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 16, 2016

The effector of the mystery of godliness, part 1 of 4

    Note - I cannot recommend highly enough the book of sermons by the Rev. William Archer Butler entitled Sermons, Doctrinal and Practical.  You can read the book online for free here.  You can purchase a copy here.  I am about three quarters of the way through this book and my mind and heart have been stirred tremendously by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.  If you have a chance to only read some of the sermons, please read sermons XIX - XXI on John xvi. 7 and The Expediency of Christ's Invisibility, The Invisible Government of Christ through the Spirit, and Christ's Departure the Condition of the Spirit's Advent.  After reading these sermons, please pray to the Father to apply what you've read to your heart through Jesus Christ by His Spirit.  You will hopefully start to see the wonder of the whole plan, purpose, and accomplishment of our redemption and the Love of our Father for us revealed by, in, and through Jesus Christ, and all the treasures of that Love given to us by the Mediator via the new Covenant Gift of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ!
    Mr. Butler had, by the Lord's grace, an excellent grasp and understanding of the New Covenant Gift of the Spirit of the second Adam.  I think the three sermons just mentioned really can help us in our quest to understand if we allow the Lord to open the eyes of our hearts.
    The following is the first part in a series of four quotes from sermon XX.  Read on to find out about humanity's disease and it's cure!

"The Holy Spirit, then, in His direct, as in His subordinate
or instrumental, presence, is the agent, not of disjunction, but
of combination, between the faithful and their Lord; Christ
still continuing the fontal reservoir of all the graces commu-
nicated. "Of His fulness have we all received, and grace for
grace ;" "grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ."
The same passage which declares, that "in Him dwelleth all
the fulness of the Godhead bodily," continues by declaring its
special bearing upon our state, telling us, that "in Him we
are filled," yea, even (as it is elsewhere said) "unto all the
fulness of God." This, then, being understood, and forming
the internal link between the two forms of the Spirit's energy,
the one, in which Christ is present directly, and the Spirit
indirectly as the effector of the mystery, "the friend of the
bridegroom,"—the other in which the Spirit is directly in-
herent, and Christ through Him representatively,—we must
now regard more particularly the nature and purpose of the
latter gift, or presence of the Holy Ghost in the soul. The
remarks which I shall offer may, however, be considered as in
a great degree applicable to both, being directed to the subject
of inward divine presences in general. My object shall now
be, as briefly as I can, to establish that the great revelation of
the New Testament, on this subject, is really in strict analogy
with the entire Bible history of the origin of our race, and, by
the story of its lapse, is best, and for all reasonable purposes
sufficiently, elucidated."

- William Archer Butler (Sermons, Doctrinal and Practical, sermon XX, pgs. 375-376)

*Re-post from 06/28/15

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