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)

Sunday, March 5, 2017

The universal Presence of Jesus Christ, part 7 of 8

"In the Acts of the Apostles the central thought
is that of the present Christ working with his
people and giving to them prevailing power. The
coming of Christ is the great event with which
the book opens and which it illustrates. Very soon
a transition is made from the coming of Christ
to the coming of the Holy Spirit, because in the
coming of the Holy Spirit the coming of Christ
is consummated. To be understood the descent of
the Holy Spirit at Pentecost has to be connected
with the promised return of Christ himself; and
such an expression as ''the outpouring of the Spirit,"
or "the baptism of the Spirit," when stripped of
its poetical quality simply denotes the fullness of
power for the successful promotion of the work of
Christ which the Holy Spirit imparts to all who
open their hearts to his incoming. The things
which the risen, living, present Christ did by the
power of the Spirit through the apostles are still
being done. The Acts of the Apostles is finished,
but the records of acts performed in the name of
Christ, and in the power of the Spirit, through
other agencies, are now being written; and every
fresh missionary triumph adds to them a new chapter.
But, strictly speaking, these "acts" should
not be spoken of as the acts of certain human workers,
but as the acts of Christ done by certain human
workers through the power of the Spirit."

- James Mann Campbell (The Presence, pgs. 93-94)

*Re-post from 5/3/15

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