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)

Sunday, November 13, 2016

The determinitave quality in God is love

"But the contrast of Christ with Judaism lies on the surface: His affinity with it is central. He came in the line of the Jewish prophets and psalmists. He both absorbed and purified their ideals. It might seem as if their conception of human obligation in the service of the Holy One could not be surpassed in depth and keenness. Yet while He accepted it, He gave it a fuller and richer significance by the higher revelation He made of God's character as the Father. The psalmist had said, "Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him." Jesus said in effect, "The Father pitieth all souls that He hath made, because they are His children. He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good." This beneficence to just and unjust alike was the proof, not of God's moral indifference, but of His measureless longsuffering and His passion to redeem. Just as He was mindful of those who feared Him, and did not cast them off in their times of faithlessness; so He did not withdraw, even from those who feared Him not, the influences and beseechings of His grace. God was no more, as of old, fundamentally the Holy One who was also good; but essentially He was the perfect Love, which is perfect Holiness and something more, holiness with an inner necessity of self-communication. The intimacy of this Fatherly relation in which God stood to man not only added a darker hue to each transgression, but enlarged the range of the service which man as son owed to God. It drove him to a keener self-searching, because it awoke in him the consciousness of a more blessed destiny. So long as holiness is for us the final determinative quality in God, our conception of likeness to Him is apt to assume somewhat of a negative character. Goodness means then individual severance from evil, and tends to grow self-centred. But when we see that the determinative quality in God is love, our duty to Him is transformed into a positive and endless service. His unceasing self-communication by which He deals with men as they are, only in reference to what they ought to be and may yet become, constitutes the law, as it is the basis and inspiration, of our obedience. We can rest in nothing short of that perfection which is already complete in Him."

- David William Forrest (The Christ of History and of Experience, pgs.13-15)

*Re-post from 8/30/14

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