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, June 5, 2017

By means of the Holy Spirit mankind becomes partakers of the Messianic goods

    "Consider, then, the summary of the preaching of John
the Baptist (Mt 3:2), of Jesus (Mt 4:17; Lk 4:16-19; of.
4:15-16), and of Peter, Acts 2:38. Peter retains the bap-
tism of repentance unto remission of sins, of John and Jesus,
but instead of the phrase, "The Kingdom of God is at hand,"
we read "Ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." The
immediate interest is in the present. Baptism has become
baptism in the name of Jesus. And the new relation to Jesus
which the believer in the Risen Lord sustains creates in
him the spiritual powers which are active in the new age
and which are characteristic of the Messianic time. By
means of the Holy Spirit, then, men become partakers of the
Messianic goods, the chief of which is fellowship with God
and Christ. It is no accident that the description of the
common life (2:42-7) in gladness and singleness of heart, 
praising God, etc., follows the description of the great 
effusion. It is the earthly counterpart of the heavenly 
grace. The meaning of this fellowship is well explained 
by Rackham,- 
"The fellowship is, spiritually, the Fellow - 
ship of, i.e. a real vital unity with, the Son of God 
Jesus Christ. This unity is effected through the Spirit, 
so it becomes the fellowship of the Holy Ghost. And 
where the Son and Spirit are, there is the Father, so it 
is fellowship with the Father. Christians then are fellow - 
partakers of the divine nature: therefore they have fellow- 
ship with one another." 1

1. Rackham, Acts of the Apostles, p. 35."

- Fred Daniel Gealy (The Significance of Jesus for the Holy Spirit Experiences of the pre-Pauline Church, pgs.192-193)

*Re-post from 8/25/15

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