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)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Who is it that can satisfy the longing in every human heart?

"1. In Christ there was an outward lowly state as Servant, which preceded His state of glory as King. It was His faithfulness in the first that led Him to the second. Let every believer who longs to partake with Christ in His glory, first faithfully follow Him in His denial of self; the Spirit will in due time reveal the glory within Him.
2. Christ's glory was specially the fruit of His suffering of the death of the cross. It is as l enter into the death of the cross in its double aspect, Christ's crucifixion for me, my crucifixion with Christ, that the heart is opened for the Spirit's revelation of the glorified Christ.
3. It is not having glorious thoughts and impressions at times of my Lord's glory that can satisfy me; it is Christ Himself glorified in mein my personal life, in the way of a Divine and heavenly power uniting His life in glory with my life; it is this alone can satisfy His heart and mine.
4. Again l say: Glory be to God ! this Spirit, the Spirit of the Glorified One, is within me. He hath possession of my inmost life. By His grace l will withdraw that life from the ways of self and sin, and wait, and worship in the assured confidence that He will take full possession, will prepare the heart, will glorify my Lord in me."
- Andrew Murray (The Spirit of Christ, Fifth Day, p. 59)

*Re-post from 5/10/15

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