NOVEMBER 15

 

He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked—    1John 2: 6.

 

He is to walk as our Lord walked, in his general deportment and relationship to everything that is good and correspondingly to avoid everything that is evil. He is to walk as nearly as possible in the footsteps of Jesus. This, however, does not mean that he either should or could, in an imperfect body, walk up to all the perfection of his Lord, who even in His flesh was perfect. It means just what it says, that we should walk as He walked—in the same way, in the same direction, toward the same mark and standard that He recognized and established.

 

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To abide in Christ implies not only consecration and Spirit-infilling but also continuity in the consecrated attitude, deadness to self and the world, and aliveness unto God. Jesus fulfilled His consecration vows: He remained dead to self and the world and alive unto God. Therefore, He studied the Word, watched and prayed in harmony with the Word, spread and practiced the Word, and suffered in holiness for faithfulness to the Word. Whoever abides in Christ not only ought so to conduct himself, but surely in spirit will perfectly so do, and in flesh as nearly perfectly as his fallen earthen vessel will permit. A blessed walk indeed is the walk like Christ's. Who so does possesses all things.

 

Parallel passages: John 15: 1-9; 13: 15, 34; Phil. 2: 5-8; 1Pet. 2: 21-24; Matt. 11: 29; 20: 28; Mark 10: 43-45; Luke 22: 26, 27; Rom. 8: 29; 15: 2, 3, 5, 7; Eph. 5: 2; 1Cor. 3: 13; Heb. 12: 2-4; 1John 3: 16; 4: 17; 2John 9; Rev. 3: 21; 14: 4.

 

Questions: Have I imitated Jesus this week? Under what circumstances? What helped or hindered therein? With what results?

 

CHRIST, OUR TEACHER

 

LET Him teach thee, weary soul; (Psa. 27: 11.)

Let His hands now make thee whole; (Job 5: 18.)

Let His peace thy heart control,—(Col. 3: 15.)

Let Him teach thee.

 

Into paths of righteousness (Psa. 23: 3.)

Let Him lead and let Him bless; (Psa. 67: 7.)

Let Him save thee from distress,—(Psa. 107: 13.)

Let Him teach thee.

 

Let Him guide thee with His eye: (Psa. 32: 8.)

Let His hand thy need supply; (Phil. 4: 19.)

Let His goodness satisfy,—(Psa. 65: 4.)

Let Him teach thee.

 

Let His good Word sanctify; (Jno. 17: 17.)

Let the furnace purify; (1 Peter 1: 7.)

Let Him say, "Fear not; 'tis I,"—(Mark 6: 50.)

Let Him teach thee.

 

Let Him probe thy heart within; (Psa. 66: 10.)

Let Him search out every sin; (Psa. 139: 23.)

Let the glorious light shine in,—(2 Cor. 4: 6.)

Let Him teach thee.

 

Let the Shepherd kindly feed;

Let Him firmly, truly lead; (Isa. 40: 11.)

(He'll not break the bruised reed,) (Isa. 42: 3.)

Let Him teach thee.

 

Let Him give thee songs at night; (Job 35: 10.)

Let Him make the darkness light; (Isa. 42: 16.)

Let Him set thy spirit right,—(Psa. 51: 10.)

Let Him teach thee.

 

In the tumult let Him hide, (Psa. 27: 5; 31: 20.)

Let Him keep thee at His side; (Ex. 33: 21.)

Let His name be glorified—(Isa. 61.3.)

Let Him teach thee.

 

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