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)

Thursday, February 2, 2017

'I go away, and come again unto you'

'Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.'--John xiv. 28-30.

   " 'I have spoken to you of my departure. To reconcile you to this I have told you that my absence from you would be but temporary; I would come again and receive you unto myself. As an additional and most potent ground of comfort, I have promised you that in connection with my departure the Holy Ghost would come unto you. It has further appeared, from what I have said, that there would be unspeakable advantage resulting to you from the fact of my being present for you in heaven, interceding with the Father. If ye have indeed heard what I have said unto you, you must now be aware that, so far from losing, you will gain unspeakably in wisdom, in power with God and with man, and in all perfection, by my departure. Further, let me now mention that I myself am to obtain great accessions of glory and felicity by my departure. My Father is greater than I; in ascending to him I ascend to a far higher greatness than you have yet seen investing me. I am in some sense despoiled of my proper greatness by my life in the flesh. I have made myself lower than the angels for the suffering of death. I have been encompassed about with the infirmities incidental to humanity. Even on the mount of transfiguration you obtained but a shadowy glimpse of the greatness that awaits me on high. I go unto the Father that I may be clothed with the glory of the Father. Dismiss the thoughts with which you have been accustomed to look upon a departure from this world. I go not unto darkness, but into light unapproachable, to glory inconceivable. If you love me, rejoice.' "

- George Bowen (Love Revealed, pgs. 135-136)

*Re-post from 3/17/15

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