Walking the Christ Life

(Matt 5:48) Jesus said, "Be ye therefore PERFECT, even as your Father which is in heaven is PERFECT."

(Col 1:28)  "Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man PERFECT in Christ Jesus:"

Being a Christian is not easy (2 Tim 3:12; Psa 142:4-7).

Living the Christian life is hard (2 Tim 2:3-4; Matt 11:12).

Finding God the Father's will for your life (Matt 7:21) can seem like an impossible task, yet that is what every Christian must do if he or she realistically expects to inherit eternal life with their Creator (Matt 12:50).

The following table highlights the similarities between Jesus Christ's Earthly life compared to our own spiritual walk while living upon the Earth. This article aims to illustrate how our life in Christ is a 'spiritual journey' (or "walk" - Eph 4:1-3) rather than a theological viewpoint based in a particular denomination's beliefs.

Requirement Jesus Christ The Christian
1. Emptying of the “former person,” or lifestyle

Jesus “emptied Himself of all His power, honor and glory that He originally had as God (Phil 2:6) with God the Father to become a man born of a woman (Phil 2:7-8)

Every Christian must “empty” his or her self from their carnal minded ways such as sinning, rebellion towards authority, hatred and abuse of their bodies, etc. (Rom 8:7; 1 John 3:9-10; 1 Sam 15:23; 1 John 4:20; 1 John 3:16-17; Col 3:5-9) to become “born again” (John 3:7) and therefore live like Christ (Col 1:27-28).

2. Type of Birth while on the Earth

A NATURAL birth – from a Godly woman named Mary (Luke 1:30-31; Luke 2:7) by the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35). 

A SPIRITUAL birth into God’s kingdom (John 3:3; John 3:5) – from God the Father (Heb 12:9) by the Holy Spirit (Eph 1:13-14).

3. Purpose of the Birth

For Jesus to meet His appointment with His personal cross at Calvary (Luke 23:33) culminating in His victory over sin, Satan and death (John 1:29; Rev 3:21; Mark 16:5-6; Acts 1:9) where He said, "It is finished" (John 19:30).

For each Christian to bear his or her own spiritual cross for Jesus during their lifetime (Matt 10:38) and to place it next to His – representing the Christian's personal victory over sin, Satan and death (Rom 6:14-15; 1 Thes 3:5, that relates to Gen 3:1 and Gen 3:3; and 1 Cor 15:54-56; 1 Thes 4:15-18).

4. Baptism into Ministry or Discipleship

Water Baptism (Mark 16:16) followed by the Spirit Baptism (Mark 1:10)

Water Baptism conducted by a man, followed by the Spirit Baptism, conducted by Jesus (John 20:22).

5. Manner of serving God the Father

Christ “walked” upon the Earth in His NATURAL body(1 Tim 2:5-6).

Christians are to “walk in the spirit”(Rom 8:1) as becoming an individual member of Christ’s spiritual body (1 Cor 12:27) here on the Earth as if he or she were functioning as one of Christ's hands, an eye, a foot, an ear, etc. (1 Cor 12:13-18). In this, all Christians are to be joined together in love one towards another (Eph 4:16; John 13:35) so that there is no 'division' in Christ's spiritual body (1 Cor 12:25).

6. Final result of the Spirit filled life?

For Christ to learn what the Father’s will was, and perform it – faithfully (John 6:38; John 4:34) during His lifetime on the Earth (John 5:30).

Christians are to personally learn what the Father’s will is for them (John 6:45) and to do it – faithfully (Matt 12:50; Matt 7:21; John 9:31; 1 John 2:17; Eph 6:6).

7. The evidence of the “spiritually fruitful life” towards God (Rom 6:22; Mark 4:20).

Empowered by the Holy Spirit to do “mighty works” (Matt 13:54) that glorified God the Father (John 5:36; John 10:25; John 10:37-38).

Empowered by the Holy Spirit to do GREATER “works” than what Jesus did (John 14:12) that glorify both God the Father and Jesus Christ (John 14:13). These works can only be accomplished by ALL members of the body of Christ working togther with Christ in Heaven and the Holy Spirit.

Can you see the similarilies between the purpose Christ's lived His life here and how every Christian's life has a parallel purpose to be lived out here?

To receive Final Salvation at the end of our lifetime, we must demonstrate to God the Father that we are able to be taught about the things He wants to personally teach us (John 6:45) and to do His will as a faithful family member of His (Matt 12:50), just as Jesus did.

There is no alternative to meeting this condition of doing God the Father's will. Jesus did it as an example to us as to how we should demonstrate that we really are the children of God (Gal 3:26-27).