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, May 18, 2017

The realization that Jesus was with his disciples and accessible to them in spirit

    "In view of the considerations set forth above, it is
our contention that Pentecost was the realization of the
presence of Jesus in spirit form. We have tried to show that
many things prior to Pentecost point to the coming of such
an experience, and that many things subsequent to Pentecost
are best accounted for as the results of such an experience.
We have pointed out that the experience took place within
the movement growing out of the life and teachings of Jesus;
that the participants in the experience were those who were
bound together in a Jesus-centered group by their disciple-
ship to Jesus; that the preparation for such an event is
found in the expectancy of a Jesus experience or revelation.
With this as a background we set forth the Pentecost event
as we see it — as the realization that Jesus was with his 
disciples and accessible to them in spirit. In support of 
this contention we traced the results of Pentecost which are 
best accounted for by this answer as to the nature of the 
experience. We showed that the troublesome glossolalia is 
best understood as an ecstatic result of this realization; 
that Peter's explanation of what was happening is most in- 
telligible when connected with the presence of Jesus in 
spirit; that the repentance called for, the baptism admin- 
istered, and the share in the experience of the disciples 
offered are related directly to Jesus and are therefore best 
understood in the same relationship as Peter's speech; that 
there emerged a Jesus-motivated and Jesus-dominated fellow- 
ship in which the union was not only of member with member 
but also of all members with Jesus; and that the later 
activities of the disciples are best accounted for as being 
carried on in Jesus' presence and with his help."

- Ralph Winfield Decker (The First Christian Pentecost, pgs. 165-166)

*Re-post from 7/31/15

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