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, February 7, 2017

Why the earthly life of Jesus should have had to close before the Spirit was poured forth, Part 2 of 3

 "(b) But the resurrection of Christ equally with His death is vital to the Gospel message; hence only after He had risen could that message be proclaimed in its entirety. Apart from the resurrection the revelation of God's love in Christ is obviously faint and indecisive. Haering points out admirably that if that love is to evoke joyous and unreserved faith, it must reveal itself as not merely patient of death but triumphant over it. And triumphant in the fullest sense--i.e., not only sustaining Jesus in the last agony and inspiring Him to the end with trust unconquerable, but charged with sovereign power to deliver by abolishing death and inaugurating for Him a new career of redemptive activity. Looking at Calvary we say, This love deserved to conquer; looking to the risen Lord we add, And in fact it has conquered. It has proved itself not merely the noblest but the most potent force of which we have any knowledge--supreme in reality as in idea. Amor vincit omnia--till Christ had risen the ultimate truth of this saying might be doubted; since then, none in whom He dwells can question it. The Spirit came, therefore, in connection with a completely unveiled Gospel which now proclaims a Divine grace as almighty as it is compassionate."

- H.R. Mackintosh (The Doctrine of the Person of Jesus Christ, p.375)

*Re-post from 3/15/15

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