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, December 20, 2016

Love is wedded to Omnipotence

"Man, clothed in a little brief and dubious authority, is hindered by an intense consciousness of dignity from descending but for a moment, even in manner, to the level of his fellows. The consciousness of dignity is with him a barrier to free and loving intercourse. But with Jesus to remember his own divine exaltation was only to immerse himself anew in that ocean of love which fills the bosom of the Godhead...
    We never shall have any proper conception of what true dignity is until we understand that love is upon the throne of the universe. He that sitteth upon the throne came into the world and washed the feet of those Galilean fishermen, that believers might be blissfully aware that love is wedded to Omnipotence. If we see the glory of the infinite God in the face of Him whose hands are pouring water on the feet of those twelve disciples, it will be impossible for us to shrink from any because they move in a different circle. God sometimes bestows gifts just that love may have something to renounce. The things that he puts into our hands are possibly put there that we may have the opportunity of showing what is in our heart. Oh that there were in us a fervour of love that would lead us to examine everything that belongs to us, to ascertain how it might be made a means of showing our affection to Christ! Oh that we could one and all bring ourselves to believe that the largest amount of benefit to be derived from anything is when it is made the means of saying for us, "Lord, thou knowest that I love thee!""

- George Bowen (Love Revealed, pgs. 12-14)

*Re-post from 1/7/15

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