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)

Sunday, November 6, 2016

"Joy to the world, the Lord is come!"

  "At the hour of parting Jesus had said, "Now ye have sorrow, but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you."  For the pang of parting there was to be an overpayment of delight when in the coming of the Spirit the absent Lord was to return.  He would see His disciples again, although they would not see Him.  His unseen presence would be known as the presence of a concealed magnet is known by the steel which it attracts to itself; or as the presence of the vernal sun is known by the underground roots that feel the thrill of his life-giving touch.  In His presence, unseen but not unfelt, there would be fullness of joy; joy which no man could take away, unless he took away the living, loving, personal Christ, of whose presence that joy was the effluence.  Into participation of that abiding joy which comes from the abiding presence of the Lord all Christians are called.  Christ has kept His tryst; He has come again as He said, and He has come to stay.  His promise to be with His disciples is fulfilled in the Holy Spirit.  By the Holy Spirit His presence is made real and continual.  "Joy to the world, the Lord is come!"--come to live in the heart of the believer, come to fill the world with His life.  In His gracious presence all who have dwelt in the chilling darkness of hope deferred may forever sun their souls.
   In the return of Christ in the Spirit is found the explanation of His departure from earth and His ascension to heaven."

- James Mann Campbell (After Pentecost, What? pp. 19-20)

*Re-post from 07/22/14

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