1 John 2:6
He that said he stays in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
I. PARTICULARS IN WHICH CHRISTIANS OUGHT TO LIVE AS CHRIST LIVED.
1. Those who profess to be Christ's disciples ought to take Him as their example in bearing their appointed sufferings.
(1) In the first place, contentedly to bear whatever sufferings God by His providence imposes on us; not to be discontented, irritable, and despondent.
(2) There was another characteristic in Christ's endurance of sufferings, perhaps yet more important to us, because it relates to a temper still more constantly to be in exercise. Jesus foresaw all those sufferings which He afterwards so patiently bore. He "steadfastly set His face to go up to Jerusalem"; He pursued the great end of His mission into this world without deviation by one single step or for one single moment. He, then, who "walks as Christ walked," will, without fear, without despondency, without impetuosity and passion, without enthusiasm, with calm deliberation and steady purpose, determine to pursue the course of duty God has called him to pursue, whatever the consequences may be.
2. In this course, however, it is impossible but that Christians should meet, as Christ met, with those who would oppose this course.
II. REASONS WHY WE SHOULD WALK THUS.
1. Those who are redeemed ought to live as their Redeemer lived, because they recognise Him to be the pattern of all excel lence.
2. Those who are redeemed ought to endeavour to please their Redeemer.
3. Those who have been redeemed ought to count it one of the highest objects of their existence to glorify and serve Him who has been their Redeemer.
(B. W. Noel, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.