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)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The satisfaction of humanity in Jesus Christ, part 2 of 9

   "Manifestly such a fact must have a bearing upon our conception of the person of Christ. We must interpret Christ in part through that humanity of which he is so great a present factor, and in which he lives according to the conscious experience of so large a portion of the race. It would be as unscientific as it would be unnatural to ignore the fact in our interpretation of his person. We will try to apprehend with some definiteness the satisfaction of humanity in Jesus Christ, before we attempt to apply the fact to the present discussion of his divinity.
    Jesus Christ has satisfied humanity in its desire to know God. Through him, and through him alone, we know that we know God. The certainty of our knowledge, in things spiritual as in things natural, is always worth more to us than the completeness of that knowledge. There is a sense in which the revelation of God in Jesus Christ is not complete, but we feel that it is sure, which is but saying that it is morally complete. Other disclosures concerning God await our entrance upon the larger realities of our being, when once we take our place more intelligently in the universe, but of what God is to us here and now, and of what He must always be to us morally, we can no longer have a doubt. The revelation of God in Christ matches the whole ethical nature of man.
    One evidence of this assertion, and at times a very impressive evidence, is the fact that the Christian revelation of God has put down that protesting element in human nature which always attends the false conception of God. The God whom we know through Jesus Christ commends himself to bad men as well as to good men. No man is able, under that revelation, to rise up in his sin and wickedness, and say, in any kind of self-justification, or with any consent whatever of his moral nature, I protest against God. God rules in the revelation of Jesus Christ with an absolute supremacy, because He rules there, not by the authority of might, but by the authority of a merciful righteousness."

- Smyth, Tucker, Churchill, Harris, and Hincks (The Divinity of Jesus Christ, pgs. 209-211)

*Re-post from 8/18/15

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