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, July 24, 2017

The satisfaction of humanity in Jesus Christ, part 1 of 9

   "If we put beside the life of Paul the life of any one of his great contemporaries in the pagan world, we note a striking difference in our estimate of them. We naturally think of his contemporaries simply in their own personality; we cannot think of Paul without thinking more of Christ. The life of Seneca, for example, cannot be referred in any considerable degree to another person, only to the general civilization of which he was a part. The life of Paul is distinctly referable to Jesus Christ. No philosopher, or moralist, or religious devotee of Paul's time could have said, after the analogy of his memorable utterance, "That life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith which is in (One) who loved me and gave himself up for me."..... But within Christianity the utterance of Paul became the familiar language of the growing fellowship, and at length one of the commonplaces of human experience. A constantly increasing proportion of the human race acknowledges, gratefully and joyfully, the fact that its life is not altogether its own, but that, like Paul's, it is distinctly referable in its new spiritual capacity to the indwelling life of Christ.
    Jesus Christ has not imposed or enforced his life upon men. This fact is quite as significant as the fact of his possession of humanity. He has possessed no heart which he did not first satisfy. He continues to possess only because he satisfies. Satisfaction is the secret, as it is the measure, of the power of Jesus over the human heart. He renders satisfaction at points in respect to which it is otherwise impossible to obtain it, and that which he renders is absolute and complete."

- Smyth, Tucker, Churchill, Harris, and Hincks (The Divinity of Jesus Christ, pgs. 208-209)

*Re-post from 8/17/15

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