|In the New Testament, Jesus stresses to his disciples that gaining real life is not
afar from them, it springs from within: "The kingdom of God is within you"
(Luke:17:21). Jesus gave the example of seeking real life when he asserts Moses'
teaching on his talk with Satan on the mountain (Mt:4:4). Before the
conversation between Satan and Jesus took place on the mountain, Jesus had been fasting,
had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred (M't:4:2). He
completely purified, was hence saved from Satan's trap. Satan emphasized the need of
physical food for all humans, Jesus acknowledges that need, but for him
"life" transcends the physical. Having food and losing the connection with
the source of life means spiritual death. When Satan asked Jesus to follow him promising
him that he will feed him, Jesus reiterated Moses's words::
man doth not live by
bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD
Jesus went further to enlighten mans way by pointing out that it is the eternal life that is worth seeking.
"Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?" M't:6:25
Seeking the everlasting life is a dear target that requires struggle.
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."(M't:7:14)
To achieve purification is to be ready for spiritual transformation which Jesus called new birth.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is
God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. (M't:22:32)