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, July 3, 2017

The Presence enfleshed

"The Presence enfleshed in Jesus ever abides with
men. We have said that the incarnation was the
temporary outflashing of what has ever been. It
was more. It was also the temporary outflashing
of what is ever to be. What Jesus was in the days
of his flesh, God was, and is, and evermore shall be.
As Gregory of Nyssa has said : "We all believe that
the divine is in everything, pervading and embrac-
ing it, and dwelling in it. Why then do men take
offense at the dispensation of the mystery taught by
the incarnation of God, who is not even now outside
of mankind? If the form of the Divine Presence is
not now the same, we are as much agreed that God
is among us to-day as that he was in the world
then." This changeless Presence is the Presence of
Him who is the true brother-man, who is not ashamed
to acknowledge his kinship with us; the
human-hearted Friend who accompanies us into the
solitudes of the spiritual life where the dearest
earthly friend cannot enter; the abiding Companion
who is with us in the humiliation of defeat and in the
elation of success, in the loneliness of unshared sor-
row and in sweetness of love-shared joy; the Eternal
Lover of our souls, whose love is our constant por-
tion, and of whom we can say with Christina Ros-
setti, '0 Jesus ! better than thy gifts art thou thine
only self to me." "

- James Mann Campbell (The Presence, p. 64-65)

*Re-post from 9/22/15

No comments:

Post a Comment