by Charles H. Spurgeon

Communion with Christ-A Baptizing Sermon
Charles H. Spurgeon
Amos 3:3

The expression walking together is often used in Scripture as a figure for communion. "Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him." Communion, if it be thorough and entire, implies activity. It is not merely contemplation, it is action; hence, inasmuch as walking is an active exercise, and walking with a man is communion with him, active communion with him, we see how walking comes to be the picture of true communion with Christ. An old Puritan said, "It does not say that Enoch returned to God, and then left him, but he 'walked with God.'" All his journey through, he had God for his companion, and lived in perpetual fellowship with his Maker.

There is also another idea contained in walking together. It is not only activity, but continuance. So, true communion with Christ is not a mere spasm, not just an excitement of ecstasy, but if it be the work of the Holy Spirit, and if it be enjoyed by the healthful soul, it will be a continual thing.

It implies also progress, for, in walking together, we do not lift up our feet, and put them down in the same place, but we proceed nearer to our journey's end; he that has true communion with Christ is making progress. It is true that Christ can go no further toward excellence, for He has already attained perfection, but the nearer we get to that perfection, the more fellowship we have with Jesus; unless we progress, unless we seek to be more childlike in faith, more instructed in knowledge, and more diligent in service, unless we seek to have more zeal and fervency, we shall find that, in so standing still, we lose the presence of the Master, for it is only by following on with the Lord that we continue to walk with Him. It will, therefore, very readily strike you how walking with a person is an excellent figure for communion with him, and how "walking with God" is the best expression for fellowship with God. Hence, our text implies, b ...

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