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)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Christ is here to save, part 1 of 3

"If Christ is here, what is he doing? What does
his presence imply ? What are his present relations
to men? What is he now doing for them? Impor-
tant as it is to know what he has done in the past,
and to know what he has promised to do in the
future, still more important is it to know what
he is doing for us now.
The work which the post-incarnate Christ is here
to accomplish is one, yet manifold. It can be looked
at from a great variety of aspects.
I. He Is Here to Save
This must be his main mission. A French
philosopher irreverently asks, "Christ has come;
when cometh salvation?" We answer: Salvation
has come because the Saviour has come. He is
here delivering souls from the power of sin. His
strong right arm is striking off the fetters of evil
habit. It is distinctly stated that his Second Advent
was to be for the purpose of salvation. The promise
runs: "He having been once offered to bear the
sins of many, shall appear a second time, apart from
sin, to them that wait for him, unto salvation"
(Heb. 9. 28). His feet follow every wandering
soul. He comes to seek and to save that which is
lost. He stands by every sinner's side, waiting for
him to fling himself into his outstretched arms.
If he had not risen from the dead, and returned
to earth, he could not have brought salvation to
men. His death would have availed nothing if he
had not possessed the power to take up again the
life which he had laid down. His shed blood
derives its efficacy from his restored life. A pres-
ent deliverer must be a living deliverer. To find
the Christ who is mighty to save we are not to visit
his tomb. The tomb is empty. "Come see the place
where the Lord lay" — not the place where he lies.
Why seek the living among the dead? The Lord
whom ye seek stands beside you. Behold him as
your Saviour and the midnight of your gloom will
be turned into the glory of a new born day."

- James Mann Campbell (The Presence, pgs. 163-164)

*Re-post from 9/24/15

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