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, February 11, 2016

All that the soul needs and craves

"This truth of the Spirit in relation to the individual
clearly teaches that the power of the Personality of Christ
is only really available through the Holy Spirit. It is
not what Jesus was when on earth, precious though that
is; it is not what He taught when on earth, wonderful
though that is; it is what He is now as the living exalted
Christ, brought near by the Holy Spirit, that guarantees
communion with God, and in that communion all that the
soul needs and craves. It is for this reason that the
Example of Christ or the Teaching of Christ is of no real
value when considered alone. Imitatio Christi is but a
small part of the Christian's relation to Christ. Repetitio 
Christi is nearer the truth,* and in the act and fact of
revealing Christ as a present living reality to the soul the
Holy Spirit as the Paraclete is also thereby the Revealer
of the value and the power of human personality. As the
Spirit of Truth He reveals God to man and man to himself.
He shows what God intends man to be and to have, and
thereby shows to man the possibilities of life in the Divine
purpose. As the Spirit of Grace He provides man with
the needful dynamic for daily life. 'God's biddings are
enablings.' He never reveals truth without bestowing
grace in Christ, and the ideal and the real are both assured.

* Tasker, Spiritual Religion, pp. 107-112."

- W.H. Griffith Thomas (The Holy Spirit of God, pgs. 166-167)

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