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, August 6, 2017

Christ is here to heal, part 2 of 3

"The healing ministry of Christ still goes on. Out
of the unseen he continues to operate upon this
diseased and disordered world. From him power
to heal is constantly going forth. "His touch has
still its ancient power." He is to-day "bearing our 
infirmities and carrying our sicknesses." His 
mighty unseen personality radiates life-giving 

The healing of the seamless dress 
    Is by our beds of pain; 
We touch him in life's throng and press, 
    And we are whole again. 

In this world into which sin and sickness have 
entered there is a power working for repair, a 
power which is seeking to restore all things to the 
divine order from which they have fallen. Scientists 
speak of that power as a vis medicatrix natura
that is, a power in nature working for health. 
Although every breath of air, every drop of water, 
every mouthful of food contains germs of disease, 
health is maintained because this power for health 
is working to neutralize them. If a finger is cut, 
or a bone broken, the power for health rushes to 
the spot to repair the damage. Upon the constant 
operation of this power all who labor for the 
removal of disease can confidently reckon. Of the 
working of this recuperative power the ancient Jew 
caught a glimpse when he spoke of God as the 
health of man's countenance, and his saving health 
as being for all nations. He saw that all health 
is from the original, fontal source of life, and that 
hence anyone who is healed is divinely healed. Dr. 
Worcester testifies of this when he says, "It is 
always the power of God that effects a cure, whether 
the means employed be medicine or miracle." "

- James Mann Campbell (The Presence, pgs. 168-169)

*Re-post from 9/28/15

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