7 The Lord Is Goodwill and Faith within Us; We Are goodwill and Faith within the Lord

People of the church are in the Lord and the Lord is in them. This is clear from the following passages in the Word:

Jesus said, “Live in me and I [shall live] in you. I am the vine and you are the branches. Those who live in me and I in them bear much fruit.” (John 15:4-5)

Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood live in me and I in them. (John 6:56)

On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me and I am in you. (John 14:20)

If any confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them, and they live in God. (1 John 4:15)

We ourselves cannot be in the Lord, but the goodwill and faith that are in us from the Lord can. These two make us essentially human.

We can shed some light on this mystery to disclose it to the intellect if we explore it in the following sequence:

a. Our partnership with God is what gives us salvation and eternal life.

b. It is impossible for us to have a partnership with God the Father. What is possible is a partnership with the Lord, and through the Lord, with God the Father.

c. Our partnership with the Lord is reciprocal: the Lord is in us and we are in the Lord.

d. This reciprocal partnership comes about through goodwill and faith.

from True Christianity, Section 368

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