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Ephesians 5:8

Walk as children of light", Ephesians 5:8

It is clear that there IS criteria (an established principle, law, or rule) involved in the "walk" called for. A sampling of Bible verses makes clear the nature of this 'rule' we are bid to follow: ". . . every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.", I John 3:3. (the word "he" most surely refers to Jesus). The apostle John's understanding of a proper walk: ". . . I rejoice greatly, when the brethern came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth." 3 John 3-4.

In the apostolic days,before the Bible was compiled, the spoken word of truth and the examples of the apostles served as a guide to the Christians. Philipians 4:9: "Those things which we have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me (Paul), do and the God of peace shall be with you".

The criteria which the New Testament church is instructed to give to the believers in Jesus, is given in Matthew 28:19-20. In verse 20 they are to teach them to observe all things which Jesus commanded them. The word "observe" is elsewhere translated as "hold fast, keep, preserve". This word "commanded" means He has given charge, or enjoined them to teach. The "all things" has to do with the substance they are to teach. The teaching, observing, and being obedient to the faith is like a three strand rope. Jude 3 cautions that we ". . . should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints." (saved ones).

Paul said "preach the word", 2 Timothy 4:2. See also, I Peter 1:25: "...word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you." DDH

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