"Walk in" What the Word of God Tells Us
How important is the concept of "walking in" God's Ways? To me it is very important!!
Some would throw out the Old Testament for various reasons, including the fact that there is a New Covenant mentioned in the Bible. .
If you are interested in the various concepts of a New Covenant, referenced to in Jeremiah 31:31–34 as well as in Hebrews you can study Wikipedia's comments at < https://en.wikipedia...ki/New_Covenant>.
For me, I do not want to legalistically read the Bible, either the Old and/or New Testaments to form a doctrine or religion.
I read the entire Bible as well as ancient texts to gain knowledge and understanding of who the writers believed God to be.
The bottom line is I want to have a living knowledge of my Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus, the Christ. I want Jesus to know me, because I love Him, with and from my heart, not my mind. He is what my life all about! Without Him I could do nothing!
I want to be and remain grafted into His Spiritual Vine. "Walking in" what He has written on my heart as His commands and will. Living by the sap of the vine, Jesus Christ, and cared for by the Gardener, God our Father.
I have never done, that I recall, a word study on the concept of "walk in" until now.
For me, as I am in the process of learning more and more about the Heart and Will of my Heavenly Father, the concept of a special path, God's path, and staying on that path, as a road to a closer relationship with Him and His Son, is critically important!
Romans 12:1-3 Therefore I exhort you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a sacrifice — alive, holy, and pleasing to God — which is your reasonable service. 2 Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God — what is good and well-pleasing and perfect. 3 For by the grace given to me I say to every one of you not to think more highly of yourself than you ought to think, but to think with sober discernment, as God has distributed to each of you a measure of faith.
I believe that the heart of God, His desire for a peculiar people that would love Him with their whole heart, has never changed since creation. It was modified after the death of Jesus through a vision to the Apostle Peter as he was told to go to Cornelius, a gentile, and share the good news that the curse was canceled by the death of Jesus and His blood sacrifice. They too could have the Holy Spirit!
Gentiles could be born again free from and without the curse, the bondage to sin, bound to Adam's nature of being selfish, rebellious and disobedient. That is the nature which all humans are born with.
All who repent and die to Adam's nature can be born again with the Nature of Jesus Christ, surrendered to do only and passionately the Will of the Father, even as Jesus did, leaving us an example to follow, a goal to achieve, that is, full maturity in the image of Jesus Christ.
New Testament conclusion; God has given us, if we will "walk in" it, His divine influence called grace. If we walk in the ways of the world we are under the worlds influence, and are fooling ourselves if we believe that we are under "grace" the divine influence.
In order to experience God's Grace 'His divine influence' we must 'walk in" His Way as the two experienced "On the Road to Emmaus".
This is a work in progress. You can do the same search as I did to see all the verses that use the phrase "walk in." I will just add as I am able to study in context.
Please feel free to add anything that you feel impressed to share!
The search that I made found 77 times that the phrase "walk in" was used in the Net Bible. I would say that would show that "walk in" is very important in understanding the heart and will of our Heavenly Father!!
Exodus_16:4 Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.
Leviticus_18:3 After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances.
Leviticus_20:23 And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them.
Leviticus 26:3-7 " 'If you walk in my statutes and are sure to obey my commandments, 4 I will give you your rains in their time so that the land will give its yield and the trees of the field will produce their fruit. 5 Threshing season will extend for you until the season for harvesting grapes, and the season for harvesting grapes will extend until sowing season, so you will eat your bread until you are satisfied, and you will live securely in your land. 6 I will grant peace in the land so that you will lie down to sleep without anyone terrifying you. I will remove harmful animals from the land, and no sword of war will pass through your land. 7 You will pursue your enemies and they will fall before you by the sword.