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6 As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,  
6 Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 
6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, 
6 And now just as you trusted Christ to save you, trust him, too, for each day's problems; live in vital union with him. 

ATR = Christ Jesus the Lord ton (NT:3588) Christon (NT:5547) Ieesoun (NT:2424) ton (NT:3588) Kurion (NT:2962). This peculiar phrase occurs nowhere else by Paul.

A similar phrase but note the difference

2 Cor 4:5 For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus' sake.   NASU

ATR Hence, it is plain that Paul here meets the two forms of Gnostic heresy about the Person of Christ
1.    the recognition of the historical Jesus in his actual humanity against the Docetic Gnostics,
2.    the identity of the Christ or Messiah with this historical Jesus against the Cerinthian Gnostics, and
       the acknowledgment of him as Lord).

1. The . . Acceptance Principle of the Christian Walk. v 6 a

                "As you have therefore received Christ Jesus"

6 And now just as you trusted Christ to save you, trust him, too, for each day's problems; live in vital union with him. TLB

A.    The Past Experience. Vv 6 a (1)

Intro: Received = NT:3880
paralambano (par-al-am-ban'-o); from NT:3844 and NT:2983; to receive near, i.e. associate with oneself (in any familiar or intimate act or relation); by analogy, to assume an office; figuratively, to learn: KJV - receive, take (unto, with).

NT:3844 para (par-ah'); a primary preposition; properly, near; i.e. (with genitive case) from beside (literally or figuratively),..."

NT:2983 lambano (lam-ban'-o); a prolonged form of a primary verb,. . . to take . . . to get hold of; . . . "

VIN. Ye received parelabete (NT:3880). By transmission "from" para (NT:3844) your teachers.

John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: NKJV

Matt 10:41 He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward. And he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward. NKJV

1 John 5:11-12 11 And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. NASU

1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. NASU

Illustration Topic: Receiving Christ Index: 2961 9/1989.24
A skeptic promised British preacher Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910) that he would attend his church for four Sundays on which Maclaren would be presenting the main tenets of Christianity. The skeptic listened intently to Maclaren's sermons. After the fourth message he presented himself for church membership, saying he had received Christ as his Savior.

Maclaren was delighted and could not resist the impulse to ask which of the four sermons brought him to this decision. The skeptic replied, "Your sermons, sir, were helpful, but they were not what finally persuaded me."

He said that after church one Sunday as he was helping an elderly lady on a slippery walk, she looked up into his face and said, "I wonder if you know my Savior, Jesus Christ. He is everything in the world to me. I would like you to know Him too." The skeptic said, "That remark sent me home, where on my knees I found Christ for myself."

Illustration Topic: Christ Sub. As Shepherd Index: 3264-3267
A famous actor was once the guest of honor at a social gathering where he received many requests to recite favorite excerpts from various literary works. An old preacher who happened to be there asked the actor to recite the twenty-third Psalm.

The actor agreed on the condition that the preacher would also recite it. The actor's recitation was beautifully intoned with great dramatic emphasis for which he received lengthy applause. The preacher's voice was rough and broken from many years of preaching, and his diction was anything but polished.

When he finished there was not a dry eye in the room. When someone asked the actor what made the difference, he replied "I know the psalm, but he knows the Shepherd."


Have you received the Lord Jesus.

2.    The . . Authority Principle of the Christian Walk. v 6 b

                                                    ". . . the Lord, . . . "

6 And now just as you trusted Christ to save you, trust him, too, for each day's problems; live in vital union with him. TLB


1.    Jesus Christ is my Lord when I obey the initial prompting of the Holy Spirit without hesitation or
        argument. In other words, "What He says to you, I do it."

We sing a chorus:         "Yes Lord Yes!

I say yes Lord yes to your will and to your way
I say yes Lord yes I will trust you and obey
When your Spirit speaks to me
With my whole heart I'll agree
And my answer will be Yes Lord Yes.

2.    Jesus Christ is my Lord when I am committed to fulfilling His will for my life before I even know
        what He requires of me.

3.    Jesus Christ is my Lord when I am available to serve Him without regard to time, space, or

4.    Jesus Christ is my Lord when I recognize His ownership of my total life and all possessions--and
        submit all to Him.

5.    Jesus Christ is my Lord when pleasing Him exceeds my desire to please others.

6.    Jesus Christ is my Lord when I look to Him as the source of all my needs and desires.

7.    Jesus Christ is my Lord when I am turning my difficulties and my failures into opportunities for
        spiritual growth.

8.    Jesus Christ is my Lord when to know Him intimately becomes the obsession of my life. There
        must be total commitment, obedience and availability for His use.
                                                                                                            --Charles Stanley

Illustration Bill Bright
The founder of Campus Crusade for Christ. Missionaries all over the world. May have been involved in the winning of more people to Christ than Billy Graham.

He is dying of and incurable lung disease. He was asked how he wanted to be remembered and he responded " I want to be remembered as a slave of Jesus Christ."


Is Jesus Lord in your life?

It really is not an option for the best in Christianity.

3.    The . . Abiding Principle of the Christian Walk. v 6 c

"so walk in Him, NKJ

A.    The Personnel . . of this Walk. v 6 c (1)
            "so walk. . . "

        1.    The You is understood.
        2.    VIN. "Taught right now walk right"

B.    The Person . . of this Walk. v 6 c (2),
            ". . . in Him,. . . "

        1.    Jesus is understood.

I was walking around Wal Mart Thursday looking for my wife when I saw Bill Moore one of our church members.  We hugged and he asked  "what would Jesus do".   I answered What would Jesus do about what?   He never answered but it was obvious he was asking a question about a situation he was contemplating.

If we abide In Him we will have a very good idea of what Jesus would do in every situation.

Note these verses

Galatians 2:20    "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me;
    and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave
    Himself up for me. NASU

Ephesians 4:1    Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the
    calling with which you have been called, NASU

Colossians 3:17    Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks
    through Him to God the Father. NASU

1 John 2:6    the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. NASU

Illustration Topic: Christ Sub. Abiding in Index: 4130
Many people have heard of the outstanding exploits of Blondin, the tightrope walker. Blondin amused and amazed thousands of people as he made his way over Niagara Falls on a slender rope stretched from shore to shore. He never faltered or failed. But Blondin had a secret. As he made his way over the rope, he would keep his eyes fixed on a large silver star which he had erected at the far end. The star was the center of his attention and guided him to the other side.


In running the heavenly race the believer must look to his Star --he bright and morning Star, the Lord Jesus. He has run the race and now bids his followers to run the race, keeping their eyes fixed on himself as the goal.

VIN = Vincent's Word Studies.

ATR = A T Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament