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How is the Son in the Father?

Submitted: 7/28/2011
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Question: John 14:11 says, 'Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.' I understand that the Father dwelleth in the Son. But how is the Son in the Father in regards to John 14:11?

Answer: The language of John 14:11 is the language of unity. A few verses later Jesus says, 'Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me' (John 15:4). Again, this is the language of unity. In John 14:11, Jesus is describing the connection between Himself as a man and the Father as Spirit. The man and the Spirit are so closely connected that it can be described as each one abiding in the other. In John 15:4 He is saying that each of us, as human beings, must be just that connected to Him, as Spirit. The failure to live in this kind of tight personal relationship will ultimately become a failure to produce spiritual fruit. The difference between our relationship with Jesus and His relationship with the Father is that He was the Father manifested in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16), whereas we are merely human beings. Nevertheless, Jesus says in John 17:20-21, 'I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.' The language of mutual indwelling has to do with the uniting of humanity with deity in a eternal union.