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, June 30, 2016

A new power must be infused into the human heart

'You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me' - John v. 39.

"Do we deny, then, that, considered in themselves, these
records of the Old Testament are imperfect, incomplete, in-
consistent? Nay, we admit it, and we glory in the admission.
We know that they speak to Judah in language too mighty
for her narrow fortunes, in language too exalted for her un-
enlightened corruption. We know that they promise more
than they perform, that they begin what they cannot end.
They "cry out of the depths;" but they cannot do more than
cry. Their voice is still, "Bow thy heavens, O Lord, and
come down.....Send thine hand from above!" A mightier
element than any they contain must indeed come down, to
raise them from their prostration; a new power must be in-
fused into the human heart, even the Spirit of God, bound up
with the spirit of man by the resurrection of a God incarnate;
this heavenly element must have combined with the earthly
before the Law and the Prophets shall have become righteous-
ness and fulfilment. Not from insulated predictions alone, not
from separate types alone, not from occasional allusions alone,
but from the whole spirit, and tendency, and bearing of the
Hebrew Scriptures, was the Lord Jesus Christ justified when
He declared, that "they are they which testify of Him;" that,
disjointed from Him, they were a fair and elaborate struc-
ture, doubtless, but shadowy, nevertheless, and unsubstantial;
while, seen in the light that His coming flashed back upon
that strange story of four thousand years, every page sparkled
with illumination, every sentence quickened with meaning;
the whole vast mass, in all its members, the awful law, the
wonder-laden history, the psalm of hope or penitence, the
solemn proverb, the mystic prophecy,—all became instinct
with new vitality, invested with the hues of the better life;
yea, that body of the Law and Prophets rose, as it were, and
ascended with its inspirer, Jesus, and, unchanged yet wholly
changed, was with Him glorified!"

- William Archer Butler (Sermons, Doctrinal and Practical, sermon XIV, pgs. 254-255)

*Re-post from 06/24/15

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