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Walking in the Spirit

by Norman P. Grubb

The Holy Ghost lays very great stress on the walk. I think we should find on examination that either every letter, or almost every letter, in the New Testament which discusses living in the Spirit, has moved on to discussing walking in the Spirit. So it’s quite plain that the Spirit of God expects us not only to live but to walk—not only to claim to live but to walk it out. Just to give an instance or two, we can turn to Romans 8 where for the first time the word “walk” comes in, “if ye walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.” We pass through Galatians and we come right up against “walk in the Spirit and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16. This verse here, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25. We move into Ephesians and we are taken up into the ascended life, and then we are brought down, “I therefore the prisoner of the Lord beseech ye that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called.” Ephesians 4:1. “Walk in love, walk as children of light, walk circumspectly.” Ephesians 5:2, 8, 15. So the note is struck again and again in Ephesians. Colossians takes us up to the headship of Christ and then it says in Col. 2:6, “As therefore ye have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him.” I Thes. 4:1, after He has given those delightful heart outpourings to that young church in its early days, He says, “as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God.”

And then you get on into John’s epistles, which are full of the walk in the strongest possible terms. “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” And, in his second and third letters, he constantly says he delights that his converts, his children, walk in truth. That comes two or three times over, or words to that effect.

So we have sufficient proof that the Holy Ghost has a great deal to say to us and to impress upon us concerning the walk. So it is good that we spend a time of meditation concerning it.

Karuizawa Japan Conference of 1954
Topic: “Daily Walk in the Spirit”