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, May 14, 2017

The everlasting universal Presence

    "To the universality of the Presence is to be joined
the perpetuity of the Presence. The Christ who is
present in the Holy Spirit does not come and go;
he is not confined to certain times and seasons.
His presence is perpetual and abiding. When about
to leave his disciples, Jesus said, "I will pray the
Father, and he shall give you another Comforter,
that he may abide with [meta] you forever; even
the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot
receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth
him; but ye know him; for he dwelleth with [para]
you, and shall be in [en] you" (John 14. 16, 17).
The three prepositions here used have a deepening
import. When Christ is loved and obeyed his
Spirit abides with us in the sense that his presence
is continuous; he dwells with us in the sense that
he keeps beside us so that we may have fellowship
with him; he is in us in the sense that he is domi-
ciled in our hearts, so that we are free from
dependence upon outward things. (See Bible Com-
mentary in loco.)
    The meaning of the word translated "Com-
forter" is "one that stands by the side of another";
so that, when Jesus was visibly absent, the Holy 
Spirit was to stand by their side, rendering them 
whatever help they might need. The expression 
"another Comforter" indicates that Jesus himself 
had held that office in the first instance, and that 
now the Holy Spirit was to share it with him. 
In the work of Comforting men they were hence- 
forth to be jointly engaged."

- James Mann Campbell (The Presence, pgs. 95-96)

*Re-post from 7/26/15

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