The main point of the New Testament writings are to point us to the experience of the fullness of God’s message, which is Christ in you (Colossians 1:24-29). This experience was first referred to by Jesus’ earliest followers in the book of Acts as “The Way” and was meant to communicate the experience of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is The Way, living his life in and through both individuals and groups of individuals together. This was “the mystery that had been kept hidden for ages and generations” (Colossians 1:26).
Jesus and the apostles taught that human minds and powers were totally inadequate to live as Jesus would (John 15:5; 2 Cor. 3:5; Romans 7, among many others). Therefore, one would not be able to take an approach to the Christian life that involved asking “What would Jesus do?,” finding out, and then proceeding to attempt to live that way. This would be like buying a golf book by Tiger Woods, reading it and then thinking that you’re going to be the favorite to win the Masters tournament this year. Reading Tiger’s book isn’t going to make you a better golfer any more than reading the menu at McDonald’s is going to make you a better hamburger. You would actually have to go and swing like Tiger Woods.
Instead, Jesus and the apostles taught that Christ indwelled people and that His mind and power would emerge from and be manifested through individuals and groups that allowed God, Christ and the Holy Spirit to live with, in and through them. To apply this to our imperfect analogy, it would be like the spirit of Tiger Woods coming to live inside of you, taking complete control of your mind and body, and then playing golf through you. If this was possible, which of course we know it’s not, then you would have a shot at winning the Masters.
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