As He Walked

People who know Christ as Savior ought to walk as He walked. That means obeying His commands, while maintaining a close relationship with Him every day.

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As He Walked

1 John 2:1-6

  • We have a passage of scripture to address today that is essentially about obedience
  • But it is not focused on the kind of obedience that is meant to gain favor with God
  • It is not just a series of encouragements to obey in order to gain something
  • Or to look good to others
  • This is an obedience that comes about because the one obeying knows Christ
  • Accepts Him as their Savior
  • And, therefore, wants to become more like Christ day by day
  • The disciple of Jesus has a desire to walk even “As He Walked”
  • And that is our theme today
  • From 1 John 2:1-6
  • The Christian life is often referred to in the New Testament as a “walk”
  • It is pictured as a journey, one in which we walk with our Savior
  • This “walk” has some very specific characteristics
  • A few of which we will find in our passage of the day
  • We primarily learn some things about the person with which we walk
  • Our Savior
  • The One we not only journey with
  • But the One we journey to be like
  • Let’s begin our passage about this walk…

1 John 2:1

1  My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 

  • The first priority, of course, is to avoid sin
  • God has given us the tools to avoid sin
  • He has provided us with everything we need to have victory
  • But we do make wrong choices
  • And that’s why we are so thankful for Christ
  • Who is described as our advocate
  • That means He is ever pleading our case before God
  • A constant reminder that His sacrifice on the cross paid the penalty for our sin
  • When we have faith in Him
  • His righteousness is imputed to us
  • That is, we have a righteous standing before God, through no action of our own
  • He is declared Jesus Christ the righteous
  • And His blood washes away sin
  • Yes, avoid sin
  • But we must be encouraged
  • And remind ourselves that we have an advocate
  • One that is righteous
  • Our Savior
  • That which He has done for us is described in the next verse…

1 John 2:2

2  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 

  • This word “propitiation” means reconciliation with God by atoning for sin
  • It means He was our sin offering
  • We could never have saved ourselves by doing
  • His sacrifice is done
  • It is our acceptance of Him and what He has done that saves us
  • By grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone
  • And while we rejoice in what He has done for us
  • We are reminded that it was not for our sins alone that He died
  • But for the sins of the whole world
  • And while His atoning sacrifice may be limited in its application
  • Meaning, not everyone will be saved
  • It is never limited in its potential
  • All men have an offer of salvation from Him
  • But they must come to Him in faith
  • There is some evidence that a person has come to Him in faith
  • We find it in the next verse…

1 John 2:3

3  And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 

  • Again, this is not a keeping of commandments to obtain salvation
  • It is not a keeping of commandments that makes us righteous
  • He is righteous and when we are in Him, we are made righteous
  • It is not a keeping of commandments to earn His favor
  • The Son of God has favor with His Father
  • And He is our advocate
  • The Father’s favor is turned to us because we accept Him
  • And we are reconciled to God through Him
  • The commandment keeping a saved person does comes forth of thankfulness
  • And of a desire to please the One who has provided eternal life
  • He is the Savior that we love because He first loved us
  • And we therefore maintain a desire to follow Him
  • To do His will
  • To walk worthy of that to which He has called us
  • When we act in this way
  • In this kind of obedience
  • We show that we are one of His
  • But there is an alternative…

1 John 2:4

4  He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 

  • It is possible to say that we know Him, but be lying
  • It is possible to remain in slavery to sin
  • Not capable of having victory through Christ
  • But to maintain an assertion of salvation and even an outward appearance to obey
  • Neither of which are genuine or authentic
  • Those who know Him are obedient to Him
  • But those who know Him not remain in their sin
  • And have no ability to obtain victory over it
  • For this comes only through Christ
  • Growth comes to the heart and life of God’s child that obeys…

1 John 2:5

5  But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 

  • To say the love of God is perfected in the obedient is to say it is made complete
  • There is a growth and sanctification – a setting apart – that happens in the life of the truly saved
  • One who has trusted Jesus and Him alone
  • And is living according to His teachings
  • When this growth is taking place, it is evidence of being “in Him”
  • Those who abide in Him, walk like Him
  • That theme is in the next verse…

1 John 2:6

6  He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

  • He is our model for everything
  • When we know Him and His gift of salvation
  • We understand that He is our example
  • We are His follower
  • His disciple
  • All of us is devoted to Him
  • And to becoming like Him
  • How are we to walk?
  • Not by a list of rules that makes us acceptable
  • But in relationship with Him
  • Knowing Him better day by day
  • And becoming like Him

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