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, August 18, 2016

Not only a revelation of the fulness of God, but an imparting of it to us

""In Him ye are made full."  The whole point is that the fulness of the divine is in Christ in order that man may in his turn be filled; and Christ not only shows what God is, but imparts God to man.  A revelation implies no more than a mere throwing before the sight of the world, as on some screen which all eyes can see, of the thing revealed; but in Christ far more is done for us than that.  He not only shows to us, in word and deed, and in all the lessons we may draw out of His word and deed, the secrets of the unseen eternal nature, whose secrets we so much want to learn: He not only acts out God before us, but He comes, possessing the fulness of the divine life in Him, and possessing also the power of self-communication to us.  This life of God--so runs the proclamation to be made on His behalf,--this life of God, in possession of which alone can you reach your destiny, but which, though you need it so, is so far above your highest and most straining reach, approaches you in Him!  In your need of it, give up looking for it far and far away, end the feverish struggles to find the divine life, and to draw it out of the eternities into yourself!  Find it here in Christ--for it is nigh you, and the stretch of the weakest arm is long enough to reach it now!  Not only a revelation of the fulness of God, but an imparting of it to us; and we, who have to seek for the fulness, are sought and found by the fulness; and in Christ the divine life we want to make our own bestows itself in unstinted measures upon the needy ones we are."

- Henry William Clark (The Philosophy of Christian Experience, pgs. 121-122)

*Re-post from 02/13/15

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