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, April 18, 2017

Christ's Love the constructive force in life, part 2 of 6

  "We seem possessed by the idea that what Christ's
love is to do for us—and about all that Christ's love
is to do for us—is to be the repairing and renewing
influence for our lives. It is to be the solace of our
souls when the world has disquieted us: it is the
medicine that brings back the lost health of the spirit
when the thousand ills whereby the spirit may be
attacked have sapped the spirit's strength: it is the
last and surest support whereon our lamed and
helpless lives, as all other supports are found to fail,
may confidently fall back and fearlessly lean. Of
course the existence and reality of Christ's great love
is always to us a fact set far beyond possibility of
question: we carry with us, through all our changeful
hours and our winding ways, the assurance that,
come what may, that love at any rate will be waiting
to receive and shelter us if all our resources should
prove unequal to the strain life may bring; and we
see, held ready to embrace us if the pressure of
hostile circumstance or the threatenings of fate should
frighten us into utter inability to do anything for
ourselves, the arms of Him who is strong to save.
But seldom is it realised that Christ's tenderness is
to be the main supporting force of life even in
the normal condition of things—when there are no
terrors, no insoluble difficulties, no threatening foes
that make the heart tremble and the cheek blanch
with fear. When the sense of strength pulses in us,
when the step is light along an easy road, when all
oppositions appear to have withdrawn and no enemies
molest—then comes upon us too often the indifference
which Strength is apt to feel for Love, and we think
of and look upon the tenderness of the Christ as a
thing afar off. It is still there, we know; and when
the need recurs we shall fling ourselves upon it again,
we know; but, for the time being, the power that
lives in us puts us beyond the need of reclining upon
the help it can afford. The love of Christ is taken to
be our rest when we are weary, not the very inspira-
tion by which we live when we are strong. It comes
in to set things right for us when all has gone to
chaos and disaster, but is not the influence wherein
we live and move and have our being when no sign
of danger presents itself and the sky is clear.
    And we need to learn that Christ's love, and our
resting upon it, is not only the compensation for the
things wherein we fail, but the actual strength of all
we have and are. His love set on us is the positive
force that makes us: even when we think ourselves
able to master our fate and to prove ourselves lords
over the circumstances of life, it is only because
Christ loves us that we can do so; and in our times
of strength we need to be casting ourselves upon
Christ's tenderness in order that the strength may be
rightly used, just as truly as in our times of weakness
we need to cast ourselves upon Christ's tenderness in
order that the weakness may be relieved. It is not
that we need to be loved by Christ when all power is
gone from us, and can do without His love—at any
rate without so real and profound an experience of
it—when power returns. When we think that we
can manage life, make something out of life, control
life, go straight ahead, so to say, through life—then
do we still need to remember that it is only because
the Christ loves us we can do these things; and only
as we remember that shall we do them to the full.
In the moments of felt power must we recognise that
from the love of Christ set upon us does all the power
come, and even then must we seek to yield ourselves
to His love, knowing that by His love and by our
yielding to it must all our life be built and made."

- Henry William Clark (Meanings and Methods of the Spiritual Life, pgs. 189-191)

*Re-post from 6/21/15

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