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, March 7, 2016

The truly Christian life, part 3 in a 10 part series

  "Thus the Imitation of Christ is not an attempt to copy
His recorded acts and ways of life — an attempt which can
scarcely expect much success, where the conditions of life
are so different. It means to be "in Christ," to give heed
to the Christ within, who seeks to propagate in other men
the truly human life which He once lived in Galilee and
Jerusalem. The Christ of Nazareth had one life only
to live between the manger and the cross — the life of
Carpenter, Teacher, and rejected Messiah of the Jews.
He must live again in countless human lives before He is
fully Messiah of mankind, in the lives of modern men and
women placed in a world so different from that which spread
itself around His village home in ancient Galilee. To
express this in a satisfying theology is a baffling task: to
make it a reality in life is a problem solved in surprisingly
large measure by many simple Christians in all ages, who
could say with Paul, "For me to live is Christ." The
truly Christian life is a life not transcribed from the pages of
the Gospels, but continuous with the divinely human life
there portrayed, because the genius of the same Artist is at
work on the new canvas. "We all reflecting as in a mirror
the splendour of the Lord, are being transformed into the
same image (of God), from splendour to splendour, as by
the working of the Lord the Spirit." [7]

[7] Phil. i. 21, Gal. ii. 20, iv. 19, II Cor. iii. 12-18, Rom. xiii.
14, Eph. iii. 17. Cf. I Thess. i. 6, I Cor. xi. i. "

- C.H. Dodd (The Meaning of Paul for Today, p. 130)

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