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)

Thursday, May 12, 2016

"Christ in you, or the Spirit of Christ in you; these are not different realities; but the one is the method of the other"

    "There is one thought more, which the subject of the present chapter requires. We had occasion to ask just now, Why is it that the formula which is so characteristic of Christian thought in the apostolic age, seems to be made up of Two terms rather than Three? Is it an imperfect formula which omits the doctrine of the Holy Spirit? On one side the question has been already answered. It is not an imperfect formula as to the Being of God, for it is not a formula as to the Being of God at all. But does it even, in fact, omit the doctrine of the Holy Spirit? On the contrary, it implies it. "Grace and peace, from the Eternal God, and particularly from His Revelation and victorious work as Man, in flesh,-- to you!"  This grace, this peace, no longer only in the Person of Jesus Christ;-- but through the Person of Jesus Christ, to you, and in you: What is this but Christ in you? And how Christ in you,-- save in, and as, Spirit? Christ in you, or the Spirit of Christ in you; these are not different realities; but the one is the method of the other. It is in the Person of Christ that the Eternal God is revealed in manhood, to man. It is in the Person of His Spirit that the Incarnate Christ is Personally present within the spirit of each several man. The Holy Ghost is mainly revealed to us as the Spirit of the Incarnate. If it once be conceded that the revelation of the Holy Ghost is a revelation of the New Testament, not of the Old: it will be obvious that that revelation in the New Testament is made, not as an independent or separate vista into truth, but as a sort of necessary sequel or climax to the meaning of Incarnation, at the moment when Incarnation proper, that is, the life lived by God the Son in flesh, upon earth, was immediately drawing to its close. The meaning of Incarnation was not exhausted;-- there is a sense in which it may be said to have hardly yet begun;-- when Jesus Christ passed away from this visible scene of mortal life. That real significance of Incarnation, hardly then as yet begun, is to be recognized not more directly in the contemplation of the Presence of the Son of Man in Heaven-- with all that that contemplation carries in its train;-- than in the recognition of the Presence and working here on earth, of the Spirit of the Incarnation and of the Incarnate."

- Robert Campbell Moberly (Atonement and Personality, pgs. 194-195)

*Re-post from 09/09/14

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