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, March 23, 2016

The presence of Christ, a blessed reality

*Re-post from 05/29/14

"I will not leave you orphans, I will come unto you." Why should the church keep mourning the absence of her Lord when she has the assurance of His abiding presence? Why should the spouse of the Ever-Living Christ sit down in the dust, clad in the weeds of widowhood, bewailing the loss of her Lord when He is really present with her? Why should believers in a risen Christ dolefully sing "Down life's dark vale we wander till Jesus comes," when they ought rapturously to sing, "Joy to the world the Lord is come?"
Brief was the interval between His departure and His return. He came again speedily, just as He had promised. After His resurrection His disciples saw Him and their hearts were flooded with a newfound joy that no one could take away from them. After His ascension He was restored to them fully, dwelling in their hearts by the power of His Spirit. And thus in their experience were the words fulfilled, 'Verily I say unto you, there be some of them that stand here who shall in no wise taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in His kingdom."
The promise given to the early Christians was "the promise of His presence." (11 Peter 3:4) In the midst of the fiery trials by which they were beset they wore enjoined "to be patient until the presence of the Lord." (Jas. 5:7) They were to abound in self-denying service knowing that the presence of the Lord was at hand. (Jas. 5:8). Their hearts were to be strengthened and comforted by the assurance of "the power and presence of the Lord Jesus Christ." (11 Peter 1:16) They were constantly to strive that "spirit and soul and body" might be "preserved entire, without blame at the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ." (I Thess. 5:23) They were to abide in Christ that when He was made manifest they might "have boldness and not be ashamed before Him at His presence." (I Jn. 2:28) The object upon which their interest centered was the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ, and their gathering together unto Him. (11 Thess. 2:1)
The presence of Christ, once a hope, is now a blessed reality. "The Coming One," has come.
The presence is an experience, the manifestation of the presence is a hope; in the presence we are to rejoice, for the manifestation of the presence we are to wait; the presence is something which is now being realized inwardly to the believer, the manifestation of the presence is something which is to take place outwardly at the end of this world-age."
From: The Presence. New York: Eaton & Mains. 1911. 

James M. Campbell 

I got this from here.  If you go to that link you can read more wonderful quotes from Mr. Campbell's works. You can read the whole book "The Presence" by James Mann Campbell online for free here.

I have to tell you, I am reading this book now and it is blowing my mind and by the Lord's grace revealing His presence on a much more deeper level.  This book is a game changer for me and I hope it will be for a lot more people as it has already been for so many I am sure.  I also love the beautiful way, by the Lord's grace, Mr. Campbell wrote as well! 

You can find out more about James Mann Campbell here.

You can go here to purchase his books. 


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