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, October 31, 2016

A thrill of new life shot through the world's heart

   "At Pentecost there was a new outflow of life from the life-giving Spirit; a new descent of the divine into the human.  A reservoir of creative energy which had been held in reserve was opened; influences which had hitherto distilled as dew were poured out in a mighty flood, inundating and fertilizing the entire moral world.  A dispensation of spiritual plenitude was inaugurated; a thrill of new life shot through the world's heart, arousing the spiritual nature of man from it's long dormancy; a religious awakening, a religious revival, or what Delitzsch calls "a new creative beginning," took place, starting a new evolutionary process, and bringing in the summertime of the world's history.
    This larger life which the Holy Spirit brings into men is the life which Christ brought down from heaven.  "I am come," says Christ, "that ye might have life, and that ye might have it more abundantly."  He came to give to men a richer, deeper, diviner life than they had yet possessed; He came to impart unto them the unsearchable riches of His own affluent life; He came to communicate Himself to them through the agency of the Holy Spirit, whose office it is to bring men into vital connection with Him.  When the Holy Spirit succeeds in getting the thought of any soul fixed upon Christ, the life of Christ is poured into that soul in a steady flood, and becomes a gulf stream that converts a barren, ice-bound waste into a goodly and fruitful land.  When Christ is known He is loved; and when He is loved He possesses the soul completely, making it's sluggish pulses throb with new life, energizing it with new power, and lifting it up into sympathy with His far-reaching purpose of redemption.  No one really knows what it is to live until the Holy Spirit makes Christ live in him. "He that hath the Son," whom the Spirit makes known, "hath life; true life; life that is worthy of the name of life; life that is "life indeed.""

-James Mann Campbell (After Pentecost, What? pp. 80-81)

*Re-post from 07/03/14

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