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)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Christ is here to comfort, part 1 of 3

"The three evils which exist in the world, for the
removal of which the living Redeemer is ever at
work, are sin, sickness, and sorrow. Sin is the
tap root from which sickness and sorrow grow;
until it is eradicated they are bound to exist. And
while they exist they are by a divine alchemy
transmuted into redemptive agencies. That is the
reason why Jesus did not cure all sickness or
remove all trouble from the world. His healing
ministry was limited, and incidental to his larger
and deeper spiritual ministry. It is so still. All
sickness is not cured; all trouble is not removed;
but when deliverance is denied help is always given;
when the evil remains he gives grace to bear it,
and to profit by it. And, since the Consoler never
leaves us alone in our trouble.

Why do we worry about the road 
    With its hill or deep ravine? 
In a dismal path, or a heavy load 
    We are helped by hands unseen. 

Through all the Christian centuries there have
appeared a succession of holy martyrs, each one
of whom has died confessing his faith in the Divine
Presence.

As in that flaming fire he trod 
   One walked with him in glorious form, 
   One ever near in fire and storm, 
And he was like the Son of God. 

Yea, he was the Son of God.
In less conspicuous ways others have borne wit-
ness to a like experience. Walking in the light of
the Presence they have found a center of rest in
the midst of earth's disquietude; when forlorn
and desolate, the consciousness of the comforting
Presence has changed the gloom of winter into
the sunshine of summer; when the storms of life
have beat upon their devoted heads, in the shelter-
ing Presence they have found a safe retreat; when
fainting on the desert march under a pitiless sun,
they have calmly rested in the Presence as in the
shadow of a great rock in a weary land; when
agitated by fear and foreboding, they have heard the
voice of One by their side whispering, 'Fear thou
not, for I am with thee," and they have lain

In the sunlight of God 
Like a ship in the isles of the blest."

- James Mann Campbell (The Presence, pgs. 171-172)

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