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)

Friday, February 19, 2016

The central Reality of the self

*Re-post from 11/1/14

   "It is indeed most familiar to Christian thought, that the excellent glory of a man is only in personal union and communion with the Spirit of Jesus Christ. But even this thought has too often been conceived on the basis of a tacit assumption, that whatever excellency of beauty he, the man, might receive through the Spirit: yet he, the real he, was at least as "he" complete anyhow;--was, from the first, essentially and consummately himself. Though he, in the dutiful exercise of his freedom of will, his rational wisdom, and his love,--every one of which, he was conceived of as inherently realizing,--might be the recipient of divinely adorning gifts, or might enter into new and divine relations, leading him onwards to the glory of unimaginable beatitude: yet by the very terms of the thought, if strictly pressed, the divine gifts, as gifts, the beauty, as adornment, the beatitude, as joy (however unspeakable), were differentiated from the "he": were rather conditions outside of, than the inherent character which constituted, the central reality of the self. It is precisely this assumption that we have desired to correct. Our point is that it is only through the indwelling of the Spirit that the "he" begins to be realized in the true and proper sense of a "he" at all."

- Robert Campbell Moberly (Atonement and Personality, p. 250)

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