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Walk in Him

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“Walk” is the familiar New Testament term denoting the believer’s daily conduct.  To walk in Christ is to live a life patterned after His.  See Colossians 1:10; 4:5; Romans 6:4; 8:1,4; 13:13; 1 Corinthians 7:17; 2 Corinthians 5:7; 10:3; 12:18; Galatians 5:16,25; 6:16; Ephesians 2:10; 4:1,17; 5:2,8,15; Philippians 3:16-18; 1 Thessalonians 2:12; 4:1,12; 2 Thessalonians 3:11; 1 John 1:6,7; 2:6; 2 John 6; and 3 John 3,4.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Colossians 2:6.

 

The Spirit of God’s Law

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The Pharisees spent their lives trying to appear holy by keeping the meticulous rules they had added to God’s law.  Jesus’ accusation (see John 7:14-36) that they didn’t keep Moses’ laws stung them deeply.  In spite of their pompous pride in themselves and their rules, they did not even fulfill a legalistic religion, for they were living far below what the law of Moses required.  

Jesus’ followers should do more than the moral law requires, going beyond and beneath the mere do’s and don’ts of the Law to the spirit of the Law.  The spirit of God’s Law is captured in love for God and one’s neighbor.  We must never allow rules to keep us from following the true intent of God’s Law.  Obedience to God must be from the heart.

Commentary from The One Year NIV Devotional New Testament, August 27.  Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. 2003

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