sympathizing Savior whom is with us when we pray are man, as well as God. This manhood is therefore ubiquitous by virtue of its union with the Godhead.
But this is not to say that Christ?s human body is everywhere present. It would seem that the body must exist in spatial relations and be confined to place. We do not know that this is so with regard to soul. Heaven would seem to be a place, because Christ?s body is there and a spiritual body is not a body but is spirit, but a body, which is suited to the uses of the spirit. But even though Christ may manifest himself, in a glorified human body, only in heaven, his human soul, by virtue of its union with the divine nature, can at the same moment be with all his scattered people over the whole earth. As, in the days of his flesh, his humanity was confined to place, while as to his Deity he could speak of the Son of man who is in heaven, so now, although his human body may be confined to place, his human soul is ubiquitous. Humanity can exist without body; for during the three days in the sepulchre. Christ?s body was on earth, but his soul was in the other world and in like manner there is, during the intermediate state, a separation of the soul and the body of believers. But humanity cannot exist without soul; and if the human Savior is with us, then his humanity, at least so far as respects its immaterial part, must be everywhere present. Per contra , see Shedd, Dogma. Theol., 2:326, 327 . Since Christ?s human nature has derivatively become possessed of divine attributes, there is no validity in the notion of a progressiveness in that nature, now that it has ascended to the right hand of God. See Philippi, Glaubenslehre, 4:131; Van Oosterzee, Dogmatics, 558, 576.
Shedd, Dogma. Theol., 2:327 ? ?Suppose the presence of the divine nature of Christ in the soul of a believer in London. This divine nature is at the same moment conjoined with and present to and modified by, the human nature of Christ, which is in heaven and not in London.? So Hooker, Eccl. Pol., 54, 55, and E. G. Robinson: ?Christ is in heaven at the right hand of the Father, interceding for us, while he is present in the church by his Spirit. We pray to the theanthropic Jesus. Possession of a human body does not now constitute a limitation. We know little of the nature of the present body.? We add to this last excellent remark the expression of our own conviction that the modern conception of the merely relative nature of space and the idealistic view of matter as only the expression of mind and will, have relieved this subject of many of its former difficulties. If Christ is omnipresent and if his body is simply the manifestation of his soul, then every soul may feel the presence of his humanity even now and every eye? may ?see him? at his second coming, even though believers may be separated as far as is Boston from Peking.
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