God’s presence is the whole story God’s presence is the whole story. This interaction between us and the God who is present with us always is what the resurrection is really about. The meaning of the resurrection isn’t just that Jesus won; it’s that he is now living with us. So how does that work? It works with words. The kingdom of God works with words. Remember, we are talking about a reality that is personal through and through. That chair you are sitting on, and all of the other things we are trained so carefully to believe are independent, are not going along on their own. They are all subject constantly to the will and word of God. That’s faith! That’s 23rd Psalm faith. When Paul says things like, “I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to him” (2 Tim. 1:12), he is talking on the basis of experience. And that experience came about as a result of the encounter between himself and God and the daily knowledge of God’s hand in his life. From The Allure of Gentleness: Defending the Faith in the Manner of Jesus. Copyright © 2015 by Dallas Willard. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

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