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, April 23, 2017

What a privilege and what an honour!

"Oh, brethren ! What a privilege and what an honour
is that of providing an habitation for the thrice holy
Person of God ! Do we think about it sufficiently ?
You have often envied the happiness of Abraham,
who received into his tent the ambassadors of
Jehovah ! You would have wished to enter with
the high priest into the Most Holy Place, so as to
behold that supernatural light which symbolized the
presence of God ! Like Simeon, you would wish to
have borne the child Jesus in your arms ! It would
have been precious to you to receive the Lord at your
table, like the family of Bethany received Him ! And
how oft have you regretted that you lived in the
nineteenth century rather than in the first, in Judea,
so as to have seen Jesus face to face ! Well, then,
brother, whilst thou enviest that favour granted unto
others, thou possessest one before which all others
grow dim ! The honour reserved to the children of
the new dispensation is incomparably the greater. It
is no longer, in fact, an angel, or an archangel ; it is
no longer the symbol of the presence of God ; it is
no longer the Christ, Son of man, Christ poor, Christ
clothed in feeble flesh, Christ in humiliation ; it is
Christ exalted to glory, Christ all-powerful, Christ
one with the Father and the Spirit, Christ, by His
glorification, become capable of uniting Himself in
His very nature to our own nature ; it is God, Father,
Son, and Holy Spirit whom thou really hast in thee,
if thou hast within thee the Holy Spirit. What
nobility and what dignity ! Is there a more enviable
honour than that of receiving in our heart the God
whom the heaven of heavens cannot contain ?"

- Gustave Tophel (The Work of the Holy Spirit in Man, pgs. 13-14)

*Re-post from 7/5/15

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