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)

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

'My peace I give unto you'

'Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.'--John xiv. 27.

   "The disciples had been alarmed by the intimation that the Saviour was about to depart out of the world. The repeated assurances concerning the marvellous compensations of the Spirit of God and the spiritual presence of Christ and of the Father related to something of which they needed to have actual experience before they could understand it and fully rejoice in it. The words concerning the Holy Ghost, the Comforter, were words that none but the Holy Ghost could interpret to them.
 ...We cannot have true peace without a thorough apprehension of our depravity and utter ruin. The peace that Christ gives his people is one that will bear any amount of revelation concerning the hatefulness of sin. It goes down with Jesus into the lazar-house of the soul, and sustains itself in the presence of so great corruption by feasting on the infinite excellence of Christ. Expand a thousand or ten thousand times the conceptions which that soul formerly entertained of sin; faster than you can do this its conceptions of the wondrous virtue of the blood of Christ and of the debt of love it owes to him expand. This is the peace which Christ gives. He digs deep in order to lay the foundation for it. He shows the sinner the utter blackness of his sin and the all-sufficiency of his righteousness. Let no man think it for his interest to remain ignorant of the evil of his heart. The peace thus purchased is treacherous. The great thing is to receive from the Holy Spirit at once instruction concerning sin and concerning Christ."

- George Bowen (Love Revealed, pgs. 131, 134-135)

*Re-post from 3/16/15
   

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