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June 26, 2011
Walking in Truth
In both Second John and Third Johnmention is made of walking in truth: “I was very glad to find some of your children walking in truth, just as we have received commandment to do from the Father.” “For I was very glad when brethren came and testified to your truth, that is, how you are walking in truth.” (2John 4; 3John 3). W.E. Vine says that the word walk is used figuratively signifying the whole round of the activities of the individual life. The activities in which these individuals engaged brought gladness to Christ’s apostle.
What is walking in truth? Sometimes it helps to understand what a concept IS when we also understand what it IS NOT. For sure, walking in truth is not walking in craftiness, mishandling the word of God. Paul said he didn’t walk this way, thus indicating that others would: “Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart, but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.” (2Corinthians 4:1-2).
Walking in truth is not walking like people of the world. Walking in truth means obedience is involved. Walking like the world is disobedience and death. Notice how the Ephesian Christians are described: “And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.” (Ephesians 2:1-2).
Walking in truth is not walking in darkness. All know that darkness is the opposite of light. Darkness is characteristic of sin (John 3:16-21). If darkness is characteristic of sin, then what is light? Being in the Light, our Saviour, is truth and love: “The one who says he is in the Light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now. The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.” (1John 2:9-11).
Walking in truth is not walking disorderly. Being disorderly is being undisciplined, not sticking with the prescribed order, out of step or breaking ranks, hence unruly or disobedient. Obviously, from Paul’s instruction, walking this way is not in the truth since we are to avoid those who behave this way. “Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who leads an unruly life [walketh disorderly, KJV] and not according to the tradition which you received from us … For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life [walk among you disorderly, KJV], doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies.” (2Thessalonians 3:6,11).
So then, what IS it to walk in truth? God’s word shows us the stark contrast to what it IS NOT. Just take a look at the following few passages.
A description of John’s parents: “They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord.” (Luke 1:6).
A description of early Christians as the kingdom spread: “So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on [walking, KJV] in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase.” (Acts 9:31).
A description of those who long to be with God: “for we walk by faith, not by sight” (2Corinthians 5:7). We must remember how faith comes: “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17).
A description of one who is truly converted and forgiven: “Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:3,4).
A description of those who know the difference between Law and the flesh and Jesus and Spirit: “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus … so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1,4).
A description of those who accept the call: “You know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children, so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.” (1Thessalonians 2:11-12). See Ephesians 4:1-3, also.
A description of those who are wise and in the Light: “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15).
A description of Paul and the faithful: “Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us.” (Philippians 3:17).
A description of those who have received the revealed instruction of God: “Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk), that you excel still more. For you know what commandments we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.” (1Thessalonians 4:1-2).
A description of a Christian’s relationship toward those who are outside: “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly [walk honestly, KJV] toward outsiders and not be in any need.” (1Thessalonians 4:11-12).
A description of the follower of Jesus: “whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.” (1John 2:5-6).
A description of one who has fellowship with God: “if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1John 1:7).
We already noted that in 2John 4 walking in truth is something that God has commanded. Have you walked in truth in reference to becoming a Christian? That is, have the activities of your life been those of submission and obedience from a sincere heart having your sins washed by the blood of Christ in baptism? If you have been baptized into Christ, have you been walking in truth in reference to the way a Christian is supposed to live, worship and serve?
—S. Scott Richardson Sr.