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 14, 2015

Christ is here to reign, part 7 of 7

   "Unrighteous oppression exists. Yes, but Christ
is here to end it. There is no wrong that he is
not able to righten, no evil for which he has not pro-
vided a remedy, no emergency for which he is
unprepared. He knows all about the present situa-
tion. His tear-dimmed eyes that looked from the
brow of Olivet upon Jerusalem take in the whole
of the sin and sorrow of every city. He sees the
unjust monopolies which rob men of that equality
of opportunity which is their inalienable birthright,
and which crush honest industry into the dust; he
sees the growing bitterness and dissatisfaction of
the working classes; he sees the increasing intensity
of the fight for bread; he sees the car of progress
transformed into the car of modern juggernaut,
whose path is marked by the mangled souls and
bodies of the victims of an unchristian commercial-
ism. Indifferent to these things he cannot be.
Upon the spoiler he looks with eyes of flame, upon
the victim with eyes of tenderest pity. But is he
impotent? Can he do nothing to help? Is he doing
nothing to help? Is he unable to effect social
adjustments, to transform business methods, to
furnish new social ideals and to impart new social
motives? Who that believes in him as the world's
Redeemer can for a moment doubt his power? We
may be sure that where anything is wrong, he will
not leave it alone until he has put it right. He is
not yet through with the world. "He shall not fail
nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in
the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law."
Long and toilsome may be the way, many and dark
may be the tragedies which come from the opposi-
tion of the forces of evil to the divine program,
but his plan will not miscarry, nor will his power fail
in the accomplishment of its object. The evolu-
tionary process which has God for its origin and 
Christ for its agent has redemption for its end. A 
redeemed world, a finished world, a world brought 
by the unseen Christ into harmony with heaven's 
order is the goal to which all things tend. 
    O, that the church of to-day might see that 
Christ has not delayed his coming, that he has not 
kept the world waiting through long centuries for 
his return; but that since "for to this end Christ 
both died and rose, and revived, that he might be 
the Lord both of the dead and living" (Rom. 14. 9), 
his presence in the world to-day means that he 
is here to establish his sovereignty over men. 
Instead, then, of looking for his coming through 
the cloven skies, the church is to look for it in the 
triumph of righteousness through the leavening of 
the world with the gospel of his grace; instead of 
pushing all the manifestations of his power into 
the future, she is to look upon her living Lord as 
her powerful ally whom nothing can vanquish, her 
unseen King, whose complete sovereignty over all 
the kingdoms of the world no alien power can ever 
usurp, that she may arise from the dust and shine 
forth in the resplendent glory of her puissant King, 
fair as the moon in love, clear as the sun in holiness, 
and terrible in might as a bannered host."

- James Mann Campbell (The Presence, pgs. 193-195)

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