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)

Sunday, August 21, 2016

What is the special nature of the gift of the Spirit under the Christian dispensation?

"What is the special nature of the gift of the Spirit under the Christian dispensation? We have seen that the Spirit is not simply one of many gifts bestowed upon us by the glorified Redeemer, but that, as the expression and agent of Him who is at once the substance of our faith, the principle of our life, and our hope of glory, He is the sum of all gifts and influences needed to perfect the Divine-human life of Christ in the soul of man. We have seen also that He is not so much the Third Person of the Trinity in His original and absolute existence, as that Spirit in the effect produced upon Him by the economy of salvation; that Spirit as He is the Bond, not between God and the Eternal Word alone, but between the Father and the Incarnate Son; or that Spirit as He is the Spirit of the Christ from whom in His combined natures proceed all the blessings of the covenant of grace. Finally, we have seen that when this Spirit, as the Spirit of the Living Lord, penetrating and filling all the properties of that human nature which the Living Lord possesses, is received by us, He must be so received as to penetrate and pervade our whole nature. He is not a mighty influence working upon us from without; He works upon us from within. He cannot be used at one moment and laid aside at another. As we cannot put away our natural life and live, so our spiritual life is more than weakened, it is extinguished, if the Spirit be dispensed with. He is the nourishment proceeding from the root of our higher being. He is the water of its central fountain, sending forth continually fresh streams into every department of what we are, unto eternal life (John iv. 14). He is, in short, Christ’s own Spirit become our own spirit. When He dwells in us we are “ourselves.”"

- William Milligan (The Ascension and Heavenly Priesthood of Our Lord, Baird Lectures, Lect. IV, pgs. 193-194)

*Re-post from 02/12/15

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