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 13, 2015

Christ is here to reign, part 6 of 7

   "The world-wide work of social redemption which
Christ has begun he is well able to finish. He has
power to draw the world to himself, and to recon-
struct it according to the heavenly ideal. He him-
self never doubted the ultimate triumph of his
kingdom. His teaching does not contain a single
pessimistic note. Never once did he doubt his
ability to deliver the world from sin and from all
the havoc sin has wrought. And thus far he has
made good. Our hope that he will succeed is based
upon the knowledge of what he has already accom-
plished. He has given us every reason to believe
in him. His presence has been the glow of a new
sunrise, the dawning of a new day of catholicity,
freedom, justice, kindness, brotherhood. Unless
he withdraws from the world, and gives it up, we
have no reason to doubt its ultimate redemption,
for his power over it is constantly increasing. As
never before he is the central object of the world's
hope. Even those who have lost faith in the church
often retain faith in him. They acknowledge the
immense debt of gratitude which the world owes
him; they turn to him in the hour of extremity as
the true and tried Friend of humanity; with a faith
that puts to shame the unbelief of those Christians
who magnify what Christ is going to do by mini-
fying what he has already done, they believe in the
glorious possibilities of the present — holding that
if Christ's way were only followed all would be
right with the world. What comfort of hope would
come to this class did they also see that the Christ
who is Lover and Brother of all men holds the
future of the world in his wounded hands!
    The perplexing problems of the present require
to be studied in the light of the presence of Christ.
If he is here in all the plenitude of his spiritual
power his presence is to be taken into account in
the solution of all the political, social, and indus-
trial problems that now confront us. Let his pres-
ence become a living reality, and the future will
be faced with calm hopefulness; for working
alongside of the leaven of iniquity will be seen a
power sufficient to counteract it. Mighty is sin,
but mightier is the grace of the unseen Christ.
    War still goes on. True; but Christ, the Prince
of Peace, is here to end it. No hand but his can stay
the red hand of rapine and bring peace on earth.
Until his love quenches human greed and hate,
the sword shall not be beat into the plowshare, nor
the spear into the pruning hook. Let the world
bow before his scepter, "and nation shall not lift
up sword against nation, neither shall they learn
war any more." "

- James Mann Campbell (The Presence, pgs. 192-193)

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