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 3, 2017

Christ defined religious experience in terms of himself

   "We have already seen in a previous chapter that Christ constantly offered himself as the object of religious faith to men. Let us briefly review his own claim and the terms in which he defines religious experience. (1) His claim is to the allegiance of all men to himself as the Revealer of God. "Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden...Take my yoke upon you and learn of me" (Matt. xi. 29, 30). He proclaims himself as the future judge of men (Matt. xxv. 31-46). "Follow me" was his constant invitation and command (Matt. xix. 21). (2) Christ defined religious experience in terms of himself. (a) Its condition was faith in him. "He that believeth on the Son hath eternal life; he that obeyeth not the Son shall not see life" (John iii. 36; Matt. xviii. 5, 6). (b) Christ was the inner structural law of experience. Conformity to his image summed it up. "If ye abide in me and my words abide in you, ask whatsoever ye will and it shall be done unto you" (John xv. 7). This is echoed in Paul's experience: "To me to live is Christ" (Phil. i. 21). (c) Christ is the organic social law of Christianity. A religous society, the church, is to find its bond of unity in him. Personal faith in him was the condition of membership in it. After Peter's confession of faith he said: "Thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my church" (Matt. xvi. 18). (d) In the historical development of Christianity, amid opposition, Christ was its source of triumph. "In the world ye have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world" (John xvi. 33). (e) He is also its law and life in its gradual development and ultimate triumph (Matt. xxviii. 19, 20). We might indefinitely multiply proof texts in support of these points, but it is unnecessary."

- E.Y. Mullins (Why is Christianity True?: Christian Evidences, pgs. 282-283)

*Re-post from 3/18/15

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