inward apprehension or realization of the truth. It is ?through the eternal Spirit? that Christ ?offered himself without blemish unto God,? and it is only through the Holy Spirit that the church has access to the Father, or fallen creatures can return to God.
Here we see that God is Life, self-sufficient Life, and infinite Life, of which the life of the universe is but a faint reflection, a rill from the fountain, a drop from the ocean. Since Christ is the only Revealer, the only outgoing principle in the Godhead, it is he in whom the whole creation comes to be and holds together. He is the Life of nature: all natural beauty and grandeur, all forces molecular and molar, all laws of gravitation and evolution, are the work and manifestation of the omnipresent Christ. He is the Life of humanity: the intellectual and moral impulses of man, so far as they are normal and uplifting, are due to Christ; he is the principle of progress and improvement in history. He is the Life of the church: the one and only Redeemer and spiritual Head of the race is also its Teacher and Lord.
All objective revelation of God is the work of Christ but all subjective manifestation of God is the work of the Holy Spirit. As Christ is the principle of outgoing, so the Holy Spirit is the principle of return to God. God would take up finite creatures into himself, would breath into them his breath and would teach them to launch their little boats upon the infinite current of his life. Our electric cars can go up hill at great speed so long as they grip the cable. Faith is the grip, which connects us with the moving energy of God. ?The universe is homeward bound? because the Holy Spirit is ever turning objective revelation into subjective revelation and is leading men consciously or unconsciously to appropriate the thought and love and purpose of Him, in whom all things find their object and end; ?for of him and through him and unto him are all things?( <451136>Romans 11:36) ? here there is allusion to the Father as the source, the Son as the medium, and the Spirit as the perfecting and completing agent, in God?s operations. But all these external processes are only signs and finite reflections of a life process internal to the nature of God.
Meyer on <430101>John 1:1 ? ?the Word was with God?: ? pro<v to<n qeo>n does not = para< tw~| qew~| , but expresses the existence of the Logos in God in respect of intercourse. The moral essence of this essential fellowship is love, which excludes any merely modalistic conception.? Marcus Dods, Expositor?s Greek Testament, ?in loco : ?This preposition implies intercourse and therefore separate personality.?
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