To Be Walking as He Walks

The King James Version says in 1 John 2:6: “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” Other translations say something to this effect: Whoever says to live in Him must live as Jesus did. However, in Greek this verse says that he who claims he abides in Christ ought to be walking as He walks. Arbitrary, the translators have put a verb in the present tense into past tense. Movements such as WWJD (what would Jesus do) has thrived on this verse as it erroneously is translated. Our goal is, however, not to parrot Jesus and hence merely being copies of Him.

What John really is saying is that we have an organic and viable relation to Christ which means that we are in a most stunning union with Him. Christ is alive and still walks. When John put this verb in the present tense he evidently wanted to direct out attention to the risen Christ and His works in and though us when we abide in Him. Paul plainly stated: “Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.” (2 Cor 5:16)

Paul lucidly and emphatically discerned between the relation man had with Christ while He was in the flesh and the relation we enjoy with Him now. To be walking as He walks is to have acknowledged that He lives in me (Gal 2:20). I do no find Him here or there, but inside of me. It is to have transferred the government to His shoulders. It is to have recognized that without Him I can do nothing. Lastly, it is to have found my genuine and perfect self in Him which makes me a unique person with everything that entails. To be walking as He walks is to take heed to the fact that a perfect Christ is manifesting perfectly in perfected humanity. This is a walk which most prominent feature is faith. If we do not take this by faith we end up with a diluted version of the gospel where we by fleshy efforts attempt to parrot Jesus and His unique manifestation of the Father.

When the churches of Judea heard that he who once persecuted the church now where preaching the faith, Paul says about them: “They glorified God in me.” (Gal 1:24) For some odd reason very few translations have put this verse in its correct form as it is found in Greek. Here we have Paul as a unique person with his distinctive personality preaching the gospel, which was his special commission, and those who heard about his newfound devotion to the gospel thus glorified God in Paul. This is a most magnificent image of the union life and how Christ lives in us and as us. Paul was walking as Jesus walks, and he did so by faith and by faith the Churches in Judea recognized this reality.

Paul had renounced everything as dung compared to the surpassing glory of the knowledge of Christ. He said: “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.” (Phil 3:8-9) Therefore he was walking as Christ walks. He had clothed himself in Christ’s righteousness, justification and holiness. So we say with Paul, John and all the others that as He is so are we in this world (1 John 4:17). This is the conclusion John draws after he has exhorted his readers to be walking as Christ walks.

You can check out 1 John 1:6 and Gal 1:24 here:

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6 Responses to To Be Walking as He Walks

  1. Fred Pruitt says:

    Another great word! Yes!

  2. Fred Pruitt says:

    Bless you for this word of truth!

  3. cindi estep says:

    Love this Ole!!! He not only orders our steps….He takes them for us♥

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