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)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Jesus Christ--Life-giver to us, Life-maker in us

"Our current estimates of Christ frequently go no further than taking Him as only the supreme revelation about God, as the highest prophet of them all.  The reference, in saying this, is not to those who deliberately thus frame their creed, and hold Christ to be but the man of deepest insight into what God is.  The strange thing is, that many who would repudiate the Unitarian creed, really possess little else than the Unitarian Christ; and although professing to believe without reserve in the divineness of Christ, use Him as though He were but the greatest of the prophet-line.  Our efforts simply to understand Christ, to take something from Him (as if we could take His best gifts from Him without taking Himself), to derive benefit from what He has said and done, are not the way to employ a revelation like this.  We might employ a prophet so; but a Son, with God's life in Him, must be met by a different attitude from that.  He comes to be the actual Life-giver to us, the actual Life-maker in us--and must so be received.  In our conceptions and estimates of Christ we need to settle it definitely for ourselves what is to all ages His greatness for men--and to settle it thus.  That on our own level He meets us, and by meeting us there carries us up to the pure heights of God--that by the sweetness of a friendly, brotherly companionship He introduces us to God and God into us--that is Christ's glory and power.  And this is the aim of all His working, the meaning of all His influence, the object of every touch He lays upon human spirits and of every call He sends to human hearts--this is the final end of the words He spoke, of the life He lived, of the death He died, of the life He lives again,--so to draw men into oneness of heart and soul with Himself that they should live by the inspiration of that perfect communion, and thus be made one with God.  It is as the Life-giver that Christ must be received."

- Henry William Clark (The Philosophy of Christian Experience, pgs. 125-127)

*Re-post from 02/16/15

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