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1 John 2:6 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
6 the one who says he remains in him ought himself to walk in the same manner as he walked.
The one who says he remains in him. (μένω menō), that is, abides or remains in the belief of his doctrines, and in the comfort and practice of religion. The expression is one of those which refers to the intimate union between Christ and his people. A great variety of phrases is employed to denote that. The apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Heb. 12:1-2) Author, Prince of Life: (ἀρχηγός archēgos) The Greek term means originator, founder, author (Ac 3:15; Heb. 2:10; 12:2), pioneer, or chief leader. (Ac 5:31) It references Christ Jesus, the Author of life, who has freed faithful humans from sin and death, giving them the hope of eternal life. Taking the course of faithfulness demands that we look with earnest and eager attention at Jesus Christ.
Ought himself to walk in the same manner as he walked. Walk: (הָלַךְ halak) in integrity (תֹּם tom), a state of blamelessness being free of guilt. (Prov. 2:7) In the Bible, the expression “to walk” is figurative and illustrative and can mean to follow a certain course of action, as “Noah walked with God.” (Gen. 6:9; 5:22) Those who walk with God follow the life course outlined by God’s Word and will find his favor, that is, be pleasing to him. Pursuing such a life course makes you different from most unbelievers. The Greek New Testament uses the same illustrative expression, contrasting two different courses of action sought by one before and after becoming a servant of God. (Eph. 2:2, 10; 4:17; 5:2) Similarly, “running” is also used to symbolize a course of action. (1 Pet. 4:4) God tells us that the prophets in Judah “ran” though he did not send them, yet they took the prophetic course and prophesied falsely. (Jer. 23:21) Paul gives us a visual picture of the Christian course in terms of “running.” He compares it to a race that a person must run while also obeying the rules of the race if they are to win the prize. – 1 Cor. 9:24; Gal. 2:2; 5:7.
By Albert Barnes and Edward D. Andrews
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