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 18, 2016

The capital mistake of human thought

*Re-post from 10/31/14 

  "It is the capital mistake of human thought to set out with the conception of human self-hood, as though it were already a completed verity, realizing within itself, as actual realities, the different attributes or necessities, the witness to which is indeed exhibited in itself. It has been the capital mistake of expositions of atonement in particular, when they would explain how the Cross of Christ benefited me, to treat the word "I" as a single, indivisible term, of unchallenged and self-evident meaning, which did not, because it could not, vary throughout the whole process of its salvation; and outside of which, therefore, the process must be shown to be both complete and intelligible.
    Not so. The "I" is only, in its early experience, a most tentative, inchoate, and imperfect, realization of what the word "I" needs to mean. In respect of each of the three main component aspects or elements of personality, as we analyze or explain it to ourselves, Freedom of Will, and Reason or Wisdom, and Love; we have some reason for saying that there is no man who really possesses them, or any one of them, in its own proper meaning, by himself. Something he possesses which corresponds to each one; but something which unless purified, and enlarged, and transformed,--through the method of suffering and sacrifice,--will be found not only to fall short of, but even ultimately to contradict, its own inherent significance. We have none of them, save with this fatal imperfectness, till our true selves are set free from their damning caricature; till we become our true selves, consummated and complete, through the indwelling completeness of the Spirit of the Incarnate Christ."

- Robert Campbell Moberly (Atonement and Personality, pp. 248-249)

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