Jesus & Me(Part 3-Relationship)

JESUS AND ME
Topic: Relationship

TEXT: II Cor. 5:1-21

Introduction:
In part 1, we discussed Verse one “MY HOUSE”, (Jesus and me) and we found out as Born-Again Christians that Jesus said in Heb. 13:5, “…I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.”

In part 2 we discussed verses 2-4, “MY CLOTHES” (Jesus and me) what does it mean to be clothed in Christ. (Robe of righteousness) As we enter into part 3 of Jesus & Me, I want to speak to you concerning “My Walk.”  Is this a lonely walk or is there a companion/friend walking with me?

Webster’s Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language copyrighted 1996 gives the following definitions on Faith/Trust:
(1) Confidence or trust in a person or thing.
(2) Belief which is not based on proof.
(3) Belief in God or in the doctrines or teaching of religion.
(4) Belief in anything, as a code of ethics, standards of merit etc.
(5) A system of religious belief: The Christian faith; the Jewish faith.
(6) The obligation of loyally or fidelity to a person, promise, engagement, etc.
(7) The observance of this obligation; fidelity to one’s promise, oath, allegiance, etc.
(8) Christian theology. The trust in God and His promises as made through Christ and the scriptures by which mankind is justified or saved. I believe the above can be summed up: Faith is a belief in, devotion to, or trust in someone or something, especially without logical proof.

With the introduction in mind let us for a moment look at the subject “MY Walk”

V. 7 MY WALK
II Corinthians 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight) the three key words are Walk, Faith, and Sight.

EXAMPLE: “WALK”
1) To walk, in the Scriptures, often denotes to LIVE, to ACT, to CONDUCT [one’s self] in a certain way.(Barnes’ Notes on the New Testament)
2) When we walk (LIVE) by faith, we are keeping our eyes focused on God and we won’t wander off our Christian walk. When we walk by sight, worldly things attract our attention and we will stray from our path. So we must keep our eyes on God and walk (LIVE) by faith trusting Him to guide and instruct us on a daily basis.

SCRIPTURES:
 Eph. 4:1, “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,”
Gen. 5:24, “……And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God and he was not; for God took him.”
Deut. 5:33, “Ye shall walk in all the ways which the Lord your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you ….”
Micah 6:8, “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”
Gal.5:25, Live/walk in the Spirit
Psalms 86:11”Walk in Truth”
Romans 6:4, “…Walk in newness of life…”
Romans 13:13, “…Walk honestly”
Eph. 5:2, “…Walk in love…”
Col. 4:5, “..Walk in wisdom…”
I John 1:7, “..walk in the light…”

Remember walking, as described in the above verses and other bible verses, addresses living and it is an action that YOU perform. As a Born-Again Christian it is Jesus (My Companion & Friend) and me that are walking together. God help me not to grieve the Holy Spirit. So how, as a Christian am I required to walk (LIVE), it is by Faith, always by Faith, and never by Sight.

What is Walking by SIGHT?
All the children of men that do not have a relationship with God, being Born-Again, are not Children of God. So consequently they “walk by sight,” having no higher principle. By sight means by sense; by sight we take knowledge of the visible world, from the surface of the earth to the region of the fixed stars.

What is Walking by FAITH?
First of all faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes from the Word of God and that is the stance of the Christian. A person cannot become a Born-Again Christian without demonstrating Faith in God’s Word (Romans 10:17)

Hebrews 11:1 is probably the most concise definition of faith found in the Bible. It is considered the classical definition of faith. The Greek word translated “evidence” is elegchos, which basically means “conviction.” Faith is not our mere human hope, but it is and should be based on the Word of God (Bible)

EXAMPLE SCRIPTURES ON FAITH:
Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
I John 5:14-15 is an example of Faith
Mark 11:24 is an example of faith concerning prayer
Hebrews 11:6 explains how important Faith is, for without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God

The believer not only is well assured by faith that there is another and a happy life, after this is ended, but he has good hope, through grace, of heaven as a dwelling-place, a resting-place, a hiding-place. In our Father’s house there are many mansions, whose Builder and Maker is God.—Matthew Henry Concise

Our walk with God is a narrow passage way which leads unto life.  Mat 7:14 says, “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Wisdom takes a narrower path and I want to be narrow minded. I do not and cannot walk alone on this narrow path it is always Jesus and me.

A THOUGHT TO PONDER:
1. Walking is a healthy form of exercise
2. Live or behaving in a specified Biblical/Spiritual manner is a healthy choice
3. Faith does not produce fear (Do not walk in fear)
4. Faith is prepared by God for eternity with Him (Walk always in Faith)
5. Faith produces confidence (Walk in Confidence)
6. Faith is pleasing to God (Without faith it is impossible to please Him)
7. Faith is seeking and not sitting (that is why we walk by faith)

When the Scripture of God says in II Cor. 5:7 (for we walk by faith, not by sight :) , then verse 8 explains very perfectly that “we are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”

The present graces and comforts of the Spirit are earnests of everlasting grace and comfort. And though God is with us here, by his Spirit, and in his ordinances, yet we are not with him as we hope to be. Faith is for this world, and sight is for the other world. It is our duty, and it will be our interest, to walk by faith, till we live by sight.—Matthew Henry Concise

Faith is the proof of our hope in God for eternity

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