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)

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Evolution from a lower to a higher has been the universal law

   "When we look at external nature we are everywhere struck with the presence of two great principles, to which all the phenomena of the external world conform. These two, as I have already had occasion repeatedly to remark, are the law of unity and the law of progress. There is, through all the material universe, an organic connection, by virtue of which nothing stands apart and alone, but all things are members one of another; and precisely as we rise in the scale of being this organic unity and completeness are more apparent. It is by virtue of this organic relation that all the forces of nature are resolved, at last, into one force. And not less striking is the other law, everywhere manifest, by which the phenomena of nature follow an orderly succession, and constantly rise from a less perfect to a more perfect state. The physical history of creation, so far as the curious eye of science has traced it back, is an illustration of this principle. Each stage of inorganic or organic being has led to another and better, and evolution from a lower to a higher has been the universal law.
    Who can fail to note the fact that, in all that the Son of Man taught respecting the future growth and influence of that gospel which he so aptly likened to a grain of mustard-seed, we have these two principles continually set forth. He made organic unity the fundamental and essential condition of the new dispensation. This unity was set forth under the most expressive figures. Not only was he the true vine, but except his followers should abide in him they could bear no fruit. Christian life was not something sporadic and individual, having its source in the personal conviction of each disciple; it implied a real connection with Christ as the head. A spiritual power was promised to dwell in them which proceeded from one source, and should make itself felt in all as one and the same power. In other words, we have here repeated the great principle which physical nature everywhere presents; and just as back of all the phenomena of nature we have one pervading force, so behind all the varieties of Christian life and of Christian character we have one spiritual power. The truth is no more mysterious in the one case than in the other."

- Jeremiah Lewis Diman (The Theistic Argument as Affected by Recent Theories, pgs. 384-385)

*Re-post from 01/18/15

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