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)

Monday, December 19, 2016

We are His own

"The persuasion of Christ's love must be graven in our hearts so deeply that no semblance of indifference on his part will ever make the slightest impression upon us. This is the victory which overcometh the world.
    We are "his own." He hath set us apart for himself. He has absolute dominion over us, and may do what he will with us. There is no one in the universe that can call him to account for any height of blessing and of privilege he may see fit to bestow upon us. He may fill us with all the fulness of God. He may make of us a new sharp threshing-instrument, and thresh the mountains with us. He may make us sit down upon his own throne and put into our childish hand his own sublime sceptre. We are his. Not a tongue in the universe can dare to wag, for we have been bought with a price. There is no extravagance of love equal or at all comparable to that of giving his life for us.
    We are his own, and he is therefore identified with us. We may boldly see the communication of all that ennobles his own character. We are his own, and his eye will dart flames of fire at all that would pluck us out of his hand. He will not suffer the world to write its name upon our foreheads beside his own."

-George Bowen (Love Revealed, p. 8)

*Re-post from 1/6/15

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