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)

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The coming of the Spirit was the spiritual coming of Christ, part 6 of 8

    "This deeper view of Christ furnishes us with
an answer to the question, What kind of a Christ
have we now? The Christ of to-day, the Christ
who is now present in the world, is a spiritual
Christ. With the outward eye we cannot behold
Him. We do not even know how He looked
when in the flesh, for no portrait of his outward
appearance has been preserved. We know Him
spiritually. We follow Him, walking by faith
and not by sight. He speaks to our spiritual
nature, and not to our senses. He is the Christ
of the conscience, of the reason, and of the heart.
After a spiritual manner the Holy Spirit is re-
vealing Him to us, giving a spiritual interpretation
of His words and works, making known the
spiritual meaning of the external facts of His life,
and superseding all that was outward and tempo-
rary in His self-manifestation in the flesh by a rev-
elation of the essential glory of His divine nature.
The veil has been taken away that "the brightness
of the Father's glory" may be seen shining in
His face; the last limitation of His earth-life has
been removed that He may find free access to the
spirit of man; the last barrier of His earthly en-
vironment has been broken down that His atoning
love may have free course to every heart. Those
who know Christ as He is, know Him as the
Christ who is laying His healing hand upon
stricken souls; the Christ who is feeding hungry-
hearts with the bread of His truth and love; the
Christ who is in the world as its immanent life;
the Christ who is in the believer as a well of water
springing up into everlasting life; the Christ
who is in the church continually supplying it with
omnific energy by which miracles of saving power
may be wrought.*

*The Ritschlian school of theology, in its laudable desire to rest the
Christian's experience of Christ upon a historic foundation, has
strangely ignored the fact-basis regarding the higher relations of
Christ, which is found in Christian experience itself. It has been
content to know Christ as a historic man who grasped and revealed
the purpose of God, but it has lost sight of His divine glory as made
known by the Spirit in the inmost being of the believer. And in ig-
noring what in Christ transcends historical limits it has failed to take
Him at his full worth."

- James Mann Campbell (After Pentecost, What?, pgs. 25-26)

*Re-post from 07/17/15

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