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)

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The unutterable condescension and self-humbling on the part of the ever-blessed God

   "We should never forget that the disciples whose feet Jesus washed were our representatives. They were representative men, and Jesus dealt with us in dealing with them. "Go," he says, "and those whom you baptize teach to observe what I have commanded you." The commands given, the words spoken, were not for them alone. They were vessels to bear his name before others. Every believer may understand that Jesus has washed his feet. He may by faith witness the very act performed in his behalf. But let him well understand the act, that his stony heart of pride may be broken within him.
    But Jesus hath stooped lower than to wash our feet. The filth of the human heart is something unspeakably more offensive than any material defilement. Sinners cannot easily know this; but ask the inhabitants of heaven what they think: they will tell you that nothing startles them so much as to see the Godhead approaching the sin-steeped soul of man. There is nothing in the universe that has so odious and repulsive an aspect for a holy God as unbelief, selfishness, pride, envy, malice, and the like. And there is no more wonderful spectacle anywhere than that of the blessed Spirit of God in the sinful heart of man, coming into closest quarters with his pride and malice, bringing Christ nigh to his rebellious will, and hewing for the triune God a holy of holies out of a rock of unbelief. Whenever there is heard within us the still small voice of the Spirit, dissuading from evil, impelling to that which is good, there is an act of unutterable condescension and self-humbling on the part of the ever-blessed God which is altogether impossible to explain or justify without reference to the cross of Christ."

-George Bowen (Love Revealed, pgs. 18-19)

*Re-post from 1/9/15

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