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Walking in the Truth

September 4th, 2017

The Christian life  is portrayed in the New  Testament in a  variety of ways. The writers of the  New Testament use  word pictures to help us understand. They  use  things that we are familiar with. They take common, everyday   actions  and give them  spiritual application.

One way the  life of a Christian is portrayed in the New Testament is that of a  “walk.”  That is  something that all of  are  able to do unless hindered by health reasons. Ephesians 5:2 reads as  follows: “And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (ESV) We also read in verse 8, “for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.” We have been called out of a “kingdom of  darkness,” into the “kingdom of the Son of His love.” (Colossians 1:12-14) The Lord expects  us to live for  Him.  The ‘walk” of the  believer should be a one of  progress.

We know that the  way  we  walk physically and the  pace of our  walk  is  different with each person.  This can  be    illustrated in  the  “marathon concept.” Here in Louisville, KY we have what is called  the “Mini-Marathon.” Many  are entered, and  while only  one person wins the  race, all who  finish receive  some recognition.  Some are fast runners, slow runners, fast and slow walkers. Some are on  crutches, some in wheel chairs,   but their goal is  to  finish the race.

So it is with the believer. We are “in Christ”, we are  admonished to “grow in the grace and knowledge of  the Lord Jesus” (2 Peter 3:18).  Jesus  has a  right to  expect  continual growth in His children. But He  realizes that as  we  all grow at  different  stages in the  physical realm, so it is also in the spiritual realm.  “walking” denotes   progress.  If we desire to  “learn of Him,” and grow as  Christians he will equip us for the   journey. We  must have  our  eyes  upon Jesus at  all time (Hebrews 12:1-2). He   gives  us  His Word  to study, meditate  upon and   apply to our lives.

We must be  found “walking  in the Truth.” This  phrase is  used  numerous  times in the New Testament.  Jesus is the  great example of One  walking in Truth.  In John’s 2  short  epistles, 2nd &  3rd John both  recipients, “the elect lady” in  2nd John 4and Gaius in 3rd John 4 are  commended   for  walking “in the  truth.” John also is thankful that  others are walking in the truth also.

We want to  be  pleasing to our Heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus in every possible way.  Since  we have   been called out of  darkness into the  marvelous light of the Gospel, we have  an obligation, yea, privilege to help others find their way to Christ also. “Walking in Truth” will help us cultivate  the type of life  we  need to continue to  grow in the Lord.

We must  be  found  following the teachings  found in the New Testament that  show us  how  to live  for Him who died for us!

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Rescued from The Domain of Darkness

September 1st, 2017

“For He has  rescued us from the domain of darkness, and  transferred  us to the  kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Col. 1:13-14)  Most of us, I’m quite  sure, prefer  light to darkness.  Without Jesus, all of  us were in darkness, members, although we  may not have  known it, in the kingdom of Satan.  Our heavenly Father desired that we all come to a  saving knowledge and has  provided the means through His Son, the Lord Jesus.  We are  glad that we can  share in the inheritance He has for us (Col. 1:12).

The Word of God describes this transformation as  changing  kingdoms. We  have been  brought out of  darkness into the marvelous light of the Gospel.  The  terminology used  here  by Paul is a  military  illustration.  It  pictures Rome  going  into a  free  country and as a  result of waging  war and winning they subdue that  nation and  take them into captivity.  But  in the  spiritual realm, we are the ones in bondage and when  we accept The Lord Jesus and  obey the Gospel, we are “transferred” (NASV) or “translated” (KJV)  or are  “conveyed” (NKJV)  out of that  bondage into  the light of the Gospel.   But  it does  not  end there.  Since we have redemption, the  forgiveness of our sins (Col. 1:14) we must  put  our new found  faith to the  test.  We have been  called out  of that dark kingdom, changed by the   light of the Gospel and  now have the  privilege to  go back into that kingdom, now empowered by the Holy  Spirit and utilizing the  Whole Armor of God (Eph. 6:10-20)  to  help  others  find their way out.  We  can  never  work our way to heaven, but   upon  salvation, we are  to be the  best  workers the Lord has.    Let’s be  found  letting our light  shine for Jesus (1 Peter 2:10)!

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A Plea For Holiness (3 John 11-15)

October 14th, 2011

Verse 11 — Follow means to imitate. From this Greek word comes our English word “mimic.”

  • We must be careful who we imitate. Even in Christian circles there are bad examples like Diotrophes. Demetrius was worthy of imitation, but not Diotrophes. This was probably encouragement from John not to give in to Diotrophes or to descend to his level of dirty “politics.”

Verse 12 – Demetrius had a threefold recommendation – all men, the truth, and John.

  • Some have the recommendation of men, but not of the truth.
  •  The note in the ESV Study Bible sheds some light on why John entrusted Demetrius with task of probably delivering the letter to Gaius: ‘Normal postal service could not be entrusted with Christian correspondence like this letter (and possibly other letters from John as well. Demetrius served as a courier. Phoebe probably served this function delivering Romans (Rom. 16:1-2), and Tychicus likely hand-carried Ephesians (Eph. 6:21-22) and Colossians (Col. 4:7-8).

Verse 13 – John trusted that he would shortly see Gaius. The word “shortly” suggest that John has placed this visit high on his list of things to do. 3rd John is, in reality, a bare outline of many more things John wanted to communicate.

Verse 14— John is planning on coming to see the church there. I’m sure that Gaius was happy; but not Diotrophes.

Verse 15: Friends An unusual term for fellow believers; but see John 15:15. “Every one of them.” Literally this means “by name.” John’s pastoral care is not remote and bureaucratic but personal, as Jesus commended and modeled (John 10:3,14)

What can we learn from the character of these 3 men?

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