"The historic Christ as the New Testament portrays Him will remain, the starting-point in history of the new life-offer, all the more real....because on the present He IS what the history declares Him to have been. And the supernatural Christ, given not merely as a truth to the mind, but as a dynamic reality to the inner experience—the experience of Him being actually....an experience of His constant creative power--remains the same yesterday and to-day and for evermore." - Henry William Clark
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)
Sunday, June 4, 2017
By the one Mediator, Jesus Christ
"By the one mediator, Jesus Christ, the universal purpose of the one God in the creation of man is brought to fulfillment. Hidden from created sight, dwelling not in darkness impenetrable, but in light that is inaccessible, God manifests Himself mediately, through Christ; carries out His purposes through Christ. When He would create or save a world, it is done through Christ. Whatever dealings He has with man, or man with Him, are carried on through Christ. Standing in union with God and man, Christ the God-man forms the golden link that binds them together. Nor does His mediatorship express a temporary but an eternal relation. It was not something begun with His incarnation. His incarnation was merely the self-revelation of His abiding presence as the Mediating Word through whom God had been continually manifesting Himself to humanity, through whom He had continually been acting upon humanity, and through whom He had unweariedly been seeking to bring humanity into abiding union with Himself."