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, October 27, 2016

The new evolutionary process!

"To every man death is the end of his earthly activity.  When he dies his work is over, whether his task be completed or not.  When Christ died His work had only begun.  Death did not even make a break in it. When He rose again His activity merely took on a new form.  The things which He "began both to do and to teach, until the day when He was taken up," He is now carrying on through the Holy Spirit. Everywhere there is in operation a mighty gracious energy by which His works are repeated, which furnishes evidence of His presence.  His spirit is moving upon the hearts of men to guide the world to it's destined end.  He is behind all the great age movements; He is at the center of the new order which is slowly and painfully evolving; He is in every movement for social betterment; in every industrial struggle for better conditions of living; in all the blind gropings of men after the ideal life which He has set before them.  He is the mightiest force in the life of the world today.  "Every event is alive with His appearing.  His presence is the most evident thing in the world."
  For evidence of the Presence we have therefore only to look around upon what He is now doing.  His footsteps are easily traced; His works are patent to all eyes.  His mighty hand, that upward of eighteen hundred years ago turned the tide of history, is guiding and controlling the affairs of men.  The new evolutionary process which was set in motion when He was manifested in flesh has not spent it's force.  The new sun which then broke out upon the sky continues to shine in undiminished splendor; a new creative power of which He is the source is silently changing the whole face of the world.  The long, dark night has ended; the dawn of the new age has come; the curse is slowly departing.  Every passing day Christ is getting a firmer hold upon the world's heart.  He is bringing in "sweeter manners, purer laws."  His teaching is gaining acceptance; His ethics are becoming the standard of human action; His life is penetrating the lives of men; His love is melting the mighty iceberg of selfishness; His spirit is diffusing itself through human society, and is gradually making all things new."

- James Mann Campbell (The Presence pp. 134-135)

*Re-post from 06/22/14

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