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)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A blessedness worth any sacrifice

"As long as the Christian only asks what is easy
and pleasant, he will never understand that it is
expedient, really better for us, that Christ should
not be on earth. But as soon as the thoughts of
difficulty and sacrifice are set aside, in the honest
desire to become a truly God-like man, bearing the
full image of the first-born Son, and in all things
living well-pleasing to the Father, the thought of
Jesus' departure that His Spirit may now become
our very own, and we be exercised and disciplined
in the life of faith, will be welcomed with gladness
and gratitude. If to follow the leading of the
Spirit, and specially the personal friendship and
guidance of Jesus in it, be a much more difficult
and dangerous path than it would have been to
follow Him on earth, we must remember the privilege
we enjoy, the nobility we attain, the intimacy of
fellowship with God we enter into, — all these are
infinitely greater.To have the Holy Spirit of God
coming through the human nature of our Lord,
entering into our spirits, identifying Himself with
us, and becoming our very own just as He was the
Spirit of Christ Jesus on earth,— surely this is a
blessedness worth any sacrifice, for it is the beginning
of the indwelling of God Himself."

- Andrew Murray (The Spirit of Christ, p. 100)

*Re-post from 9/3/15

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