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, July 5, 2017

He becomes to the soul the Spirit of both the divine and the human, as it was in Christ Jesus

    "Hence we are taught that the Holy Spirit
when He comes to the soul, does not speak of
Himself — of His own personality — but He takes
of the things that belong to Christ, and shows
them to the believer. (John xvi. 15.) When the soul is con-
scious of the Divine presence, it does not recog- 
nize two personalities; because the Spirit comes
clothed in the personality of Jesus, and its life
is bestowed through the manifestations which
God makes of Himself in His Son.
    The Holy Spirit gives to the soul by influx
through the susceptibility, a newer and higher
consciousness of the Divine nature, which is
love. But He is not a revealer of new truths,
nor an exhibitor of His own personality. When
He visits the pious mind, He does not lead that 
mind to think of Himself, but of Jesus. He 
takes of the manifestations of the Divine char- 
acter, made by Christ, and gives them efficacy, 
by power and love, in the human soul. He 
comes to us through the Son, baptized in his 
humanities, as a ray of light takes the hue of 
the medium through which it passes; and thus 
He becomes to the soul the Spirit of both the 
divine and the human, as it was in Christ Jesus. 
The Son of God manifests the Divine mind; the 
Spirit of God uses that manifestation to sanctify 
and save us. Hence Christ and the Spirit are 
one to the soul, and one in the Church to the 
end of the dispensation; as He said, "Lo, I am 
with you alway, even to the end of the world." "

- James Barr Walker (The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit, pgs. 39-40)

*Re-post from 7/9/15
*Re-post from 10/4/15

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