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)

Monday, February 13, 2017

' That your joy might be full '

'These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.'--John xv. 11.

  " "That your joy might be full." This was the desire of Christ, and the means by which this desire may be fulfilled have been pointed out by him. We are not merely informed of the desire, but of the way in which it may meet fruition. His words were spoken, written, conveyed to us, that by means of them our joy might be full. We are to have our ideas of joy revolutionised, throw away what we call joy, take Christ's joy and make it ours, and then labour to have Christ's desire fulfilled, our joy made full. Fulness of joy! Are we to take these words in their obvious meaning? Are we really permitted to expect that the loftiest and amplest and intensest aspirations of our souls shall be realised? From what we have seen in our hearts, we are fain to believe that many rivers of happiness might empty themselves into the ocean of our desires without communicating fulness of joy. But the Saviour knew what was in man; he knew these hearts, and knowing them, he is not at all reluctant to undertake the task that seems so hopeless--that of satisfying them.
    O that the Spirit of God would show us the preparations for our fulness of joy made by the Saviour in the gospel!"

- George Bowen (Love Revealed, pp. 179, 182)

*Re-post from 3/28/15

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