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)

Sunday, June 26, 2016

The coming of the Spirit was the spiritual coming of Christ, part 7 of 8

    "In the revelation of the spiritual Christ by the
Holy Spirit is fulfilled the promise, "He shall
glorify Me; for He shall take of Mine and shall
declare it unto you." "As the Son glorifies the
Father, the Holy Spirit glorifies the Son," says
Bengel. Christ is glorified when by the Spirit
He is spiritually revealed. The external facts
of His life may he known, where Christ Himself
— the real Christ— has not been discovered. This
is implied in the declaration, "No one can say
that Jesus is Christ, but by the Holy Spirit."
Apart from the inward illumination of the Holy
Spirit He may be known in His historical mani-
festation as a son of man, but not in His essential
divinity as the Son of God. The Holy Spirit
alone can make Him known to the spiritual con-
sciousness as the spiritual Christ. And only the
Holy Spirit can reveal the spiritual import of His
atoning sacrifice. "By one offering He hath
perfected them that are sanctified. Whereof also
the Holy Spirit is a witness to us." (Heb. x. 14.)
The purpose for which the Holy Spirit came
down from heaven was not merely to witness to
the fact of the atonement; but to take the "things
of Christ" and show them unto us in all the full-
ness of their spiritual significance. This He is
now doing. The measureless meaning of the
things concerning Christ which lies concealed
from mortal eyes, He is increasingly revealing.
He is giving to the world larger and truer con-
ceptions of Christ, than it ever had before; He
is giving deeper and ever deeper views of the
facts of His earthly life; thus winning for Him
a wider and loftier homage, and inspiring towards
Him reverential love out of which the noblest
hymns of adoration and praise are born. It is
the spiritual Christ that He holds up as the true
object of worship; and not the least service that
He renders is that of enabling us to look with
eagle eyes at His dazzling brightness. We are
said to be "strengthened with power through the
Spirit of the Father in the inward man; that
Christ may dwell in our hearts by faith, to the 
end that we, being rooted and grounded in love,
may be strong to apprehend with all the saints
what is the breadth and length and height and
depth, and to know the love of Christ which pass-
eth knowledge, that we may be filled with all the
fullness of God." (Eph. iii. 16-19.) From this
deeper apprehension of Christ through the power
of the Spirit comes the reflection of His glory,
and from the reflection of His glory comes spirit-
ual transformation. "We all, with unveiled
face reflecting as a mirror the glory of the
Lord, are transformed into the same image from
glory to glory, even as from the Lord the Spirit."
(2 Cor. iii. 18.)"

- James Mann Campbell (After Pentecost, What?, pgs. 26-28)

*Re-post from 07/18/15

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