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)

Friday, November 4, 2016

The opening of the perennial fountain of the Spirit of God

   "When, on the day of Pentecost, the coveted power was received, the disciples were re-made.  Those who had quailed before the world's scorn became brave as lions; pigmies became giants; cowards became heroes; deserters became leaders; waverers became martyrs.  Those who were weak in themselves became "strong in the Lord and in the power of His might;" ordinary Christians, "strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inward man," became "mighty in word and deed;" Christians dumb through dullness, "baptized with the Holy Spirit and with fire," felt within them "a spirit of burning," and became fire-tongued evangelists; those who had never quickened in others a single pulse-beat of noble impulse became aggressive reformers who roused the slumbering consciences of men, and turned the world upside down.  But, it may be said, all this took place in a time long gone by.  What of the present?  Is the power which was given to the disciples at Pentecost given to the disciples of today?  Was Pentecost a freshet or the opening of a perennial fountain? Did the great outbreaking and outflowing of pent up power which then took place exhaust the energy of the Spirit?  Has the rushing, mighty wind with which the coming of the Spirit was accompanied no longer any significance; or is it still a symbol of that power which yet unspent sweeps through the centuries, bringing to naught the devices of men, and bringing to sure fulfillment the purposes of God?"

-James Mann Campbell (After Pentecost, What? pp. 215-216)  

*Re-post from 07/14/14

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