SEVENTH SEAL LIBRARY

God's Truth Not Smooth Words

Talk the Walk, Walk the Talk

Talk the Walk, Walk the Talk

©copyright 2006 Bonita M Quesinberry, R.C.

  

It has been said before, “It is easy to speak all the right words of belief, to speak God’s Word, to speak as a witness of Him and Christ;” however, there is a vast difference between talking the walk Christ instructed both verbally and by His behaviour versus walking the talk: living it as it were. Scripture references herein are taken from the AKJ version Bible coupled with paraphrased excerpts.

In Mark 7:5-9,21-22 Jesus expounded on this subject to the Pharisees and scribes, when they ask why He was not teaching His disciples to obey Jewish traditions: “Isaiah prophesied well of you hypocrites, when he said, ‘These people honour God with their lips, but their heart is far from Him. In vain you worship God, teaching man’s commandments for His doctrines.’ You set aside God’s Commandments in favor of men’s traditions. Of course you disobey God’s Commandments, so you can keep your own traditions.'”

To clarify that He was speaking of God’s Statutes, as opposed to the many ordinances Moses wrote, Jesus mentioned several of His Father’s Ten Precepts: God’s Doctrine as written in stone by His own hand, as it were, then added, “You make the word of God ineffectual by men’s traditions you teach the people, and many other such things you do. From the hearts of men come evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness. All these evil things come from within to defile the man.” To remain defiled in any point of God’s Word is to be deemed twice dead; marked for utter destruction.

Nevertheless, Christ again referred to God’s Ten Precepts, every one of them as set out in Exodus 20:3-17 and Deuteronomy 5:7-14,16-21, when He spoke of what proceeds from men’s hearts, noted as reflected in their behaviour. When we review Christ’s entire ministry, it becomes obvious that He obeyed all of His Father’s Doctrine and did so by first loving in accordance with God’s two great Laws of Love. Later, we find that Christ’s Apostles also obeyed all of God’s Statutes of Life and taught their proselytes to obey God’s Law of Righteousness: also known as the Law of Liberty.

The first step we must take in order to walk the talk is to accept that God is God and Jesus is His Son and our Saviour. The second step is to obey God’s directives of love, which then motivates our third step to obey His Doctrine: the only Law God defined as “perpetual, forever, even in the new earth and new heavens.” The various ordinance laws of sacrifice and oblation, which are not precept/statute law, were meant to be temporary; described as “a shadow of better to come.” A shadow is temporary, in that it disappears when flooded with pure light.

Still, there is more to walking the talk; for during His ministry, Christ did far more than obey God’s Doctrine and teach others to do the same. Love inspires much more than obedience to God’s Law, as Christ’s walk reflected: Jesus healed, fed, clothed and housed those who followed Him; the very things we, as professing Christians, are directed to do; which God also said was part of His Sabbath requirement: noted in Isaiah 58:2-8,13-14.

Christ promoted peace within as well as peaceful behaviour in those who claim belief, thus He walked in a peaceful manner; even when He was offended and wrongly accused. So many professing Christians today refuse to forgive; or, they claim to forgive, yet their behaviour reflects the opposite when they file lawsuits against those who have offended them in some way: this does NOT promote peace and neither does it bring about healing in the offender nor the offended. Does not an offender need to be healed of sin? Indeed. Some claim forgiveness yet demand death sentences for those who might have murdered a loved one. Again, neither peace nor healing is promoted. It is not walking in peace when professed believers ignore needs of the homeless, hungry and naked.

Both God and Jesus were in agreement and both expounded on how we should walk the talk, which is to say how to please God. The following reflect the weightier excerpts from scriptures referenced:

GOD: “I am the Almighty God; walk before me and be perfect.” Genesis 17:1

JESUS: “Therefore, you be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect. Obey God’s Law and sell all that you have and give it to the poor. Then, you shall have treasure in heaven. So, come and follow me; for if you are like me, your Lord, then you will be perfect like your Saviour.” Matthew 5:48; 19:18,21; Luke 6:40; II Corinthians 13:11; Philippians 3:14-15; Colossians 2:27-28; 4:12; I Thessalonians 3:10; II Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 12:23; 13:21; James 1:2-4,25; 2:14,20-21,24,26; I Peter 5:8-10; I John 4:16-17 

GOD: “Adversity, that I may test them as to whether or not they will walk in my Law.” Exodus 16:4; 18:20

JESUS: “Walk in the Spirit, and you will not fulfil the lust of your flesh; which wars against the Spirit. If the Spirit leads you, then you obey God’s Doctrine and are not under the Law’s condemnation. Some fleshy lusts are works of adultery, fornication, idolatry, envy, murder, drunkenness and other lascivious acts against God’s Law. These who do those things shall not inherit God’s kingdom.” Galatians 5:16-21 

GOD: “You shall not walk as the heathens walk, for they violate my Statutes and judgments, going after false gods; therefore I abhor them.” Leviticus 20:22-23 (the Judgments define and direct how to execute God’s Law) 18:3 

JESUS: “Do not do as other Gentiles do; they walk in the vanity of their mind, their understanding darkened, alienated from the life of God through their ignorance and blindness of their heart. They have given themselves over to lasciviousness and work all uncleanness with greediness. But, you Gentiles have not learned this in Christ.” Ephesians 4:17-20 (Gentile: heathen, pagan, stranger)

GOD: “I am the Lord your God, IF you obey my Sabbaths and reference my sanctuary; walk in my statutes and obey my commandments by doing them. But, if you walk contrary to my Law, then I will bring seven times more plagues upon you. And if you will not be reformed by me, then I will walk contrary to you and, in fury, I will punish you yet seven times for your sins. My soul shall abhor you.” Leviticus 26:1-3,21-14,30 

JESUS: “You shall love God with all your heart and soul and mind, and you shall love your neighbor as you love yourself. All the Law and the prophets hang [depend] upon these two great commandments. I did not come to change God’s Law, for I say to you, ‘Until heaven and earth pass away, not one cross of a T nor one dot of an i will be removed from God’s law. Thus, who ever lives God’s Law and teaches them to others shall be called great in heaven; for I say that, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.” As was His custom, Jesus entered the synagogue on the Sabbath day and taught. Matthew 22:37-40; 5:17-20; Revelation 21:7-8; 16:1-21; Luke 4:16 

GOD: “You shall walk in all the Commandments, that you may live.” Deuteronomy 5:33; 8:6

JESUS: “Christ’s remnant obey God’s Commandments and have Christ’s Testimony. They have faith in and like that of Jesus and are blessed because they obey God’s Statutes; for they have right to the tree of life and may enter through the gates of the city.” Revelation 12:17; 14:12; 22:14 

GOD: “Fear [Respect] the Lord your God, walk in all His ways, and love Him with all your heart and with all your soul: Obey God’s Commandments, His Statutes, His judgments and testimonies. Teach your children to walk before God in truth with all their heart and will all their soul. You ought to walk in fear of God, because of the criticism of heathens, your enemies.” Deuteronomy 10:12-13; I Kings 2:3-4; 3:14; 6:12; 8:23; II Chronicles 6:14,16,27,31; 34:31; Nehemiah 5:9 

JESUS: “You must love God with all your heart and soul and mind, and love your neighbor as you love yourself. All the Law and the prophets hand [depend] upon these two great commandments. I did not come to change the Law, for I say to you, ‘Until heaven and earth pass away, not one cross of a T nor one dot of an i will be removed from God’s law. Thus, who ever lives God’s Law, and teaches them to others, shall be called great in heaven; for I say that, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 22:37-40; 5:17-20; Revelation 21:7-8; 16:1-21 

GOD: “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in God’s Law. So shall I keep God’s Law continually forever and ever. And I will walk at liberty: for I understand God’s Precepts. God’s Law is the Truth. Stand where you are to see and ask for the old way, which is the good way, and walk therein; then you shall find rest for your souls.” Psalm 119:1,44-45,142; Jeremiah 6:16 

JESUS: “Blessed are they that do God’s Commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. God’s Commandments are those you had from the beginning and you have heard from the beginning. Also, they who enter God’s seventh day rest have ceased from their own works, as God did from his. Therefore enter into His rest or fall as an example of unbelief.”  I John 2:7; Revelation 22:14; Hebrews c.4 

GOD: “To those who repent, I will give them one heart and put a new spirit within them; and I will replace their stony heart with a heart of flesh: that they may obey my Statutes and do them. Then, they shall be my people and I will be their God. But, to those who refuse to give up their detestable things and their sinful ways, I will destroy them. Walk in my Statutes and keep my judgments and do them; hallow my Sabbaths; and they shall be a sign [seal, token, mark] between me and you, that you may know that I am the Lord your God. For if you obey God’s Law, without committing further sin, you shall surely live: you will not die. He who does the law and does what is right, he surely shall live. I said, ‘My Son shall minister for three and a half years, then cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease by His sacrifice on the cross for men’s past sins.'” Ezekiel 11:21-21; 20:19-20; 33:15,16; Daniel 9:27; Romans 3:25

JESUS: “Today, if you will hear God’s voice, harden not your hearts.” Hebrews 4:7 

GOD: “The ways of God are right, and the just shall walk in them: but transgressors shall fall therein and be destroyed. Many nations shall come saying, “Let us go up to the mountain of God and to His house; for He will teach us His ways and will walk in His paths: for the Law shall come forth from Zion and the word of God from Jerusalem. We will walk in the name of the Lord our God forever and ever.” Hosea 14:9; Proverbs 10:29; Micah 4:2,5 

Did Jesus Christ come saying anything new? No. Did He repeat everything God said in the Old Testament? Yes. Old Testament scriptures prove the affirmative answers for these two questions. Still, did not Jesus say to do as He did? Yes. Finally, did not the Apostles also do as Jesus did as well as taught us to do the same? Yes.

Are you only talking the walk, or are you also walking the talk? Only you can study God’s Word, as He has instructed, in order to prove to yourself that you have been approved by God to inherit His earthly kingdom~~ old earth restored to Eden~~ with His Son; our Saviour Jesus Christ, our King of kings.  

TALK THE WALK, WALK THE TALK! Our example must be complete, for it is the only witness that ever has the potential to save others from perishing in the end soon to come.

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