In reality, Christians are expected to live way beyond normality and the acknowledgement of this expectation is pivotal to our existence. Everything redemption suggests points to a life that is supernatural and there is nothing about the Faith that Jesus left behind that suggests anything short of an extra ordinary life. Jesus explicitly stated in John 10:10 that His purpose for coming was that we might have life and have it more abundantly
Let me digress for a second and re-iterate something which I have said before – when you read your Bible, it is important to pause and ask questions. This leads to answers which we call revelation.
Jesus gave us an insight although indirectly into God’s leanings with the miraculous feeding of the five thousand. Jesus could have provided just enough but instead there were twelve baskets left over. Also, on that fateful day when Peter had an encounter with Jesus, he caught an overwhelming amount of fish at Jesus’ instruction. This points to God’s nature and we can deduce His modus operandi. When he anoints your head with oil, He does it such that your cup runs over. When He gives joy, it is overflowing joy. We are called to a life of overflowing abundance and constant triumph.
However, the majority of Christians do not live up to God’s expectation. I could almost imagine the disappointment God must feel when He looks at us live this substandard life. It must be especially painful because the price that was paid to guarantee your supernatural existence was enormous.
The truth is it is physically impossible to live the life Jesus died for yet God expects it of you. There is a chasm between what Jesus prepared for us and our reality. That gap can only be bridged by the Holy Spirit. It isn’t naturally possible for a person to always be above the circumstances in all areas and at all times. There is the severe limitation of the flesh and the mind.
It was impossible for the agenda of God regarding Christianity to become a reality without the help of the Holy Spirit. Realize that the agenda and desire was God’s and not of men yet It couldn’t become real until the Holy Spirit came.
Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. – John 16:7 (ESV)
There is a Holy Spirit advantage. Jesus was saying, ‘I have put things in place for you. I have dealt with all the legalities but if I remain, you cannot take practical delivery to maximize the benefits of my redemptive work therefore, I must go so that you can be helped’. Helped with what? Helped with life; helped with everything that requires help and that will be quite a lot of things. If I may ask – do you need help at all?
The redemptive work of Jesus is so broad in scope that we require help just to grasp it in its entirety. The will is of no effect without the death of the testator and upon the death of the testator, the executor is tasked with discharging the contents or instructions of the will. Jesus is the testator but the Holy Spirit is the executor and administrator enlisted by God the Father and Jesus to see to the discharge of the New Testament. It is to our advantage that He is here.