<431423> John 14:23 ? ?If a man love me, he will keep my word: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him?; Cf. 10 ? ?Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I say unto you I speak not from myself: but the Father abiding in me doeth his works.? The Father and the Son dwell in the believer, for where the Son is, there always the Father must be also. If the union between the believer and Christ in <431423>John 14:23 is to be interpreted as one of mere moral influence, then the union of Christ and the Father in <431410>John 14:10 must also be interpreted as a union of mere moral influence. <490317>Ephesians 3:17 ? ?that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith?; <620416>1 John 4:16 ? ?he that abideth in love abideth in God, and God abideth in him.?
(d) The believer has life by partaking of Christ, as Christ has life by partaking of the Father.
<430653> John 6:53, 56, 57 ? ?Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, ye have not life in yourselves...He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood abideth in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so he that eateth me, he also shall live because of me.? The believer has life by partaking of Christ in a way that may most inappropriately be compared with Christ?s having life by partaking of the Father. <461016>1 Corinthians 10:16, 17 ? ?The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not a communion of the body of Christ?? It is here intimated that the Lord?s Supper sets forth, in the language of symbol, the soul?s actual participation in the life of Christ; and the margin properly translates the word koinwni>a , not ?communion,? but ?participation.? Cf . <620103>1 John 1:3 ? ?our fellowship koinwni>a is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.? Foster, Christian Life and Theology, 216 ? ?In John 6, the phrases call to mind the ancient form of sacrifice and the participation therein by the one who offers at the sacrificial meal ? as at the Passover.?
(e) All believers are one in Christ.
<431721> John 17:21-23 ? ?that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us: that the world may believe that thou didst send me. And the glory which thou hast given me I have given unto them; that they may be one, even as we are one; I in them, and thou in me, that they may be perfected into one.? All believers are one in Christ, to whom they are severally and collectively united, as Christ himself is one with God.
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