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, May 23, 2017

God's redemptive action centring in Christ constitutes a revelation, part 1 of 5

    "God's redemptive action centring in Christ constitutes a
revelation. In Christ and in God's redemptive action centring
in him as recorded in the Bible, God reveals himself as the Re-
deemer of men from sin. The redemptive action is the revela-
tion. It is a revelation of God himself by what he does, as distin-
guished from a revelation of ready-made doctrines and precepts
communicated in words.
    It was shown in a former chapter that a man cannot know any
object merely by his own subjective activity. The object must
first act in some way on him and so reveal itself, and then the
mind reacts on the object, perceiving and apprehending it. The
same is true of God. Man cannot know God by dint of mere
subjective thinking. There must be some action of God in which
he comes out from the secrecy of his being and reveals himself.
It is essential in the idea of revelation that it must be made
primarily in what God does. Accordingly God's action in re-
demption constitutes his revelation of himself as redeemer. It
is a revelation of himself made in actually redeeming men from
condemnation and sin, not a revelation of truth communicated
in words.
    Here is a double contrast. The object revealed is not prima-
rily formulated truth or doctrine or precept; it is not even reli-
gion; it is God himself, the Redeemer of men. And the revelation
is made not primarily by the medium of words and sentences but
by deeds. It is not an absent father writing to his children to
instruct them as to the nature of the family and the grounds of
filial duty and informing them what he would have them do. It
is rather a father living among his children revealing himself in
all which he does for and with them. God reveals himself in
redemption as the sun reveals itself by shining to all that see its
light and feel its heat. Very different would the revelation of
the sun be by a message to men in total darkness, teaching them
by words the scientific theory of light."

- Samuel Harris (The Self-Revelation of God, pgs. 446-447)

*Re-post from 8/3/15

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