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)

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The voice of Christ's consciousness: "Life in Himself", part 1 of 6

  "WITH the commencement of this fifth
chapter John enters upon a section of
his Gospel which may be called entirely new in
the method it adopts. Up till now he has been
looking at Christ from the spectator's point of
view, taking his stand with those whom he is
seeking to convince of Christ's divineness, bidding
them gaze now upon this incident and now upon
that, seeming to say, " Must not He who did
these things have been in very truth the Son
of God ? " At this stage he changes the line
of treatment. From the beginning of this fifth
chapter down to the end of the tenth John dwells,
not in the consciousness of the spectators of
Christ, but within the consciousness of Christ
Himself. He has been speaking about Christ
before: now Christ speaks for Himself. The
foregoing chapters have been John impressing
upon his readers what men saw Christ do and
what men heard Christ say : these following
chapters are John projecting himself, as it were,
into the depths of Christ's mind and feeling,
and revealing what goes on there. The great-
ness of Christ's public work has up till now
been thrown upon the screen : the greatness
of Christ's own inner life, the greatness He
felt Himself to possess, is now called upon
to come forth from the secrecies of Christ's
  Christ realising Himself to be the actual source
and Giver of life, is the burden of the whole
of the present chapter. In the discourse here
recorded Christ states literally what in the
subsequent discourses of the subsequent chapters
He states in figures of speech — that He came to
impart to men the actual life He held within
Himself. The source and Giver of life, He is
here; and through following utterances He
speaks of Himself as the Bread of life, the Giver
of living water, the Light of the world, and the
Shepherd of the sheep — all of the metaphors
tending to the same point, that He came to
establish an absolute union between Himself and
men, to instil Himself into men and to absorb
men into Himself, so that they might draw their
life from Him."

- Henry William Clark (The Christ from without and within; a study of the Gospel by St.John, pgs. 118-120)

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