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, March 27, 2017

The Glory of Christ, part 3 of 4

   "The fatal error of the Jews was that they looked for the glory of the Messiah as something visible and in accordance with their worldly conceptions. Even the disciples suffered from this, and were all offended at their Lord. The glory of the Spirit-life into which Christ has now entered and in which He now works is a hidden mystery, the mystery of godliness, working not in that which is outward or sensible, but in the unseen, the inner life. When we read of Christ manifesting Himself, of His dwelling in the heart, we almost always form some conception of joy and triumph, as at the entrance of a king into his capital. And Jesus said, The kingdom of heaven is as a seed. A seed is something that contains life hidden in the most dead, unlikely-looking form possible. Who that had never heard of a seed growing could imagine the oak or the pine contained in its seed? And this seed, with its hidden life, must itself again be hidden under the earth. And so the Kingdom of heaven comes to us in the seed of the word, so small and dead-looking that no one expects such mighty power from it. And it must be hidden, not in the thoughts or feelings that we can recognise and watch over, but deeper down, in the mysterious depths of the spirit. There Christ, who is in the unseen Spirit-life of the Father, finds the unseen depths of our Spirit-life and enters there. He is Himself the Living Word, the Living Seed; the Spirit is the Life of the Seed."

- Andrew Murray (The Spirit of Christ, Note H, pgs. 358-359)

*Re-post from 5/20/15

No comments:

Post a Comment