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 20, 2016

What is the function or work of the Spirit in man?

"What is the function or work of the Spirit in man? The remarks just made upon the special nature of the gift ought to furnish an answer to this question. If the Spirit that we receive be not simply a gift from Christ, but the spirit, the breath, the life of Christ Himself; and if it is implied in our receiving Him that He enters into and identifies Himself with every part of our nature, it follows that His chief work must be to form the Living Christ within us. The spirit of parents is inherited by their children, the spirit of an ancient and honourable house by its descendants; and in both cases the effect may be traced in the likeness of the later to the earlier born. The same thing must take place here. Christ’s own Spirit, the Spirit by which His humanity has been moulded into what it is; passes into His people, so passing into them as to pervade every part of what they are. What can the effect be but the revelation and formation of Christ Himself within them? Our instruction on many subordinate or preparatory points is no doubt also due to the operation of the Spirit. He convinces us of sin and misery; so that we are led to long for One who may guide us to holiness and happiness. He enlightens our minds in the knowledge of Christ; so that we behold a Divine glory shining beneath His lowly form and tragic fate. He renews our wills; so that, instead of choosing the evil or the false, we may say to the holy One and the true, “Lord, to whom can we go but unto Thee?” All these operations, however, are only preliminary to the execution of the great work committed to Him. They lead to the goal, but they are not the goal. That goal is Christ offered to us in the Gospel."

- William Milligan (The Ascension and Heavenly Priesthood of Our Lord, Baird Lectures, Lect. IV, pgs. 194-195)

*Re-post from 02/13/15

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