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, May 15, 2017

The realization of Jesus in spirit was the Pentecost experience

    "Pentecost was the coming of Jesus. More exactly, it
was the realization that Jesus had come. There burst in upon
those disciples of Jesus who were gathered together in one
place, who felt their intense need of his help, who were
expressing their desire for his return, the realization that
Jesus was present. He was there with them in one way at
least. His coming had been expected, the manner of his coming
had not been foreseen. They knew that Jesus was present but
the question of the way in which he had come and the way in
which he was present remained to be answered. The method of
presence had to be clarified and explained, He was present,
but how was he present?
    Jesus came and was present in spirit. The disciples
knew that he had not come in a physical form. They could
not see him; they could not touch him. But they could feel
his presence and they could communicate with him again. The
contact which had been broken had been re-established. They
had access to him again. If then, he were present though
unseen, there was only one way of accounting for his coming--
he had come in spirit form.
....This realization of Jesus in spirit was the Pentecost
experience. This is the climax of the Pentecost story. All
that had gone before had pointed to this type of event. The
circumstances, the participants, the need, the desire, the
expectancy all set the stage for the realization of Jesus In
a spiritual form. Renewed contact, renewed access, met the
needs of the disciples and solved their problems. From this
experience all the subsequent events in the Pentecost story
take their beginning and receive their impetus."

- Ralph Winfield Decker (The First Christian Pentecost, pgs. 147-149)

*Re-post from 7/29/15

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