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, May 25, 2017

God's redemptive action centring in Christ constitutes a revelation, part 3 of 5

    "God's action centring in Christ and redeeming man from sin
is, both as to that which is revealed and the method of the rev-
elation, peculiar to itself, distinct from all other revelations, and
transcends them all.  
    The old distinction of natural and revealed religion and na-
tural and revealed theology is no longer available. All religion
and all knowledge of God imply some action of God revealing
himself to men. In this sense God reveals himself to all men.
This Paul affirms in the first and second chapters of the Epistle
to the Romans, and in his speeches at Athens and at Lystra.
This universal revelation has been already set forth. God re-
veals himself as the absolute Being in the necessary principles
and laws of thought which underlie all scientific knowledge and
make such knowledge possible. In the universe he reveals him-
self as its first Cause and as the Power that maintains it and acts
in it. In the constitution and course of nature and in the con-
stitution and history of man he reveals himself as the absolute
Reason, the personal God. And in man's rational and moral con-
stitution and freedom God reveals himself as the righteous moral
lawgiver and judge; and reveals man to himself not only as a
rational free agent but also as a sinner against God in the trans-
gression of his righteous law. Christianity then is not distin- 
guished from the so called natural religion and theology by the 
fact of revelation, but by the fact of an additional revelation pe- 
culiar to itself. 
    In the first place, it is distinguished by a peculiar line of his- 
torical action in which God reveals himself as the redeemer of 
men from sin. It is God in Christ reconciling the world unto 
himself. From the beginning of history we trace a line of action 
in which God reveals himself as gracious to sinners. This action 
looks forward to Christ and culminates in him. From the God 
in Christ proceeds the divine Spirit. He illuminates the minds 
of men, darkened with sin, with the knowledge of God revealed 
in Christ as the Redeemer; he bears the influences and energies 
of God's redeeming grace through all the world and perpetuates 
them through the earthly history of mankind; thus he from age 
to age is gathering out of the world a community of the re- 
deemed, a kingdom of Christ, a kingdom of righteousness and 
peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, comprising all who under the 
influence of God's grace are willing to turn from sin and to trust 
and serve God in a new and spiritual life."

- Samuel Harris (The Self-Revelation of God, pgs. 448-449)

*Re-post from 8/4/15

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