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)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Jesus Christ tuning human character to Divine pitch

   "The distinction between Jesus as divine in Himself, and Jesus as divineness acting upon, communicating itself to, human character till human character is in measure tuned to divine pitch, transfused with the divineness which acts upon it, is a distinction entirely essential to a comprehension of John's Gospel--entirely essential, indeed, it is not too much to say, to any Christian experience that is to be in any wise profound.  Certainly it was not John's intention simply to add to the sum of human knowledge a knowledge of the fact that something surpassingly wonderful had flashed across the horizon of human view.  And, in fact, it needs scarce any consideration to perceive that if this were all that is to be said about the divineness of Christ, a recognition of it would leave the essential problem of human character much what it was before.  This Jesus may have said certain things and done certain things which show Him to have had His origin outside our earth: the sources whence spring the average types of human life--even the sources whence the grand and heroic types of human life emerge--may be admittedly insufficient to produce such a life as this; but the mere appearance of a life isolated, in it's divine origination, from the ordinary lives of men leaves those ordinary lives to climb and raise themselves as they did before.  A supernatural revelation which is nothing more would have the dynamic quality only in very small degree.  Men might be encouraged by the spoken word, drawn by the revealed ideal; but the old problems would face them still.  Not until the divineness in Jesus is viewed as actually creative--as entering into, reproducing itself within, those who are willing to admit it, does even a divine Jesus change for us the problem of character and the method by which it is to be solved.  To employ and submit to a force is a different thing from being stirred by a miracle or kindled by new ideas.  Christ as divine in Himself is but a miracle on which through the ages human eyes look back with wonder: Christ as a creative divine life, as a divine force which for the first time sets itself at the disposal of men in their spiritual strife, changes, wholly and hopefully, the spiritual programme and the spiritual prospect of men.  And it is to the point of conceiving and receiving Him so that John would have his readers be led."

- Henry William Clark (The Christ from Without and Within: A Study of the Gospel by St. John, pgs. 6-8)

*Re-post from 12/02/14

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