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, April 27, 2017

A living reality in our lives

"The familiar refrain "Jesus of Nazareth passeth by" ought to be changed into "Jesus of Nazareth standeth by." He is not here to-day and away to-morrow. He is perpetually present. He lives, and moves in the midst of us. He is nearer to us than any one else, nearer to us than we are to ourselves. We do not touch His dead hand across the blind bewildering centuries; we do not reach out after Him as one whom we hope to meet when uncounted years have run their weary course; we do not need to keep gazing up into heaven hoping for His return to a forsaken and desolate world; we do not need to wait until death brings us to Him. He is something more than the Christ of history—a blessed memory; or the Christ of prophesy—a sublime hope; He is the Christ of to-day, and of every day, a living reality in our lives, a very present help in time of need. Faith lays hold upon Him as one who is ever with us in the church, in the household, and in the world. He is the close comrade of our daily lives. We walk the hard hill-roads of life with burning hearts because He bears us company. We pass through valleys or death-shade with fearless step, led by His invisible hand. In the glory of His presence toil and pain are transfigured. There is no break in our trustful intimacy. No shadow of possible change in His love mars our joyful fellowship. There is no haunting fear that the vision of His presence may prove too good to last. His coming is not a short and sudden apocalypse that is to end in darkness. It is the rising of an unsetting sun. He is here to stay. He has come to abide with us for ever that He may give Himself to us for ever."

- James Mann Campbell (The Indwelling Christ, pgs. 112-113)

*Re-post from 7/20/15

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