Temple Baptist Church - 10-1-2017
A. This morning, I want to go back to the series on “Walking With God.” There are so many people that could be preached on during this series that I may do this off and on. Bro. Dave Rodgers called me this week and asked me if I had overlooked Adam or intentionally left him out. I overlooked one of the greatest examples of walking with God because of its importance to us today.
B. I will not dwell upon the fall of man in this chapter but wanted to pick out a phrase that shows a pattern in Adam’s life.
1. The First Mention of the word “walking” was a voice: “the Voice of the LORD God” or the Word of God! “And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day.” Adam and Eve did not see a physical presence of Jehovah God walking but heard the “voice of the LORD God” walking.
2. What a First Mention Principle! Walking with the Word of God! This was not a singular instance because they hid themselves. This reference was a continuation of something that took place on a regular basis.
C. The Voice walked and the Voice called. John 1:1 explains this phenonium as it shows the correlation between the Incarnate Word and the Inscribed Word. Jesus Christ, who was Jehovah God, was and is the Word.
D. I am not here to debate the Word of God because the Bible declares that Jesus Christ was the Word (John 1:1) and still is and always will be the Word of God (Revelation 19:13).
E. Adam and Eve hiding from the Voice of the Lord shows that they knew Him and had previously walked with Him. As Adam and Eve walked with the presence of the Word of God, so we who are saved also walk with Him—either in sweet fellowship of hiding in the Garden.
F. Let me say at this point that God loved Adam and Eve so much that He would not allow them to hide. God restored fellowship through the shedding of blood. This same biblical principle allows us, as sinners saved by grace, to walk with q thrice holy God.
G. We cannot walk with God without His Word or contrary to His Word. How do we walk with God in the Word?
1. We “Walk With God” in the new birth through His Word. 1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. (We cannot walk with God until we know and are born of God.)
2. We “Walk With God” in Hearing His Word. Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Two hearings here: the audible hearing of the Word of God and the inward hearing or listening to the Word of God. We cannot walk with God when His Word falls on “deaf ears.”)
3. We “Walk With God” in Reading His Word. 1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: (We cannot walk with God in His Word unless we spend time in the Bible. Picking it up and dusting it off for church does not strengthen our relationship with God.)
4. We “Walk With God” in Trusting His Word. Psalms 119:127-128 Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold. (128) Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way. (Since we cannot see or audibly hear God, we MUST trust the Word of God. Since all that we comprehend about God is found in the Bible, we cannot “cherry pick” which verses that we trust. Walking with God is trusting God.)
5. We “Walk With God” in Meditating upon His Word. Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. (Meditating upon God’s Word makes it a consistent part of our daily walk with God. Walking with God in His Word comes through deliberating or pondering upon it.)
6. We “Walk With God” in Studying. 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (Walking with God in His Word is based upon proper understanding it. God’s people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. The Bible is our foundation upon which we build our lives.)
7. We “Walk With God” in Adherence to His Word. James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. (Walking with God in His Word is both hearing and doing or applying the Scriptures to our lives. The Bible sets Christian parameters for holiness of life.)
8. We “Walk With God” in Sharing. Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (The Lord is not willing that any should perish. His will is that “all men be saved” and come to the knowledge of the truth. God so loved that He gave His life for sinners. If we walk with Him, we will be soul conscious and souls winners.)
Conclusion: The Voice of God is vital to our walking with Him. “Either the Bible will keep you from sin or sin will keep you from the Bible.