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)

Monday, December 26, 2016

The members are in the Head, and the Head is in the members

    "Language of this kind cannot be read without conveying to us the distinct impression that personal identification and union with Christ is the fundamental and regulating conception of our state as Christians. We are "in" Christ Jesus; that is, as a man who is in the world lives and moves and has his being in it, so we live and move and have our being in Christ; encompassed by Him as in our natural condition we are encompassed by the atmosphere; His gracious influences pervading everything around us, and flowing into us, in order to preserve our souls in health and vigour. Again, Christ is “in” us. He stirs, moves, and acts in us, so that, except in so far as we are troubled by sin and weakness, His thoughts are our thoughts, His words our words, His acts our acts. The two modes of expression, when taken together, bring out the closest and most intimate idea of union which it is possible to form. The members are in the Head, and the Head is in the members. The branches are in the Vine, and the Vine is in the branches. There is a constant play of influences between them, and in that play of influences they are one. And all this is effected by the Spirit; so that in one passage of St. Paul the two expressions “to be in Christ” and "to have the Spirit of Christ” alternate with each other as equivalent in meaning, showing that if Christ be in us it is only by the Spirit. (Rom. viii. 9, 10; Gretillat, Theologie Systematique, iv. p. 449.)"

- William Milligan (The Ascension and Heavenly Priesthood of Our Lord, Baird Lectures, Lect. IV, pgs. 197-198)

*Re-post from 2/16/15

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