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)

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The true Shekinah filling the temple of humanity!

    "The Spirit of the Father is "over all and through all and in all." (Eph. iv. 6.)  He is "over all" as the Life Transcendent, "dwelling in light unapproachable"; He is "through all" as the Life Pervasive -- the flowing stream of divine energy; He is "in all" as the Life Immanent -- a very present help in the individual consciousness.  It is hardly correct to speak of the Holy Spirit as dwelling in nature; for indwelling implies fellowship, and fellowship can take place only between self-conscious, intelligent beings.  He pervades nature; He dwells in man.  To man belongs the glory of having vital points of contact with God.  The human and divine are not alien, but are essentially one; as witness their perfect union in Jesus Christ.  Man has a capacity for God.  He is God's child, made in His image, made to enjoy His friendship; and when he fulfills the destiny of his nature, he is "a temple of the Holy Spirit," "a habitation of God in the Spirit."
    The end for which the Jewish temple was built was not realized until the shekinah entered it; and the end of creation is not reached until the true Shekinah, prefigured in the glory cloud which rested above the cherubim, fills the temple of humanity.  But divine possession is not in itself the end sought.  The possessed temple is put to holy uses.  The body of humanity is filled with the Spirit that it may be enabled to fulfill it's highest functions; the individual soul becomes the temple of God that he may be consecrated to the service of God.  Christians "as living stones are built up a spiritual house, for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices."  Their spirit-possessed lives are devoted to the worship of God and the service of man."

-James Mann Campbell (After Pentecost, What? pp. 196-198)  

*Re-post from 07/05/14

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