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 power of dynamic Love turning the moral machinery of life

"Christianity is not a mere system of ethics.  It has the highest ethics, the highest type of virtue; but it has something more; and that something is moral dynamic.  It furnishes a new "virtue making power" - an adequate moral motive.  The new motive power which it sets in operation is love, and love means power.  Love turns the moral machinery of life.  Love is "the fulfilling of the law," the power which carries to fulfillment all the law's demands.
...Wherever Christ's love is regnant in the heart, a spirit of obedience is engendered.  "He that loveth," said the Master, "keepeth my words."  Obedience is love's evidence.
...He sought to implant in the hearts of men an inward spirit and principle of righteousness.  He sought to reproduce in their lives the moral ideal which He had held up before them, and which He had realised in His own life.  His aim was not to do something for them which He could place to their account, but to do something in them which would be for their benefit; to impart to them the power by which they would be able to fulfill their moral duties."

- James Mann Campbell (The Heart of the Gospel p. 154-155)

*Re-post from 06/10/14

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