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, June 11, 2016

He would unload himself of all the treasures with which he came freighted into this world

'These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.' John xv. 11.

   "As an aid to the understanding of this, let us look at a similar passage contained in the prayer recorded in the 17th chapter: "And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves." The two passages evidently refer to the same solicitude. A retrospective reference to the words, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you," will also be found useful. Jesus desired that earth should lose nothing by his departure. He would unload himself, so to speak, of all the treasures with which he came freighted into this world. He was pre-eminently a man of sorrows, yet he had experience also of joy. We are not only told that he was "troubled in spirit," but also that he "rejoiced in spirit." He had an abiding consciousness of the Father's love--unbroken communion with the Father; he was without guile, holy, harmless, undefiled; he had that perfect love which casteth out fear; the law of the Lord was his delight; his faith, beyond that of all others, substantiated to him things unseen, and made real the things hoped for. The tendency of all these was to inspire him with joy. This joy he would have remain with his disciples, found in them after his departure, and carried to a height which the peculiar circumstances of his mission did not allow of in himself during his earthly pilgrimage."

- George Bowen (Love Revealed, pgs. 179-180)

*Re-post from 03/22/15

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