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, March 11, 2016

Letting Christ's Spirit rule you in everything, part 7 in a 10 part series

  "Here we have Paul's sufficient justification against those
who accused him of antinomianism or a relaxing of moral
standards. The moral demand of letting Christ's Spirit
rule you in everything is far more searching than the demand
of any code, and at the same time it carries with it the
promise of indefinite growth and development. It means
that every Christian is a centre of fermentation where the
morally revolutionary Spirit of Christ attacks the dead mass
of the world. Ethical originality is the prerogative of the
Christian whose conscience is the seat of Christ's indwelling:
and such originality is imperative for a world which is
"saved in hope," a world which needs progress. The
seeming extreme individualism of this doctrine is corrected
by the doctrine of the Body to which we shall come
presently: but for the moment let us do full justice to
Paul's claim of autonomy for the Christ-inspired conscience.
It is a claim we must press with all our might in a world
where belief in regimentation is strong and growing. In
relation to the existing world-orders, in so far as they are
based on the violent assertion of authority, serious Christianity
is anarchism. It does indeed reverence authority in so
far as that authority is "an agent of God for good," but it
obeys God rather than man, and, in the last resort, with
Paul, "cares not a rap for the judgment of any human
tribunal." [15]

 [15] Rom. xiii. i, 4; I Cor. iv. 3."

- C.H. Dodd (The Meaning of Paul for Today, p. 134)

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