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)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Jesus as the Divine Life

   "John, in brief, is not so much the philosopher (despite the admitted fact that his Gospel is in it's fundamental idea philosophic above the rest) as he is the discoverer and announcer of a new force which in the early years of Jesus alighted in the midst of men.  He adopts, and wishes his readers to adopt, the inductive method.  Here is a power operating in this way, and in this, and in this--what is the doctrine about it which combines the distinctive and essential features of all the results it brings to pass?  By what name shall this force be clearly marked off from all the other forces we know?  Jesus, not simply as divine in Himself, but as the divine life communicating itself to the common life of man, the divine life thrusting itself upon human experience and human hearts to transform them--that is the conception to which this writer desires his readers to attain when their reading is done.  And the question which the student of to-day must propound to himself as he passes into John's company is this, "What manner of force can that be which, working upon the material presented to it by man himself and by the world in which man lived, produced effects such as those here set down?"  For that is the question to which John offers a reply."

- Henry William Clark (The Christ from Without and Within: A Study of the Gospel by St. John, pgs. 5-6)

*Re-post from 12/01/14

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