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, April 6, 2017

Jesus Christ speaks of the descent of the Spirit as a new and special gift

   "The teaching of Jesus Christ respecting the ministry of the Holy Ghost is so peculiar as to raise the inquiry, Where was the Holy Ghost during the earthly ministry of the Son of man? Throughout the Old Testament there are the clearest testimonies as to His personal service in the ancient church, and yet Jesus Christ speaks of the descent of the Spirit as a new and special gift: for example--"I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter;" "the Comforter which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name;" "If I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you." All this is strange, almost startling indeed, after reading the Old Testament. Where was the Spirit that had moved on the face of the waters, that had garnished the heavens, that had striven with antediluvian man, that had been poured out upon Israel? Was His ministry suspended? It may be suggested that the fulness of the Spirit had not been realised in the ancient church, which is undoubtedly true; yet though true it is insufficient to account for the treatment of His descent as a new visitation and benediction of God. The answer would seem rather to be, that the Holy Ghost was in Jesus Christ Himself, and could not be given to the church as a distinctively Christian gift until the first period of the incarnation had been consummated in the Ascension of the Son of man,--"If I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart I will send Him unto you." Jesus Christ was Himself the New Testament: whatever happened aforetime was but preparative and typical: from His coming the world was to date its regeneration and the church was to reckon its birth. "In Him dwelt all the fulness of the godhead bodily;" and when the influence of that godhead was poured out upon the church, it came as if from the very heart of Christ, and was impregnated with all the elements which made up the mystery and beneficence of the Incarnation."

- Joseph Parker (The Paraclete, pgs. 96-97)

*Re-post from 6/10/15

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