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, August 7, 2017

Christ is here to heal, part 3 of 3

"Now, it is in harmony with the established order
of things that this power for health should widen
its scope as man was able to take advantage of it,
and that when it came to its fullness in the Christ
it should take its place within the operation of
unfolding law. Jesus was the pleroma, the fullness
of divine power; his works of healing were simply
the attestation of the fact that in him was the
Presence fully manifested. And now that he is
in the unseen realm, we have the same evidence
that he possesses divine power in the works which
he is producing. As the one who before his coming
in the flesh stood in organic union with the race;
as the one who by his coming in the flesh revealed
the nature of the Presence which had always
brooded over the world, he has since his resurrec-
tion been seeking to bring to fulfillment in the
spiritual sphere all that was outwardly manifested
in his human life. There is no change in his work
except in its conditions. It is larger, deeper, and
more effective. As the Infinite Christ he is the
Infinite Power working for health. With him the
Presence found in nature, in the world, in man, and
in the Christ of history is identified. He is the
abiding Presence, immanent in all things, a living,
redeeming reality, flooding the soul with strength,
healing the body of its diseases, reducing to
harmony life's discords, soothing frayed nerves,
calming troubled hearts, and bringing the entire
man into perfect oneness with the divine will and
with the divine order. To come into touch with
him is to come into touch with the Infinite; it is 
to tap the hidden fountain of divine energy, which 
flowing into the soul, makes its possessor "every 
whit whole." "

- James Mann Campbell (The Presence, pgs. 170-171)

*Re-post from 9/29/15

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