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 24, 2016

The Immanent Christ

"There is no essential difference between the relation which Christ sustained to men in past ages, and the relation which He sustains to them in the present gospel age. Through all the ages runs one eternal purpose of grace, binding them together in continuous historical development, and bringing them at length to their consummation in the incarnation of Christ. The connection of Christ with human souls, time and place do not affect. The sphere of His redemptive activity is not a matter of latitude and longitude. With Him all men have to do, with all men He has to do. To every man He comes, before every man He stands, to every man He holds out a hand of help. From the earliest hour of time down to the present He has never failed to bring to every sinful soul influences sufficient unto salvation. He is "the true Light which lighteneth every man coming into the world;" the one central fountain whose waters, openly or secretly, nourish the life of every holy heart.
To unfold to men the glorious mystery of the divine indwelling; to show that from the beginning unity and universality of saving influence have come from the Immanent Christ, is affirmed by Paul to have been the object of his apostolic ministry. He says that to him "a divine dispensation was given to fulfill the word of God, even the mystery which hath been hid from all ages and generations, but now hath it been manifested in His Saints, to whom God was pleased to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you the hope of glory." (Col. 1:25-27) The end of his preaching was to declare unto the Gentiles the Unseen Presence, of Christ. The great mystery of religion, the indwelling of God in humanity - the mystery which it was the end of the incarnation to unfold, is now revealed in God's saints, that through them it might be made known to the world. For spiritual enlightenment and enrichment "those who sit in darkness and in the region of the shadow of death," require to know as the Christ of God their friend and Saviour, the Mysterious One before whom they have often shrunk in terror, whose help they have often vainly implored, whose favor they have agonizingly sought, and whose loving care they have sometimes feebly trusted. What joy the knowledge of this mystery is fitted to convey! What joy to know that the Life, the Power, the Love in which all lives are rooted, is the Soul's Redeemer! What joy to know the Christ of gospel story!"
From: The Indwelling Christ. New York: Fleming H. Revell Company. 1895.

-James M. Campbell

I got this from here.

*Re-post from 05/19/14

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