Part 29 – How Jesus Lived The Christian Life On Earth

Jesus had experienced the Christian Life from eternity past, as He fellowshipped with the Father. The Christian Life had been lived in the spiritual realm since before the beginning of time, from eternity past.

But one day, Jesus moved the Christian Life to earth. Would the physical realm alter the way the Christian Life is lived? When the Christian Life moves from heaven to earth, do the rules change?

Must Jesus now learn to pray, read His Bible, witness, fast, tithe, speak in tongues, and go to church, in order to live the Christian Life?

Yes, when Jesus came to earth, He did pray, and fast, and witnessed of His Father’s love. But these things were simply outward expressions, of the overflow of an internal experience that He was having with the Father.

We discovered that the Christian life is only lived within the spiritual realm, but the reality is, that there is a spiritual realm inside of each one of us!

When Jesus lived the Christian Life on earth, how did He live it?

He Remembered The Past In His Spirit.

“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.” (John 17:24, NIV).

Therefore He also remembered how He fellowshipped with God in the past.

He Continued To Live The Christian Life The Same Way.

“No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven — the Son of Man. {Some manuscripts <Man, who is in heaven>}. (John 3:13, NIV).

“Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his  Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” (John 5:19, NIV).

“You will look for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come.” (John 7:34, NIV).

“So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am [the one I claim to be] and that I do nothing on MY own but speak just what the Father has taught me. (John 8:28, NIV).

“I know that His command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.” (John 12:50, NIV).

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.” (John 15:9, NIV).

“No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved Me and have believed that I came from God. I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.” (John 16:27-28, NIV).

Jesus brought the way to live the Christian Life out of eternity, and placed it here on earth … unchanged! Although His body and soul were on earth, His spirit was one with the Father in heavenly places.

How Did Jesus Live The Christian Life On Earth?

Jesus went to His Father’s life, located in His spirit. …. He drew upon that life. … And He allowed that life to express itself in this realm, through His soul and body.

What Did Men See As Jesus Lived The Christ Life?

Men had never been in the other realm, they had never been in the Godhead; they had never before fellowshipped with God. They had no idea what the Christian Life was all about. So what did they observe, as Jesus lived the Christian Life?

At first, the disciples were attracted by the miracles (because that is largely the purpose of miracles). But unfortunately, that’s where most people stop looking.

Gradually, the disciples were further attracted by His teachings (especially since He taught like no one before Him had taught). Unfortunately, many today stop at teachings and doctrines.

But little by little, the disciples were attracted by Who Jesus was, and that there was Someone inside of Him. And towards the end, they realized that the life operating within Jesus, was what attracted them all along!

More than any other person, the apostle John saw this, and his entire gospel describes what he saw.

“He did not need man’s testimony about man, for he knew what was in a man.” (John 2:25, NIV).

“And this is the will of him who sent Me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.” (John 6:39, NIV).

“Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.” (John 6:57, NIV).

“But if I do judge, my decisions are right, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me. (John 8:16, NIV).

“I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me.” (John 8:18, NIV).

“But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.” (John 10:38, NIV).

(10) “Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. (11) “Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. (John 14:10-11, NIV).

“He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.” (John 14:24, NIV).

“But a time is coning, and has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. (John 16:32, NIV).

“That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:21, NIV).

“Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. (John 17:25, NIV).

“As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.” (Mark 1:10, NIV).

Now, if you take all these words and put them together, you can see that Jesus is simply revealing the fellowship that is going on within the Godhead. And He is also letting us see what was being experienced, bodily and visibly, inside Himself every day.

And the disciples simply became spectators of that fellowship of the Godhead.

(Note: I am indebted to Gene Edwards for many of the concepts in this series.)

… Next time …. Part 30 – How Will We Live The Christian Life?