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)

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Christ is here to heal, part 1 of 3

"In the days of his flesh Jesus went about "healing
all manner of disease and sickness among the
people." When those who were sick came to him,
after every other resource had been exhausted, "he
had compassion on them, and healed them." He
stood in the midst of this sin-stricken and disease-
ridden world as an open fountain of life and power,
bringing the saving health of God into such intimate
and effectual contact with men as to accomplish
results over which the wise ones of the world have
ever since been puzzled, but upon which humble
believers have looked with reverential awe, as
affording incontestable proof that God has indeed
visited his people.
After his departure the apostles performed
miracles of healing in his name, and in his power.
The explanation which Peter gives of the healing
of the lame man at the gate of the temple which
was called Beautiful covers every similar case.
"Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this man? or
why fasten ye your eyes on us, as though by our
own power or godliness we had made him to walk ?
. . . By faith in his name hath his name made
this man strong, whom ye behold and know: yea,
the faith which is through him hath given him this
perfect soundness in the presence of you all" (Acts
3. 12-16). The apostles attributed every particle
of healing power which they exercised to the power
of the risen Christ working through them. They
were living dynamos, charged with a force not their
own — a force which they themselves explained as
coming from Christ, and as an evidence of his
continued activity in the spiritual sphere. It was
his presence with them and in them that made them
the conquerors of disease."

- James Mann Campbell (The Presence, pgs. 167-168)

*Re-post from 9/27/15

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