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Isn't the Father a different being from Christ?

Submitted: 12/6/2007
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Question: John 14:20 says, 'At that day ye shall know that I am in My Father, and ye in Me, and I in you.' John 17:21 says, 'That they all may be ONE; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be ONE IN US.' These verses show that the Father is in Christ and Christ is in us. And we are one. We are different beings from Christ, yet He is in us. Does this mean also that the Father is different being from Christ?

Answer: The Father is Spirit (see John 4:24). As such He indwells the Christ, who is human. When Jesus speaks of Christ being in us, He does not mean that a human being is in us; He means that the same Spirit that was in Him also dwells in us. It is the Spirit of the Father, but also the Spirit of Christ. According to 1 Corinthians 15:45, 'The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.' After His resurrection and ascension, Jesus no longer connected to us through His humanity, but as the Spirit, which gives us everlastng life.