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, May 11, 2016

Grown together with Christ in His resurrection

"The soul that Christ quickens rises from the grave in which it was buried, to walk with Him in newness of life.  "If we have been united (literally, grown together) with Him by the likeness of His death, we shall be also by the likeness of His resurrection" (Rom. vi. 5).  Paul links together the resurrection of Christ and the resurrection life of the Christian.  He looks upon resurrection not only as a historical fact authentic and irrefutable, but as a figure of spiritual life, and also as the power by which that life is produced.  He desires that Christians might know Christ "and the power of the resurrection" (Phillipians iii. 10); that is, that they might know Him in the fullness of experimental knowledge, and in the power which His resurrection exercises.  Resurrection is with him more than a doctrine, it is an experience; it is more than a far-off hope, it is a present reality; it is more than a comforting belief, it is a vitalising principle.  It is not enough to know about the resurrection of Christ: His resurrection power must be experienced, and the soul lifted out of weakness into strength, out of sorrow into gladness, out of death into life.  To know the power of His resurrection is to experience that which answers to it; it is to be raised up with Him to a life resembling His; it is to feel the touch of His warm, vivifying influence, so that the better nature will sprout through the clods of earthliness, and expand and blossom in the sunshine of His love."

-James Mann Campbell (Paul, the Mystic - A Study in Apostolic Experience)

*Re-post from 06/25/14

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