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, November 17, 2016

"Keeping open door for God"

    "When the soul is fully surrendered to God, a point is reached at which all struggling ceases, and the movement of God is waited for. The poet Wordsworth, to whom was given the mystic's flashing intuition, not only makes passivity of soul a necessary condition of receiving divine communications, but holds that the divine mes sage may come when it is not being definitely sought:
                                 "Think you 'mid all this mighty sum
                                        of things for ever speaking,
                                  That nothing of itself will come
                                        But we must still be seeking?
                                  Nor less I deem that there are powers
                                       Which of themselves our minds impress,
                                  And we can feed this mind of ours
                                       In a wise passiveness." 
The contention is true; and yet the application outruns the argument; for the wise passivity in which the mind feeds itself is hardly passivity at all. It is certainly not the passivity of absolute quietude. It is presumably a condition in which the soul remains sensitive to spiritual impressions, welcomes divine communications when they come, and answers the divine voice when it speaks. That is indeed "a wise passiveness." And it is the only kind of passiveness which, within the religious sphere of things, possesses any value. It implies that the soul is keeping open door for God, and is consciously giving itself up to Him, that He may work within it the good pleasure of His will."

- James Mann Campbell (Paul, the Mystic, pgs. 213-214)

*Re-post from 09/18/14

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