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, October 7, 2015

Christ is here to judge, part 2 of 2

"More and more men are being judged in their
treatment of their fellow men by Christ's ethics.
Where he is not formally acknowledged he is often
unconsciously honored. Whatever he does not
approve is condemned. Whatever he approves is
praised. To know his mind is to know the true
ethical test. To judge righteous judgment is to
echo his sentence.
The judgment of Christ in this age is a con-
tinuous process, which is made real when his pres-
ence is made real. In the light of his countenance
wickedness in high places, and in low places, stands
rebuked. This is the reason why those who sin
shun the Presence. They are afraid to come into
the light, lest their deeds should be reproved. But
what the presence of the judging Christ will be to
a sinner depends upon his attitude to his sin. To
the impenitent he will be an awful Presence before
whom he will quake with fear; to the penitent he
will be a gracious Presence before whom he will
rejoice with trembling.
In the judgment of the present the judgment of
the future is foreshadowed; the present personal
reckoning which all have to make with Christ is
prophetic of the world-wide reckoning yet to come;
the harvest which is gathered now in the field of
life is an earnest of the larger harvest to be gath-
ered when the season of present opportunity is
ended; the verdict which is now passed upon char-
acter when it is brought for testing into the light
of Christ's life and teaching is a forecast of the
final sentence of weal or woe which will thrill the
heart of every man when he stands before the great
white throne."

- James Mann Campbell (The Presence, pgs. 182-183)

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