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)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The feeblest instrument and the continuous source of help

"The weakest soul that has his springs in Him can say, "I can do all things through Christ who strenghtheneth me."  That is, all things I am commanded to do, all things within the circle of my prescribed duty, I can do through Him who is the present and continuous source of my help.  He who appoints my task, difficult though it be, impossible though it appears, will surely supply the strength that is necessary to its accomplishment.  All that I can do through Him shows what He can do with the feeblest instrument.  And as His is the power, let His be the glory."

- James Mann Campbell ("The Indwelling Christ" p. 70-71)

*Note: As I said in an earlier post about Mr. Campbell's book "The Presence", the same can be said about his book "The Indwelling Christ".  It is a game changer as well.  It is so refreshing to read someone who so poetically, smoothly, and beautifully expounds the mystery of Jesus Christ our King!

You can read the entire book online for free here.  You can buy a printed copy here.  You will not regret reading this author who paints such a beautiful portrait of our glorious King Jesus Christ with his words and points you so clearly to "Christ in you, the hope of glory"!

*Re-post from 06/04/14

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