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)

Friday, September 9, 2016

The voice of Christ's consciousness: "Life in Himself", part 3 of 6

  "If there seem to be any vagueness about the
idea, it is only because it is so great, and deals
with an experience out of the common run. It is
most assuredly an idea to the contemplation of
which — and to the experimental realisation of
which — men and women must return, if they are
to understand Christ as He would be understood.
Christ as in most literal truth the Giver of life —
we need to ponder it, till the strangeness which
hangs over it is dispelled. We need a frequent
course of John's Gospel, so that we may the better
realise how Christ conceived of His relation to
men. He does many things for us, the benefit
of which we are to seize : outside of us, so to say,
He carries on many a ministry — did so through
those earthly years of His, does so now through
many an influence He sends across the world to
draw men to Him ; but all He does, all He has
ever done for us is but the preliminary to what
He would do in us; and glad as He is to draw
us to Him, He is not wholly satisfied until, having
drawn us to Him, He draws us into Him and sets
Himself into us. And the Christian Church will
not know the deepest Christian secret till that
is learnt. Christ has life in Himself. Out of
the life He possesses He, creative like the God
from whom He came, would create life in us."

- Henry William Clark (The Christ from without and within; a study of the Gospel by St. John, pgs. 124-125)

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