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, September 10, 2016

The voice of Christ's consciousness: "Life in Himself", part 4 of 6

  "It is under the guardianship of this idea that
our relationship to Christ must be shaped and
maintained. We use rightly this Christ who has
life-creating power in Him, when we allow Him
to seize upon, absorb into Himself, all that we are.
To relate ourselves truly to a Christ who has life
in Himself can mean nothing else or less than this
— the flinging of our whole being into His, that
in that communion all the living forces in Him
may exert their power upon our submitted souls.
Any other relationship to Christ is insufficient —
is not a relationship in which His creative power
is known. Some even of the standard words in
which we attempt to describe what the heart and
mind and soul ought to do with Christ — although
correct enough, and adequate, when their full
significance is grasped — are, in our common
understanding of them, inadequate and incorrect;
and our relation to Christ is not represented by
them in its completeness. This Christ has life
in Himself — how shall we, as it were, get the
most out of Him, see to it that none of this strong, 
living, creative force in Him is permitted to waste? 
Believe in Him — have faith in Him — will these 
phrases do? Not if they are interpreted as 
meaning simply that we are to assent to the 
truth of what He says, rest upon the sufficiency 
of what He does, quiet ourselves by declaring 
that He knows what we do not know and per- 
forms what is beyond our power. We may have 
that mood of entire faith towards Him, and still 
not be submitting our nature and life to the grip 
of the creative God-nature and God-life in Him. 
Learn of Him — will that word do? Not if it be 
taken as meaning simply that we are to give fixed 
attention to whatever proceeds from His lips, to 
write indelibly upon heart and mind the truths 
He dictates to us as we set ourselves as pupils at 
His feet. These things we may do, and still not 
be permitting the life in Him to enfold and be 
substituted for the life in us. Love Him — will 
that do? Not if it signifies only that we are to 
cherish His presence as the most precious treasure 
of life, to cling round Him with an earnest 
passion which does not even for an instant cool 
or forget. Even with that heat of affection we 
may love Him, and still not have the nature in 
Him absorbing the nature in us. But this Christ 
who has life in Himself is rightly used when we 
hand over our whole selves in order that the life 
in Him may transform the self and re-create it, 
when the personality in us drops into the person- 
ality in Him, when the life in Him has us absolutely 
in its power for working out its will. This life- 
creating Christ must be One to whose life and 
nature, in their wholeness, our life and nature, 
in their wholeness, are given up."

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