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)

Friday, March 3, 2017

The universal Presence of Jesus Christ, part 5 of 8

"When the Holy Spirit came to the disciples,
bringing to them the consciousness of the Saviour's
presence, they were well content. They never
thought of looking back, or of hankering after the
old life. They had gained more than they had
lost. The Christ of faith was better than the Christ
of memory. He was now with them in a new and
closer sense. In their fellowship with him there
was scarcely a break. No sooner had he been outwardly
separated from them than they became
inwardly and spiritually united to him; no sooner
was he lost to sight than they were brought into
a more intimate and complete fellowship with him
through the medium of the Holy Spirit. Thus we
see why Jesus said, "It is expedient for you that
I go away; for if I go not away, the Comforter
will not come unto you; but if I go, I will send
him unto you" (John 16. 7). The going away of
Jesus was necessary to his fuller coming ; his going
away in bodily form was necessary to his coming
in spiritual form ; his going to heaven was necessary
to his descent in the power of the Spirit; his
absence from sight was necessary to his spiritual
reunion with his disciples. Through the Holy
Spirit he became to his disciples not "a mere subjective
inward idea," but a real Presence with whom
they held real communion."

- James Mann Campbell (The Presence, p. 92)

*Re-post from 5/1/15

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