REPLY TO SISTER MYHAND ON COL. 2:6.

Russell Co., Alabama.
Jan.16, 1870.

BROTHER BEEBE: - I have had a passage of scripture on my mind for a long time, and I think there is a great deal in it for the children of God. Please give us a sermon on it. The words are these, “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him.” Col. 2:6.

Elvy Myhand.

REPLY. The apostle having set forth the attributes and eternal perfection of our Lord Jesus Christ, in the preceding chapter, and testified to the all sufficient fullness that dwells in him as the Mediatorial Head over all things to his church, and of the manner in which he has reconciled his people to God, in the body of his flesh through death, to present them holy and unblamable and unreprovable in the sight of God, shows that it is, and was, in all this perfection and fullness that his people have received him. Knowing the influences by which the saints are surrounded, while in the flesh, tending to allure, beguile, seduce and betray them, he gives them the important admonitions to beware lest any man spoil, {or rob} you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the traditions of men or rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. And as a good and sufficient reason why they should avoid the philosophy, deceit and rudiments of the world, and rely alone on Christ, he adds, “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily; and ye {the saints who have received him} are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.” The carnal or fleshly mind of the saints is strongly and strangely inclined to adhere to the philosophy, and human reasonings which are based upon the rudiments of the world. The rudiments of the world are the elementary principles on which philosophy and human science are based. But the christian cannot adhere to and be governed by the rudiments or philosophy of this world without departing from Christ. For all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge that the christian can possibly need are hidden in God, and in the Father, and in Christ. And as all the fullness of the Godhead dwells in Christ; he is therefore, of God, made unto us wisdom and righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. The apostle John assures the saints, that they have an unction from the Holy One, and know all things; and that, “the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you; but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.” I John 2:20 & 27. These two apostles, Paul and John perfectly agree in their testimony, Paul says, “And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.” John says, “These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.” To avoid seduction John exhorts the saints to, “Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.” I John 2:24. And Paul testifies substantially the same, and by apostolic authority commands the saints. “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him.”

The church of God, as a body, have received Christ Jesus the Lord just as God gave him; that is “to be the Head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.” Then having received him to be the head over all things, to her so, as a church, she is commanded to walk in him. Every individual member of the body of Christ has in like manner received him, as both Lord and Christ; renouncing all other lords; and bowing their neck to his yoke, and to have no confidence in the flesh.

When we received Christ Jesus, experimentally, as our Lord, all other dependences were cut off. We were sinking in despair, there was no eye to pity, no hand to deliver us. All our former hopes had perished, and there was no strange gods with us, they were all renounced. All human policy, philosophy and vain deceit had proved vain and delusive, and were fully renounced. We received him as the only name under heaven given, whereby, we must, or could possibly be saved. How are we now walking? Have we now any other trust or confidence for salvation? Are we relying wholly on him, as our Prophet, Priest and King? If we are walking in him as our Prophet, we must renounce all false prophets, and receive him as the only medium through whom spiritual communication can come from God to us. If we walk in him as our Priest, we are relying confidently on the efficiency of the atonement he has made for us, discarding the thought of gaining the favor of God by any offering we can make for ourselves. If we are walking in him as our King, we must recognize, receive and obey all his laws ordinances, and institutions.

When we received Christ Jesus the Lord, we received him as a whole, perfect, complete Savior, mighty and “able to save them to the uttermost who come unto God by him, seeing that he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” Yea, and we received him by the power of the same endless life, by which he holds his priesthood. So then we are commanded to walk in him.

To walk in him, is to walk within the precincts of his church, for the church is his body, over which he alone is the Head.

When we received him, we deeply felt, and humbly acknowledged our need of him. He was to us the only being in heaven or earth on whom we could rely; should we not in all our walks cherish the same feeling, and make the same humble acknowledgement?

When we received him, he was to us the chiefest among ten thousand and altogether lovely; and we without reserve gave up ourselves with all our interests for time and eternity into his hands, to pass through flames or floods, if he directs; confidently relying on his word of promise that he will never leave or forsake us. So then let as endeavor to walk in him, in obedience to the imperative command is our text.

Middletown, N.Y.
March 15, 1870.
Elder Gilbert Beebe