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 23, 2016

The coming of the Spirit was the spiritual coming of Christ, part 4 of 8

    "Through the descent of Christ by the Spirit
and in the Spirit, the approach of God to man is
consummated. Historic Christianity presents a
progressive series of movements on the part of
God towards man. Of these divine movements
manward the coming of Christ in the Spirit is
the last and closest. God came close to man in
the manifestation of Christ in the flesh, He comes
still closer in the manifestation of Christ in the
Spirit. Among men spirit contact is the closest;
and nearer to man God cannot get than when
He comes into vital touch with his spirit, in the
Spirit of His Son. The procession of the Spirit
from the Father and from the Son represents the
final outgoing of that eternal love which is the
central element in the divine nature, the primal
source of every movement that has taken place in
the redemption of man. In the work of the
Holy Spirit that eternal love is expressed in-
wardly, which in the Cross is expressed out-
wardly. In all the activities of the Spirit within
the heart of man, the seeking and saving love of
Christ is made manifest. Through the Spirit —
to whom every secret avenue of approach is open
— Christ presses near to man; moving upon his
conscience that He may woo him from ways of
evil to a better life, He seeks even where He is
not sought. What is the great truth enshrined
in the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, if not this:
Christ working on man from within; Christ
knocking at the inmost door of the human spirit;
Christ engaging in a search after man, a search
which is never abandoned until in every soul is
awakened a consciousness of His presence, and
to every soul is brought the proffer of His effi-
cacious help?
    This interior work of the Holy Spirit by
which the outward revelation of Christ in the
Word becomes an inward revelation of Christ in
the the heart; this personal work of the Holy Spirit
without which all that went before in the work
of Christ would be incomplete and ineffective,
finds a fitting illustration in the old romantic
legend concerning Blondel, the French minstrel.
Blondel, it is said, accompanied Richard the Lion-
Heart, King of England, to Palestine. On
their way home Richard was seized and impris-
oned by Leopold, duke of Austria. The faithful
minstrel resolved to find the place in which his
royal master was confined. For years he wan-
dered through Europe in disguise; and at length
coming to an ivy-clad castle in Austria, as he
played upon his harp and sang before the dungeon
bars, a well known voice took up the song and
carried it to the end. The king was discovered,
and Blondel, returning with all speed to England,
secured from his subjects the means of his ransom.
Thus the spirit of man, immured in the prison-
house of sense, hears faint notes of a heavenly
voice in which is expressed the passionate long-
ing of a breaking heart to find the lost object of
its love; echoes of a better life are waked up;
the remembrance of a former kingly state is re-
called; the unextinguished desire for the better
things of the kingdom is fanned to fervent heat;
and the soul, responding promptly and eagerly to
the divine voice, is drawn out of its captivity into
the glorious light and liberty of the children of
God."

- James Mann Campbell (After Pentecost, What?, pgs. 21-23)

*Re-post from 07/15/15

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