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, September 11, 2016

The voice of Christ's consciousness: "Life in Himself", part 5 of 6

  "Experience easily misses this — and fails, in
consequence, to provide us with testimony to the
truth of this voice which out of Christ's inmost
consciousness struck upon the ears of men. It is
not an easy thing to surrender the whole nature
to the play of another. To set our life under
the grip of another life, and then to abandon all
attempt at interfering with the influence of that
other life upon ours, is not such a simple thing :
we are too restless, too prone to put forth our
hands when they ought to be still and to speak
when we ought to be silent — too anxious to make
ourselves instead of letting ourselves be made —
for that. And this life-creating Christ does not
do for us all He might, because we do not truly
adjust our lives to His. We easily bring our-
selves into some sort of relationship with Christ ;
and, because it is impossible to be in any sincere
relationship with Christ without being the better
for it, we rejoice over the grace which even our
imperfect relationship bestows, and forget the
grace which through the imperfection of our rela-
tionship we lose. All is not done on our part,
and all is not done on the Christ's part, until
we transcend all other relations, and rise into this
relation — or fall into this relation, should rather
be said — the relation of surrendering all we are
to the play and influence and re-creative power
of all He is. Many steps we may have climbed
up the ladder that brings us near to Christ — has
the last flight been taken, the flight which carries
our life to nestle in the deepest recesses of His
own?"

- Henry William Clark (The Christ from without and within; a study of the Gospel by St. John, pgs. 127-128)

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