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)

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Divine Personality in Humanity

*Re-post from 11/3/14

 "The capacities are indeed unexplored. It is to be remembered that even Jesus Christ upon earth, while He was the perfect expression of Divine Personality in Humanity, yet was so only under conditions, deliberately self chosen, of mortal and penitential disability. But the essential conditions of personality, in its proper consummation, are neither penitential nor mortal. We must look beyond even Christ's manifestation on earth, beyond all penitential and mortal conditions, beyond all possibilities of realized experience, to discern anything of that transcendent glory which was, after all, the true underlying meaning of our dim solitary struggling effort of personality, and of the freedom, the reason, and the love, which we dimly recognized as elements necessary to its fulness. "Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God: and such we are.... Beloved now are we children of God, and it is not yet made manifest what we shall be. We know that, if He shall be manifested, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him even as He is." (1 John iii. 1,2) "Now the Lord is the Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all with unveiled face reflecting as a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord the Spirit." (2 Cor. iii. 17,18) Not that the Spirit, by constituting the personality of all, will make all alike. He will not overrule to uniformity, but develop the several possibilities of every one. They will differ, as much as and far more than, the difference,--in equal glory,--of the stars or the flowers. "There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead." (1 Cor. xv. 41,42)

- Robert Campbell Moberly (Atonement and Personality, pp. 252-253)

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