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)

Saturday, August 27, 2016

The process of reading the Gospel by St. John

   "It is for a cumulative process of thought and suggestion that we must look.  It is not from a first manifestation of energising power, nor from a second or a third--but from the combined testimony of the three--that we arrive at certainty as to the force which has produced them all.  What John undertakes is a survey of a certain field of history--a field broad enough, and on a scale amply large, to permit of a safe generalisation as to what lay back of the recorded events.  And the mind must wait for the development, patient while the separate threads weave themselves into one firm strand, allowing time for the impression to grow.  It must be driven to it's definition of this power at last by the impossibility of finding any other definition that gives consistency to the manifested results.  Here is no sudden elevation to the summit of a firm and convinced belief.  Here is rather a long climb up a gradual slope--the climber turning at the end, to be surprised at the altitude he has reached.  And not only is it a cumulative argument for which we are to be prepared--an argument whose strength lies in the combination of all it's elements, and whose full strength, therefore, is not to be appreciated till all the elements are given--but even for some records whose relevance to the main purpose of the writer is not immediately clear.  These, too, will obtain and reveal their significance when the process is complete.  If some of the incidents standing on the page seem to strike notes that contribute little or nothing to the music which this evangelist wants to make us hear, we shall find at length that all is harmony after all."

- Henry William Clark (The Christ from Without and Within: A Study of the Gospel by St. John, pgs. 13-14)

*Re-post from 12/05/14

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