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)

Thursday, November 10, 2016

A very subtle danger

"A very subtle danger which besets the preacher of the present day is that of substituting the preaching of the Holy Spirit for the preaching of Christ.  The acuteness of this danger arises from the large place which is being given in Christian thought to the work of the Holy Spirit.  He is no longer "the neglected factor in the Trinity," but has come to His own in the evolution of Christian doctrine.  It is well, therefore, to understand His ways that we come into right relations with Him and secure all that He has for us, and intelligently co-operate with Him in all that He has for us to do; but we are not to make Him the subject matter of our preaching.  He has no desire to spoken about.  It is not in that way He is honoured.  He effaces Himself; hiding behind His message; concealing Himself while revealing Christ--as those who speak as His representatives ought to do.  Understanding His ways we ought to do the things that He is doing, working along the same lines, working in the same spirit, and working for the same ends.  We are to be to Him hands and feet and voice.  The work in which He specially seeks to enlist our co-operation is that of making known to others what Christ is, by explaining to them the import of what He said and did.  We are to point men to Christ as the Healer of their diseases, the Righter of their wrongs, the Redeemer of their lives.  The function of the Holy Spirit and that of the Church is one.  In one blessed call both unite in inviting thirsty souls to come and partake of the water of life freely.  The end for which the Holy Spirit dwells in the Church as her animating life is to enable her to make her testimony on behalf of Christ clear, strong, and effective.  Instead, therefore, of preaching what has been called "the Gospel of the Holy Spirit" we are to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the illumination and power of the Holy Spirit."

- James Mann Campbell (The Heart of the Gospel pgs. 199-201)

*Re-post from 8/14/14

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