Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Abiding in Christ - Fellowship

1 John 2:6 (NKJV) - "He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked."

Continuing in the study of what Abiding in Christ means, we come to the understanding that abiding in Christ means that a person walks and is in fellowship with Him. We already noted the words of the prophet Amos - "Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?" If we are in fellowship with God, we are walking with Christ in an intimate and continual way. Our verse at the start of this musing speaks that we ought to walk as Jesus did.

So, does that mean sinless perfection? Of course not. It is not possible while living in this body to be completely free from all sin. Sanctification (the cleaning up of ourselves) has three parts. We are positionally sanctified when we receive Jesus Christ as our Savior. At that point in time we appear to God the Father pure and righteous because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Receiving Christ moves us out of the condemned category and places us into fellowship with God. We are daily being sanctified from the sins that we commit through confession to God (1 John 1:9), and we will have total sanctification when we die and go before God in our glorified bodies. So even though we are sanctified by the Blood of Christ, we still need the daily confession and restoration of fellowship because we still maintain the old sin nature until death.

So, how did Jesus walk while on this earth? He walked by believing the Father, He walked by worshipping the Father,He walked by serving the Father, He walked by seeking others, and He walked by loving others. There is not enough room here to go into each of these, but let me challenge you to go to your Bible today and find verses that support what I have just written.  And then, apply these truths to your life on a daily basis and you will continue in fellowship with God. Tomorrow, we will consider the area of open confession in our abiding with Christ.

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