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, March 24, 2017

The Heart and the Understanding, part 2 of 2

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding."--Prov. iii. 5.

   "Trust not, wholly distrust, thy own understanding. It can only give thee thoughts and conceptions of Divine things without the reality. It will deceive thee with the thought that the truth, if received into the mind, will somehow surely enter the heart. And so it will blind thee to the terrible experience which is universal, that men daily read, and every Sunday delight to hear God's Word, and yet are made neither humble, nor holy, nor heavenly minded by it.
    Instead of trusting the understanding, come with the heart to the Bible. Instead of trusting the understanding, trust in the Lord, and that with all thy heart. Let not the understanding, but the whole heart set upon the living God as the Teacher, be the chief thing, when thou enterest thy closet. Then shalt thou find good understanding. God will give thee an understanding heart, a spiritual understanding.
    You may ask me, as I have been often asked, "But what am I to do? How am I to study my Bible? I see no way of doing so, but by using the understanding."
    Perfectly right. But do not use it for what it cannot do. Remember two things. One is, that it can only give you a picture or thought of spiritual things. The moment it has done this, go with your heart to the Lord to make His Word life and truth in you. The other is, remember that pride of intellect, the danger of leaning to your own understanding is unceasing, and that nothing, not even the most determined purpose, can save you from this, but only the continual dependence of the heart on the Holy Spirit's teaching. It is alone through the Holy Spirit quickening the Word in the heart, in the disposition and affections, that He can guide the intellect. "The meek will He guide in judgment; the meek will He shew His way." "The fear of the Lord,"--a disposition--"is the beginning of wisdom."
    With every thought from the Word the understanding grasps, bow before God in dependence and trust. Believe with the whole heart that God can and will make it true. Ask for the Holy Spirit to make it work effectually in the heart. So the Word becomes the strength of our life.
    Persevere in this, and the time will come when the Holy Spirit, dwelling in the heart and life, will hold the understanding in subjection, and let His holy light shine through it."

- Andrew Murray (The Inner Chamber and the Inner Life, ch. 13, pgs. 66, 68-70)

*Re-post from 5/17/15

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