Christian walk as a continuation of receiving Christ
AIM: That we
might truly walk under the delightful Lordship of Christ
1. There is today a
perceptual problem as to the Lordship of Christ
2. Man's perception
is that of a partnership with God. The world is determined to exploit
the determination of true believers to serve God.
3. The Christian
walk is not a matter of rules; rather, it is a delightful following of
Christ Jesus the Lord.
It is in walking in Christ that we both learn of our loving Lord, and we
are constantly warned of those who would take our Joy.
I. As we
1. Jesus as Prophet, Priest, and King.
compare: John 1:12-13 But as many as received him, to them gave he power
to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13
Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the
will of man, but of God.
3. The truth once delivered: Jude 1:3-4
Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common
salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that
ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto
the saints. 4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were
before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the
grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and
our Lord Jesus Christ.
4. So walk: Isaiah 2:5 O house of Jacob, come
ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.
5. Compare Ephesians
5:1-2 1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 2 And walk
in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an
offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. AND S. A.
Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel
of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may
hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind
striving together for the faith of the gospel;
II. Rooted and
1. Rooted with a sense of permanence - experienced assurance
2. Built up - The continuing growth that proceeds from such "rooting":
Isaiah 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them
beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for
the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of
righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
Consider the appointments of grace and the end result of "that He might
3. Established in the faith and compare: Ephesians
2:21-22 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an
holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an
habitation of God through the Spirit.
4. See especially: Ephesians
3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being
rooted and grounded in love,
5. A fruitful (abounding) situation
characterized with thanksgiving.
III. Seeing the Sufficiency of
1. Beware - Considering those who would either detract from
the Gospel or attempt to supplement it.
2. Of Philosophy and vain
1) Traditions of men
2) Rudiments of the world
Not after Christ
3. The fullness of Christ and we in Him
1) In the
man Christ Jesus - the fullness of the Godhead bodily
2) That we
might know that same sufficiency characterizing our lives.
4. We do
indeed "follow after Christ."