Questions & Answers About the Holy Spirit

WHO IS THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH?


John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.

Q. Who is the spirit of truth?

A. John 15:26 The spirit of truth is the Comforter.

Q. Who is the Comforter?

A. John 14:12, 16-22

Jn 14:12, Jesus is going away.
Jn 14:16, He will ask the Father to send another Comforter that will bide with them forever.
Jn 14:17, Comforter is called the spirit of truth.
The world cannot receive Him. The world cannot see him or know him. But the disciples know him, and this comforter is already dwelling with them.

Notice:- They know him
He is already dwelling with them
He is a comfort to them
He is always truthful to them

Q. Who is the only person the disciples knew personally, who was already dwelling with them? Who was a comfort to them and was always truthful?

A. Only Jesus could fulfil these requirements. And He says so in the next verse.
Jn 14:18, ‘I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.’

But He was coming back in another form. From dwelling with them physically, to dwelling in them spiritually. (Vs. 17, shall be in you).

This is why Jesus says ‘another’ comforter. He would be coming back in the spirit.

"Christ is to be known by the blessed name of Comforter.” {Ms7-1902 (January 26, 1902) par. 10} - EGW

"WE WANT THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHICH IS JESUS CHRIST.” {Lt66-1894 (April 10, 1894) par. 18} - EGW

"Christ comes as a Comforter to all who believe. He invites your confidence. He says, “Abide in me.” Surely we may trust in our loving Saviour. You can say, “Yes, my Saviour; in thee I can and will trust. I will abide in thee.” Then how trustfully you can work in His presence. Your works will be but the fruit of Christ working in you. You may rest in what Christ can do for you. And the energies of your soul will be awakened to co-operate [with] Him. He will work in you to do His good pleasure.” {Lt103-1898 (November 21, 1898) par. 14} - EGW

"While He extends to all the world His invitation to come to Him and be saved, He commissions His angels to render divine help to every soul that cometh to Him in repentance and contrition, and He comes personally by His Holy Spirit into the midst of His church.” {Lt2d-1892 (December 23, 1892) par. 7} - EGW

"JEHOVAH, OUR FATHER, AND HIS SON JESUS CHRIST ARE ALONE TO BE EXALTED. The knowledge of God is eternal life to those who receive it. His holy banner is to stand elevated above all the greatness of the greatest men, above all the honor and glory of the world.” {Ms11-1898 (June 29, 1898) par. 11} - EGW

Compare verse 17, Jesus says the world cannot receive the spirit of truth, neither can it see him or know him, but the disciples did know him. 
Verse 19, Jesus makes almost the same statement, but speaks of Himself.
Notice:- “Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.”

Dear friends, this is so clear, Jesus is telling the disciples that He is the comforter.

Verse 18, I will come to you.
Verse 19, You will see me.
Verse 20, I in you.
Verse 21, I will manifest myself to him.
Verse 23, we (my Father and I) will make our abode with him.

Q. Did Christ’s disciples understand that He would be coming back to them?

A. Yes, Verse 22 “Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?”

Now notice how the SOP harmonises with the Scripture:

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. {19MR 296, 297}


The Saviour is our Comforter. This I have proved Him to be. 
{8MR 49}

Christ comes as a Comforter to all who believe. He invites your confidence. He says, "Abide in me." Surely we may trust in our loving Saviour. {8MR 57}

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. {RH, January 27, 1903}

This is why Paul could Say, ‘Christ in you’, ‘Christ that liveth in me’, ‘let this mind be in you’, etc…

John 16:13 So the spirit of truth is the spirit of Jesus, our comforter.

Notice how Jesus is speaking of Himself in the spirit as another person.

We notice this also in John 14:16, 17 (Another comforter). Jesus often spoke this way. (See John 17:3; 5:19, 23; 3:13-16; Matthew 24:30-37; 25:13, 31.)

In fact, every time Jesus speaks of the son of man, apporx. 48 times, it is always in the third person.

John 16:12 note how before Jesus speaks of the spirit of truth He says: “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.” (could Jesus be saying that He will reveal these things to them later?)

Notice the parallels between John 16:13, 14
and some other statements of Jesus.

John 16:14 “He shall glorify

John 16:14 “He shall glorify me (how?): for he shall receive of mine, and shall show [it] unto you.”

John 16:15, “All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall show [it] unto you.”

Q. Why does Jesus say ‘all things that the Father hath are mine’?

A. To impress upon His disciples that in giving them His spirit He is giving them His life, His character, everything He has inherited from His Father, Hebrews 1:4.

Notice:

“Christ is to live in his human agents, and work through their faculties, and act through their capabilities. Their will must be submitted to his will, they must act with his spirit, that it may be no more they that live, but Christ that liveth in them. 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.” {ST, October 3, 1892 par. 4}

This is why Jesus says, “He will glorify me” Jn 16:14

“The Saviour came to glorify the Father by the demonstration of His love; so the Spirit was to glorify Christ by revealing His grace to the world. The very image of God is to be reproduced in humanity. The honor of God, the honor of Christ, is involved in the perfection of the character of His people.” {DA 671.3}

See also: Ezekiel 36:23, & Isaiah 49:3.

Before this could happen, Jesus had to go away.

John 16:7 “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.”

Q. If the Holy Spirit is another God-being, separate from the Father and the Son. Why did Jesus have to go before he could come?

Why was it expedient for the disciples that Jesus had to leave them, and then the spirit come?

A common answer from a trinitarian perspective is that Jesus, in His humanity, was limited and could not be in every place personally. But they contradict their own beliefs, because they say the Holy Spirit is a completely separate being. So, Jesus limited in His humanity would have no bearing on whether the spirit could come or not. For they say he is separate from Jesus.

It is true that Jesus needed to first ascend to heaven and receive from His Father that assurance that His sacrifice was ample. So the Holy Spirit could be sent to empower His church. But this has no relevance as to Christ being ‘cumbered with humanity’.

To be consistent, with the trinitarian viewpoint and their understanding of the Holy Spirit, they must acknowledge that once Christ’s offering was accepted by the Father, then the Holy Spirit could come irrespective of whether Jesus went away or not.

But this is not what Jesus said. Read again,

John 16:7 “…for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.”

Clearly, Jesus had to go away before the Holy Spirit could come.

Let us see why:

John 7:39 “…for the Holy Ghost was not yet [given]; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

not yet given = [in its fullness] because we know the Spirit was there see DA 805 below for confirmation.

“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.” {DA 805.2}

So, the outpouring of the spirit was being held back until Christ was glorified.

Q. Why did Christ have to go and be glorified, before the spirit could be given?

“During the patriarchal age the influence of the Holy Spirit had often been revealed in a marked manner, but never in its fullness.” {AA 37.3}

Q. Why was the spirit never given in its fullness?

A. “Christ in His humanity wrought out a perfect character, and this character He offers to impart to us.” {FLB 113.3}

Christ had to work out a perfect character in his humanity. It was this perfect life that He offered at the cross for us. Romans 5:9.

And this perfect life, His character (His spirit), He offers to impart to us. Romans 5:10.

Can you see that the spirit is the life of Christ.

“The influence of the Holy Spirit is the life of Christ in the soul.” {RH, October 26, 1897 par. 15}

Christ had to first live this life (work out a perfect character) before He could impart it to us. Christ brought glorified humanity back to heaven. It is this life that He offers to us 2 Peter 1:4

Q. How could this be done before Christ had lived this life?

Q. How could another do this in His place? (Hebrews 2:17, 18; 4:15)

This is why the spirit could not be given in its fullness. 
This is why the spirit could not be given unless Christ was glorified.

His life had to be first:
1) Lived and perfected (overcome, Revelation 3:21), 
2) Then Sacrificed, 
3) Then glorified, 
4) Then poured out upon His church.

Notice:-
“During His humiliation upon this earth, the Spirit had not descended with all its efficacy; and Christ declared that if He went not away, it would not come, but that if He went away, He would send it. It was a representation of Himself, and after He was glorified it was manifest.” {ST, May 17, 1899 par. 3}

Q. But why must Christ go away?

“But while Christ was on earth, the disciples had desired no other helper. Not until they were deprived of His presence would they feel their need of the Spirit, and then He would come.

The Holy Spirit is Christ's representative, but divested of the personality of humanity, and independent thereof. Cumbered with humanity, Christ could not be in every place personally. Therefore it was for their interest that He should go to the Father, and send the Spirit to be His successor on earth. No one could then have any advantage because of his location or his personal contact with Christ. By the Spirit the Saviour would be accessible to all. In this sense He would be nearer to them than if He had not ascended on high.” {DA 669.2}

The key to this passage is the first sentence:
“… while Christ was on earth, the disciples had desired no other helper.” 
(eg. Peter had great courage when he was with Christ, but denied Him, when he was without Him.)

While Jesus was with them personally, the disciples felt secure. They had no desire for the Spirit. They only wanted to stay close to Jesus in His physical presence. But those who were distanced would feel disadvantaged. With this mindset of the people, the saviour was cumbered, or hindered, and could not be in every place personally, (physically)

Christ endeavoured to get their minds off His physical presence to His spiritual presence. This He can only do by going away.

Notice the next line:-

“…Not until they were deprived of His presence would they feel their need of the Spirit, and then He would come.” {DA 669.1}

In this way Christ in the Spirit is “divested of the personality of humanity, and independent thereof” (in other words, Christ is free to work independently with all His disciples)

This is why it says:

“No one could then have any advantage because of his location or his personal contact with Christ. By the Spirit the Saviour would be accessible to all. In this sense He would be nearer to them than if He had not ascended on high.”

Dear friend, please understand that no one else could fulfil this role. Jesus is our comforter. Jesus is the third person of the Godhead, in spirit. Inspiration declares that,

“He [Satan] has sought to shut Jesus from their view as the Comforter,” {RH, August 26, 1890 par. 10}


Putting the pieces together Third Person of the Godhead


“Putting The Pieces Together” article.

third person of the GodheadThe prince of the power of evil can only be held in check by the power of God in the third person of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit.–Special Testimonies, Series A, No. 10, p. 37. (1897) {Evangelism, p. 617}

The “third person of the Godhead” does not mean a third person in the Godhead. The “third person of the Godhead” was understood by Ellen White to be none other than the glorified life of Christ (His very own life), not another individual being different to Christ and the Father. Only this life of Christ can give us victory over sin (no one else in the universe can do it). This she calls the “third person of the Godhead.” When we follow the divine instruction and make use of the key for the Testimonies many misunderstandings will be resolved. The expression “third person of the Godhead” is today explained by many to mean a third individual god-being equal to the Father and Son. Let us allow the prophet (rather than anyone else) to explain to us what she meant by that expression. This is the safest thing to do if we truly desire to know the truth.

Who is the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead?

Christ tells us that the Holy Spirit is the Comforter, and the Comforter is the Holy Ghost, “the Spirit of truth, which the Father shall send in My name.” … This refers to the omnipresence of the Spirit of Christ, called the Comforter. {E. G. White, Manuscript Releases Vol.14, p. 179}

Now let us read a similar statement with more context around it:

The Spirit was given as a regenerating agency, and without this the sacrifice of Christ would have been of no avail. The power of evil had been strengthening for centuries, and the submission of man to this satanic captivity was amazing. Sin could be resisted and overcome only through the mighty agency of the third person of the Godhead, who would come with no modified energy, but in the fullness of divine power. It is the Spirit that makes effectual what has been wrought out by the world’s Redeemer. It is by the Spirit that the heart is made pure. Through the Spirit the believer becomes a partaker of the divine nature. 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 the church.{E. G. White, Review and Herald, May 19, 1904 par. 3}

Christ’s spirit is a divine power. It is “His own character” (His own life) not a different person to Him. What is the only power that can break the hold of evil from our hearts?

Our condition through sin has become preternatural, and the power that restores us must be supernatural, else it has no value. There is but one power that can break the hold of evil from the hearts of men, and that is the power of God in Jesus Christ. {E. G. White, Testimonies Volume 8, p. 291}

“The divine Spirit that the world’s Redeemer promised to send is the presence and power of God. {E. G. White, ST November 23, 1891, par. 1Ye Shall Receive Power, p. 39.5}

"The Holy Spirit is the Spirit OF God; it is also the Spirit OF Christ." U. Smith, GC. Daily Bulletin Vol. 4, March 14,1891, pp. 146,147

"Here we find that the Holy Spirit is both the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ." E.J. Waggoner, Christ and His Righteousness, p. 23. 1890

"We learn from this language that when we speak of the Spirit of God, we are really speaking of his presence and power." J.N. Loughborough, Review and Herald, September 13,1898

"In giving us His Spirit, God gives us Himself."-Testimonies, Vol. 7, p. 273.


If Christ be IN us, we are partakers of the DIVINE NATURE of GOD Himself! The Holy Spirit is come INTO us - which is God sent through Christ (their power (character) becomes our power (character)) BOTH living inside us. When we ask HimJesus imparts the Holy Spirit (God Himself, his Divine Influences and power (character) -God IS a Spirit) to us

'The Holy Spirit is the breath of spiritual life in the soul. The impartation of the Spirit is the impartation of the life of Christ.' It (GOD the Father's own Spirit=Himself) thus makes Christ everywhere present." (Psalm 139:7)

Therefore, the power of God, which is in Christ, is present in the third person. It is Christ and His power in the third person of the Godhead. It is not another person in the Godhead, no, it is the third person of (not in) the Godhead.

There must be a power working from within, a new life from above, before men can be changed from sin to holiness. That power is Christ. His grace alone can quicken the lifeless faculties of the soul, and attract it to God, to holiness. {E. G. White, Steps to Christ, p. 18}

Christ declared that after his ascension, he would send to his church, as his crowning gift, the Comforter, who was to take his place. This Comforter is the Holy Spirit,–the soul of his life, the efficacy of his church, the light and life of the worldWith his Spirit Christ sends a reconciling influence and a power that takes away sin. {E. G. White, Review and Herald, May 19, 1904 par. 1}

Notice now how clearly she says that the life of Christ is what helps us resist temptation. The life of Christ is His spirit (not someone else!). This is the Comforter, this is the Holy Spirit, and this is what is called the “third person of the Godhead.”

“The only defense against evil is the indwelling of Christ in the heart through faith in His righteousness.” {E. G. White, The Desire of Ages, p. 324}

Not until the life of Christ becomes a vitalizing power in our lives can we resist the temptations that assail us from within and from without. {E. G. White, The Ministry of Healing, p. 130}

This life of Christ is a holy, spotless, blameless life. Since life is the spirit (John 6:63), therefore this holy life of Christ is His Holy Spirit!

Christ is the source of every right impulse. He is the only one who can arouse in the natural heart enmity against sinHe is the source of our power if we would be saved. No soul can repent without the grace of Christ. The sinner may pray that he may know how to repent. God reveals Christ to the sinner, and when he sees the purity of the Son of God, he is not ignorant of the character of sin. By faith in the work and power of Christ, enmity against sin and Satan is created in his heart. {E. G. White, Review and Herald, April 1, 1890 par. 5}

“The Holy Spirit, which proceeds from the only begotten Son of God, binds the human agent, body, soul, and spirit, to the perfect, divine-human nature of Christ. {E. G. White, Review and Herald, April 5, 1906 par. 16}

From the Bible we should have known this fact already from (Acts 3:26).

Therefore, if the power of evil can be held in check only by the power of God in the third person of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit, and it is Jesus who turns away every one of us from his iniquities (evil), then it is an obvious conclusion that Jesus aids us in this battle by giving us his very own holy life, his very own Holy Spirit (not another being different to Him). This Holy life of Christ is termed “the third person of the Godhead.”

Book – Putting the Pieces Together 

(1) “the heavenly Trio”
(2) “there never was a time”
(3) “life, original, unborrowed, underived”
(4) “eternal heavenly dignitaries”
(5) “as much a person”
(6) “Holy Spirit is a person”
(7) “third person of the Godhead”
(8) “three highest powers”
(9) “gave themselves”
(10) “three holiest beings”

Appendix I
(Dr. Kellogg & the Trinity)

Appendix II
(How many divine beings?)

Putting the pieces together Third Person of the Godhead:

http://www.thethirdangelsmessage.com/third_person_of_the_godhead_ptpt.php

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS TO DWELL INSIDE US and SURROUNDING US. THIS IS WHAT THE HOLY SPIRIT IS:

"The Holy Spirit is the Spirit OF God; it is also the Spirit OF Christ." U. Smith, GC. Daily Bulletin Vol. 4, March 14,1891, pp. 146,147

"Here we find that the Holy Spirit is both the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ." E.J. Waggoner, Christ and His Righteousness, p. 23. 1890

"We learn from this language that when we speak of the Spirit of God, we are really speaking of his presence and power." J.N. Loughborough, Review and Herald, September 13,1898

"The DIVINE SPIRIT that the world’s Redeemer promised to send IS the PRESENCE and POWER of God." ST November 23, 1891, par. 1Ye Shall Receive Power, p. 39.5


"In giving us His Spirit, God gives us Himself."-Testimonies, Vol. 7, p. 273.


If Christ be IN us, we are partakers of the DIVINE NATURE of GOD Himself! The Holy Spirit is come INTO us - which is God sent through Christ (their power (character) becomes our power (character)) BOTH living inside us. When we ask HimJesus imparts the Holy Spirit (God Himself, his Divine Influences and power (character) -God IS a Spirit) to us

'The Holy Spirit is the breath of spiritual life in the soul. The impartation of the Spirit is the impartation of the life of Christ.' It (GOD the Father's own Spirit=Himself) thus makes Christ everywhere present." (Psalm 139:7)

"Our condition through sin is unnatural, and the power that restores us must be supernatural, else it has no value. There is but One Power (character) that can break the hold of evil from the hearts of men, and that is the power (character Gal 5:23-24) of God in Jesus ChristOnly through the blood of the Crucified One is there cleansing from sinHis Grace alone can enable us to resist and subdue the tendencies of our fallen nature !" - Ministry of Healing p. 428 



"Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." II Cor. 3:17.

Scripture says that there is but ONE ETERNAL SPIRIT:

Hbr 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

1Cr 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

1Cr 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether [we be] Jews or Gentiles, whether [we be] bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

Eph 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

"The Holy Spirit is the breath of spiritual life in the soul. The impartation of the Spirit is the impartation of the life of Christ. It imbues the receiver with the attributes of Christ. Only those who are thus taught of God, those who possess the inward working of the Spirit, and in whose life the Christ-life is manifested, are to stand as representative men, to minister in behalf of the church." Desire of Ages, 805.

Christ IMPARTS His Father's characteristics (power)/presence (a Holy ETERNAL Spirit) through Himself to us - Christ is our doorway back to God - the Holy Spirit IS  "God's" presence and POWER (characteristics/qualifications) - sent to us through the "door" or "Christ" = "our only mediator" you see - if we do not "get" this - we miss out on becoming Overcomers or Saints - because this is the ONLY thing we take to Heaven with us IS our character (thoughts and feelings - a "right Spirit" that transforms us into God's Character by Jesus giving us the Father's character/power embodied by the Father's Law (Ten Commandments) Gal 5:23-24.

(characteristics/qualifications="power" received from God through Christ)
A quality or accomplishment that makes someone suitable for a particular job or activity. We become qualified to do this through Christ: "they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. Revelation 7:15

Revelation 21:3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Look! God's dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
Download this article for Putting the pieces of the Puzzle together - Seeming "difficult" statements by Ellen White on the Doctrine of the Godhead harmonized:


Let us study without preconceived ideas and opinions to find the truth.

"God will work by His Spirit, through the mind he has put in man if man will only give Him a chance to work and will recognize His dealings." 9T. p222.

"The theory of truth, unaccompanied by the Holy Spirit, cannot quicken the soul or sanctify the heart."
COL. 106

"Hearts that respond to the influence of the Holy Spirit are the channels though which God's blessings flows." DA. 306

We are clearly told there are only two in the heavenly counsels. 

“Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Ye believe in God, believe ALSO in me!”
—John 14:1

He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath BOTH the Father and the Son. 2 John 1:9

The Holy Spirit is the invisible presence of GOD Himself sent to us through His Son Jesus to help us in all ways. God is reconciling us to Himself through His only Son. "To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation." 2 Corinthians 5:19

We do not teach that the “Holy" Spirit is not a person. The "
Holy" Spirit is a person; it is the person and presence of God Himself “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? 
or whither shall I flee from thy presence?” Psalms 139:7. “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must 
worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24. Jesus is here speaking of God the Father.

"In giving us His Spirit, God gives us Himself, making Himself a fountain of divine influences, to give health and life to the world." Testimonies for the Church Volume 7, Page 273

Eph 4:6  One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

“The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ; it is His representative. Here is the divine agency that carries conviction to hearts.” 13MR 313

 


The Holy Spirit is actually the spiritual presence of the Father and the Son, in their INVISIBLE form. "to be filled with the presence of the Unseen One." --{Christ Triumphant, p. 98.4} “MY presence shall go with thee." --{SPIRITUAL GIFTS, VOLUME 3, PAGE 288}. "We should never give sanction to sin by our words or our deeds, our silence or our presence." --{Messages to Young People, p. 403.2, The Desire of Ages, p. 152.3, Manuscript Releases Volume Four [Nos. 210-259], p. 195.1, Our High Calling, p. 258.3}

"...for the PRESENCE of the High and Holy One who inhabiteth eternity can ALONE constitute a church."The Upward Look, p. 315.5

The "Holy" Spirit of God through Jesus can take many shapes, fire, dove etc., "for I, saith the Lord, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.” Zechariah 2:4, 5.
He is God and can do anything for us through His Son. It is the "presence" of God and His Son, our mediator, living inside us, walking invisible beside us, a wall of fire around us, and is in the midst of us, INSIDE OUR MINDS and bodies, filling us with His presence. The Holy Spirit is God, the Father of Jesus through His Son surrounding us with their presence and love. "God is a Spirit." John 4:24
God the Father of Jesus is a Spirit, sent to us through His Son Jesus, filling our minds with His mind, His thoughts, His ways, His knowledge of truth. Ezekiel 36:27 says, "And I will put MY SPIRIT within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them."


"And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us." 1 John 3:24. Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man loves me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and WE (GOD & His Son Jesus) will come unto him, and make OUR abode with him." John 14:23


The Bible teaches that there is only ONE Lord (Ephesians 4:5).

The Bible teaches that there is only ONE Spirit (Ephesians 4:4).

Who is the one Lord and the one Spirit? Here is the answer from 2 Corinthians 3:17.

“Now the [one] Lord is that [one] Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

Jesus says, "He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me." John 14:24 


God has a church. It is not the great cathedral, neither is it the national establishment, neither is it the various denominations; it is the people who love God and keep His commandments. “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20). Where Christ is even among the humble few, this is Christ’s church, for the presence of the High and Holy One who inhabiteth eternity can alone constitute a church.
Where two or three are present who love and obey the commandments of God, Jesus there presides, let it be in the desolate place of the earth, in the wilderness, in the city enclosed in prison walls. The glory of God has penetrated the prison walls, flooding with glorious beams of heavenly light the darkest dungeon. His saints may suffer, but their sufferings will, like the apostles of old, spread their faith and win souls to Christ and glorify His holy name. The bitterest opposition expressed by those who hate God’s great moral standard of righteousness should not and will not shake the steadfast soul who trusts fully in God....
They that will be doers of the word are building securely, and the tempest and storm of persecution will not shake their foundation, because their souls are rooted to the eternal Rock.—{Letter 108, October 28, 1886 - The Upward Look, p. 315.5}
Numbers 11:29 "...would God that all the LORD'S people were prophets, and that the LORD would put HIS SPIRIT upon them!" (God is a Spirit) 2 Samuel 23:2 "The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue."  "The Spirit of the LORD shall carry thee." 1 Kings 18:12. "All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;" Job 27:3. God is a Spirit and He is Holy. He has a "Holy" Spirit. It can be or do anything God wants. His "Holy" Spirit is God Himself personified sent to us through His only Son Jesus Christ. 

"Let this mind (God's "Holy" Spirit -God is a Spirit and He is Holy = God's "Holy" Spirit) be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:" Philippians 2:5 



"The Holy Spirit is the Comforter, in Christ’s name. He personifies Christ, yet is a distinct personality. We may have the Holy Spirit if we ask for it and make it [a] habit to turn to and trust in God rather than in any finite human agent who may make mistakes." Manuscript Releases Volume Twenty [Nos. 1420-1500], p. 324.2 (1)

Hbr 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

"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 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. “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall (although unseen by you), [This phrase was added by Ellen White.] teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” [John 14:26]. Manuscript Releases Volume Fourteen [Nos. 1081-1135], Page 23

The Spirit of God (The Holy Spirit), the omnipresence of God and Christ (Genesis 1:2; Genesis 41:38; Exodus 31:3; Exodus 35:31; Numbers 24:2; Matthew 3:16; Matthew 12:28; Romans 8:9; Romans 8:14; Romans 15:19; 1 Corinthians 2:11; 1 Corinthians 2:14; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 7:40; 3, 1 Corinthians 12:3; Ephesians 4:30; 1 John 4:2; Psalms 51:11; Isaiah 63:10; Isaiah 63:11; Luke 11:13; Ephesians 1:13; 1 Thessalonians 4:8)

The Spirit of God is defined in the Bible as the mind of God “Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD,
or being his counsellor hath taught him?” Isaiah 40:13 “For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or
who hath been his counsellor?” Romans 11:34. The Spirit is also the life and breath of God “It is the spirit
that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are
life.” John 6:63 “And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the
Holy Ghost” John 20:22.

God the Father is a Spirit “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the
Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.God is a Spirit: and they that
worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23, 24. So also is Christ His Son “And so it
is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.” 1
Corinthians 15:45. There is only one Spirit “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in
one hope of your calling” Ephesians 4:4 (1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 2:18). This one spirit is shared
by the Father and the Son “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God
dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” Romans 8:9. It is the spirit
of the Father “For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.” Matthew
10:20, and also the spirit of His Son “For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer,
and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ” Philippians 1:19. When we have this spirit of God we
actually have His very own presence “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy
presence?” Psalm 139:7 (Psalm 51:11). By His own spirit God (not someone else) is everywhere present
“Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and
earth? saith the LORD.” Jeremiah 23:24.

Therefore, the presence of the Holy Spirit is the very presence of the Father and the Son (not someone
else) “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will
love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” John 14:23. This Holy Spirit comes
to us from the Father, it proceeds from Him “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you
from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me” John
15:26. The Spirit comes to us through the Son “For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto
the Father.” Ephesians 2:18. The spirit of God and the spirit of man are comparable to each other. “For
what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God
knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:11. Therefore, just as the spirit of man is his very
own person, so also the Spirit of God is His very own person, it is also the very person of Christ our Lord
“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” 2 Corinthians 3:17.
Therefore, in giving us His Spirit, God gives us Himself, not someone else “I will not leave you
comfortless: I will come to you.” John 14:18. It is Christ (the Spirit of Christ) who comforts us in all our
trials “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba,
Father.” Galatians 4:6. This is the Bible teaching regarding the Holy Spirit of God. It proceeds from God,
it is the presence of God in all the universe, it is the personal presence of God and Christ among their
people on earth. This spirit brings us into fellowship with two beings “and truly our fellowship is with the
Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” 1 John 1:3.



Into My Heart
Into my heart, into my heart,
Come into my heart, Lord Jesus.
Come in today; come in to stay.
Come into my heart, Lord Jesus.

Harry Dudley Clarke, born in Cardiff, Wales, published the words and tune of this well known song in 1924.
Some have voiced concern about the theology of this popular childhood chorus, fearing that, for children at
least, it promotes confusion and frustration. Before they’ve grasped the concepts of abstract thinking, these
young minds take the words literally and puzzle over how Jesus can really be living in the middle of their chest.

After quoting John 14:16-17 she says,“This refers to the omnipresence of the Spirit of Christ, called the Comforter.” 14MR p. 179 (Letter 7, 6-11-1891)

“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. Your spirit is good; may it lead me in the land of uprightness.”—Psalm 143:10.

A royal ancestor of Christ also recognized God as the Source of holy spirit. This recognition became manifest when he confessed his wrongdoing before God, begged forgiveness and said: “Do not throw me away from before your face; and your holy spirit O do not take away from me.” (Psalm 51:11) For King David to be deprived of holy spirit would mean for him to be cut off from its Source. The results of this could be only very serious, disastrous. If we today have faith that God exists and is the Source of holy spirit, then, if we ask him for it, he will make it possible for us to get it. It is the force that we would like to have operative toward us, is it not? If this is what we would like, God will be able to accomplish much good through us and to preserve us holy in a very unholy world.

Christ and the Holy Spirit !

CHRIST is the central thought of the gospel (Glad Tidings); for it is “the gospel of God . . . concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” An indwelling Christ is the power and life of the gospel.

I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation.” “We preach Christ crucified : . . . Christ the power of God.” “And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is Life because of righteousness.” Romans 1:16, 8:10

And Christ said, “Abide in Me and I in you . . . . for without Me ye can do nothing.” And just as He was departing from His disciples in His bodily presence, He made this promise, Lo, I Am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.”

It seems very important that we should understand God's plan for us in this idea of an indwelling Saviour, that we may be able to cooperate more intelligently with God (Jehovah, Yehuwah) in His plan and work, and that we may be able to realize more fully the greatness of the Blessing which is bestowed upon us in the gift of Jesus Christ.

I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He (The Father) may abide with you forever. This was Christ's Word to His disciples just before He departed from the world. He was going away, but there would be another Comforter that would abide with them forever, “. . . even the Spirit of Truth; Whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

Judas saith unto Him, not Iscariot, Lordhow is it that Thou wilt manifest Thyself unto us, and not unto the world? In the preceding verse is recorded this promise: “I will love him, and will manifestMyself to him. Not simply some power and life, not something else, but He would manifest Himself unto them. Then Judas made the inquiryHow is it that Thou wilt manifest Thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love Me, he will keep My Words: and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make Our abode with him.” “These things I have spoken unto you, being yet present with you [or abiding with you]. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost (Spirit), 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 14:16-26

The special thought to which attention is called in this reading is the idea that

an indwelling Christ is the Life and Power of the gospel, and the Life and Power of our experience in the gospel. To many minds this is simply a theoretical idea, something that is talked about; but to have Jesus Christ abiding in us and dwell-ing in us as our Life and Power, as our Wisdom, as our Righteousness, as our all and in all, is an experience which many do not enter into; but the Scriptures teach distinctly that our hope is in this experience. The gospel is set forth as being Christ in you, the hope of glory !

Paul's experience in the gospel was this: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20.

For we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the Power of GOD, and the Wisdom of GOD !

. . . For of Him (by GOD) are ye in Christ Jesus, Who of (by) GOD is made unto us Wisdom, and Righteousness, and Sanctification, and Redemption (deliverance, salvation, atonement). That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory (boast) in the Lord (Adoni - Sovereign King) !”

I Corinthians 1:23-31

“In His days Judah shall be saved (rescued, delivered, set free), and Israel shall dwell safely (ref: Luke 1:74-75): and this is His name whereby He shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS !”

Jeremiah 23:5-6 & 33:14-16

There is no success in the Christian life outside of this experience; this is the secret of piety (devotion, zeal, sacred, holiness); this is the mystery of godliness, and this experience has been made possible for us by the Life and work, the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the flesh. ref: I Timothy 3:16.

Christ's work for us was not completed when He was here.

He lived His life in the flesh, was crucified, was raised from the dead, and ascended on high, in order that He may live that same Life in us! . . . .

In order that the example which He set before us in His own Lifemight become an experience in our lives. But when He went away He did not leave us, He did not give up His work for us. It was expedient that He should go away, “for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you,” and the work which was wrought in Christ in the flesh during His earthly career, is the very work which He desires, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to work in us during our earthly career.

Christ thus completely identified Himself with our flesh when He was here, and thus connected Himself with our humanitythat He might identify Himself with each one of us, and might live in us and work in us to the glory of His name !

It may help us to understand this if we know something of Christ's experience in the flesh, because He was our example, and what God wrought in Him, He desires to work in usthrough Christ.

For it is GOD which worketh in you both to will, and to do of His good pleasure !” Philippians 2:13

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus . . . !” Philippians 2:5

Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ !” Philippians 1:6

He came, and submitted Himself to God's mind and will and working in the flesh, in order to set an example, and open the way to the possibility of the same thing in us. We do not live up to the privileges God has provided for us. We take too narrow a view of His plan concerning us. We have become so accustomed to the great power of sin, and to the conquest of sin over us, that we are not fully awake to the great power of Christ, and His conquest (Victory) over sin !

Thanks be to GOD which giveth us the victory through our Lord (Adoni - Sovereign King) Jesus Christ !”

I Corinthians 15:57

Sing O daughter of Zion; Shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem. The LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) hath taken away thy judgments, He hath cast out thine enemy: the King of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst (heart) of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more !” Zephaniah 3:14-15

Awake, awakeput on the Strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments . . . . Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for your flesh . . . . O Jerusalem, the holy city . . . the city and people which are called by Thy Name . . . for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean !

Romans 13:14, Daniel 9:19

. . . . And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a Word is this! For with authority and power He commendeth the unclean spirits, and they come out !” Luke 4:36

Shake thyself from the dustArise, and sit down, O Jerusalem:Loose thyself from the bands of thy neck,

O captive daughter of Zion. For thus saith the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah), Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money !” Isaiah 52:1-3, ref: I Peter 1:18-19

For “the LORD thy God (Elohim) in the midst (heart) of thee is Mighty . . . . For unto us a Child is born,

unto us a Son is given: and the government (empire, to prevail, to have power) shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God . . . . He will save(deliver, rescue, set free, get victory)! He will rejoice over thee (you) with joy; He will rest (engrave, carve, build) in His love, He will joy over thee with singing !” Zephaniah 3:14-17, Isaiah 9:6

Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for Great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee !”

Isaiah 12:1-6

While we are made to realize the power of sin, we are to believe also in the power of Christ to give us

the victory over sin ! We should believe because of what God has done for us in Christ, and what He purposes to do for us in Christ; because the work of Christ was not simply to do something for us back there, but that He should be able to give Himself to us here,and to live in us here, and to work in us here.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (creation): old things are passed away; Behold, all things are become new !” II Corinthians 5:17

It is true that when Christ was here, He could have wrought works in His Own power which we cannot do, but it is also true that He did not work His works in His Own power, but became wholly an example unto us in allowing God's power through the Spirit to rest upon Him, and to work through Him.

This is the testimony which Nicodemus bore to the work of Christ: “There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: the same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that Thou art a Teacher come from Godfor no man can do these miracles that Thou doest, except God be with Him.” John 3: 1-2. Christ, referring to the works which He had wrought, presents it in this way:

Believest thou not that I Am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The Words that I speak unto you I speak not of Myself: but the Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the works.

Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me

.” Christ's life was simply the Life of the indwelling Father, not His Own; the works that He wrought were not His Own works, but the works of the Father that dwelt in Him. “The Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the works.” John 14:10

For GOD is a Spirit; and they that worship (serve) Him must worship Him in Spirit, and in Truth !”

John 4:24

Sanctify them through Thy Truth: Thy Word is Truth (Verily So)!”John 17:17

For the Words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit and they areLife !” John 6:63

In Peter's talk to Cornelius and his company, he told them “howGod anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power; Who went aboutdoing good, and healing all that wereoppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.”Acts 10:38. These are the works that He did; for God was with Him !

Nicodemus said, “We know that Thou art a Teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that Thou doest, except God be with Him;” and Christ Himself said, “The Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the works.” God was with Him as His indwelling Life and Power !

How this experience was accomplished is made plain by the scripture, “For He Whom God has sent speaketh the Words of God; for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto Him.” The Spirit was not given by measure; it was the fulness of the indwelling Father. John 3:34 (ref: Proverbs 8:22).

For it pleased the Father that in Him (Christ) should all fulness dwell.” Colossians 1:19. “For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead (Divinity, Deity) bodily.” Colossians 2:9. That is to say, God was in Christ, working in Him,reconciling the world unto Himself (II Corinthians 5:19), and He dwelt in Him in His fulness by giving the Spirit to Him without measure !

That was the Father dwelling in Him, and the Father dwelling in Him was the working power in Him. Not

that Christ had no power of Himself, and could not have worked Himself, but we must keep before our minds continually that Christ voluntarily took a position that His Own character did not require Him to take, in order to help us out of the position that we are in, where we cannot help ourselves. He consented to this experience of living wholly by the life of another, keeping His Own self in abeyance (expectancy of an inheritance pending), in order that Another's Self might appear in Him, to be an example for us, and further, in order that this experience might be possible for us.

There is a wonderful mystery about the incarnation

of Christthat His experience in the fleshshould be our experience in the flesh by His dwelling in us. And when He came to identify Himself with flesh, and to dwell in flesh, it was not simply to dwell in flesh in Galilee, but everywhere where flesh would submit itself to His indwelling. (ref: John 17:20-23).

This is why Christ identifies Himself so closely with His followers, because it is He Himself in His followers. This is not to be regarded as a shadowy experience, beyond our daily life. This is to be our daily life, and we are to rise above the idea that the power to live is in ourselves, and that we have to depend upon our own might.

To set forth the example of Christ without the power of Christ is of little avail.

God has not left us simply with Christ's Life before us as an example, but Christ came in the flesh, came to live the life of righte-ousness, identifying Himself with human flesh, in order that He might through all time identify Himself complete-ly with His followers, andthat He might live in them, to be life and power and wisdom and righteousness to them.

The Life that Christ lived in Judea is the Life which we are to lay hold of by faith in the Promises of God !

Whereby are given unto us, exceeding great and preciousPromises, that by these ye might be partakers of the Divine nature . . . !” II Peter 1:4

Now the giving of the Holy Spirit is the giving of Christ, and the presence of the Holy Spirit is the Presence of Christ in us

(Colossians 1:27, II Corinthians 3:17), and the power of the Holy Spirit is the power of Christ in us, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is the indwelling of Christ in us, for the Holy Spirit is Christ's actual representative ! Ephesians 3:16-18.

Let us read of the Promises of the giving of the Holy Spirit and their fulfillment, that we may see what it means to us. “And behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you:but tarry ye in Jerusalem until ye be endued with (or clothed with)power from on high.” “And He said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in His own power . . . .

But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost (Spirit) is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses

(John 5:36, 10:25) unto Me, both in Jerusalem and in Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth.” Acts 1:7-8.

They were to be endued with, or clothed with, power from on high, and the Promise is, “Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you !” Now observe how this works out in experience, “
But put ye on [or be clothed with] the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.” Romans 13:14.Be clothed with power from on high, and be clothed with Jesus Christ, Who is the power of God. (Galatians 3:27, Romans 6:3). Paul in writing to the Ephesians, speaks of this power.

And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places (heavens).” Ephesians 1:19-20

Thus saith the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah), The heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool: where is the house that ye build unto Me? and where is the place of My rest (abode, permanent dwelling) ? . . . But to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, trembleth at My Word !”

Isaiah 66:1-2 & Acts 7:48-49

What ? Know ye not . . . that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you ! . . . for ye are the temple of the Living God; as GOD hath said, I will dwell in themand walk in them; and I will be their God (Elohim - Mighty One), and they shall be My people !”

I Corinthians 3:16, 6:19 & II Cor. 6:16

For ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now (but) if any man have not the Spirit of Christ(The Anointed One, Anointing), he is none of His. And if Christ be in you, then the body is dead because of sin . . . for I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live . . . but the Spirit is Life, because of righteousness . . . yet not I, but Christ liveth in me. And the Life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of GOD, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me . . . . for the just (justified, declared innocent, righteous) shall live by faith !” Romans 8:9-10, Galatians 2:20, Romans 1:16-17

What power was that

? “For Christ hath also once suffered for sins, the Just for the unjust, that He might bring usto God, being put to death in the flesh, butquickened (brought to Life) by the Spirit.” I Peter 3:18. In Ephesians we read about the exceeding greatness of the power by which Christ was raised from the dead, and here we learn what that mighty power was. He was quickened by the Spirit.

So we read again in the Epistle to the Romans: “But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall quicken your mortal [death-doomed] bodies, by His Spirit that dwelleth in you.” Romans 8:11

That is, Christ was made alive by the power of the Spirit; we are to be made alive by the power of the Spirit (Romans 6:4); and then that same Spirit by Whose power Jesus Christ was raised from the dead, and by Whose power we are made alive from the dead, dwells in us with the same life-giving power. That is God dwelling in us by His own representative, the Holy Spirit. That is, the indwelling Saviour, and the measure of His mighty power, is shown by the power that raised Him from the dead.

So Paul writes further in his Epistle to the Ephesians: “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly, above all that we ask or think, according to the Power that worketh in us.” What was the power that worked in Christ ?

God anointed Him with the Holy Ghost, and the indwelling Father by His Holy Spirit was the power that wrought in Him (John 14:10).What is the power that is to work in us? - It is the power of the same Spirit of Christ which works in us. But Christ is the power of God, and the indwelling Spirit is the representative of God dwelling in each one of us, not simply dwelling in flesh and being among us, but dwelling in flesh by being in us.

If that power dwells in us, we have the victory over our enemies, forHe that is for us is more than all they that can be against us! (II Kings 6:16). Let us grasp the thought that Christ does dwell in our hearts by the Holy Spirit; that the Holy Spirit, the “other Comforter“, is with us to abide with us.

“ For greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world !” I John 4:4

“. . . the spirit which now worketh in the children of disobedience.” Ephesians 2:2

Again we read: “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out (accomplish) your own Salvation (deliverance, freedom, healing) with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13. It was God Who wrought in Christ by His Holy Spirit. By Christ's work for us, He made it possible for that Spirit to be poured out on us, that God in Christ by the gift of the Holy Spirit should work in us also by His own mighty power, exactly as He worked in Christ. Yet we are told that we are to work out our own Salvation, because His mighty power is always with us with our consent. Not that we are to use the power. The power is to use us, but the power does not mold us contrary to our will.

The power is God's

; the responsibility is ours. God continually exalts the man whom He has made in His own image, by never over-riding his will in this matter.

If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land !” Isaiah 1:19

O taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusteth in Him !” Psalm 34:8

That the Blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the Promise of the Spiritthrough faith !” Galatians 3:14

Read again in the Epistle to the Colossians: “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentileswhich is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. Where-unto I also labor, according to His working, which worketh in me mightily.”That is Christ in you, the hope of glory. The Holy Spirit is given to us to continue the work which Christ began when He was on earth. The Holy Spirit is the actual representative of Christ on earth, and as the actual representative (Presence) of Christ, It dwells in us, and is the power of God through Christ to work out God's plan concerning us.

You will see how clear this is made by further Scripture: “I am come in My Father's name, and ye receive Me not;” “I have manifested Thy name to the men which Thou gavest Me out of the worldThine they were, and Thou gavest them Me; and they have kept Thy Word.” “I have declared unto them Thy name, and will declare it; that the love wherewith Thou hast loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” (ref: Exodus 23:21)

Christ came in His Father's name to declare His name, and being One in Whom was the name of God, was

the complete representative of God in the world, and His work was to represent the character of God.

Behold I send an Angel before thee to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. Beware of Him, andobey His voice . . . for My name is in Him.” Exodus 23:20-21.

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost (Spirit), 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 14:27. All that it meant to have Christ come in His Father's name, to manifest His Father's name (Exodus 33-34) as One in Whom the Father's name was (ref: Revelation 14:1-5), it means to have the Holy Ghost come in Christ's name, to declare His name, to manifest His name (character), to represent Him; and just as Christ was on the earth as the representative of the Father, so the Holy Spirit is in the earth (in us) to represent Christ.

In representing Christ It is representing God, because it is God in Christ, and because it is Christ's will to do His Father's willcontinually. It is not a separate interest, but the Holy Spirit comes to represent Christ and to do continually His work, which was to represent His Father.

That they all might be One (ekh-awd - united, joined in thought and purpose); as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Theethat they also may be One in Us: so that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me !”

John 17:21

So the work to be done now is the same as the work then, - to bring the character of God back to the earth, and to show the character of God in human flesh; and that work is to go on in us that the character of God may be represented to the world in us by His indwelling Spirit, just as it was represented in Christ Jesus. And Christ's work of giving Himself, the sacrifice of Himself for us, is going forward now . . . .

And in giving us the Holy Spirit continually, He is giving Himself, because He says, “I will love him and will manifest myself to him.” “Yet a little while, and the world seeth Me no more, but ye see Me; because I live ye shall live also. In that day ye shall know that I am in the Father, and ye in Me, and I in you.” John 14:20

That complete union

by which we, and Christ, and the Father are brought into union of Life is accom-plished by the Spirit. The Spirit which is to be sent is the Spirit of Truth, and it is the Spirit of Life in Jesus Christ, and it is the Spirit of God. That is what binds God the Father and Christ His son and their followers together in One. It is more than can be done by that sort of persuasion which brings one mind into harmony with another; it is not merely agreement in sentiment, but union of Life. And that union of life is by the power of the Holy Spirit.

For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones. For this cause (reason) shall a man leave his father and mother, andshall be joined unto his wife, and they shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church (congregation) !” Ephesians 5:30-32

This was Christ's prayer: “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also, which shall believe on Me through their word. That they may all be One, as Thou, Father,art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in Us: that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me.” John 17:21

And that is made possible by the interflow of Life between Them.

So Christ was in the Father, and the Father in Him by this interflow of Life, and His desire is, “as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be in Us.”

The testimony to the Divinity of the character of Christ, to the work of Jesus Christ on earth, is in the lives of His followers. The convincing power of the Christian life is what is done for the followers of Jesus Christ, is what Christ does in His followers. That is what makes real to the world the claims of Christianity.

Christ is the One Who mediates between God and us.

By His taking our human flesh and standing between humanity and Divinity as a union of humanity and Divinity, He becomes the Way, the channel through which God dwells in us by His Holy Spirit. God dwells in Christ by His Holy Spirit, and Christ by taking humanity, connected humanity with Divinity in Himself, so that when we become connected with Christ, we become connected with a humanity in which dwells Divinity. With this connection between us and Christ, that Divine power can dwell in us.Christ came in the flesh in order that there might be Divine power for us. When man sinned, he cut himself off from this power, but Christ's work was to make it possible that that Divine power might come again to him.

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive !” I Corinthians 15:22

Do not be afraid of believing that Christ means exactly what He says, and that everything set forth in the Scriptures is for each one of uspersonally.

It does not avail for us to see that Christ intended it for us, but it is necessary for us to grasp it as ours by living faith. When we see that it is God's plan, we are to believe that it is so, rejoice and be glad, and give thanks that it is so, and grasp that very power and Life by faith in the Promises of God; and we are to submit oursel-ves to the power and work of God. This experience will take out of our lives all cheapness and commonness, all lightness and trifling.

It will bring a new dignity into our lives, when we really believe that Jesus Christ actually lives in us and that it is His power that works in us to work out the character of God. That life means something. If we constantly look to Him, then we may believe that it is God that is working in us, and so our lives may be to His glory in representing the character of Christ, and representing the character of God in Christ in the daily experience of our lives.

The words which we speak will not be our own words, the works which we work will not be our own works. Jesus Christ will work in us, glorifying His own name continually. That is the work of the Holy Spirit as shown in the life of Jesus Christ ! What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghostwhich is in you, which ye have of God?” I Corinthians 6:19

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” When the Spirit of God dwells in us, we are the temple of God, because it is God dwelling in us by His Spirit. “And ye are not your own.” I Corinthians 3:16. Our bodies are not our own with which to express our own character, but our bodies are for the Holy Spirit to use with which to work out and express God's character. “Ye are not your own.” The body is not ours to use; it is God's to use by the Holy Spirit !

And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the Living Godas God hath said, I will dwell in them and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. II Corinthians 6:16.

God wants to dwell in us. Shall we refuse Him admittance, and set up idols in His place? “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.” “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” This is the same thing which is set forth by the prophet Isaiah:

“For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, Whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive [to give new life to] the spirit of the humble, and to revive [to give new life to] the heart of the contrite ones.”

Isaiah 57:15

It is God's eternal purpose in Jesus Christ that this should be so! But let us read the

Scripture further: “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is Life because of righteousness.” Romans 8:9-10.

By reading that verse carefully, it becomes evident that the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, and Christ are made identical. When the Spirit of God dwells in us, that is the Spirit of Christ, it is Christ Himself in us. But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal [death-doomed] bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you.” Romans 8:11

Note: “In the beginning was the Word . . . . In Him was Life; and the Life was the Light of men . . . and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the Only Begotten (the Only One brought into being) of the Father, full of Grace and Truth !” John 1:1-14.

Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat (food) which endureth unto everlasting life !

. . . For the Bread of God is He which cometh down from heaven, and giveth Life unto the world. And Jesus said unto them, I Am the Bread (shewbread, raised bread, bread of Countenance) of Life: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst !” John 6:27-35

It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Wordthat proceeded out of the mouth of Almighty God !” Matthew 4:4, Deuteronomy 8-9

As that Spirit gave life to Christ Who was dead, so that Spirit coming upon us, will Quicken us and give us new life, and raise us upto sit in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. “Therefore brethren [observe the conclusion], we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after (by or for) the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh ye shall die, but if ye through the Spirit do mortify (put to death) the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” Romans 8:12-13

For the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus, hath made me freefrom the law of sin and death !”

Romans 8:2

That is to say, the Holy SpiritChrist dwelling in us, is to be the power that overcomes these evil traits, these evil habits in us, and puts to death these deeds of the body.

The same thought is brought out in another scripture: “And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” Galatians 5:24. God has given us His Spirit, and the power of Christ is to workin us. If we live after the flesh we shall surely die, but if we live after the Spirit . . . The Words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit and they are Life ! . . . we shall put to death the deeds of the flesh; we shall live, but it is Christ living in us !

ref: Romans 6:3-14, Colossians 2:11-13

We are now in the time of the Latter Rain,

and we are told to pray for the Spirit of God, for the power of the Spirit. This means the fulness of the indwelling Christ. The image of God, as shown in Jesus Christ, is to be perfected in those that areprepared for translation just before the second coming of Christ to receive His Own (ref: I Thessalonians 4:13-17, I Corinthians 15:51-55, John 11:23-26 & Revelation 20:4-6), who bear fully His image. There must be at that time the fulness of the indwelling Christ, and Christ must be all and in all. He must be all there is in every one. There must be none of self. This means the complete death of self, and the fulness of the indwelling Saviour.

We read this in another way: “Arise, shine; for thy Light is come, and the glory of the LORD(Jehovah, Yehuwah) is risen upon thee.” Isaiah 60:1. “The people which sat in darkness saw great Light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death, Light is sprung up.” Isaiah 9:2, Matthew 4:16, Luke 1:79

For Almighty God, Who commanded the Light to shine out of darkness,hath shined in our hearts, to give the light (the revelation, revealing) of the knowledge (knowing) of the glory of Jehovah in the face of Jesus Christ !” II Corinthians 4:6

The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make His Faceshine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up His Countenance upon thee, and give thee Peace (Shalom) !” Numbers 6:23-27

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid !” “ For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart and knoweth all things !” John 14:27 & I John 3:20

“Arise, shine; for thy Light is come.” Who is our Light? - Christ is our Light ! The glory of the LORD is risen upon us in the giving of His Spirit. That makes us a light that we may shine. We cannot rise and give light unless we have light. Christ is our Light, and wherever He is, the people who sit in darkness will see great Light.

As the Spirit of Christ

comes upon us in this time of the Latter Rain, the people will see great Light, because we will have the Light of the Spirit of Christ. The experience we need is the power of the indwelling Christ. The LORD is not seeking for those who are merely wealthy, talented, or educated. God is seeking for those who are willing to be instruments in His hands, to show forth the power and glory of His name!

He can take each company of believers and make them a power, if they will every one submit wholly to Him. God will give us a power in our assemblies; He will make even the synagogue of Satan acknowledge that God is with us (ref: Revelation 3:9). When we are willing to take the humble position that it is all of Christ and none of self, when we are fully submitted to Christ that He may work in us, then He will manifest His power, and that is what He desires to do.

Shall we, who believe in the power of God, allow the enemy to triumph over us?

The enemy is working to hinder God's work, to counteract what God has accomplished. Shall we allow him to tri-umph over us?

Jesus Christ is not dead. He is a living Saviour !

And He desires to be an indwelling Saviour in every one of us, to show forth the praises and the glory of His name. God wants us to advance in the Truth . . . . Thy Word is Truth (Verily So) ! . . . that every one may see that there is something to this message besides simply a difference in theory; that it is the power of God that is working in Truth; that this people are not simply a people who have a different theory, but that they are the people of God.

That is what will win souls to the Truth. Many people can see that the seventh day is the Sabbath, but there must be the power of God to win them to the Truth. What we need is that same power, or we shall give up the Truth !

There is nothing but the power of God

always working out the Truth (His Living Word) in us which is able to keep us. Having merely stepped out to obey the Truth does not keep us in the love of God. Past exper-ience will never answer for the present. We must continue day by day to have the experience of the power of God with us. That is the only thing which will keep us, but the power of Christ can do this, and that is the blessedness of the Gospel.

Let Jesus come into our hearts, by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, taking complete control, bringing every thought into captivity, and then we shall glorify Him continually.

W. W. PRESCOTT. {December 27, 1895 LT


Questions Re the Spirit if a 3rd Divine Being?

• If the Holy Spirit is indeed a "separate" person (corpus being) from the Father and His Son, then:

1.  Why is the Spirit also called "Ghost"? (Jn 1:33, 20:22, 7:39)

2. Why did Jesus call "God" His Father, when it was the Holy Ghost that came upon the virgin Mary? (Lk 1:35)

3. Why is the Spirit never spoken of as reigning upon a throne, as are the Father and His Son? (Rev 3:21)

4. Why no hymns of adoration to the Spirit, as there are to God and the Lamb? (Rev 5:9-13)

5. Why are there seven Spirits before God's throne? (Rev 1:4, 3:1, 5:6)

6. Why does the Spirit have no personal name, like the Father and Son? (Ex 6:3, Mt 1:21)

7. Why is the Spirit synonymous with God and His Son? (Jn 4:24, 2 Cor: 3:17, Rom 8:9,1 Cor 15:45)

8. Why was the Spirit in Job's nostrils? Same Heb. Root word as in Gen 1:2 (Job 27:3)

9. Why did not Paul, Peter, James, John, and Jude include the Spirit in the salutations in their epistles? (Rom 1:7, 2 Pet 1:2, 11 Jn 3, Jam 1:1, Jude 1,2)

10. Why do Paul and John both speak of Christians having "fellowship" with the Father and His Son, but never with the Holy Spirit? (1 Cor 1:9, 1 Jn 1:3)

11. Why is the Spirit "neuter" in gender, whereas Father and Son are "masculine"?

12. Why is the Spirit "Symbolized" by impersonal symbols; wind, water, fire, oil, etc? (Acts 2:1-4, Isa 44:3, Zech 4:1-7)
13. Why is the Spirit spoken of as being "poured out", "shed forth", "falling upon", "filling", etc? (Acts 2:1-4, 2:17, 33, Tit 3:4,5

14. Why is the Spirit never addressed in prayer, as are Father and Son? (Mt 6:9, Acts 7:59, 60)

15. Why do neither Father nor Son ever address the Spirit, as they do each other? {Qp 17, Heb 1:8-10)

16. Why can the Spirit be given by God in measured amounts? (Jn 3:34, Phil 1:19, Joel 2:23)

17. Why do the Hebrew and Greek origins of the word "Spirit" always mean breath, wind, air, power, animation, etc? (Gen 1:2 ruach, Mt 1:18, 3:16- pneuma)

18. Why could Jesus "breathe" the Holy Ghost upon His disciples? (Jn 20:22)

19. Why are Christ's "words" the same as Spirit?   (Jn 6:63, See Ps 33:6, 9)

20. Why are the neuter pronouns "it" and "itself" used with reference to the Spirit, but never the Father and Son? (Num 11:17, 25, Jn 1:32, Rom 8:16, 26, 1 Pet 1:11, 1 Jn 2:27)

21.  Why are the Hebrew and Greek root words for "Spirit" (rauch and pneuma) the same, where applied to God, Angel, Man, or beast(God - Gn 1:2; Angel - Heb 1:7; Man -l Cor 2:ll; Beast-Ecc 3:21)

22. Why is "Spirit" not considered a separate entity when applied to angel, demon, or man and yet considered to be so when applied to God? (Heb 1:7, 14, Mk 5:12, 13, 1 Cor 2:11)

23. Why are "Spirit" and "breath" synonymous, coming from the same root word in the Hebrew tongue? (Gen 1:2, Ps 33:6, Job 27:3)

24. Why does the Spirit have no substance, as do the Father and His Son? (Ps 104:29, 30, Lk 24:39)

Please, dear reader, do some "thinking!"

Reasons for SDAs to Reject the Trinity Doctrine
In the Bible three words are used repeatedly in connection with God. They are "Father," "Son," and "Holy Spirit" (Holy Ghost). The Trinity doctrine is not rejected because of the simple idea that it means "three," but because of the deeper theological meanings which this concept embraces. Therefore, the following reasons are submitted for
rejecting it:

1  Trinity is un-Biblical, a term never found in the Bible from Genesis through Revelation. It is a "foreign" term to the Biblical languages. We are exhorted: "Preach the Word." 2 Tim.4:2 We need not use extra-Biblical words and terms to put a "spin" on God's word, causing it to be "wrested" from His objective of imparting truth to the soul.

2. Trinity is anti-Biblical, as well as un-Biblical. It is the doctrine of anti-Christ, and is contrary to the teachings of both the Old and New Testaments. It's an imposition, a usurper, a distortion, perversion, and counterfeit of the truth. Those who teach and preach it are "handling the Word of God deceitfully." II Cor.4:2 It is a "corrupted"
concept of God, the eternal Father and Creator of all!

3.  Trinity is pagan and fabulous (a fable) a polytheistic monstrosity of false religion, an invention of Satan intruding its evil presence into the three angels' messages and thetrue worship of God Almighty and His blessed and only-begotten Son, our Saviour.

4.  Trinity is papal, which is "baptized" paganism. It is "pseudo" Christian, coming from the foreign, Roman Latin word "trinitas," a cleverly contrived counterfeit of the truth about God.

5. Trinity is a phantasm, a fiction, a figment of perverted imagination? contrary to sanctified reason and common sense. It has been portrayed in caricature as a three-headed being with a body. It is a lie clothed with false light.

6.  Trinity is a "philosophical idol," a false concept of God based on Plato's Greek philosophy. ("Beware of philosophy." Col.2:8) It was later formulated into Roman theology and the entire world wonders after the Beast. (See Rev. 13:1-10)

7. Trinity is idolatry, a violation of the first three commandments, and therefore the entire decalogue (See James 2:10-12) It constitutes false worship and sin, just as Baal-worship in Elijah's day.

8.  Trinity is seductive, destroying the real truth of God*s sole sovereignty as the eternal Father, over all the universe of His own creation, making Him merely one of three co-equal eternals.

9.  Trinity is Satan's subtle sophistry, destroying the truth of the Son's divine relationship to His Father, as a true Son of relativity (See John 3:16) making Him an actor, a role-player, a deceiver and liar.

10. Trinity is Satan's cunning deception regarding the Holy Spirit, making it into a Being separate from the Father and His Son — thus a third God, rather than the life-giving presence and power of God and His Son. (See Luke 1:35, Rom.8:9)

11.  Trinity teaches that the Spirit is "another Comforter" other than the Spirit of Christ. The Greek word for Comforter is parakletos, the same word referring to Chist in 1 John 2:1 as our Advocate. "Another Comforter" is Jesus Himself (His own Spiit) sent from Heaven — His own holy presence with His saints. (See JohnJ_4:18)

12.  Trinity is subversive of the atonement of Chist, making His sacrifice on the cross merely human, and not divine, therefore inadequate to atone for the broken law of God which is divine. In the trinity doctrine, which makes Jesus absolutely equal with God, it would be impossible for Jesus to die, for God cannot die!

13. Trinity nullifies the everlasting gospel, making Jesus a God-man, a Superman, having inherent power in His nature and person to overcome sin, power which we do not have, therefore making the gospel ineffective and powerless to give a life of victory.

14. Trinity destroys unconsciously the true character of God, thus making Him to be an impostor. Behold the effects of this dark doctrine written in the blood of thousands of saintly martyrs during the Dark Ages.

15.  Trinity is confusion, making the Holy Spirit to be the Father of Christ (See Luke 1:35) rather than Jehovah. Jesus never referred to the Spirit as His Father.

16. Trinity is Roman, and is the very basis of all of Rome's theology by vitue of her own admission and confession. A backsliding church lessens the distance between itself and the Papacy.

17. Trinity is the foundation of the Papacy, being formulated in the early Catholic church councils of the fourth century, two centuries after the death of Christ's apostles, during the great apostasy in which the bishop of Rome was elevated to Head-Bishop over all other bishops on the strength of this doctrine. This was the beginning of the Papacy.

18. Trinity is the fundamental doctrine of all apostate Protestant churches, Rome's harlot daughters, who keep Sunday, her counterfeit Sabbath (falsely called the Lord's day) and who also believe in the immortality of the soul and the eternal torment of the wicked, all of which are Rome's doctrines.

19. Trinity is the foundation and prime doctrine of the entire worldwide ecumenical-evangelical movement throughout Christendom — the false revival, reformation, and unity of the last days, just prior to Chist's Second Advent.

20. Trinity was recognized, opposed, and rejected as both pagan and papal, by our courageous SDA pioneers whom E.G. White described as men who were keen, noble, and true, and she was never directed of the Lord to reprove them for their indictments of this doctine. (See 5T.678)

21. Tinity is never once even mentioned by E.G. White in all her voluminous writings of the Spirit of prophecy — equivalent to 30 Bibles in wordage. This is tremendously significant, for if it were truth, there would be absolutely no justifiable reason for her not to use it over and over again, since it had been in usage throughout
Christendom for 1500 years before she was bom!

22. Trinity is a change, a compromise in Adventist religion, received as "fundamental doctrine" by SDA leaders in collusion with Evangelical leaders in the historic conferences of the mid-1950s. This dramatic change in our beliefs as a church was done to prevent being labeled in Christendom as a dangerous cult!

23. Trinity makes the one true God into being three Gods: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (or Holy Ghost). According to this doctrine all three Gods are coexistent, coequal, and coeternal. This is tritheistic-Trinitarianism or pagan polytheism in Christian garb!

24. Trinity is now listed as the second Heading in the table of contents of the new, modern SDA Hymnal, so it is not only preached from SDA pulpits, published by SDA presses, taught in SDA schools, but it is also sung in SDA churches. When singing Hymn U 73, would or could any visitor from the Roman Catholic or so-called Protestant
churches discen any difference between the SDA Trinity and their own?

25.  Trinity is now a "test of fellowship" in the modern SDA church, whereas it was never so done while E.G. White and SDA pioneers were still alive!  Why? Is not this the Omega of apostasy that she prophesied would be "most startling?" What could be more startling than the SDA Church adopting as her fundamental doctrine the very foundation of the Papacy?

March 17, 1999

The Superhuman Source of Holy Spirit

WHEN man and woman first met, they felt a force—the force of attraction. They fell in love with each other immediately. Although naked, unclothed, this first man and first woman were holy. That is to say, they were bright, clean, pure, perfect in body, mind and heart. For that reason they felt no embarrassment and could have uninhibited relationship with their Creator, God. They enjoyed their childlike relationship with Him in a clean and holy place. It was a place of pure pleasure, rightly called the Garden of Eden or Paradise of Pleasure. All the things that were around them to affect them were healthful and good. Holy spirit, God’s holy active force, was fully in operation there.

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The man and the woman, our first earthly parents, were human, that is to say, of the earth, of things that are found here at the earth. But what about their divine Creator? This One had to be superhuman. He was infinitely higher than man in the level of His heavenly existence. He was higher, too, in the kind of intelligent Person that he was. He was, to say it simply, of finer stuff than man was. This is why he was invisible to man, whose powers of vision are limited in range. Naturally, then, the first man and woman never saw their Creator, their Life-Giver, their heavenly Father. Because of his superhuman, heavenly, invisible existence, he was what we call today “spirit.” Because he is an individual Person, just as much as his creature man is, the Creator can be called “a Spirit.” Outstandingly he is The Spirit. He is the unseen Source of holy spirit, for He himself is holy.

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Before our earth and the heavens about it existed, this spirit Person existed and was active. The holy Book that gives us the historical account all the way back to before man’s beginning opens up with these pointed words: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”—Genesis, chapter 1, verse 1.

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Such a creative God is higher even than the heavens that he created and therefore so much higher than earthling man. So he is spirit in essence or in what he is. Thousands of years after the creation of man, the Founder of true Christianity called attention to that very fact. Alongside a well at the foot of Mount Gerizim in ancient Samaria he said to a Samaritan woman: “God is a Spirit, and those worshiping him must worship with spirit and truth.” (John’s Gospel, chapter 4, verse 24) The true God does not need to be worshiped in any man-made religious building in any particular place on earth, not even at Jerusalem in the Middle East. Less than twenty years after the foregoing statement, an apostle of Christianity stood before the Supreme Court of the city of Athens, where many temples were to be found, devoted to the gods and goddesses of their religion. He said:

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“The God that made the world and all the things in it, being, as this One is, Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in handmade temples, neither is he attended to by human hands as if he needed anything, because he himself gives to all persons life and breath and all things. And he made out of one man every nation of men, to dwell upon the entire surface of the earth.”—Acts 17:24-27.

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More than a thousand years earlier that fact about the true God, who is a superhuman, super-earthly Spirit, was known to the builder of the first known temple at Jerusalem in the Middle East. When dedicating this temple that he had built for God’s name, the then king of Jerusalem said to Him in prayer: “But will God truly dwell upon the earth? Look! The heavens, yes, the heaven of the heavens, themselves cannot contain you; how much less, then, this house that I have built!”—1 Kings 8:27.

GOD

THE SOURCE OF ALL ENERGY

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The speaker of the above words, Solomon the son of King David, was the wisest scientist of times before our Common Era. When he said that even the heaven of the heavens could not contain the God to whom he had built a temple, he spoke the scientific truth. Our earth is a tiny part of a universe the limits of which the scientists are unable to reach or bring to view even with today’s most powerful telescopes. Still, this as yet unmeasured universe cannot contain the true God. It cannot restrict or confine him. What already exists of the present universe, seen and unseen, the true God can surpass. He can go beyond it and create yet other things for the enlargement of the universe, out beyond its existing borders, out into endless space. What does this mean?

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It means that God is bounded by neither time nor space. His life in times past is boundless. His lifetime in the future is unbounded. To this unbounded One the foremost lawgiver of pre-Christian times, Moses said: “Even from time indefinite to time indefinite you are God.” (Psalm 90:2) This God lives to endless time, to keep on producing and creating beyond the present universe, expanding it. This signifies that he is the bottomless reservoir of all energy. All the things of the universe are bundles of particles of energy from him. These have been brought together into masses large and small. The twentieth-century scientist Albert Einstein worked out this formula for it: energy equals mass times the speed of light squared (or, E=mc2). Little wonder, then, that this Source of all energy finds nothing impossible for himself.

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For example, note the almost unbelievable claim that He makes for himself, as he tells us to raise our eyes to the skies by night and admire the stars. He says: “Raise your eyes high up and see. Who has created these things? It is the One who is bringing forth the army of them even by number, all of whom he calls even by name. Due to the abundance of dynamic energy, he also being vigorous in power, not one of them is missing.”—Isaiah 40:26.

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Astronomers of today, with their most penetrating telescopes, can merely estimate the number of stars that they can bring within vision. Not so with the Creator of the heavens and the earth. “He is counting the number of the stars; all of them he calls by their names.” (Psalm 147:4) He likens all the stars of heaven to an army of vast size. He knows how many are in this army of his. He knows each member of this army by name. By memory he can go through the roll call of them. When he calls the roll, not one member of this starry army fails to answer. Each one answers to its name and gives an accounting of its performance. Each one He finds fulfilling the purpose for which it was created. None is missing.

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The “abundance of dynamic energy” that God has is immeasurable. It is inexhaustible. When we think just of the energy tied up in the sun of our solar system, which is a furnace of nuclear explosions like the explosion of hydrogen bombs, we are utterly amazed. And then when we think of the unnumbered billions of stars many of which are larger than our sun, we get some idea of the outflow of dynamic energy from God that the present starry heavens represent. And yet God is not played out, not exhausted. So, in full harmony with the facts it is said: “He is giving to the tired one power; and to the one without dynamic energy he makes full might abound.” (Isaiah 40:29) He will never let our expanding universe wear out or run down. Forever it will remain to carry out the purpose for which it was created. Poetically an ancient observer of the stars said: “The heavens are declaring the glory of God; and of the work of his hands the expanse is telling. One day after another day causes speech to bubble forth, and one night after another night shows forth knowledge.”—Psalm 19:1, 2.

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Happily for us, God is invisible to mankind. [Once we get to Heaven we will be restored to walk and talk with GOD, as Adam and Eve did in the Garden of Eden before they sinned.] Yet, in spite of this, he gives us so much evidence of his existence that the world of mankind is without excuse for denying or ignoring his existence and their responsibility to him. “For,” as one Biblical writer wrote, “his invisible qualities are clearly seen from the world’s creation onward, because they are perceived by the things made, even his eternal power and Godship, so that they are inexcusable; because, although they knew God, they did not glorify him as God.” (Romans 1:20, 21) In the face of all the evidence, they cannot successfully argue that God does not exist any more than argue that “God is dead.” He still lives and has all the dynamic energy and the perfect memory to carry out his stated purposes, which have been declared and published now for six thousand years. How glad we can be for this!

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We do not join the modern-day scientists in their denying that God is the Source of all energy now in operation. We know that he is also the Source of something else that scientists deny, not knowing anything about it. What is that? It is “spirit.” And why should he not be the Source of spirit? “God is a Spirit,” or, “God is spirit,” as Jesus Christ pointed out nineteen centuries ago.—John 4:24, and marginal reading.

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From God there goes forth an invisible active force by means of which he gets his will done. It is not a mere influence such as a man might exercise over others by his powerful personality. It is a force that is operative, and it issues forth from God who is holy, that is to say, absolutely clean and righteous. He sends it forth to accomplish what is holy. So it is correctly called “holy spirit.” It is so spoken of in God’s written Word. Jesus Christ himself recognized God as the Source of holy spirit. In evidence of this, he said to human fathers of his day: “If you, although being wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more so will the Father in heaven give holy spirit to those asking him!”—Luke 11:13.

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A royal ancestor of Christ also recognized God as the Source of holy spirit. This recognition became manifest when he confessed his wrongdoing before God, begged forgiveness and said: “Do not throw me away from before your face; and your holy spirit O do not take away from me.” (Psalm 51:11) For King David to be deprived of holy spirit would mean for him to be cut off from its Source. The results of this could be only very serious, disastrous. If we today have faith that God exists and is the Source of holy spirit, then, if we ask him for it, he will make it possible for us to get it. It is the force that we would like to have operative toward us, is it not? If this is what we would like, God will be able to accomplish much good through us and to preserve us holy in a very unholy world.

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FORCE, NOT A PERSON

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In God’s written Word, the Sacred Scriptures, the word chosen to name this invisible active force from God is appropriate, it being quite descriptive. In the opening book of those Scriptures it is called ru′ahh. The earliest Greek translation of the first Bible book called it pneu′ma. Because the Hebrew word ru′ahh contains the idea of action and movement, English translators have rendered it as “blast, breath, breeze, tempest, wind, active force,” as well as “spirit.” For this reason the setting in which the Hebrew word finds itself helps to determine whether the word should be translated as “spirit” or otherwise.

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For instance, in the second verse of the Sacred Scriptures the word ru′ahh occurs for the first time. How should it be rendered into another language? Well, the popular English version of the Bible, the King James Authorized Version, renders Genesis 1:1, 2 in this way: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” However,An American Translation, copyrighted by the University of Chicago in 1939, reads: “When God began to create the heavens and the earth, the earth was a desolate waste, with darkness covering the abyss and a tempestuous wind raging over the surface of the waters.” Here, instead of the word “Spirit,” the word “wind” is used, and the expression “the Spirit of God” is rendered as “a tempestuous wind.” ThusAn American Translation indicates that the word ru′ahh means something invisible and in motion or in action.

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Holding in view that ru′ahh means an invisible force in action, the New WorldTranslation of the Holy Scriptures puts Genesis 1:1, 2 into English in this way: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth proved to be formless and waste and there was darkness upon the surface of the watery deep; and God’s active force was moving to and fro over the surface of the waters.” Thus this translation as well as An American Translation makes it clear that no person called “the Spirit” was moving invisibly over the waters that covered the entire globe. Rather, it was the impersonal active force of God that was moving to and fro over the unlighted surface of the waters.

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Whatever manifestation of itself the invisible active force of God made, we do not know; it is not detailed in the original record. Certain it is, though, that God’s active force was not moving to and fro for nothing, without positive effects. Possibly it served to remove any cosmic dust cloud in which earth may have found itself and which prevented the light from our sun from reaching the surface of the watery deep all about the earthly globe.

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At any rate, after such movement of God’s active force back and forth over the surface of the watery deep, for an unstated length of time, the divine command followed: “And God proceeded to say: ‘Let light come to be.’ Then there came to be light. After that God saw that the light was good, and God brought about a division between the light and the darkness. And God began calling the light Day, but the darkness he called Night. And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, a first day.” (Genesis 1:3-5) Thus, in harmony with God’s holiness, his active force or spirit operated in a good way, for a good purpose. It proved to be “holy spirit.” By means of it God went ahead with his purpose for our first parents on earth to see by the light of Day.

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From the very first mention of God’s active force, he has used it for man’s benefit. In appreciation of that fact we are drawn to the heavenly Source of holy spirit. The Biblical record of its operation over many thousands of years reveals that God has always employed it in a holy way. It has served God’s righteous purpose. Never should we want to be in opposition to that invisible active force of God Almighty. We should feel like the Bible writer who said to him: “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. Your spirit is good; may it lead me in the land of uprightness.”—Psalm 143:10.

[Footnotes]

See Genesis 8:1, where the Hebrew word ru′ahh is translated, not “spirit,” but “wind.”

[Study

Questions]

1. Why was holy spirit in operation in the Garden of Eden when man and woman first met?

2. Why did the Source of holy spirit prove to be superhuman?

3. To whose activity does Genesis 1:1 point?

4, 5. Why is God not to be worshiped in any man-made building at any particular place on earth?

6. How did the builder of the first temple at Jerusalem show that he knew that fact about God’s worship?

7. In what way cannot even the “heaven of the heavens” contain God?

8. How enduring is the Creator’s Godship, and why is nothing impossible for Him?

9, 10. How is it that God brings forth the army of the stars “by number” and not one of them proves to be “missing”?

11. Why is it that the Creator is not played out and will not let the universe wear out or run down?

12. Why are men inexcusable for ignoring God and responsibility they have toward Him?

13. Of what else, besides dynamic energy, is God the Source, and why?

14. What is “holy spirit,” and who gives it?

15. What spirit would we, like King David, like to have operate toward us?

16. How is it shown that the Hebrew word for “spirit” is quite descriptive?

17. What does An American Translation say instead of “the Spirit of God” in Genesis 1:2, thereby indicating what about ru′ahh?

18. How does the New World Translation of the Holy Scripturesshow that no person called “the Spirit” moved over the waters?

19. What shall we say as to whether God’s spirit or active force was moving over the waters for nothing?

20. How did God move forward with his purpose for our earthly parents to see by the light of Day?

21. In view of how God has operated his holy spirit, why are we moved to feel like the writer of Psalm 143:10?


[MAN, AFTER SINNING COULD NOT WALK AND TALK WITH GOD FACE TO FACE. THEIR MEDIATOR WAS BY DESIGN, JESUS, GOD'S ONLY SON. THE ONLY PERSON IN THE UNIVERSE THAT COULD REALLY DIE, THE DEATH THAT REALLY BELONGS TO US. GOD RAISED HIM UP AND HE NOW LIVES IN US BY HIS LIVING ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, OUR FOREVER PRIEST.]  Learn more about Jesus here.

When we get back to Heaven, I believe we will be able to see GOD face to face as before Adam and Eve sinned. We will be able to walk and talk with him once again, with Christ's robe of righteousness covering us.

Don Francisco Brother Of The Son Lyrics

Jesus, all I want to do is follow 
And give away the love You give to me 
To shine a light in someone else's darkness 
To say the words they need to hear to set them free. 

Take this heart of stone and make it over 
For all my life it's all I have to give 
Fill it with your love and understanding 
Show me how to feel and how to live. 
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Father, let your Spirit flow inside me
Till all that will not praise You is undone
Help me keep my feet upon the highway
And grow to be a brother of the Son.

When at last the Book of Life is opened
And accounts of all Your servants have been shown
Lord, let me bring somebody with me
And stand with all my friends before the thown.

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