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, September 14, 2016

The greatest of all miracles is Jesus Himself

   "In the record of miracles the greatest of all miracles is Jesus himself. The more closely and dispassionately we study his career, the more profoundly shall we be convinced of this. I do not now refer to him in any of the dogmatic or ecclesiastical aspects in which he is usually presented, and in which the most significant features of his character are too often obscured, but I refer to him simply as an authentic fact of human history. Whatever interpretation we may choose to put upon him, whatever degree of obedience we may choose to accord to him, respecting his purely historical position, his actual relation to the cause of man's spiritual development, there is no room for dispute. The most obdurate skeptic must recognize him as the most significant fact with which the student of history has to deal. In him centres, beyond doubt, the most complete revelation in the inner life of man of which the human race has had any experience, and to him, as their source and fountain-head, reach back the most commanding influences that fashion modern civilization.
    Yet what must strike every one of us most forcibly, as we study this marvelous career, is its perfect simplicity and naturalness. Asserting himself as a revelation in human life of the divine nature, he was the most intensely human of all religious teachers. Separate from men in the sinless purity of his life, he drew the outcast, and forsaken, and contemned to him with a might as irresistible as it was gentle and mild. He entered into the springs of human life, and touched its sympathies, and kindled its hopes, and drew forth its confidence and love, as could only be done by one who was himself in full sympathy with human wants. He taught transcendent truths,--truths that man had never conceived; but he taught these truths in words that were heard gladly by common people, and set them forth in illustrations and parables drawn from the most familiar incidents of every-day life. He did mighty works; he restored sight to the blind, he raised the dead, but he constantly reminded his hearers that better and greater than these wonders was the practice of the common duties of life,--to love our neighbor, to do good to such as despitefully use us."

- Jeremiah Lewis Diman (The Theistic Argument as Affected by Recent Theories, pgs. 378-379)

*Re-post from 01/10/15

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