As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk you in him:…
In this statement of fact Paul's argument culminates. He appeals to their experience. They had received the doctrine of Christ from Epaphras, and He Himself had entered their hearts.
I. The ORIGIN of the Christly character. "Received Christ." which means to accept Him —
1. As the supreme object of the soul's love.
2. As the imperial guide of the soul's activities.
3. As the only Physician of the soul's diseases. This is the reception — not merely the reception of His doctrines into the intellect, but Himself into the heart as its moral monarch.
II. ITS PROGRESS. "Walk in Him." This implies —
1. A most vital connection with Him. "In Him." In His ideas, spirit, aims, character.
2. A possibility of walking out of Him. Peter did so. Man's liberty as a responsible being and the Word of God show this.
3. A real personal exertion. No one can walk for us.
(D. Thomas, D. D.)
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