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)

Monday, July 4, 2016

Christ the sin-bearer, omnipotent to save

"When Christ is preached, clothed in His gospel—Christ the sin-
bearer, omnipotent to save—He draws men to
Himself, and men cast themselves on Him. Faith
is not the acceptance of a legal arrangement; it is
the abandonment of the soul, which has no hope
but in the Saviour, to the Saviour who has taken its
responsibilities on Himself, and is able to bear it
through. It includes the absolute renunciation of
everything else, to lay hold on Christ. It is in idea
and in principle the death of the old life in order to a
new life in Him; and Christ enables the believer to
realise this idea, and to carry out this principle, by
imparting His own victorious life to him. He who
can endure to cast himself on Christ, and, not for any-
thing he has done himself, nor for anything he means
to do, hopes to do, is able to do, or even is destined
to do, but simply for that awful death in which Christ
bore his sins, to look for God's mercy, he is accepted
in the Beloved. He takes into his soul, in that
very act, God's judgment upon sin, and God's grace
to the sinful. In daily renunciation of evil he dies
with Christ; in daily victorious assertion of the new
life he lives and reigns with Him."

- James Denney (Studies in Theology, Lecture VII "Christ in His Exaltation", p. 155)

*Re-post from 07/01/15

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