Westmister Theological Seminary  1996-07-08 - Five Advantages of a Christian Walk

Col. 2:6 "As you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him.
  1. A Christian walk is the place of communion with God. None but those who walk in Christ have fellowship with the Father, and with the Son. When we walk in Christ, we walk with God.

  2. A Christian walk turns moral virtues into graces. Those without grace are often meek, sober, and patient. Some are morally just and righteous in their dealings and conversations. They honor their word, and treat others with kindness. But all this one may do and perish forever. The grace of a Christian walk is sanctification. It is sanctification that turns moral virtues into graces. The moral actions of each Christian are now flowing from inward, renewed principles. The Christian now acts according to God's laws, for God, in all that is eaten, drunken, bought or sold. Carnal hearts are always carnal, even in moral actions. Spiritual hearts are new creatures, acting from new principals.

  3. A Christian walk is the foundation of our joy. There is joy and peace in Justification, founded upon the righteousness of Christ given to us. This is the foundation of the believers truest joy. There is also joy in our sanctification as the righteousness of Christ is more in more in view in our lives. There is no peace for the wicked and hence no real joy, for Christ shall come, at death and judgement, and this will be terrible for the wicked. At death and judgement one ounce of saving grace will be more valuable, more comfortable, than hills of Gold, or millions of worlds. "Behold, the bridegroom cometh, you go out and meet him". Where is lasting joy, apart from Christ?

  4. It is an evidence of a gracious state, a confirmation of our faith. A holy walk is the fruit, evidence of our justification. It is not the ground of our justification, but an evidence. How shall we evidence a gracious state of existence? Walk in Him.

  5. It is a walking toward heaven. Heaven is the end of our walk. Holiness is the road there. Believe this, friends, without holiness on earth, there is no happiness in heaven. Your Christian walk is the beginning of heaven, it starts today. Holiness is not only the way to heaven, but it is heaven itself. (Heb. 12:14, Rev. 21:27) The more we walk in Christ the more we live the life of God and anticipate the life of heaven. What would a carnal heart do in heaven? Where are the sensual delights it feeds on? Heaven is no such place, it is a pure sinless state, perfection of grace, fullness of joy, the presence of God's glory. The carnal have no desire of heaven, a graceless heart would be miserable in heaven. How sad is the graceless heart. This heart misses heaven in this world and loses heaven in the world to come. A hell of sin here and a hell of suffering hereafter. But a gracious heart has heaven begun here, and heaven perfected hereafter.

Here are five advantages of the Christian walk to the child of God.

Soli Deo Gloria,
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