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)

Sunday, January 1, 2017

The Spirit of Christ: The Holy Spirit "humanised"

   "But in the Church, He works from within. Within the innermost sanctuary of our being, stands self; and behind self, in some real and true way, is the HOLY SPIRIT. The HOLY SPIRIT dwells in the Church, working out His purposes from within, till they reach the soul and body; uplifting the affections of the soul, and finally quickening and re-animating the body.
    (2.) Another characteristic difference is this. In the Church He comes to us as "the SPIRIT of CHRIST." He is, if I may use the word, "humanised;" though not incarnate, nor less entirely GOD there than elsewhere. He is GOD, and GOD only, everywhere; but, in the Church, He comes to us as GOD, through CHRIST; not straight from the Godhead.
    If He comes to us as "Light," CHRIST is the Sun in whom that Light is gathered up, before it comes to us. The Light in the Revelation is blood-red (Rev. xxi. 11.); it passes through CHRIST; dwelling first in Him, given to Him without measure (S. John iii. 34.), and coming through Him to us, to give us "grace for grace," and to change us "from glory to glory." (S. John i. 16; 2 Cor. iii. 18.)
    Again, if He comes to us as "Water," it is as the "River of the Water of Life, proceeding out of the Throne of GOD, and of the Lamb;" (Rev. xxii. 1.) not welling out like the ocean, in the original boundlessness of His Being, but coming to us in the Humanity of our LORD; not only in the Omnipresence of His Deity, but through and from CHRIST,--the waters of His boundless life dammed up there, so to speak, in CHRIST, till they come down to us.
    This, observe, is the special glory of the Christian Church: the HOLY SPIRIT is revealed as coming to us through CHRIST; not immediately from the Godhead, but mediately; "breathed" upon the Church through CHRIST. (S. John xx. 22.)
    (3.) In the Church, the material with which He works is the Human Nature of CHRIST: not simply our own human nature, but the Human Nature of CHRIST. He takes of the things of CHRIST,--of the Humanity of CHRIST, and gives it to us. And then, He works upon that Humanity, in us; blending it with our being, till it has so assimilated all in us that is merely natural, and of the old Adam, that CHRIST is formed in us. He works from within,--from the CHRIST in us; and He works from a pattern, having the glorified CHRIST before Him. He moulds and perfects us after that pattern. (Gal. iv. 19; Col. i. 27; 2 Cor. iii. 18.)"

- Allan Becher Webb (The Presence and Office of the Holy Spirit, pgs. 39-41)

*Re-post from 2/20/15

No comments:

Post a Comment