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)

Monday, June 20, 2016

The coming of the Spirit was the spiritual coming of Christ, part 1 of 8

    "The advent of the Spirit was the spiritual ad-
vent of Christ--the coming of Christ to dwell
in the hearts of His people by His Spirit, whom
He communicates. It was not " Christ transfig-
ured into spirit," as Tholuck puts it, but Christ
in another form returning to His own — Christ
continued to date. No more serious mistake
could be made than to regard the Holy Spirit as
supplying the lack of an absent Christ. He is
rather the "bodiless divinity," by whom Christ,
no longer with us in the flesh, is made present
and omnipresent.
    When Christ was about to leave His disciples
He distinctly promised that He would come to
them again. His second coming, which was to
be personal and permanent, was to take place
within a brief period. "Yet a little while, and
He that shall come, will come, and will not tarry."
In the plainest possible words Jesus taught that
the consummation looked for might be expected
within the life-time of many who were then living
on the earth. "Verily I say unto you, there be
some of them that stand here that shall in no wise
taste of death till they see the Son of Man coming
in His kingdom." Vain is every effort to break
the force of these words by making them palter
with us in a double sense; "keeping their promise
to the ear while breaking it to the heart." They
can hear but one meaning, and that meaning he
that runs may read."

- James Mann Campbell (After Pentecost, What?, pgs. 16-17)

*Re-post from 07/12/15

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