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, April 3, 2017

The Kingdom of the Spirit, part 3 of 4

   "But this leads me to say, lastly, that another aspect in which the dispensation of the Spirit may be conceived of as an advance on that of the Son, is that, while the latter was necessarily an individual, the former is a universal presence of Christ, and one which binds all believers in closest harmony and union with each other. The visible, corporeal presence of Christ was, of course, possible only at one spot, and at most only to a few of His followers at one time; and that, moreover, only during the few brief years of His earthly ministry. But the spiritual presence of Christ is a presence not limited by the conditions of space and time, a presence in which all believers at one and the same time may participate, and which is the property, not of one age or period of the world's history, but of His Church always, to the end of the world.
    Moreover, and as involved in this, whilst the earthly presence of Christ did not necessarily imply any relation to each other of those who looked on His person or listened to His voice, the spiritual presence of Christ binds in deepest unity with each other all, in every place and time, to whom it is vouchsafed. The relation of Christians to each other is a relation in which, from its very nature, all division and isolation are broken down; and innumerable and diversified as are the members of the Christian communion, in so far as they truly imbibe the spirit of their faith, all differences are lost in a deeper and more comprehensive unity."

- John Caird (The Fundamental Ideas of Christianity, Volume 2, pgs. 250-252 )

*Re-post from 6/1/15

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