My name is Nathan Johnson (NRJohnson), and I have an overwhelming passion for Jesus. I am a writer, teacher, and communicator who helps Christians understand and apply the Bible as they grow and mature in their faith, desiring that they gain greater intimacy with Christ, experience the victorious Christian life, and transform the world through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Looking at the “Christian” church of today, I am deeply saddened by its current state of affairs: the lack of victory within believers’ lives, the diminishment of the authority and truth of God’s Word, the plague of worldliness in the church (and believers’ lives), Biblical illiteracy, the lack of evangelism, a spiritual stupor, a fear of man, and an acceptance of sin.
We have become much like the group Paul warned Timothy about in 2 Timothy 3.1-5:
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
The need of the Church today is to return to our “first love,” Jesus Christ (see Revelation 2.4). A return not in words only, but in heart, mind, soul, and strength. A return to historic Christianity—a Christianity that actually works. A return to a life focused and dependent upon Jesus Christ—filled with His Spirit and enabled to live victorious and godly lives. A return to a full givenness and surrender to the will of God—desiring to be spilled and spent for His renown and glory. We must decrease and get out of the way so that He can increase and be seen.
And yet Christians today seem to be lost.
- We are told to study the Bible, but we don’t know how.
- We know we are supposed to pray, but we’re not sure where to start or how to pray for longer than a few minutes.
- We read Scripture and realize that our lives are to be free and victorious, not marred with sin, defeat, and despair.
- Our lives often feel like they are lacking substance, meaning, and power—isn’t the Christian’s life supposed to turn the world upside down?
- If Jesus has truly changed our lives, shouldn’t we want to tell others about it? But we are passive and lifeless, wondering if there’s more to this thing called Christianity.
If you have ever felt that way, you’re not alone.
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What is the Deeper Christian Life?
Throughout Christian history, the Deeper Christian Life has been called by other names such as: the Exchanged Life, the Victorious Christian Life, the Spirit-Filled (Spirit-Led) Life, or the Narrow Way of the Cross.
Simply put, the Deeper Christian Life is a life focused on, filled with, and dependent upon Jesus Christ. It is a purposeful progression to ever-increasing intimacy and oneness of relationship with the God of the universe. It is being filled with and sourced by the Spirit of God. It is plunging headlong into the endless depths of Jesus, desiring more and more of Him—with the prayer of a kid in a swimming pool of chocolate: “Oh Lord, increase my capacity!”
Through intimacy with Jesus and the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, Jesus produces and becomes my victory and triumph for everyday living—He is all that I need (see 2 Peter 1.3). As Handley Moule once declared:
[The Christian life is] to be like [Christ]. To displace self from the inner throne and to enthrone Him; to make not the slightest compromise with the smallest sin. We aim at nothing less than to walk with God all day long, to abide every hour in Christ, and He and His words in us, to love God with all the heart, and our neighbor as ourselves. . . .
The Christian life is not focused upon my effort, ability, or duty. It is a singular focus upon the Person of Jesus as the substance and source of my life. Major Ian Thomas captured it well when he once wrote:
The Christian life can be explained only in terms of Jesus, and if your life as a Christian can still be explained in terms of you—your personality, your willpower, your gift, your talent, your money, your courage, your scholarship, your dedication, your sacrifice, or your anything—then although you may have the Christian life, you are not yet living it! … True Godliness leaves the world convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that the only explanation for you, is Jesus.
We are not promoting laziness, apathy, or “sit on a couch until Jesus forces me to do something”; rather, it is my life interacting with His through my surrender, dependency, and response. I become the vessel through which He flows His life, love, gospel, truth, and triumph. I become the stage upon which He acts and demonstrates Himself to this lost and dying world. I become His hands and feet to the needy, broken, and lost.
As Christians, we ought to desire greater growth and depth. It is, as my friend Eric Ludy states, “an endless frontier” to press onward in and explore. As we live in the dark-chocolate richness of intimacy with Jesus in this moment, we realize that this is but a taste and that we must therefore continue onward and upward. Andrew Murray clearly expressed this when he stated:
You will ask me, are you satisfied? Have you got all you want? God forbid. With the deepest feeling of my soul I can say that I am satisfied with Jesus now; but there is also the consciousness of how much fuller the revelation can be of the exceeding abundance of His grace. Let us never hesitate to say, This is only the beginning.
If you want a picture of what such a life looks like, open any biography of the heroic Christians of old, and you will discover a hint of what is possible when we embark down the path of the deeper Christian life.
Below are a few of my favorite “Christian heroes of old.”
Some people who lived the Deeper Christian Life throughout the last few centuries
C.T. Studd, Hudson Taylor, Amy Carmichael, George Müller, Rees Howells, Andrew Murray, A.W. Tozer, William and Catherine Booth, Samuel Brengle, Richard Wurmbrand, Major Ian Thomas, Leonard Ravenhill, Corrie ten Boom, Samuel Morris, George Whitefield, John Wesley, David Brainerd, Paris Reidhead, Charles Spurgeon, Francois Fenelon, Watchman Nee, E.M. Bounds, John Hyde, Handley Moule, Jonathan Edwards, Jim and Elisabeth Elliot, Madame Guyon, Keith Green, Jackie Pullinger, D.L. Moody, Charles Trumbull, Gladys Aylward, David Wilkerson, T. Austin-Sparks, Duncan Campbell, Francis Asbury, Jonathan Goforth, and Oswald Chambers.
In a Nutshell
Simply put, the Deeper Christian Life is one of absolute surrender to, complete dependency upon, and faithful abiding in Jesus. It is a life that is obsessed with, focused upon, and sourced by Jesus Himself as we live in continual response to Him. Paul said, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2.20).
My Quick Bio
I grew up in a Christian home, but it wasn’t until I spent a summer as an intern traveling with an evangelist that God turned my world upside down. Scripture opened up to me unlike ever before, a deep hunger and passion for Jesus grew in my life, and I found grounding (and victory) in Truth. My life hasn’t been the same since.
For more than a decade, I have spent my life in a variety of ministry roles, eager to proclaim Jesus Christ and Him crucified and to declare that the Gospel is more than information—it is Truth that actually works and has the power to radically transform our lives.
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