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, December 21, 2016

The incomparable excellence of the Divine character

   "With his poor wrecked soul man staggers into the presence of Jesus, expecting to behold a series of acts in all respects unlike what man performs, and to his amazement beholds him pouring water into a basin and washing the feet of certain Galileans. He says, "Is this all? I will do this." Wilt thou do this? Thou must first go up to the throne of God and sit there, and then come down holy, harmless, and undefiled. Thou seest no beauty in this act? The acknowledgment is thine own severest condemnation. It shows thee unregenerate, a denizen of the defiled and disorganised world in which sinners dwell. Look well upon this transaction. Who knows but a ray from the Sun of righteousness may reach thy soul, and through the very contemplation of this humble act, thy need of infinite grace be made known to thee? The heavens declare the glory of God; yes, and so do these acts of the Lord Jesus, the latter more than the first. The seraphim in heaven veil their faces in the presence of nothing more divine than what is here witnessed. Seemeth this language extravagant? Of necessity it must seem so, until it be taught thee that God is love, that the acts which best reveal love are the grandest and worthiest, and that these acts were found in that upper chamber where Jesus laid aside his garments, and took a towel, basin, water, and washed the feet of his companions.
    Oh let us then look with affectionateness and gratitude upon the daily details of life, seeing the sanctifying imprint of the hand of Jesus upon them all! He could have ranged through the world on mighty deeds intent, but only by adopting the wretched ideas of moral grandeur that obtain among men. The sublimity of Jesus appears in his rejection of the opportunity of moving in a path that men deem sublime. The incomparable excellence of the divine character comes out more strikingly in this obscure chamber than it could possibly have done in scenes that would have called Plutarch to seize his pen."

- George Bowen (Love Revealed, pgs. 17-18 )

*Re-post from 1/8/15

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