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)

Friday, October 2, 2015

Christ is here to comfort, part 3 of 3

"It was the distinct promise of the Master at the
time of his departure that when he returned his
disciples would exchange weeds of mourning for
garments of joy. ''Ye therefore now have sorrow:
but I will see you again, and your heart shall
rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you." "I
will not leave you orphans: I will come to you."
Looking for the fulfillment of this promise, Peter,
after Christ had ascended, said, "Thou shalt make 
me full of gladness in thy presence" (Acts 2. 28, 
marginal reading. Rev. Ver.). This was the 
essence of the hope of the early Christians. In 
some way Christ was to be given back to them, and 
in his gladdening presence they were to find a fore- 
glimpse of heaven. 
To us this hope has been fulfilled. We are not 
orphans in a desolate world. The consoling Pres- 
ence is ever with us. In our utmost extremity he 
is bending over us, touching our aching head with 
his hand of sympathy, and lulling us to rest. Alas 
that we should ever forget it! 

We forget — and yet he is always here! 
    He knows our needs, and he heeds our sighs; 
No night so long but he sooths and stills 
    Till the dawn-light rims the skies."

- James Mann Campbell (The Presence, pgs. 173-174)

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