Some people say that Christ is the model for mankind and that we should imitate Him. If we try to imitate Christ with our natural life, we will be like a monkey in the zoo trying to imitate a human by eating a meal with a knife and a fork. If a trainer holds a whip and stands nearby, the monkey will behave itself and eat properly and slowly with a knife and fork. But as soon as the trainer walks away, the monkey will show its true nature and eat with His fingers. Monkeys do not have man's life; hence, they cannot have man's living. In the same principle, we cannot imitate Christ, because our life is corrupt. If we try, we will be like a monkey imitating a man. The way of God's salvation is not by imitation, but by God entering into us as our life and living in us. In this way, we can live Him out, rather than just imitating Him in an outward way. The Lord Jesus desires to enter into us and live in us; what a glory this is!
In God's way of salvation, He redeems us from our sinful, fallen, corrupt, and lost position. He also regenerates us by entering into us as the Spirit to be our life. Through regeneration we have God's life in addition to man's life. God's life is divine, glorious, holy, and good. This life enables us to have a divine living, to know God, and to express God by living Him out. Hymns, #309 says, "What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought / Since Jesus came into my heart!" This is the glorious gospel of God.