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)

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Glory of Christ, part 1 of 4

"The glory of God does not consist in His surroundings, or the circumstances amid which He dwells. His glory is the perfection and power of His Divine will, the Divineness of the mode of His being and working. When God glorified Christ in Himself, He not only exchanged the circumstances of His earthly life for those of the heavenly world, but entered upon an entirely new mode of existence. Instead of being limited by flesh, by time and space, He passed as man into the life of God, who is a Spirit. On earth He could only work on His disciples as men next Himself and separate from Himself through means of words and example, reaching only their mind and affections, but not renewing their very spirit. From heaven He could, as out of His Divine glory, in the power of the Spirit, begin and work in them in a very different way, entering their hidden life, and, through Him, coming to dwell in their heart. It is as the Glorified One—the one that has exchanged the limited life of external effort and influence for the inner life of power by which He filleth all things—that He gives the Spirit, the Spirit of Glory. And the work of this Spirit is to glorify Jesus. That does not mean to give us some sense of His glory in heaven. No, but to communicate to us personally that presence and power of Jesus which, in virtue of His Divine glory, He can now manifest within us. But it is only the soul wholly yielded to the teaching of the Holy Spirit who thus knows 'the Lord of Glory.' "
- Andrew Murray (The Spirit of Christ, Note H, pgs. 357-358)

*Re-post from 5/18/15

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