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)

Monday, February 15, 2016

Progressive self-identity with the Spirit of the Incarnate

*Re-post from 10/28/14 

  "First, that man had, from the beginning of his consciousness, something which witnessed to the idea of love, which, through whatever perversions, had affinity with it, which constituted an instinctive claim to it, and was known by its name. Secondly, that, on examination, this love which he certainly had, was not only not the real completeness of name that idea of love, of which it bore witness, and which was knowable through it; but was even, in many points, in extreme antithesis against what was, all the time, its own true ideal. Thirdly, that it was not by mere addition, but by very considerable subtraction; not by building on, but by cutting away; by discipline, and refusal, and sacrifice, of a very great part of what had seemed to be the necessary conditions, if not the very capacity itself, of love; that the natural love, with which man starts, is emancipated from the slavery of its own imperfectness, and begins to acquire the capacity of corresponding to what love ideally means. Fourthly, that the nearer it approaches to its ideal consummation as love, the less is it capable of being practically separated, or at last even distinguished, from such other aspects of man's total being, as his reason, or his will; which are, in fact, implied and absorbed within love. And fifthly, that the process towards this consummation can be seen to coincide with the gradual realization of the self,--not by progressive distinction from all that seemed to be not self, but by progressive self-surrender to what at first offered itself for acceptance as "other";--by progressive self-identity with that Spirit of the Incarnate, which being the very Spirit of God in, and as, human character, is found to be the consummation of the perfectness of the self of every man."

-Robert Campbell Moberly (Atonement and Personality, pp. 245-246)

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