As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:16–17).
The public introduction of Jesus began with a declaration of His identity by His Father. The personal identity of Jesus superseded His actions. The Person of Jesus was of greater importance than His performance, because His performance was simply an overflow of His Person. Before Jesus had ever performed any miracle or taught any truth, God said He was well pleased because of Jesus’ position of Sonship. Jesus’ actions sprang from who He was. They did not define His Sonship or His identity. The actions of Jesus did not define the identity of Jesus. The religion of Christianity defines identity by what we do, while the relationship that Jesus came to establish is for humanity to experience sonship identity and then to express it.
The Spirit of God descended on Jesus, and His true identity was revealed. God said, “This is my Son!” Heaven stood at attention. This is the greatest statement in human history. God the Father declared the identity of His Son through the Holy Spirit.
The spiritual dimension declared His Sonship identity. The mind heard and understood this identity as the Son of God and then was expressed through His body. There existed a perfect inter-dimensional interplay from the beginning of Jesus’ life on earth. This was the standard operating procedure of God and remains the same today, as we experience our personal identity as children of God through the re-birthed dimension of our spirit. We understand this cognitively in our minds through transformation, and therefore express that identity through our bodies by living the moral and social compass of Jesus.
Christ knew who He was before He did anything as the Messiah. His external expression was an overflow of His perfect internal experience of communication, communion, and companionship with the Father. He experienced the Father before He expressed the Father. This differentiates the religion of Christianity from the relationship in Christianity.
The good news of Jesus Christ is about the ultimate love relationship where the supernatural filters into the natural so the natural can experience the supernatural. The singular Voice that can make human beings complete is the Father’s. The one pronouncement that can fill the inner void is His declaration of “You are My child.”
The realm of the spirit speaks, and then the realm of the mind understands the relationship and becomes transformed to become in sync with the spirit, and the realm of the body then expresses the relationship, operating seamlessly in Jesus with no compartmentalization. He lived of the Spirit, by the Spirit, and through the Spirit in perfect communion. The journey of Christianity enables us to be transformed to live as Jesus lived.
Christ’s life was not about demonstrating how human beings should live but about how they can live. He came to show humanity the Source from which to live.
Because we are so performance-oriented today, we look at the life of Jesus primarily through the worldview of what He accomplished. But Jesus did not come to make bad-performing people into good performers. Jesus did not come simply to gain a following. His performance was a reflection of His identity as the Son of God.
He showed the world the perfect functioning of the supernatural realm of God, the supernatural realm in humanity, the human mind, and the human body, all in relationship to one another. Jesus showed humanity how the new creation lives from the spirit. How Jesus lived (cause) is foundational, and what He did (effect) is consequential. Christianity is not based on imitating Jesus’ actions, but experiencing His methodology. How He lived is of far greater significance than what He did.