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, June 21, 2016

The coming of the Spirit was the spiritual coming of Christ, part 2 of 8

    "Did Christ keep His promise? It is no answer
to say that the coming of Christ is a constantly
recurring event — that He is always coming; still
less is it an answer to say that His promise was
fulfilled in His coming at the destruction of
Jerusalem. The destruction of Jerusalem was
not the second advent, but was merely its outward
sign. The advent itself was spiritual. In the
Spirit Christ returned that through His presence
and power His kingly rule might be set up and
His dominion over the spirit of man estab-
lished. His return in the Spirit constitutes the
decisive event in His work of redemption, the
event to which His advent in the flesh was pre-
liminary and preparatory, the event by which the
purpose of His earthly mission was to find its ac-
complishment. The final apocalypse of His
kingly glory at the end of this world-age, will be
simply the unveiling of glory of the hidden king,
who is now enthroned in the seat of power.
This visible manifestation of His presence when
He cometh in the clouds of heaven, and when
every eye shall see Him, will not be the inaugu-
ration, but the culmination of His kingdom; it will
be that final epiphany for which we longingly
look when we utter the prayer, "Come, Lord
Jesus, come quickly."* But the question of prime
importance, the question which most deeply con-
cerns us at present, the question around which
center our most vital interests, the question upon
which hangs the fulfillment of our dearest hopes,
is, Has Christ really come back? Is He really
here? Amid the toilsome duties and abounding
trials of the present life may we enjoy the sweet
consciousness of His abiding and inspiring pres-
ence? Or has He retired to some distant heaven,
dooming us to wander on as orphans through a
forlorn and friendless world? In a word, is His
second, His spiritual advent, a blessed hope or a
glorious fact? Is it something for which we are
yet to watch and wait, or is it a present reality
in the experience of which we are continually to
rejoice?

*The distinction which Scripture makes between the parousia,"the
presence," and the apokalupsis,''the revelation" of the presence, has
not always been carefully observed. The parousia is spiritual and
invisible, the apokalupsis is outward and visible. The parousia is an
experience, the apokalupsis is a hope. We rejoice in the presence
of the Lord (Matt. 28: 20), we wait in hope for "the revelation of
the Lord Jesus from heaven" (2 Thess. 1: 7; I Peter i: 13). For a
fuller discussion of this subject see Chapter XII. of author's "In-
dwelling Christ." "

- James Mann Campbell (After Pentecost, What?, pgs. 17-19)

*Re-post from 07/13/15

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