Walk as Jesus Walked
by Dr Gregory Magruder | October 14, 2018
Gregory Magruder Parkview Baptist Gainesville, FL 10/14/18
“Walk as Jesus Walked"
1 John 2:12-17
INTRODUCTION: Obedience is the essence of fellowship with God. Love is the evidence of fellowship with God. John says we are to live a life of obedience and love. We must walk as Jesus walked (1 John 2:6). To do that, we need to attach ourselves to that which is eternal and lasting and avoid that which is earthly and fades away. John writes, “And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:17). How do we do the will of God and not get attached to the world? John reminds us of the basic truths of the Christian life and warns us of the dangers we face as we try to walk as Jesus walked.
REAFFIRM YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST.
*There are ages and stages in the Christian’s walk with Christ. All Christians go through stages of progress and development in their spirituality. Maturity and immaturity do not depend on your age. John uses poetic form to address all Christians at different levels of growth: “I am writing to you, little children… I am writing to you, fathers… I am writing to you, young men… I write to you, children… I write to you, fathers… I write to you, young men…” (1 John 2:12-14).
*At all ages and stages of their Christian walk, Christians need to remember the possessions they have in Christ. Christians can walk as Jesus walked when they claim the resources they have in Christ.
- We have forgiveness of sins in Christ. I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name's sake (12).
- We are children of God because we know the Father through his Son Jesus Christ. “I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning… I write to you, children because you know the Father” (13).
- We have overcome Satan through the Word of God. “I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one” (14).
All Christians have the resources to walk as Jesus walked and to…
RESIST THE WORLD, THE FLESH, AND THE DEVIL.
*The Christian is to avoid all compromises with the world. Our devotion is to be first and foremost to Christ. Nothing else is to take the place of our love for God. “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (15).
*What is the world? Here it is the kosmos, society arranged on the principles and morals of men at different points of time in history. It is the spirit of the age that is opposed to God. It is a system of false values, false standards, and false gods. It is the world that humans have made that is sinful and godless. It does not mean the world God has made. It is very good (Gen. 1:31). It does not mean human relations. God loves the world, meaning people (John 3:16). John is talking about a love for the world that is in rebellion to God and under the control of the evil one. “For all that is in the world…is not from the Father but is from the world” (16).
*What are the things of the world that we are to avoid and reject? They are the same temptations that Eve faced in the garden (Genesis 3) and Jesus faced in the wilderness (Luke 4). Satan continues to tempt us to follow him.
- Craving for physical pleasure. “For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh…” (16).
- Desire for everything we see. “For all that is in the world…the desires of the eyes…” (15).
- Pride in our achievements and possessions. “For all that is in the world…and pride of life”
*The life invested in Christ will last forever. The life devoted to the world will pass away. “And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever” (17).
We can walk as Jesus walked when we claim our resources in Christ and resist the world, the flesh, and the devil.
Are you devoted to the world or to Christ? Have you invested your life in Jesus? Are you preparing for eternity?
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).