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)

Friday, February 10, 2017

All the wealth of Love

'Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.' John xv. 8, 9.

  " "As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you." These words should fill the soul of the believer with joy unspeakable. This declaration cannot, of course, tell us more than the cross of Christ tells us; but we are so unutterably sluggish in the apprehension of the deep things of God that it is well we have this comment on the cross from the lips of the Saviour himself. We understand without difficulty that the love of the Father for Christ was and is a boundless love. All the wealth of love residing in the Godhead pours itself upon the head of the Beloved. We are taught to retain intact the conception of this love, even in the garden of Gethsemane, and when Christ was numbered among the transgressors. We know that Christ is the image of the invisible God; that he was without spot or blemish, he alone of men; that there was everything in his character, his work, his humiliation, his sufferings, to carry to its highest pitch the love of the Father. Do you recognise the love of the Father to the Son? Then let that be to you the measure of Christ's love to you. Is the former for ever indubitable? Then let the latter be."

- George Bowen (Love Revealed, pp. 165, 169)

*Re-post from 3/21/15

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