to us that there are no compromises with God. We are either for Him or against Him. There is no in-between. As much as people like the idea of there being gray areas with God, it just isn't true. He tells it like it is and expects us to do what He says. Of course, He doesn't make commands because He wants to control us, but because He wants to protect us from what will hurt us and keep us out of harms way. Is that such a bad thing? It isn't bad at all. But some people seem to think it is.

So what's it going to be, are we going to just say that we abide in Him or are we really going to walk as He walked? As the sayings goes, 'words are vapor'. Therefore, if we are going to say that we believe in Him and His love, then we will prove it by following His commandments.

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Christopher S. Esty is the founder of The Bible Post ministry. He finds pleasure in sharing inspirational thoughts at: The Bible Post. Another article that may be of interest to you is: Biblical Reconciliation

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This article was published on 2010/04/02