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)

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Faith introduces the individual to the principle of obedience under altogether new circumstances

   "The obligation to obey is like an enemy and like a tyrant to the heart of the natural man. He is a child of disobedience; his whole frame is cast in the mould of self-will; all his powers, his affections, his thoughts, his habits, are in a state of rebellion, and have continually been so; the King is driven out and forgotten, and there is a certain kind of peace in the mind in consequence of the non-realisation of the presence of a lawgiver. When by a superior power the mind is compelled to take knowledge of the long-forgotten law, then farewell to peace! The elements of a fierce conflict start into activity. The more the necessity of obedience is pressed home upon the mind, the more it abhors that necessity--as the resistance of a spring increases with the tension. A life spent in sin has utterly unfitted the mind to obey a holy God; and the obligation to obey is like the setting up of an inquisition in the mind, with its consummate enginery of torture. There is no peace until Christ, the Redeemer, is revealed to the conscience. The sinner believes, and obtains peace through the discovery of God reconciled to him in Christ. The sense of obligation was agonising to his soul; the sense of free forgiveness enraptures him, and he is ready to conclude that obedience and faith are diametrically opposite--to look upon the former as the eternal enemy of his nature, and upon the latter as the ever-living benefactor of his soul. But the glorious office of faith is to reconcile him not only to God, but also to obedience. God in pardoning him does not change; his character remains the same; his requirements are the same, for they were never arbitrary. Faith introduces the individual to the principle of obedience under altogether new circumstances--for obedience and grace are commingled--and the sense of obligation, so far from coming to desolate a heart sensible of its weakness and folly, is accompanied by a revelation of the all-sufficient grace of Christ. The sinner, pardoned through the merits of Christ, rejoices that the grace of obedience is now given to him, and that he has the opportunity of testifying his love to the Saviour. He would count it in the last degree dishonourable, if in the presence of the cross of Christ and of such exceeding great and precious promises, he should retain his former animosity to the sense of obligation. The commandments of God are not grievous to him, for he knows where to find the strength which they demand: and there is a sentiment of gratitude within him which only waits for these indications of the way in which he shall honour Christ."

- George Bowen (Love Revealed, pgs. 167-168)

*Re-post from 03/20/15

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