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 18, 2016

"The Spirit's inflowing stops only when faith stops"

     "Receptivity must cease to be passive and become active. To be "strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might" (Eph. vi. 10), the soul must not merely follow God with open face, as the sunflower follows the sun; or stand under the shower of His heavenly grace soaking it in at every pore: it must consciously reach out after Him; take Him into itself; inbreathe His spirit; drink from the fountain of His power, and feed upon the bread of His eternal love. The duty of this active receptiveness is suggested by the imperative form of the words, "Be filled with the Spirit" (Eph. v. 18). The fulness of the Spirit is attainable by all, being dependent upon the fulness of faith. What anyone has is never the measure of the Spirit's power, for His power is infinite,-- it is merely the measure of his own limited faith. The Spirit's inflowing stops only when faith stops. "According to your faith be it unto you," is the law which determines the measure in which any man receives the divine."

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

*Re-post from 09/19/14

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