1 John 2:6 - What It Means to Abide or Walk with God.

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

1 John 2:6 (NLT) Those who say they live in 
God should live their lives as Jesus did.  

1 John 2:6 (TLB) Anyone who says he is a 
Christian should live as Christ did.  

1 John 2:6 (MSG) Anyone who claims to be 
intimate with God ought to live the same kind of life 
Jesus lived.  


The love of Christ in the heart is what is 
needed. Self is in need of being crucified. When 
self is submerged in Christ, true love springs 
forth spontaneously. It is not an emotion or an 
impulse, but a decision of a sanctified will. It 
consists not in feeling, but in the transformation of 
the whole heart, soul, and character, which is 
dead to self and alive unto God. Our Lord and 
Saviour asks us to give ourselves to Him. 
Surrendering self to God is all He requires, giving 
ourselves to Him to be employed as He sees fit. Until 
we come to this point of surrender, we shall 
not work happily, usefully, or successfully 
anywhere (Letter 97, 1898). 6SDABC1101 

Walking as Christ Walked. Those who walk 
even as Christ walked, who are patient, gentle, 
kind, meek and lowly in heart, those who yoke up 
with Christ and lift His burdens, who yearn for 
souls as He yearned for them - these will enter 
into the joy of their Lord. (RH May 29, 1900). 
The Imitation of Christ. True religion is 
the imitation of Christ. Those who follow Christ 
will deny self, take up the cross, and walk in 
His footsteps. Following Christ means obedience 
to all His commandments. No soldier can be said 
to follow his commander unless he obeys orders. 
Christ is our model. To copy Jesus, full of love 
and tenderness and compassion, will require that 
we draw near to Him daily. (Letter 31a, 1894)! 

   We do not earn salvation by our 
obedience; for salvation is the free gift of God, to be 
received by faith. But obedience is the fruit of 
faith. Ye know that He was manifested to take 
away our sins; and in Him is no sin. Whosoever 
abideth in Him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath 
not seen Him, neither known Him. 1 John 3:5, 
6. Here is the true test. If we abide in 
Christ, if the love of God dwells in us, our 
feelings, our thoughts, our purposes, our actions, 
will be in harmony with the will of God as 
expressed in the precepts of His holy law.  
   That so-called faith in Christ which 
professes to release men from the obligation of 
obedience to God, is not faith, but presumption. By 
grace are ye saved through faith. But faith, 
if it hath not works, is dead. Ephesians 
2:8; James 2:17. Jesus said of Himself before He 
came to earth, I delight to do Thy will, O My 
God: yea, Thy law is within My heart. Psalm 
40:8. SC61 


   It isn't easy to learn a new culture. 
Immigrants to a new country often stick out for the 
clothes they wear, the mannerisms they express, and 
the values they hold. The acculturation process 
goes relatively quickly for some, but others 
never quite blend in. The multitude of unwritten 
social cues and expectations can be overwhelming. 
   We can be thankful that God is patient 
with us as we learn the Kingdom culture. 
Sometimes we get lost in the details too, just as a 
foreigner does when adjusting to a strange land. But 
fitting into the Kingdom of God isn't primarily a 
matter of analyzing the culture like a social 
scientist would. God has made it much simpler for us. 
If we want to know the culture of our Kingdom, 
all we need to do is look at the attitudes and 
actions of the King. 
   John put it another way to his readers: 
If we say His life is in us and we live in His 
Kingdom, we must live as Jesus lived and walk as He 
walked. Looking around at Kingdom citizens today, we 
might conclude that not many people know this. The 
twenty-first-century church hardly looks like first-century 
Galilee, so the visible Kingdom will naturally vary 
from the King's original environment. But do we 
speak as He spoke? Are we driven by the same 
purpose that drove Him? Do we have the same 
compassion and commitment? Do we love, heal, and 
forgive, as He loved, healed, and forgave? Are we 
visible manifestations of the character of God? 
   These are penetrating questions, even for 
those who claim to have followed Him for years. We 
easily call ourselves Christians, but can we easily 
call ourselves Christlike? We must if we want to 
thrive in His Kingdom. 
   Learn the Kingdom culture well by looking 
at the King. Don't embrace any models of 
Christianity that don't look a lot like Christ. Measure 
yourself by no other standard. In everything you do, 
be like Him. [The One Year Heaven On Earth 
Devotional by Chris Tiegreen] 

   I have heard that if you walk three times 
a day at a brisk pace, it can help keep you in 
good shape physically. You wont move as 
quickly as you move when you are running. Walking is 
a regulated motion, but as you do it, you make 
progress. You move forward gradually. 
   If we want to abide in Jesus, we must 
walk as He walked. The Bible says, He who says 
he abides in Him ought himself also to walk 
just as He walked (1 John 2:6). 
   Walking with God is a picture the Bible 
often uses to describe the Christian life. 
Galatians 5:16 says, Walk in the Spirit, and you 
shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 
Colossians 2:6 tells us, As you therefore have 
received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him. 
And in Micah 6:8 we read, He has shown you, O 
man, what is good; and what does the Lord require 
of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to 
walk humbly with your God? 
   Again and again the Bible tells us that 
we need to walk with God. Its something we 
need to commit ourselves to. An interesting verse 
in Amos 3 gives us an important aspect of 
walking with God: Can two walk together, unless 
they are agreed? (verse 3). 
   In the original language, the term 
together carries the concept of two people moving as 
a single unit. To walk with God means moving 
together as a single unit. We are united toward the 
same goal. We are putting our strength toward the 
same end. We are moving together at the same 
   To walk with God means that we are moving 
in harmony with Him. We are staying close to 
Him. It is the same concept as abiding. [Greg 
Laurie from Harvest Ministries; 

   Lets imagine for a moment that you 
planted a beautiful tree in your front yard. It 
looked great, and you were very happy with it for 
about a week. Then you thought, I think it 
would be better in my backyard. 
   So you dig it out, take it to your 
backyard, and replant it. You really like it there. 
But another week goes by and you think, That 
was a mistake. I should put it back in my front 
yard again. And so you do. 
   Then you change your mind ten more times 
and keep uprooting and replanting the tree. That 
tree will eventually die. 
   You need to leave the tree in one place 
so it can get its roots deep into the soil. 
Then you need to take care of that tree and water 
   In the same way, to abide with Jesus 
means sinking our spiritual roots deep into His 
soil. The Bible tells us, He who says he abides 
in Him ought himself also to walk just as He 
walked (1 John 2:6 NKJV). 
   And when we understand what it means to 
abide, well start seeing our prayers answered in 
the affirmative. Jesus said, If you abide in 
Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what 
you desire, and it shall be done for you 
(John 15:7 NKJV). 
   We might read that and think, That 
sounds awesome! 
   But wait. This promise is predicated on 
our abiding in Him. If were spending time 
reading Gods Word, if were spending time 
praying, then it will change the things that we want 
in life. In fact, well find ourselves asking 
God for the things He wants for us rather than 
the things we merely want for ourselves. 
   If you want to walk with God, then make 
time for Him every day. [Greg Laurie from Harvest 
Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com] 




If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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