Eastern and Middle Eastern mysticism is predominantly about silencing the body to enter Nirvana, the state of perfection. People go to the Himalayas and into caves in the mountains, away from all physical distraction, to silence the triggers of the mind and body to experience spiritual bliss. Buddha said this is reached through the “Noble Eightfold Path.” The other extreme is to use the mind to reach out to the supernatural, believing that what happens in the physical realm does not matter.
We are integrated beings with a dysfunctional spirit and fully functional mind and body. Jesus did not come to separate the human realms but to produce a new creation that lives in the physical realm through the power of the spiritual realm. Such is a consequence of the transformation of the mind by the supernatural. The new creation offers a new power source for humanity. The cross of Christ integrates the natural state of mankind supernaturally. The mind following spiritual rules is religion; the mind being transformed by the Spirit is relationship.
When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. (Luke 8:35)
Jesus influenced the supernatural, causing demons to leave, restoring the man to his right mind. Grasping the implications of this miracle is important because Jesus showed that when demons were exposed in the realm of the human spirit, there were consequences in the realm of the mind and body. External change is a consequence of internal change. Jesus fixed the internal problem, so the external was resolved as a result.
The life of Jesus set the stage, created the precedent, and demonstrated how human beings could live in the new creation God would establish on earth. Our experience validates His teaching. The proof of the reality of Jesus is not just belief but our present spiritual transformation resulting in living out His way of life. Not by simply trying harder but by becoming more like Him. The lifestyle of Jesus had two components— internally of communion, communication, and companionship with the Father and externally of doing what He experienced internally. This internal spiritual relationship resulting in the external supernatural lifestyle is the true journey of Christianity.