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, July 18, 2016

Faith is not the antithesis of thought, but only of sight

"270. Arguments, reasonings, are in one realm. Objects, facts, things, are in another. The realm of experience is the realm of objects, facts, things. Mystery remains behind these spiritual objects and facts to be gradually cleared away, but the facts and objects are the most stable of realities. The searcher finds truth when he finds Christ; afterwards his search for truth is into the meaning of Christ. This is the deeply significant message for men troubled with intellectual difficulties about the faith of the Gospel. Do not confine your approach to the thoughtside of Christianity; approach it on the fact-side. This is the scientific method of approach. The case against Christianity is due chiefly to the unscientific way doubters and deniers approach it. Science scorns the a priori way of deciding questions, the way which says it must be thus or thus, instead of making the experiment.
271. Faith is not the antithesis of thought, but only of sight. Faith is an act of the will relating you to new realities, new objects. Act as if the invisible Christ were present and accessible, and you will not be met by vacancy. He will respond and make manifest his response to you. The books on psychology have a familiar experiment to show that we all have a "blind spot." Hold a white piece of cardboard with certain black marks upon it before the eyes at a certain distance. Move it back and forth and up and down, and when one of the black marks reaches a particular point it will suddenly vanish. This somewhat startling result can easily be verified by any one. Now the message of Christian experience is of a like nature. It says relate your mental and moral nature to Christ in a given way and you will discover that you have not a "blind spot" but a "seeing spot," that the soul may thus come into connection with a new object which to it is as real and as convincing as the experiment with the cardboard.
    You are not asked to give up your reason by Christianity, but only to let it have the benefit of a moral renewal through the apprehension of a world of spiritual realities. The only assumption underlying this invitation is that the moral cleansing will not vitiate the processes of the mind. A man will not think any less clearly because he has a pure heart."

- E.Y. Mullins (Why is Christianity true?: Christian evidences, pgs. 271-273)

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