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)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Christ is here to judge, part 1 of 2

"For judgment he came into the world at first.
For judgment he came the second time. The day
of his return was a day of judgment. At the end
of the Jewish age he appeared "in flaming fire tak-
ing vengeance." His work of judgment was then
disclosed. In his judicial capacity he is now
seated upon a throne, high and lifted up. To him
all authority has been given. Behind him are all
the executive forces of the universe, which he can
use against them that do evil. The tramp of his
horses can be heard as they march to battle. In
the seat of judicial power he will remain, till right
and wrong are carried to their issues, and his
enemies are made the footstool of his feet.
The event described as "the day of the Lord,"
"the great and dreadful day of the Lord," was the
day of the Lord's Second Advent. There have
been many great and terrible days of the Lord since
then; but the greatest of them all is still in the
future. The age-judgments are to be followed
by a world-judgment in which the present dispen-
sation shall be wound up. But the importance of
that final judgment must not be allowed to obscure
the momentous fact that the judgment seat of
Christ is now erected, that all men are brought
before it, and that the work of judgment is now
going on. The nations are being brought before
his judgment seat, and he is separating them one
from another, as a shepherd divideth the sheep
from the goats. His law is the standard by which
the nations are being judged. Everywhere the
word of his mouth is being accepted as the supreme
standard of moral action.
Our industrial system is before Christ's judg-
ment seat. In so far as it is built upon selfishness
it stands condemned in the eyes of the world, inas-
much as the Golden Rule of Christ has come to be
tacitly accepted as the standard of social action.
Whatever in the present industrial situation is con-
trary to the mind of Christ has upon it the seal 
of universal condemnation."

- James Mann Campbell (The Presence, pgs. 180-182)

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