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 11, 2016

When He dies a world dies, and when He rises from the dead, a world is made alive

"The mediation of Jesus Christ culminates in redemption, that through redemption the end of creation might be realized.  The one mediator "is the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all."  Because of His essential oneness with the race to which He joined Himself, His life inter-blends with every other life. From Him as the Head of humanity blessing descends to every member.  A representative man, he is also the representative of man.  He acts in and through the race; He acts also for the race.  What He does in humanity He does for humanity.  When He dies a world dies; when He rises from the dead, a world is made alive.  In becoming man He comes under the law in order that He might break it's destroying power, and redeem those who were under it's curse.  Holding His erring brethren in the close embrace of His love, He goes down with them into the depths of death, coming under the utmost malediction of their offense that He might ransom them from the power of iniquity, and bring them up, by the way of repentance, into a life of fellowship with Heaven, upon which can rest no shadow of condemnation.  Through the power of suffering, sacrificing love as revealed in His cross, the power of evil which had gotten hold of man is checked, the poison of sin is neutralized, spiritual death is arrested, conscious union with God is effected, and man is saved."

- James Mann Campbell (Unto the Uttermost pgs. 95-96)

*Re-post from 8/17/14

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