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)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The cross of Jesus Christ, heaven's loudest call to repentance

"Whatever else the Atonement may signify, it is the divinely appointed means of procuring forgiveness by producing repentance.  If a definition of it may be attempted, we would say that it is that supreme expression of divine self sacrificial love which, working by repentance, brings man into filial fellowship with and obedience to God.  It is, in other words, the manifestation, in a sacrificial life and death, of a power sufficient to change the heart of man, to subdue his enmity, to create in him a filial spirit, and to lead him into a oneness with the Father's will.
  According to this definition, the primary object of the Atonement is to reveal God's suffering love so as to awaken repentance in man.  The question is often asked, if God forgives freely and fully in answer to the cry of penitence, wherein lies the need of the Atonement?  It lies in this - that by revealing the grace of divine suffering love, "beyond all hope of telling wonderful," it makes repentance not only possible, but actual.  The sight of the divine sorrow and pain on the account of sin is the great force by which the soul of man is detached from sin and restored to God.  The cross is heaven's loudest call to repentance.  It is the heart-moving appeal of divine love to estranged and rebellious man to bow his mutinous spirit to the scepter of divine authority.  For man's repentance God waits and works.  It is the only satisfaction that He desires or demands.  Until it is supplied, He cannot forgive His erring child.  The object for which Christ has ascended is that by the effusion of the Spirit He "might give repentance unto Israel and the forgiveness of sins."  There is joy in the presence of the angels of God, joy in the heart of God, over every sinner that repenteth.  God "willeth not that any should perish, but that all should come under repentance."  With Jesus, the Kingdom of God was the highest good, and repentance the condition of entering it.  To come unto repentance is to come within the circle in which the forgiving love of God operates.  When the guilty heart of man is smitten by the cross, and penitence flows forth in confession, the soul is instantly sealed with the sweet assurance of divine forgiveness.  "Repent that your sins may be blotted out" (Acts iii. 19), is the gospel exhortation.  "If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John i. 9), is the gospel promise."

- James Mann Campbell ("The Heart of the Gospel: A Popular Exposition of the Doctrine of the Atonement" pgs. 70-71)

*Re-post from 06/08/14

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