Jesus lived his life in constant connection and dependence upon God. And this is how we are empowered to live our lives, by the Spirit (ruach), by the indwelling life of Christ.
John 5:18. This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.
John 5:19. So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.
John 5:30. “I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.
Jesus the divine has always been the eternal Son. He was in the beginning with God, and He is God. Jesus, in his humanity, did not make himself equal to God. He did not commit the sin of Adam in the Garden (“you will be like God”). Rather he declared himself submissive to God.
But in his divinity, he did make himself equal to God, based on his eternal divine nature.
Jesus, in his incarnation, set aside his glory, taking on flesh. He “can do nothing on his own” because of the incarnation- the weakness of humanity. And yet he has retained his divinity THROUGH his submission to the Father. Look at our verses above again (compare 5:18 to 5:19). Jesus is equal to God, even within his incarnation, BECAUSE he is dependent on the Father.
So how did Jesus’ live his life? Jesus lived his life in submission and dependency upon the Father. And this is also how the Spirit lives his life.
John 16:13. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
So if Jesus lives in dependency upon the Father, and the Spirit lives in dependency upon the Son, what do you think that tells us about how we are to live? How does this interpret “to live is Christ” for us?
Why did Jesus humble himself and live an incarnated and dependent life? Because that is the life we were made to live. That is the human life. The worshipper’s life. He did it to do it for us, because we would never do it on our own. He chose dependency out of love. Love for you and for me.