Who is the Holy Spirit?

Who is the Holy Spirit?

Ellen White wrote it this way:

“They were two, yet little short of being identical; two in individuality, yet ONE IN SPIRIT,” (E.G. White, YI, Dec 16, 1897)

“The Father gave HIS Spirit without measure to his Son,” (E.G. White, RH, Nov 5, 1908)

“In giving us HIS Spirit, God gives us HIMSELF,” (E.G. White, 7T 273.1, 1902)

“The Holy Spirit, which proceeds from the only begotten Son of God,” (E.G. White, RH, April 5, 1906)

“The HOLY SPIRIT is the SPIRIT of CHRIST, which is sent to all men to give them sufficiency,” (E.G. White, 14MR 84.3)

“We want the HOLY SPIRIT, which is JESUS CHRIST. If we commune with God, we shall have strength and grace and efficiency.” (E.G. White, Lt66, April 10, 1894)

“But it is the leaven of the SPIRIT of JESUS CHRIST, which is sent down from heaven, called the HOLY GHOST, and that Spirit affects the heart and the character.” (E.G. White, Ms36-1891)

“BY THE SPIRIT the Father and the Son will come and MAKE THEIR ABODE WITH YOU. [John 14:23 quoted]” (E.G. White, BEcho, Jan 15, 1893)

“For through HIM [CHRIST] we both have access by ONE SPIRIT unto the Father.” Ephesians 2:18

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: NO MAN cometh unto the Father, but BY ME.” John 14:6

“While JESUS ministers in the sanctuary ABOVE, He is STILL by His SPIRIT the minister of the church on EARTH. He is WITHDRAWN from the eye of sense, but His parting promise is FULFILLED, “Lo, I AM WITH YOU alway, even unto the end of the world.” Matthew 28:20. While He delegates His power to inferior ministers, His ENERGIZING PRESENCE is still with His church.” (E.G. White, DA 166.2)

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The Comforter is the Spirit of Christ:

“This refers to the omnipresence of the SPIRIT OF CHRIST, called the COMFORTER.” (E.G. White, 14MR 179.2)

“Let them study the seventeenth of John, and learn how to pray and how to live the prayer of CHRIST. HE is THE Comforter. He will abide in their hearts, making their joy full.” (E.G. White, RH, Jan 27, 1903)

“As by faith we look to Jesus, our faith pierces the shadow, and we adore God for His wondrous love in giving JESUS THE COMFORTER.” (E.G. White, 19MR 297.3)

“CHRIST is to be known by the blessed name of COMFORTER. “The Comforter,” said Christ to His disciples, “which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you, [John 14:26 quoted]” (E.G. White, Ms7-1902, Jan 26, 1902)

“The SAVIOUR is our COMFORTER. This I have proved Him to be.” (E.G. White, 8MR 49.3)

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The Spirit of Truth is the Spirit of Christ:

“JESUS comes to you as the SPIRIT of TRUTH; study the mind of the Spirit, consult your Lord, follow His way.” (E.G. White, 2MR 337.1)

“The SPIRIT of TRUTH is the only effectual teacher of divine truth; those who are taught of Him have entered the school of CHRIST. How must God esteem the race, that He gave His Son to die for them, and appoints HIS SPIRIT to be man’s teacher and continual guide.” (E.G. White, ST, Oct 24, 1906)

“Christ was about to depart to His home in the heavenly courts. But He assured His disciples that He would send them another Comforter, who would abide with them forever. To the guidance of this Comforter all who believe in CHRIST may implicitly trust. HE is the SPIRIT OF TRUTH, but this truth the world can neither discern nor receive.” (E.G. White, 12MR 260.1)

“We cannot be with CHRIST in person, as were His first disciples, but HE has sent HIS HOLY SPIRIT to guide us into all truth, and through this power we too can bear witness for the Saviour. [John 16:13 quoted]” (E.G. White, Ms30, June 18, 1900)

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The Spirit Breathed on the Disciples was the Spirit of Christ:

“And when He had said this, He [Christ] breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: … Before the disciples could fulfill their official duties in connection with the church, CHRIST breathed HIS SPIRIT upon them.” (E.G. White, DA, p. 805)

“JESUS is waiting to BREATHE upon all his disciples, and give them the inspiration of HIS sanctifying SPIRIT, and transfuse the vital influence from HIMSELF to his people.” (E.G. White, ST, Oct 3, 1892)

“JESUS is seeking to impress upon them the thought that in giving HIS HOLY SPIRIT He is giving to them the glory which the Father has given him, that He and his people may be one in God.” (E.G. White, ST, Oct 3, 1892)

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The Spirit Given at Pentecost was the Spirit of Christ:

“And when He had said this, He [Christ] breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whosesoever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whosesoever sins ye retain, they are retained. The Holy Spirit was not yet fully manifested; for Christ had not yet been glorified. The more abundant impartation of the Spirit did not take place till after Christ’s ascension. Not until this was received could the disciples fulfill the commission to preach the gospel to the world. But the Spirit was now given for a special purpose. Before the disciples could fulfill their official duties in connection with the church, CHRIST breathed HIS Spirit upon them.” (E.G. White, DA, p. 805)

“Outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost—Christ ascended on high, to take His position as our Advocate in the heavenly courts. Having reached His throne, HE SENT HIS HOLY SPIRIT, as He had promised, in response to the prayers of His disciples.” (E.G. White, 10MR 98.1, 1899)

“When the HOLY SPIRIT was poured out upon the early church, ‘The whole multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul.’ The SPIRIT of CHRIST made them one. This is the fruit of abiding in Christ.” (E.G. White, GCDB, Feb 6, 1893)

“The promise of the Holy Spirit is not limited to any age or to any race. CHRIST declared that the divine influence of HIS SPIRIT was to be with His followers unto the end. From the Day of PENTECOST to the present time, the Comforter has been sent to all who have yielded themselves fully to the Lord and to His service.” (E.G. White, AA, 49.2)

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The Spirit that Represents Christ is His Own Spirit:

“CHRIST came to our world, but the world could not endure His purity. He has gone to His Father, but HE has sent HIS Holy Spirit to REPRESENT HIM in the world till he shall come again.” (E.G. White, Ms1, Jan 11, 1897)

“CHRIST has left HIS Holy Spirit to be HIS REPRESENTATIVE in the world, to give celestial aid to every hungering, thirsting soul.” (E.G. White, Lt84, Oct 22, 1895)

“The Holy Spirit is the SPIRIT of CHRIST; it is HIS REPRESENTATIVE. Here is the divine agency that carries conviction to hearts. When the power of His Spirit is revealed through the servants of God, we behold divinity flashing through humanity.” (E.G. White, 13MR 313.3, 1895)

“Cumbered with humanity, CHRIST could not be in every place personally; therefore it was altogether for their advantage that He should leave them, go to His father, and send the Holy Spirit to be His successor on earth. The Holy Spirit is [Christ] HIMSELF, divested of the personality of humanity, and independent thereof. HE would REPRESENT HIMSELF as present in all places by HIS Holy Spirit, as the Omnipresent.” (E.G. White, Lt119, Feb 18, 1895)

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The Third Great Power is the Spirit of Christ:

“CHRIST has given HIS SPIRIT as a divine POWER.” (E.G. White, RH, Nov 19, 1908)

“They have ONE God and ONE Saviour; and ONE Spirit–the Spirit of Christ–is to bring unity into their ranks.” (E.G. White, 9T 189.3, 1909)

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The Third Person is the Spirit of Christ:

“Sin could be resisted and overcome ONLY through the mighty agency of the third person [Spirit Of Christ] of the Godhead… CHRIST has GIVEN HIS SPIRIT as a divine POWER to overcome all hereditary and cultivated tendencies to evil, and to impress His own character upon His church.” (E.G. White, DA, 671.2)

“There is NO POWER in you apart from CHRIST, but it is your privilege to have Christ abiding in your heart by faith, and HE can OVERCOME SIN in you, when you cooperate with His efforts.” (E.G. White, OHC, 76.5)

“With HIS SPIRIT CHRIST sends a reconciling influence and a power that TAKES away SIN.”  (E.G. White, RH, May 19, 1904)

“The prince of the POWER OF EVIL can ONLY be held in check by the power of God in the third person [Spirit Of Christ] of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit.” (E.G. White, Special Testimonies, Series A, No. 10, p. 37, 1897)

“JESUS ALONE has power to SAVE FROM SIN, to free from the POWER OF EVIL; and to doubt him who has laid down his life for us, is to grieve and insult the Father,” (E.G. White, RH, Feb 10, 1891)

“The ONLY defense AGAINST EVIL is the indwelling of CHRIST in the heart through faith in His righteousness.” (E.G. White, DA, 324.1)

“They have ONE God and ONE Saviour; and ONE Spirit–the Spirit of Christ–is to bring unity into their ranks.” (E.G. White, 9T 189.3, 1909)

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The Third Person in the Heavenly Trio is the Spirit of Christ:

“CHRIST determined to bestow a GIFT on those who had been with Him and on those who should believe on Him, because this was the occasion of His ascension and inauguration, a jubilee in heaven. What GIFT could Christ bestow rich enough to signalize and grace His ascension to the mediatorial throne? It must be worthy of His greatness and His royalty. Christ GAVE HIS REPRESENTATIVE, the THIRD PERSON of the Godhead, the HOLY SPIRIT. This GIFT could not be excelled. The divine Spirit, converting, enlightening, sanctifying, would be His DONATION, because He would GIVE all GIFTS in one.” (E.G. White, Ms44-1898.11)

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The Holy Spirit is a Person and is the Spirit of Christ:

“remember the words of CHRIST, remember that HE [CHRIST] is an unseen presence in the PERSON of the Holy Spirit,” (E.G. White, DG 185.2, 1897)

“We want the HOLY SPIRIT, which is JESUS CHRIST.” (E.G. White, Lt66, April 10, 1894)

“Lift up CHRIST in His POWER in the PERSON of the Holy Spirit. He is waiting for them to open the door and admit Him.” (E.G. White, Lt59, March 29, 1899)

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The Spirit of Christ Walks Unseen Among Us:

“We want the HOLY SPIRIT, which is JESUS CHRIST.” (E.G. White, Lt66, April 10, 1894)

“We need to realize that the Holy Spirit, [CHRIST BY HIS SPIRIT] who is as much a person as God is a person, is WALKING THROUGH THESE GROUNDS, UNSEEN BY HUMAN EYES; … HE HEARS EVERY WORD WE UTTER and knows every thought of the mind.” (E.G. White, 2SAT, pp. 136, 137, 1899)

“CHRIST WALKS UNSEEN THROUGH OUR STREETS. With messages of mercy He comes to our homes.” (E.G. White, MH, p. 107)

“How few realize that JESUS, UNSEEN, IS WALKING BY THEIR SIDE! How ashamed many would be to hear His voice speaking to them, and to know that HE HEARD ALL THEIR FOOLISH, COMMON TALK!” (E.G. White, 14MR 125.3)

“Remember that JESUS IS BESIDE YOU WHEREVER YOU GO, noting your actions and LISTENING TO YOUR WORDS.” (E.G. White, YI, Feb 4, 1897)

“The human agent, the seen instrument, is to preach the Word, and the LORD JESUS, THE UNSEEN AGENCY, BY HIS HOLY SPIRIT is to make the Word efficacious and powerful.” Letter 105, 1900. (E.G. White, 2SM 18.3)

“He [CHRIST] is an UNSEEN PRESENCE in the PERSON OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.”  (E.G. White, DG, 185.2, 1897)

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Letting Ellen White explain herself, she said:

The Comforter is the SPIRIT OF CHRIST,

the Spirit of truth is the SPIRIT OF CHRIST,

the third person is the SPIRIT OF CHRIST,

the third great power is the SPIRIT OF CHRIST,

the Holy Spirit given at Pentecost was the SPIRIT OF CHRIST,

the Holy Spirit Jesus breathed on His disciples was HIS own SPIRIT,

the Holy Spirit Christ sent to represent Himself was HIS own SPIRIT,

the Heavenly trio is the Father, Son and SPIRIT OF CHRIST,

and she reveals over and over again that there are only two beings in the Godhead.

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