Eat Him to Live Him

Jesus said, “He who eats Me, he also shall live because of Me” (John 6:57). This is our present and on-going invitation to eat of the tree of life. In John 6:57, the outcome of eating Jesus is living Him. His desire is not that we, in our own strength, follow His example as people separated from Him. Neither is His intention that we, by our natural life, do what we think He would do in various situations. He told us that He is “the bread of God who comes down out of heaven and gives life to the world” (6:33). His coming as the bread of life is the tree of life coming to us that we may daily eat and daily live because of Him.

Jesus Christ is not our role model nor is He someone we should imitate by our efforts. He came to give us life, to be our life, to live in us, and to live Himself through us. In addition to John 6, we read:
•   our life is hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3)
•   Christ our life (Colossians 3:4)
•   Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20)
•   to me, to live is Christ (Philippians 1:21)
Christ lives within us and our living is joined with His living. Therefore, the outcome is not a living that is like His or similar to His; the outcome of eating Him is His living through us and our living because of Him. According to these verses, we should have such a living now. In addition, we will have such a living, although in a much greater scale, in the New Jerusalem. The entire city will drink the Spirit, the river of water of life, and eat Christ, the tree of life. The result will be a grand, corporate living out of the Triune God through redeemed, regenerated, and glorified humanity.

Bible verses quoted in these posts are from The Holy Bible, Recovery Version, published and copyrighted by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim CA, 2003. The New Testament of this Bible, with its outlines, footnotes, and cross-references, may be viewed at; this too is copyrighted by Living Stream Ministry.

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