If we were to walk in the cool of the day with God and chatted about all manner of things would it turn into a series of disagreements or even fervent debate? Of course not is the Christian’s immediate answer to such a proposition. We may have some questions for God, but only as a child or student would inquire of a parent or teacher as to how we’re to perceive and relate to Him and the world around us. Yet, the reality is multitudes that “name the name of Christ” view much of life in opposition to His will and vision.
These antagonistic ‘namers’ of the Name’ whether in ignorance, disobedience and even unbelief fail to heed the apostle Paul’s admonition: “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the traditions of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.” (Colossians 2:6-10)
Paul says, “As you have been taught.” Since our literal walks with God in the cool of the day, are for a time, relegated to the past, how are we taught; how does He teach us?
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1; see also Romans 1:20) As always His glorious splendid creation teaches us.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (II Timothy 3:16-17; see also Psalm 19:7-11) His perfect inerrant inspired Word teaches us.
“When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:13-15; see also I John 3:24-4:1-6) The Holy Spirit, our Helper, our Comforter teaches us.
All teach the same message: His vision. In light of this threefold revelation how can we not have His vision?
When you name the name of Christ you’re to “be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (II Timothy 2:15) You are to see, think, understand and agree with God about everything every day. In Christ you are to be equipped to speak spiritual truth to our darkened culture concerning all moral, social and political matters. “See then that you walk, circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15-16; see also Colossians 4:2-6)
We’re to be the “new man” taught by Him and renewed in the spirit of our mind. Are we?