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 8, 2015

Christ is here to reign, part 1 of 7

"It is distinctly stated that at the opening of the
new age the Son of man was to be seen "coming
in his kingdom" (Matt. 16. 28). His coming was
to be at once personal and dispensational. He was
to come in a kingly way; and in the establishment
of his kingdom the end of his coming was to be
realized.
In the coming of the kingdom of Christ the
Messianic hopes of the early Christians centered.
And they had good grounds for their hopes. Jesus
himself preached "the gospel of the kingdom"
(Matt. 9. 35) ; he charged the twelve to preach,
saying, "The kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matt.
10. 7). Instead of looking upon his kingdom as
something in the distant future they were to look
upon it as something about to be set up. Upon his
return in kingly power he was to subdue all things
unto himself, and build up on earth that ideal king-
dom, modeled after heavenly principles and laws,
which he set forth as the final goal of all his effort
and of all the effort of his people.
The nature of his kingdom Jesus himself
describes. "Being asked by the Pharisees, when
the kingdom of God cometh, he answered them and
said, The kingdom of God cometh not with obser- 
vation: neither shall they say, Lo, here! or, There! 
for lo, the kingdom of God is within you" (Luke 
17. 20, 21). The marginal reading is, "the king- 
dom of God is in the midst of you." It was already 
there in all its potential power in the person, of its 
King. It was to come in the fullness of its power, 
when its King, crowned with honor and glory 
because of the triumph of his redeeming work, 
should return to claim for himself his kingdom, 
and make good his claim. 
The promise that he would come in his kingdom 
has been fulfilled. The king is here; his kingdom 
has come — it is coming increasingly. 

Who would sit down and sigh for a lost age of gold 
   When the King of all ages is here? 

Although unseen, and often unacknowledged, he 
is reigning over this world. But how? His king- 
dom of heavenly and spiritual power is humanly 
exercised. "The king eternal, immortal, and invisi- 
ble" is not seated upon a throne remote; he does 
not dwell apart "pavilioned in splendor"; his pres- 
ence chamber is more likely to be found in some 
humble attic than in a lordly palace. He comes to us 
to-day making the same appeal to faith as in the 
days of his flesh; and if we are to see him as he is 
now coming in his kingdom, we must get rid of all 
preconceived ideas of royalty, for this is a new kind 
of a King, and this is a new kind of a kingdom. 
Jesus sought to have it understood that his king- 
dom is not of this world; that it is not a thing 
of political dominion, but of moral supremacy; that 
its insignia is not a scepter of gold, but a scepter 
of righteousness; that it is founded not upon 
force, but upon truth; that it is upheld not by the 
arm of the state, but by the power of love."

- James Mann Campbell (The Presence, pgs. 183-185)

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