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)

Monday, April 24, 2017

They had received a heavenly gift

    "These, then, were the outward manifestations
assuring the disciples on the day of Pentecost that
they had received a heavenly gift. The exact nature
of that gift they and a succeeding humanity were to
discover only by experience. It is quite evident
from the earliest New Testament writings that, though
there was little attempt to fix boundaries of the great
truths the disciples were living by their openness of
heart, the main conviction was that on Pentecost they
had recovered, in a spiritual presence, the Master
whom they had known face to face, and whom they
had last seen, as in any sense a bodily presence, at
what we call the Ascension. The whole Bible is con-
crete. The theology was to come later; but the ex-
perience now was too vivid for introspective reflection.
They felt that the dear Master was again with them;
they knew it. St. Paul made it quite clear: "When
the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his
Son. . . . And because ye are sons, God hath sent
forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts." (Gal. iv. 4, 6.) They
had been prepared to recognize that there could be a
spiritual presence. Their lives had been opened by the
love of God Incarnate. Then came the day when
they were sure of the Invisible Christ guiding them,
guarding them, loving them. Nothing could separate
them from Him. They could dare everything, en-
dure everything, venture everything. It was a moun-
tain peak in all human life on which they stood. Is
it wonderful that the signs of their joy transcended
all ordinary levels: is it wonderful that a sound as
of a mighty rushing wind from heaven filled all the
house, that glory as of fire shone upon them, that
they spoke their thanksgiving in a language strange
but capable of being understood? For Jesus their
Master was come, and they knew Him."

- Charles Lewis Slattery (1867-1930) (The Light Within: A Study of the Holy Spirit, pgs. 61-62)

*Re-post from 7/8/15

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