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)

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Christ is here to save, part 2 of 3

"A Moslem who, after a careful study of the New
Testament, became a convert to Christianity, when
asked why he wanted to be baptized, replied, "Jesus
is alive, and Mohammed is dead; how can a dead
man save?" He was right. Saving efficacy be-
longs only to a living Saviour; and it is because
the atoning, redeeming Christ has not passed beyond
human reach that sinful men can experience his
saving power.
To be real and vital, faith must, therefore, take
hold of the glorious truth that Christ is now alive.
The quality of faith is determined by its object.
Faith in a living Christ is a living faith. A mere
historical faith, that is, a faith which has regard
to the record of what Christ has done, gives an
historical Christ; but a faith which has regard to
what Christ is now doing gives the Christian's Christ
— the Christ of universal Christian experience. 
The former faith differs from the latter as a botani- 
cal name differs from a living flower. Yet it must 
not be forgotten that historical faith forms the 
basis of saving faith. The Christ who died is the 
Christ who lives; the Christ who loved is the Christ 
who loves; the Christ who went about doing good 
is the Christ who is now everywhere doing good; 
the Christ who came and vanished is the Christ 
who is here to-day saving men from sin and from 
ignoble ends. He is living, active, potential, effec- 
tive, suflicient. 
We have no right to speak of the saving work 
of Christ as finished. Only on its Godward side 
was it completed, when upon the cross he bowed 
his head and gave up the ghost. On its manward 
side it still goes on, and will go on as long as there 
is sin in the world. He has not got through with 
a single human soul, much less with the world at 
large. The kingdom which he at last delivers to 
the Father will be a kingdom redeemed from the 
curse of sin."

- James Mann Campbell (The Presence, pgs. 164-165)

*Re-post from 9/25/15

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