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 9, 2016

The Holy Spirit speaks of Christ and holds Him up to the spiritual vision of men

"Jesus describes the mission of the Comforter as that of a witness-bearer, and an interpreter of Himself.  He says, "When the Comforter is come, whom I will send you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth which proceedeth from the Father; He shall bear witness of me" (John xv. 26).  And again, "He shall glorify me; for He shall take of mine, and shall declare it unto you" (John xvi. 14).  As a witness the Holy Spirit was not to speak for Himself, or of Himself.  He was to speak of Christ, to hold Him up to the spiritual vision of men as the One "in whom dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily."  As an interpreter He was to make Christ known in a large, and spiritual, and practical sense.  He was to take, not the words of Christ only, but "the things" of Christ and show unto men their inner meaning; and apply them to their spiritual needs.  It is in this way that He is now carrying on the work of regeneration in human hearts.  He is not man's Saviour; He is the agent by which the saving power of Christ is made effective."

- James Mann Campbell (The Heart of the Gospel p.199

*Re-post from 8/13/14

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