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)

Sunday, July 10, 2016

We will make our abode with him

'Judas saith unto him (not Iscariot), Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the World? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.'--John xiv. 22, 23.

  ""We will make our abode with him." He that is surrounded by the seraphim with veiled faces, who looketh and the earth melteth, before whom the nations are less than nothing and vanity, he draws near to the believer and takes up his abode with him. It is evident that there is a length and breadth, a depth and height, in this promise, as limitless as the character of God himself. Ask the highest archangel what it means, and he can only tell us in part. "I in them," said Jesus as he prepared to vanish physically from their eyes. How little do we know of the unsearchable riches of Christ, notwithstanding the perfect arrangements made for the communication of them to us in this life! Is it right for us to be talking and thinking so much of a fixed heaven when we refuse to take knowledge of the heaven that waits to come down into our souls? Can it be said that we have the true heaven in our eye of hope, when we neglect to give heed to these amazing promises? "We will come and make our abode with thee," says Jesus.
   "Not so," says the disciple; "tarry on high a while, and we will there rejoin thee and the Father."
    Nay, but to-day hear his voice. Grieve not the heart of Christ by repelling his advances. Keep lovingly his words, till, more and more glorious, the day-star arise in your hearts, the Sun of righteousness fill your soul with effulgence."

- George Bowen (Love Revealed, pgs. 122, 125-126)

*Re-post from 03/14/15

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