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, October 26, 2016

The Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Jesus

"It is the peculiar province of the Holy Spirit to make the universal presence of Christ known, that He may dwell in the consciousness of man.  The Spirit is His witness within the soul.  Christ says , "He shall glorify me: for He shall take of mine, and shall declare it unto you" (John16.14).  He is not to give a new revelation of Christ, but a deeper understanding of the revelation already given in His teaching and work - especially in His work of redemption.  He is also to give a deeper understanding of Christ Himself as an inner living Presence: hiding behind Him, making Him known, and interpreting His operations in the soul in all their practical significance.  Hence the testimony of Christian experience is not to be expressed in the words, "The Holy Spirit within me," but "Christ within me."  The Christian is not conscious of the Holy Spirit, but he is conscious of the presence of Christ, revealed to him by the Holy Spirit.
  Christ is thus not merely present as spirit; He is present in the Spirit.  The Holy Spirit as "the Spirit of Jesus," is the medium through which He is being spiritually revealed...
  ...It is sometimes said that the Holy Spirit is here as the representative of Christ.  That is not so if what is meant is that He is here as the vicar or substitute of an absent Christ; but it is so if what is meant is that He is here as the agent through whom the presence of Christ is made efficacious.  His mission is to reveal Christ in human souls.  In His presence the presence of Christ is realized.  When Jesus says of Himself, "I will come unto you," and when He says of the Holy Spirit, "I will send Him unto you," He means one and the same thing; for it is in the Holy Spirit whom He sends that He comes in fullness into the life of man.  "The Spirit in His fullness," says Moberly, "is the fullness of the presence of Christ, which is the presence of God.""

-James Mann Campbell (The Presence pp. 90-92)

*Note: All I can say is WOW!  Please read this book if you can.  You will not regret it!

*Re-post from 2014

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