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)

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

By His Spirit we are taught

'He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me. These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.'
--John xiv. 24-26.

   "What Christ had now been saying to the disciples was calculated to elevate greatly their conceptions of the importance of the words of Christ, and it was natural that they should think, with dismay and utter confusion, of the immense number of words that Christ had spoken in their hearing, not one in a thousand of which they now remembered. He therefore repeats the promise concerning the Holy Ghost, the Comforter, the Counsellor, who should teach them all things by bringing to their remembrance the words of Christ. The Father would send him in the name of Christ, for Christ's sake and for the accomplishment of Christ's work. "He shall teach you." Christ had been for years their teacher, but what dull scholars had they been! The blessed instruction that fell daily from the lips of him that spake as never man spake had for the most part fallen upon their ears in vain. Some of the servants of Christ that go about preaching in these days can say nothing that is not eagerly caught up by many pens and published far and wide. But even the intimate disciples of Christ, the choice of the chosen, neglected a great deal more than they retained of the words of Christ. What then? Do they need another teacher--one more accomplished? There is none such. In all the universe there is none possessed of such an admirable fitness to instruct the children of men. There are not merely in him the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, but he is moved by an incomparable love; he has patience, condescension, long-suffering, pity, so that our corruption and stupidity may not alienate him from us. Not merely by words does he teach us, but by acts, by sufferings, by his whole life and death. His final lessons are from the cross. Yes, he is our teacher; we are in his school, and in it we shall ever stay. But his teaching on earth was merely introductory; he was there preparing the materials, the appliances, the conditions. He is at the right hand of the Majesty on high that he may effectually teach us. By his Spirit we are taught. We need the power of Christ brought to bear upon our very hearts by the Spirit of Christ within us. When Christ was on the earth, he was yet at an immeasurable distance from his disciples. By the gift of the Holy Ghost this distance is annihilated. He comes nearer to his people now than when he washed their feet. He comes into their hearts and takes possession of their wills, their understandings, their energies."

- George Bowen (Love Revealed, pgs. 126, 128-129)

*Re-post from 3/14/15

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