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)

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Christ is here to comfort, part 2 of 3

"It is said that when the monk who opened for
Dante the wanderer the doors of the monastery of
Santa Croce, asked him, "What seek you here?"
he gazed around with restless, hungry eyes, and
slowly answered, "Pacem!" In this world of
trouble all men seek peace; and they find it only
when they have found the Presence. "In this
world ye shall have tribulation," says Christ, "but 
in me peace." 
But the Presence gives not only rest in trouble, 
it gives rest in toil. Those who dwell in the Pres- 
ence work without worry. They learn to say, 

"Labor is rest, and peace is sweet 
If thou, my God, art near." 

Or, better still, changing the one word of uncer- 
tainty in these lines into a word of assurance, they 
say, 

"Labor is rest and peace is sweet 
For thou, my God, art near." 

In this busy, bustling age, this age of restless 
activity, this age in which life has become so com- 
plex as to be burdensome, this age in which the 
brow so often becomes clouded with ''low-thoughted 
care," and when the insecurity of the future 
forms an added element of unrest, nothing can give 
us repose of soul, and hold us up as we tread the 
dusty path of daily toil, but the consciousness that 
the Lord is with us, and that our times are in his 
hands."

- James Mann Campbell (The Presence, pgs. 172-173)

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