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 9, 2015

Christ is here to reign, part 2 of 7

"The coming of Christ in his kingdom presents
his work of salvation in its social rather than in
its individual aspects. He is the Saviour of the
world as well as the Saviour of the soul. He is
in the midst of the social wreck and ruin, seeking
to build out of its scattered fragments the new
temple of God; he is removing oppressive burdens,
making social adjustments, promoting social right-
eousness, actualizing social ideals, and bringing the
sons of men into possession of their heavenly birth-
right. In his hand is the only solution of the social
and industrial problems of to-day.
His method is radical in that it founds all social
reform upon spiritual change, making all political
and economic progress dependent upon the develop-
ment of right character, and seeking to bring in
the ideal social order by creating ideal lives. Not
by the improvement of the social machine, but by
the generating of a new motive power; not by the
increase of collective and average wealth and com-
fort, but by the increase of goodness; not by the
elimination of poverty, but by the destruction of
selfishness; not by the awakening of a spirit of
enlightened self-interest, but by the creation of a
spirit of brotherly self-sacrifice will the high hopes
that fill the hearts of the socialistic dreamers be
realized. Before socialism can enter the kingdom
of heaven it must be born from above. An English
socialist remarks that many of the panaceas offered
are of no more value than a poultice to a wooden
leg. His words are true, although in a different
sense from that in which he meant them. There
is one, and only one panacea for our social ills,
and that is the birth of a new spirit. Social ref-
ormation cannot be reached in any shorter or easier
way than by personal regeneration."

- James Mann Campbell (The Presence, pgs. 185-186)

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