Part 30 – How Will We Live The Christian Life?
Jesus lived the Christian Life, by going to His Father’s life, located in His spirit. And He drew upon that life. And He allowed that life to express itself in this realm, through His soul and body.
So, what about us? How are we going to live the Christian Life? We really have only two choices.
Will we live by outward performance? Will be try to make God happy by being good and doing lots of nice things?
Or will we live by an indwelling Lord? Will we live by fellowshipping with the Lord, by looking to His Life within us?
The question we must settle in our lives, because it will determine our course for the rest of our lives, is this. Did Jesus define a different way for us to live the Christian Life, or did He decide that we could live the Christian Life, by the same way that He did?
What we will discover, is that just as the Father was an indwelling Lord to Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ became an indwelling Lord to His disciples, and He wants to be the same to us today.
The Main Issue In Jesus’ Heart For His Disciples
What was Jesus’ main concern for His disciples, as reveal in the Gospel of John? What was in His heart?
(17) … the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. (18) I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. (19) Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. (20) On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. (John 14:17-20, NIV).
(4) Remain in me and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. (5) I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (7) If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. (9) “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. (10) If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commends and remain in His love. (John 15:4-5,7,9-10, NIV).
“When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, He will testify about me.” (John 15:26, NIV).
“All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you. (John 16:15, NIV).
“Now they know that everything you have given me came from you. (John 17:7, NIV).
“I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. … They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.” (John 17:14,16, NIV).
(20) “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, (21) 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. (22) I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: (23) I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me. (24) “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 17:20-24, NIV).
“I have made You known to them, and will continue to make You known in order that the love You have for Me may be in them and that I Myself may be in them.” (John 17:26, NIV).
So the main issue of Jesus’ heart, was not that they would live righteous lives, or go to church, or tithe, or speak in tongues, or do signs and wonders, or witness.
The main issue of Jesus’ heart was to get His life in each person, so that each person could enter into fellowship with the Godhead.
(Note: I am indebted to Gene Edwards for many of the concepts in this series.)
… Next time …. Part 31 – What Was The Priority Of The First Disciples?