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, October 29, 2016

Jesus Christ, the fulfiller of human hope!

"When Paul's conception of the Messiahship of Christ was spiritualised, his conception of His kingdom was necessarily spiritualised also.  He henceforth looked for a kingdom which was "not of this world"; a kingdom which would ultimately become externalised, but which in it's earlier stages would be hidden from the eyes of men - a kingdom whose very existence would often be scoffingly denied.  Not with outward pomp and show was that kingdom to come, but by the power of spiritual forces working silently and secretly as leaven.
   It is a narrowing of the truth to say that the fundamental belief of Paul was that Jesus was to fulfill Messianic expectation.  This is the view adopted by Paul Wernle.  He says "Christianity is but Judaism with it's hopes fulfilled."  It is that, of course; but it is more, much more.  It is the fulfillment of human hope.  The Messianic mould into which Christianity was at first poured gave way with the weight of the larger truth which it contained, and a wider category had to be found.  The Messiah of the Jews became the Saviour of the race and the fulfiller of the world's hope.  The national idea gave place to the world-idea, and a kingdom which was circumscribed to a kingdom which "ruleth over all.""

-James Mann Campbell (Paul, the Mystic: a Study in Apostolic Experience pp. 111-112)

*Re-post from 06/24/14

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