That's a darned good question. The Sufis use this saying (that's a mystical branch
of Sunni Islam especially common in Egypt and Turkey), and it's also well known in
Catholic and Mennonite traditions.

My guess is that it came into creedal Christianity as an aphorism via Augustine,
but that's a guess. In any case, John 17:14-16 would appear to be the original NT
source as far as Christianity is concerned. That's my contribution, anyway.

"Elmer L. Fairbank" wrote:

> OK, Zionisti, research time.
> "In the world but not of it" or something of it's ilk.   What's the source
> of the saying?
> Till the questioning
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