The Universal Christ

"The resurrection gives us a Christ who is spiritually present; the Holy Spirit gives us a Christ who is universally present. By the coming of the Holy Spirit the risen Christ is made omnipresent, and the whole process of revelation here and now completed. Nothing higher can be looked for until the veil is dropped on the other side. Momentous consequences follow the acceptance of this truth. If the age of the Spirit under which we are now living marks the final outgoing of God to man; if the God who is manifested in Christ is every-where present in the Spirit; if through the medium-ship of the Spirit he dwells in the inner sanctuary of the soul; if he is not only with man, but in man; if through the Holy Spirit his presence within the soul is realized as the presence of Christ, then the time foretold by Jesus has come when temples and shrines are no longer indispensable, when every man has immediate access to God as the Father, and when every humble receptive soul may become "an habitation of God in the Spirit." "
- James Mann Campbell (The Presence, p. 89)

The New Covenant Gift of the Spirit

"Let us recall the three considerations that have been
mentioned. First, that our Lord Himself in His Divine-human nature was on earth, and is now in heaven, possessed of the fulness of the Spirit, and this in such a manner that the Spirit entered into all He was in the one sphere, and enters into all He is in the other. Secondly, that the Spirit given us by our Lord in His glorified condition is His own Spirit in the most definite and particular meaning of the words. Thirdly, that when the Spirit is bestowed upon us He must be made inwardly and experimentally ours, entering into all that we are in a manner similar to that in which He entered into all that Jesus was and is. Let us fix these three points distinctly in our minds, and it will follow that the Spirit promised as the chief gift of the New Covenant is pervaded by human as well as Divine elements. As the Spirit of the exalted and glorified Lord, He is not the Third Person of the Trinity in His absolute and metaphysical existence, but that Person as He is mediated through the Son, who is human as well as Divine. It is on this particular aspect of His being that He diffuses Himself through the members of Christ's body, and abides in them. Only as human, entering into and coalescing with what is human, can He be also our Spirit dwelling in a living and real way within us."
- William Milligan (The Ascension and Heavenly Priesthood of Our Lord, p. 189)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Growth in the knowledge of the Spirit, part 1 of 4

    "In the following extract from Dr. Saphir's Christ Crucified: Lectures on 1 Corinthians ii., the thought is put very distinctly, that as a rule the believer in the first stage of the Christian life hardly knows that he owes his faith and the power of the Christian life to the direct working of the Holy Spirit. As a consequence of this ignorance there very often comes a time of darkness, with the very view of wakening him up to seek for the reason of his failure, and the power of restoration and abiding growth. The discovery of the work and indwelling of the Third Person, the Holy Spirit, is what he needs, to see how all that is in Christ can in very deed be his in continuous experience, I am sure that clear teaching in regard to this advance in the knowledge of the Christian, and the proclamation to the very feeblest of God's children that the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is their privilege and their strength, is just what is needed in the Church in our day, and cannot fail of bringing light and blessing to many.
    'We read that the Apostle Paul found disciples in Ephesus, whom he asked, "Have ye received the Holy Ghost since you believed?" And their reply was, "We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost." As the Lord Jesus said to Philip, "Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me?" so may the Holy Ghost say to some true and sincere believers, "Have I been so long with you, revealing unto you the truth as it is in Jesus, working in you faith, shedding abroad in your hearts God's love, comforting you in your sorrow for sin, helping your infirmities in prayer, opening to your understanding wonders out of God's word, and yet have you not known me?" This ignorance arises, to some extent, from the fact that the Spirit testifies not of Himself, but of the Father and the Son. It is His to glorify Christ. As when in the dark night a bright light is concentrated on one point, the light-bearer himself remains unseen; so the blessed Spirit, unperceived by the awakened sinner, causes all light to fall on the crucified Saviour and the loving Father. The soul exclaims: How great is the love of God! How marvellous is the grace of Jesus! He who has kindled the light, who has opened the eyes of the heart, who has renewed the soul, is as yet unknown and unobserved. John the Baptist compared himself with the friend of the bridegroom, who standeth and rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice. In like manner does the Spirit direct the soul to Christ, and fills the heart with joy in believing Jesus, while as yet He does not reveal His own love and work."

- Andrew Murray and Adolph Saphir

From Andrew Murray's The Spirit of Christ, Note D, pgs. 338-340.

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