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)

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Christ is here to strengthen and transform, part 1 of 3

"This he does by his inspiring companionship.
An eminent scientist, from whose soul the light
of faith had faded, sorrowfully exclaimed, "The
Great Companion is dead." The joyful declaration
of those who walk in the way of faith is, "The
Great Companion still lives." It is true that he
died, and after a few brief years on this earth
passed out of sight. But he has returned as he
promised; and is united to his own by indissoluble
bonds. Although unseen, he is ever with them, the
light of their life forever. It is not enough to say
that "the idea of his life has become a permanent
element in the spiritual life of the world," that his
name has not sunk in the waters of oblivion, that
his influence has outlived his earthly life, and that
in this sense he has triumphed over death. Along
with the abiding influence of his thoughts and moral
ideals we have his own abiding presence.
The resurrection of Christ marked the beginning
of a new and intimate relation between him and
his people. The old friendship was renewed, but
upon a lighter level. While the familiar friend of
bygone days was not lost, something of awe was
mingled with the new friendship. After his ascen-
sion a still closer fellowship and more intimate
communion was to be enjoyed between them.
"Henceforth," he had said, "I call you not servants,
but friends." Up to this time they had enjoyed his
company outwardly; now they were to enter into
spiritual communion with him and become friends
of the soul. His departure, instead of building up
a wall of separation between them, was to break
every barrier down. The friendship begun on the
earthly plane would be perpetuated on a higher
plane. They would be in the same spiritual realm,
although on different sides of it; and while bodily
contact would be absent, there would be the touch
of spirit upon spirit.
This friendship with the Divine Friend, the Friend
of friends, which is the peculiar privilege of the
new dispensation, is based upon reciprocal relations.
It involves a mutual giving and taking. It is gov-
erned by the law of mutuality expressed in the
words, "My beloved is mine, and I am his." We open
our hearts to him, he opens his heart to us, making
the most intimate revealings of the inmost things;
telling us all things that have been made known
to him of the Father. It is our privilege, if we will
only seize it, to be on such intimate terms with the
Master as the Scotch people describe in the expres-
sion, "far ben"; that is, far in; in the inner chamber
of divine fellowship. To this high, and holy, and
reverential friendship Christ invites us all. He
longs for our company and confidence. He
patiently waits for our response to his friendship."

- James Mann Campbell (The Presence, pgs. 174-176)

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