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, September 1, 2016

"I will come unto you"

   "But before going a step further let me add the succeeding verse: "I will not leave you comfortless: I will come unto you."
    The word here translated 'comfortless' would literally be rendered 'orphans.' Taking this passage in connection with the preceding verses, it is evident that in the advent of the Comforter there is an advent of Christ to the soul, and the indwelling of the Spirit is the indwelling of the Saviour. He could not come sufficiently near to his people while imprisoned in a body of clay upon the earth, and the body was broken like an alabaster box of ointment that he might come nearer to his own and communicate himself to their very souls. Though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now know we him no more; his body disappears from our eyes in order that his blessed Spirit may be commingled with our spirit, and that we may be united to him even as he is united to the Father. We are never more impressively manifesting our love to the Saviour than when we are praying for the outpouring of the Spirit. Christ is the truth and the Spirit is the Spirit of truth, and it is not more true that no man cometh unto the Father save by the Son, than that no man cometh unto the Son but by the Holy Spirit. Christ is our Advocate with the Father, and the Holy Spirit is Christ's Advocate with us. As Christ pleads for us at the throne of grace, so the Spirit pleads for Christ in our hearts. The Spirit vindicates him from our unworthy thoughts, shows him to be chief among myriads and altogether lovely, declares his immeasurable love and our absolute need of his grace. If we ever, in any sense, become the advocates of Christ, confessing him among men, it is only because the Holy Spirit hath wrought in us to this end."

-George Bowen (Love Revealed, pgs. 107-108)

*Re-post from 12/07/14

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