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 14, 2016

What the Law could not do, God has done by the gift of the Spirit of Christ, part 10 of a 10 part series

  "This is Paul's meaning. The state of slavery described
in the seventh chapter of the Epistle to the Romans is a
slavery to wrong desires; not merely to "flesh" in the
abstract, as implying our material nature and environment,
but to the "mind of the flesh" — the lower nature and
environment made a part of one's conscious self. The
slavery is the more intense because there is the Reason or
Conscience recognizing the ideal of true satisfaction, and
chafing more and more at its impotence to resist. What
the Law could not do, God has done by the gift of the
Spirit of Christ: He has given the victory to the higher
self. "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."
"The Law of the Spirit — the law of a life in communion
with Christ Jesus — has made me free from the law of sin
and death." Whereas life was a hopeless struggle, in which
the higher self was handicapped against a foe that had all the
advantage, it now becomes a struggle in which the handicap
is removed, and victory already secured in principle, because
God has come into the life. The Law was external; it
was a taskmaster set over against the troubled and fettered
will of man. The Spirit is within, the mind of the Spirit
is the mind of the man himself, and from within works
out a growing perfection of life which satisfies the real
longing of the soul. In the full sense freedom is still an
object of hope; but the liberty already attained makes
possible the building up of a Christian morality."

- C.H. Dodd (The Meaning of Paul for Today, p. 137)

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