The term “Historical Jesus” refers to the reconstruction of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth is based upon analysis of both the Gospel texts and the Apocrypha. In addition, other religious texts, from Jewish, Muslim or Hindu sources, along with consideration of the historical and cultural context in which he lived, are also used.
The Cosmic Christ is a term for the external Christ-consciousness. It is through connection to the Cosmic Christ, or Christ Without, through various spiritual practices and techniques that one can instill and facilitate the growth of the Christ-consciousness within the individual, or the Christ Within.
In esoteric Christian and Spiritual teachings, the Historical Jesus of Nazareth was the focal point for, and anchored on behalf of humanity, the Cosmic Christ in the world during his time of physical incarnation.