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)

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The very Spirit of the Crucified become our spirit--ourselves translated into the Spirit of the Crucified

Update: I will probably resume posting again periodically, starting with this wonderful quote from R.C. Moberly.  Enjoy!

*Re-post from 10/20/14

"We, then, have not reached--we have hardly as yet even touched upon--the heart of the matter. The heart of the matter would lie in the exposition, and realization, of Pentecost. The atonement as a transaction without ourselves--expound it how you will--is not yet consummated for us. In terms simply of a transaction without ourselves, the mystery of the atonement cannot be expounded. This is why so many expositions of the atonement are, to us, justly inconclusive, or worse. They have tried to explain the method, or justice, of its relation to us. And they stop short at a point at which its relation to us is not yet properly real. What Jesus in Himself suffered, or did, on Calvary, you may perhaps explain in terms of Calvary. The meaning of His Ascension into Heaven, you may in some part at least explain without looking onwards to its further effects. But the relation of what He did to us, its working, its reality for and in us, you can only explain at all in terms of Pentecost. An exposition of atonement which leaves out Pentecost, leaves the atonement unintelligible--in relation to us. For what is the real consummation of the atonement to be? It is to be--the very Spirit of the Crucified become our spirit--ourselves translated into the Spirit of the Crucified. The Spirit of the Crucified, the Spirit of Him who died and is alive, may be, and please God shall be, the very constituting reality of ourselves. Here as always when we come to the deeper truths of Christian exposition, all is found to turn, not on explaining away, but on making vital and real, that membership, unity, identification with Christ, which is so familiar a feature of Scriptural language. He who could say with the most unaffected sincerity, "I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified," (1 Cor. ii. 2) said also "far be it from me to glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world hath been crucified unto me, and I unto the world," (Gal. vi. 14) and "I have been crucified with Christ; yet I live; and yet no longer I but Christ liveth in me." (Gal. ii. 20) I am appealing only to our own language, familiar indeed as language at every turn, which yet we find it too often almost impossible to assimilate or to conceive. "Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of Thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink His Blood, that our sinful bodies may be made clean by His Body, and our souls washed through His most precious Blood, and that we may evermore dwell in Him, and He in us.""

- Robert Campbell Moberly (Atonement and Personality, pp. 151-152)

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