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, March 22, 2016

Christianity is something more than a system of ethics!

*Re-post from 07/13/14

   "The relation of the Spirit's work to the establishment of the kingdom of Christ upon the earth is oftentimes completely overlooked.  The affirmation is made and reiterated that Christ's kingdom is built up upon the Sermon on the Mount; but the distinction is not always observed between what the kingdom is built up upon, and what it is built up by.  It is indeed built up upon the ethical principles enunciated in the Sermon on the Mount, but it is built up by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Christianity is something more than a system of ethics; it is a thing of life and power.  It not only shows men what is right, but also empowers them to do it. The Spirit is the spiritual dynamic which gives to the ethical teaching of Jesus practical effect.  Apart from the Spirit's working, Jesus would be simply a teacher of morals, and not a Savior; and His gospel, instead of being the power of God unto salvation, would be simply the declaration of correct ethical principles.  Take out of Christianity the idea of the risen, ascended, ever living, ever-working Christ now present in the world in the Spirit, and it is shorn of it's power.  In the activity of Christ in the present, the emphasis ought to be placed upon what He is doing rather than upon what He is teaching, that those who acknowledge Him to be a growing light may also acknowledge Him to be a growing power.  We sometimes forget that Christ came not only to teach something, but to do something; that He came not only to complete a revelation, but to accomplish a work.  His work is not yet done.  So long as there is one soul exiled from the Father's house, or one earthly principality or power unsubordinated to the rule of God, the work that He is now carrying on by the Holy Spirit will be continued.  The Spirit's operations will cease when the work of human redemption has been completed, and not before."

-James Mann Campbell (After Pentecost, What? pp. 231-232)

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