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)

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Way of experience

   "It is in the same line of things to say that the final certainty of Christ's divineness is attained by the way of experience.  If Christ's divineness means, as we have seen that for John it did mean, not only that Christ was from above, but that the force of divine creativeness was in Him, it cannot be otherwise than by experience that the supreme demonstration of His divineness comes home.  With forces it is always so.  The material forces of the world are proved for us by our experience of them in the particular sense to which they make their appeal.  This divine creativeness of Christ is proved for us when through the whole range of life (since the appeal of such a force can have no narrower object than that) it has done it's creative work.  There is nothing to be ashamed of in the fact--though by those who do not grasp the essentials of the problem it be made a reproach--that we hold Christ to be the Son of God because we have experienced Him to be so.  To base our conviction upon the foundation of experience is in no wise to be carried away by a shallow emotionalism, and is, in very deed, an indication of the perfect sanity of our faith.  Our belief in the divineness of Jesus Christ ranks thus with our belief in all other forces that sweep the world.  The sense that Christ's divine creativeness has touched us is the last confirmation of the belief that He is divine.  And John's presentation of effects which this force has wrought can only be the preface to an experience wherein it repeats all the wonders of old.  He can but show us what the power has performed in order that his doctrine concerning it's nature may have it's greatest vindication for us when we submit to it's sway."

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