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)

Friday, June 24, 2016

The coming of the Spirit was the spiritual coming of Christ, part 5 of 8

    "The coming of Christ in the Spirit was for the
purpose of finding man, and establishing spiritual
communication with him. Through the Spirit
spiritual commerce is carried on between Christ
and man; through the Spirit spiritual messages
are sent from Christ to man. The main advan-
tage accruing from the departure of Christ con-
sists in the spiritual manifestation of Himself
which His departure made possible. While He
was with His disciples they were like weak chil-
dren clinging to the hand of a father; when He
was taken away they learned to walk alone. The
blossom dropped off that the fruit might appear;
the earthly Christ faded from sight that the spirit-
ual Christ might be revealed; the visible hand
was withdrawn that the unseen hand might hence-
forth guide and sustain in all life's dark and diffi-
cult ways.
    Speaking of the changed view of Christ which
the coming of the Spirit has effected, Paul says,
"We henceforth know no man after the flesh;
even though we have known Christ after the
flesh, yet now we know Him so no more." (2
Cor. v. 16.) Humanity has become spiritualized.
Men are not known after the flesh-standard, but
after the standard of spiritual worth. And, what
is of more concern in the present discussion,
Christ is spiritualized. All worldly or fleshly
ideas concerning Him and His kingdom are put
forever away. Whether or not Paul knew Christ
in the flesh, we need not stop to inquire; what
he asserts is that one time he knew Him after 
the flesh. A contrast is drawn between then and
now. Then he knew Him as a Jew, now he knew
Him as the Jew's Messiah; then he knew Him
as a crucified criminal, now he knew Him as a
crucified Savior; then he knew Him as the Son
of Mary, now he knew Him as the Son of God;
then he knew Him as

"A silent man before his foes, 
A weary man and full of woes," 

now he knew Him as the King of Glory to whom
the everlasting gates had opened, and by whose
return in the power of the Spirit the kingdom of
righteousness was to be established on the earth."

- James Mann Campbell (After Pentecost, What?, pgs. 23-25)

*Re-post from 07/16/15

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