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, March 1, 2017

The universal Presence of Jesus Christ, part 3 of 8

"Christ is thus not merely present as spirit; he
is present in the Spirit. The Holy Spirit as "the
Spirit of Jesus," is the medium through which he
is being spiritually revealed. Nowhere does the
New Testament speak of the presence of the spirits
of Peter, John, or Paul ; and yet we know that the
spirits of these holy men are with us. Never was
their influence more potent than it is to-day.
Though dead they yet speak. But "the Spirit of
Jesus" is with us in a different sense. The promise,
"If I go, I will send the Comforter unto you," is
that of a special and personal coming on the part
of Christ himself. To dilute the doctrine of his
presence unto a belief of the presence among men
of the Christ-spirit, or Christ-idea, or Christ-principle
is to lose completely all significance of the
connection between the coming of Christ and the
coming of the Holy Spirit. Nothing is clearer
in the teaching of Jesus than that in the Holy Spirit
he himself was to be present ; that, in other words,
the coming of the Holy Spirit was to be identical
with his coming in the spirit. This idea was at
first missed by the early Christians, who looked
upon the second coming of Christ as an event
separate and distinct from the coming of the Spirit ;
but later on it dawned upon them; and nowhere
do we find it more fully developed than in the
writings of John, which contain the final message
of the New Testament."

- James Mann Campbell (The Presence, pgs. 90-91)

*Re-post from 4/29/15

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