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)

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Stand at the living center of universal power

    "The Holy Spirit will only be too glad to give anyone all the power he is prepared to use.  He can have no object in keeping it back for a single moment.  Into the open heart He will enter as air rushes in by the open door, or as light enters by the open window.  Much wrestling with our stubborn hearts, to bring them into a state of receptivity, may be required, but no wrestling with the Holy Spirit to overcome His unwillingness, no frantic effort to wring a reluctant blessing from His hand, is ever required.  The simple, single condition requisite for the enjoyment of His presence and power is that expressed in the words, "Receive ye the Holy Spirit."  Receive what heaven has already provided and placed within your reach; claim as your own the rich heritage that is really yours; take in all that God has given out; give the Spirit more of yourself, and He will give you more of Himself; give Him more heart-room and He will give you more of His company; give Him more faith and He will give you more power; throw open to Him the door of your spirit-home, and He will come in, filling every chamber with the splendor of His presence, making the whole life luminous in it's testimony for truth and righteousness.  Get up above the cloud-line of doubt, of darkness and of despair, into the mount of spiritual vision; live in the sunshine of the divine presence until it saturate your entire spiritual being; inbreathe the pure air of the celestial sphere until every blood-drop of the soul tingles with new life; press on through the ever narrowing circles of the phenomenal that close the spirit in, until you stand at the living center of universal power; and vibrant to the Spirit's slightest touch, the healing power that flowed in fullness from the Christ shall go out of you to every suffering soul who may but touch the hem of your garment."

-James Mann Campbell (After Pentecost, What? pp. 226-227)

*Re-post from 07/20/14

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