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 25, 2017

The Spirit of Christ and His Love

'Know then that I am love incarnate; I have clothed myself with flesh that I might reign in your hearts. Love one another as I have loved you, and you will no longer find me absent. All my life and sufferings have this for their end—that Divine love should tabernacle permanently among men. I have been manifest in the flesh, I must be manifest in the Church. Love one another as I have loved you, that earth, startled to see me ascending on high, may turn to you, and behold with glad surprise Christ in you. Love is about to have the highest revelation it has ever had; but when you gaze upon the cross, especially when the Holy Spirit enables you to look with intelligent eye upon it, understand that the love there revealed is your model. That which dies upon the cross is to live in you. "By this shall all men know:" this is that evidence that none shall be able to resist.'

'Having been introduced in the person of Jesus into our common humanity, Love refuses to disengage itself, and makes provision for its own perpetuation. Whatever discoveries the disciples were yet to make of the love of Christ, from His death on the cross, and by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, were discoveries of the love they were required to entertain for one another. They were each commissioned to carry on the loving life of Jesus.'

'But how may this thing be? It is by virtue of the union of the believer to Christ that the heart of the former becomes the depositary of the Saviour's own love for His people. The vocation of every believer is this: to be a revelator of the love of Christ.'

' "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." Is it difficult to see why the prayers of Christ's people are not more promptly fulfilled? They do not suffer His word to abide in them, they do not practically recognise their obligation to love one another as He has loved them. Who knows how many priceless expressions of the Father's love toward us are effectually repressed by the fact that we are inattentive to the sweet mandate of Jesus, to give each other His love? We profess to desire earnestly the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, but we shall do well to note that one of the first things which the Holy Spirit will aim to produce in us will be this Christ-like love to the brethren.'

'My Christian brethren see not the Saviour with their bodily eye, but I have been commissioned by the Saviour to afford them, in some sense, a compensation for this deficiency. I am commanded to let the love which found exhibition in His mortal person find now its exhibition in my life--a command which would be utterly idle and futile, were it not that He, the ever-loving One, is willing to put His own love within me. The command is really no more than to be a branch of the True Vine. I am to cease from my own living and loving, and yield myself to be the expression of Christ's love.'

George Bowen: Love Revealed.

Quote taken from The Spirit of Christ by Andrew Murray, Note P.

*Re-post from 7/11/15

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