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, November 2, 2016

The climax of Divine manifestation

    "In the inhabitation of the soul of man by the Spirit of God the climax of divine manifestation is reached. "Last in the eternal order of the Divine Being, proceeding from the Father and from the Son, the Holy Spirit is the first point of contact with God in the order of experience."*(Canon Gore in "Lux Mundi," p.265)  His place in the progressive revelation of God is that of Consummator.  He takes the self-manifestation of God in the man Christ Jesus, and makes it a revelation of God in man.  In the spiritual revelation of Christ he gives a new consciousness of God.  By losing His personality in Christ He finds it; by revealing Christ to the soul He becomes personal to the soul.  To His coming Jesus pointed as the means by which the mystery of His own immanence would be forever cleared away.  "At that time ye shall know that I am in my Father and ye in Me, and I in you."  He assured His disciples that He would not leave them orphans in a forlorn world. In the Spirit's coming He was to return to abide with them perennially, putting Himself under their burdens, touching their inmost springs of action, awakening within them spiritual aspirations, and bringing them into fellowship with the Father.  The fullness of His presence and the conditions of it's enjoyment are brought out in the promise: "If ye love Me, ye will keep My commandments; and I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with (meta) you forever; even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him; but ye know Him, for He dwelleth with (para) you, and shall be in (en) you." (John xiv. 15-17.)  The three prepositions here used have a deepening import.  When we love Christ and obey His word His Spirit abides with us in the sense that His presence is continuous; He dwells with us in the sense that He keeps beside us so that we may have fellowship with Him; He is in us in the sense that He is domiciled in our hearts, so that, having Him living in us, we are freed from dependence upon outward things."

-James Mann Campbell (After Pentecost, What? pp. 199-201)

*Re-post from 07/08/14

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