117. My Vision on Why the Holy Spirit is Spoken of as

The Third Person of the Godhead


Nov. 5, 2016


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Early this Sabbath morning, November 5, 2016, I was taken in vision and given the express reason as to why the Holy Spirit is referred to as the THIRD PERSON, when on the surface of the matter it would appear that He was the second person of the Godhead, for indeed, that is the position the Holy Spirit Divine Nature of the Son of God held with the Father until the Cross sacrifice, at which time the Son of God forever forfeited that form of closeness with the Father—BEING DIVINE ONLY IN ONENESS WITH THE FATHER—in order to give that life to us as “…the highest good, crowning gift that heaven could bestow.” Since the Incarnation was the time at which the humanity of Christ accrued as a NEW PERSON to the Godhead, one might think that He was the THIRD PERSON. Not so. The following instruction was delineated for me:

(John 15:26, 27). A Gift Unexcelled—Christ determined that when He ascended from this earth, He would bestow a gift on those who had believed on Him, and those who should believe on Him. What gift could He bestow rich enough to signalize and grace His ascension to the mediatorial throne? It must be worthy of His greatness and His royalty. He determined to give His representative, the third person of the Godhead. This gift could not be excelled. He would give all gifts in one, and therefore the divine Spirit, that converting, enlightening, and sanctifying power, would be His donation.... {6BC 1052.5}

I was shown that when this highest good, crowning gift was given to us, it did not hold the same position with the Father which the Son had held with the Father before—from eternity.

 

"He (Christ) suffered the death which was ours, that we might receive the life which WAS His." Desire of Ages, p. 25 1 Cor. 11:24-265, cf. John 6:53, 54, Titus 3:5, 6.

Christ became one flesh with us, in order that we might become one spirit with Him. It is by virtue of this union that we are to come forth from the grave,--not merely as a manifestation of the power of Christ, but because, through faith, His life has become ours. Those who see Christ in His true character, and receive Him into the heart, have everlasting life. It is through the Spirit that Christ dwells in us; and the Spirit of God, received into the heart by faith, is the beginning of the life eternal.” Desire of Ages, p. 388.


On the cross, Christ died the eternal death of the sinner, from which there can be no hope of a resurrection; that we might receive the eternal life-in-Himself, which had been His. This eternal life was the entity of the Holy Ghost. A ghost is the image – the living spirit – of one who has died. At death, it returned to God who gave it. Christ was the eternal Son of God by virtue of the eternal Spirit of life which the Father had shared with His Only-begotten Son from eternity past. [cf John 5:26]. But He volunteered to die the eternal death of the sinner.” J. Wilfred Johnson.

 

How did Christ die the eternal death of the sinner on the Cross, when man’s penalty is eternal death and Ellen White says that DIVINITY DID NOT DIE ON THE CROSS? Christ FOREVER died to His past life of DIVINITY ONLY, and bequeathed that past life of DIVINE NATURE to us for overcoming and regeneration back into the image of God.

 

And after presenting His disciples with His final profound lesson at the last Passover supper, explaining how He must die the eternal death of the sinner, and relinquish His eternal body and blood for them to eat and drink to obtain the eternal life which had been His, He went to Gethsemane and surrendered His life into the custody of His Father; and thus could die the eternal death of sinful humanity on the cross.” J. Wilfred Johnson, Panorama of Truth, Vol. 1, p. 210.

 

Pledged themselves: Father and Son -- "As the divine Sufferer hung upon the cross, angels gathered about Him, and as they looked upon Him, and heard His cry, they asked, with intense emotion, 'Will not the Lord Jehovah save Him?' ... Then were the words spoken: 'The Lord hath sworn, and He will not repent. FATHER AND SON ARE PLEDGED TO FULFILL THE TERMS OF THE EVERLASTING COVENANT. God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.' Christ was not alone in making His great sacrifice. It was the fulfillment of the covenant made between Him and His Father before the foundation of the world was laid. With clasped hands they had entered into the solemn pledge that Christ would become the surety for the human race if they were overcome by Satan's sophistry." E.G. White, The Faith I Live By, p. 76.

 

In not coming down from the Cross, Christ sealed His fate forever. He eternally died to His former life of pure Divinity ONLY. This eternal death met the conditions of the Everlasting Covenant--death of the Testator, who was pure Divinity when that Covenant was Testated. Divinity did not die on the cross, but Christ died to His past pure divine ONLY state of being forever beginning at His Incarnation and ending with His death on the cross. The Holy Ghost descended upon Christ at His baptism. He retained His Holy Ghost until He bowed His head on the cross and commended that Holy Ghost Spirit to the Father. Up to that point, Christ could have forfeited His sacrifice on the Cross and returned to His former eternal Holy Spirit Divine Nature ONLY, as He had always existed. But when He offered up that Spirit to the Father on the Cross, that was the second death from which there was no return thereafter to His former state of DIVINITY ONLY.  From thenceforth, He would forever be a man, separated from the life that He sacrificed for us—His eternal DIVINE NATURE HOLY SPIRIT SOUL OF HIS LIFE, which is the highest good, crowning gift that heaven can bestow. The first death sacrifice was when He was slain in the heavenly Sanctuary Atonement Sacrifice from the foundation of the earth. That fulfilled the Everlasting Covenant in the Heavenly Sanctuary which was a pattern for the earthly sacrifice on the Cross.

 

Luk 3:22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.

 

The second and final death which ratified the first in heaven, was when He bowed His head and committed His eternal Holy Spirit Divine Nature soul of His life to the Father to dispense as a gift to all who would accept the terms (conditions) of eternal life. Thus, He forever died to that past DIVINE LIFE ONLY, to give it to us—to give us the gift of eternal life.

 

"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 world. With his Spirit Christ sends a reconciling influence and a power that takes away sin.

In the gift of the Spirit [HIS LIFE--THE SOUL OF HIS LIFE], Jesus gave to man the highest good that heaven could bestow....

The Spirit was given as a regenerating agency, and without this the sacrifice of Christ would have been of no avail....

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 Articles, May 19, 1904, vol. 5, p. 42.


Christ had stooped to take upon Himself man’s nature; He was to bear an infinite weight of woe as He should make His soul an offering for sin; yet angels desire that even in His humiliation the Son of the Highest might appear before men with a dignity and glory befitting His character.” E.G. White, The Great Controversy, pp. 313, 314.


The wages of sin is eternal death. How could Christ make His soul, His Holy Spirit, the soul of His life and the life of His soul, an offering for sin? The answer that God showed me is that the Son died FOREVER to His Divine ONLY existence. This met the prescribed limit of a sacrifice per the Testator’s Covenant (Testament of the Testator).


"Shall men who have received the knowledge of the truth line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little, show but little appreciation of Him who came to the earth that His divine power might be the heritage of every believing soul? It was thus that the divinity of Christ was to become effectual in the salvation of the race, and the intercession of our great High Priest avail before the throne of God. The plan was devised in heaven. Shall those who have been bought with such a price fail of appreciating the great salvation?" {9T 105.1}


Two sacrifices: One in the Heavenly Sanctuary | One on Earth

 

 "The darkness rolled away from the Saviour and from the Cross. Christ bowed His head and died. In His Incarnation He had reached the prescribed limit as a sacrifice, but not as a redeemer." E.G. White Manuscript Releases Volume Twelve, p. 409.

 

A Redeemer before as after His Incarnation

 “The world has been committed to Christ, and through Him has come every blessing from God to the fallen race. He was the Redeemer before as after His incarnation. As soon as there was sin, there was a Saviour. He has given light and life to all, and according to the measure of light given, each is to be judged. Desire of Ages, p. 210

 

What was the prescribed limit as a sacrifice? It was death of the Testator to something, to wit:

 

Hbr 9:16 For where a testament [is], there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

Hbr 9:17 For a testament [is] of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.


"The Incarnation of Christ was an act of self-sacrifice; His life was one of continual self-denial. The highest glory of the love of God to man was manifested in the sacrifice of His only-begotten Son, who was the express image of His person. This is the great mystery of godliness. It is the privilege and the duty of every professed follower of Christ to have the mind of Christ. Without self-denial and cross bearing we cannot be His disciples." E.G. White, Selected Messages, Book 2, p. 185.

The act of being Incarnated in and of itself was the highest good, crowning sacrifice whereby the Son of God sacrificed living in the person of His Holy Spirit, Divine Nature ONLY, to become forever after combined with humanity. This is how the Son made His soul, His Holy Spirit, the soul of His life, an offering for sin. This is the only cure for sin, for only by the Divine Nature Holy Spirit soul of the life of Christ, can we be empowered to overcome sin.


Explicitly Why and When the Holy Ghost Became the THIRD PERSON to the Godhead


I was shown that from eternity, the Holy Spirit Divine Nature of the Son of God had been the second person of the Godhead. But the Incarnation began the transition of giving that eternal life to man as the “highest good, crowning gift that heaven could bestow.” The first phase of the sacrifice that furnished this greatest of all gifts, began in the heavenly Sanctuary (TYPICAL PATTERN) Atonement phase when Christ was slain from the foundation of the earth.

The second and final earthly Sanctuary (ANTITYPICAL) phase of this greatest of all sacrificial gifts, occurred on the Cross when Christ bowed His head and committed His former soul of His Life Holy Spirit Divine Nature to the Father as a gift to be given to all who would accept its conditions. This second phase is why and when the Holy Ghost became the THIRD PERSON of the Godhead, THE THIRD PERSON IN THE FORM OF A GIFT TO MANKIND. It was in this manner that the former eternal Son of God made His Holy Spirit SOUL OF HIS LIFE, an ETERNAL offering for sin:

Christ had stooped to take upon Himself man’s nature; He was to bear an infinite weight of woe as He should make His soul an offering for sin; yet angels desire that even in His humiliation the Son of the Highest might appear before men with a dignity and glory befitting His character.” E.G. White, The Great Controversy, pp. 313, 314.

 

The humanity of Christ could not pay the ransom for the penalty of sin, which is eternal death. Nor was the humanity of Christ the Testator of the Everlasting Covenant, and Scripture says that the Testator must die. But the Testator was the DIVINE ONLY Son of God and Divinity cannot die, and did not die on the cross. For these reasons, it was not His human soul that Christ made an offering for sin.

At this juncture—when Christ commended His Spirit to the Father FOREVER, the humanity of the Son of God became the FOREVER SECOND PERSON OF THE GODHEAD High Priest on the throne of Heaven upon His ascension to Heaven after His resurrection, and His Holy Spirit became His THIRD PERSON REPRESENTATIVE.

Heb 8:1 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;

Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

"By His life and His death, Christ has achieved even more than recovery from the ruin wrought through sin. It was Satan's purpose to bring about an eternal separation between God and man but in Christ we become more closely united to God than if we had never fallen. In taking our nature, the Saviour has bound himself to humanity by a tie that is never to be broken. Through the eternal ages He is linked with us. 'God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son.' [John 3:16]. He gave Him not only to bear our sins, and to die as our sacrifice He gave Him to the fallen race. To assure us of His immutable counsel of peace, God gave His only Begotten Son to become one of the human family forever to retain His human nature. This is the pledge that God will fulfill His word. 'Unto us a child is born unto us a son is given and the government shall be upon His shoulder.' God has adopted human nature in the person of His Son, and has carried the same into the highest heaven. It is the 'Son of man' who shares the throne of the universe. It is the 'Son of man' whose name shall be called, 'Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the prince of Peace.' [Isa. 9:6]. The I Am is the Daysman between God and humanity, laying His hand upon both. HE who is 'holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners,' is not ashamed to call us brethren. [Heb. 7:26 2:11.] In Christ the family of earth and the family of heaven are bound together. Christ glorified is our brother. Heaven is enshrined in humanity, and humanity is enfolded in the bosom of Infinite love." The Desire of Ages, 25.

 

Does Scripture Support the Above Ellen White Statement? Yes Indeed!

 

22By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.

23And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:

24But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.

25Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

26For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

27Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.

28For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore. Hebrews 7:22-28.

"The Incarnation of Christ was an act of self-sacrifice; His life was one of continual self-denial. The highest glory of the love of God to man was manifested in the sacrifice of His only-begotten Son, who was the express image of His person. This is the great mystery of godliness. It is the privilege and the duty of every professed follower of Christ to have the mind of Christ. Without self-denial and cross bearing we cannot be His disciples." E.G. White, Selected Messages, Book 2, p. 185.

The act of being Incarnated in and of itself was the highest good, crowning sacrifice whereby the Son of God sacrificed living in the person of His Holy Spirit, Divine Nature ONLY, to become forever after combined with humanity. This is how the Son made His soul, His Holy Spirit, the soul of His life, an offering for sin. This is the only cure for sin, for only by the Divine Nature Holy Spirit soul of the life of Christ, can we be empowered to overcome sin.

Christ had stooped to take upon Himself man’s nature; He was to bear an infinite weight of woe as He should make His soul an offering for sin; yet angels desire that even in His humiliation the Son of the Highest might appear before men with a dignity and glory befitting His character.” E.G. White, The Great Controversy, pp. 313, 314.

 

"Thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin." Isaiah 53:10.

 

In all ages the Saviour’s chosen have been educated and disciplined in the school of trial. They walked in narrow paths on earth; they were purified in the furnace of affliction. For Jesus’ sake they endured opposition, hatred, calumny. They followed Him through conflicts sore; they endured self-denial and experienced bitter disappointments. By their own painful experience they learned the evil of sin, its power, its guilt, its woe; and they look upon it with abhorrence. A sense of the infinite sacrifice made for its cure humbles them in their own sight and fills their hearts with gratitude and praise which those who have never fallen cannot appreciate. They love much because they have been forgiven much. Having been partakers of Christ’s sufferings, they are fitted to be partakers with Him of His glory.” {GC 649.1}

 

Advanced Knowledge for the 144,000 to Prepare a Bride for Jesus Christ

 

God’s “chosen” in every generation have been His Bride, the 144,000. Notice in Desire of Ages, 179, that the disciples are referred to as the bride. How are they translated without seeing death? They are regenerated to go through the time of Trouble. Revelation 3:10-12 says that Philadelphians of the first century will be kept through the time of trouble. Will Jesus say to His BRIDE, the disciples: “Sorry, you were born in the wrong generation to be my bride.” Nay friend! Nay! They will be part of His bride that is translated without seeing death AFTER they are regenerated in the same manner that Philadelphians of the first century are. Those Philadelphians are told that they will be made PILLARS (Leaders) in the Temple, and Ellen White says that only the 144,000 go into the Temple on Mt. Zion. Early Writings, p. 19. So Regeneration is true or Ellen White is a false prophet and God is a false prophet in telling Philadelphians they will be kept through the greatest time of trouble to ever come upon the earth. Amen.

 

The above statement: A sense of the infinite sacrifice made for its cure…” implies that only the 144,000 will understand and accept the infinite sacrifice made for sin’s cure and the implications of that sacrifice, to wit:—the Incarnation sacrifice whereby the Son divested Himself from being DIVINE ONLY, to forever become God come in the likeness of sinful flesh, FULLY HUMAN as well as being FULLY DIVINE, in two separate, independent persons, with His Divine person being His Holy Spirit Divine Nature, the THIRD PERSON of the Godhead. The second person of the Godhead accrued when God was manifest in the flesh. The Trinity Doctrine fully thwarts this sacrificial process by teaching that the three persons of the Godhead were eternal. If there were three eternal persons to the Godhead, then God come in the flesh or the human nature of Christ would add a fourth person. Thus the Trinity Doctrine sweeps away the entire Christian economy by denying the sacrifice whereby a third person accrued and the Son of God (Christ) was adopted into the Godhead, and sits upon the throne of heaven.

 

When we understand the degree to which there was an eternal separation between the Father and the Son by the sacrifice of the soul of the life of the Holy Spirit Divine Nature of the Son so as to give us that life THAT WAS HIS, we will better appreciate the unspeakable sacrifice that was made for us. This should cause us to rather die than sin.

 

Only One BEING who was one with God:

 

"In order that the human family might have no excuse because of temptation, Christ became one with them. The only being who was one with God lived the law in humanity, descended to the lowly life of a common laborer, and toiled at the carpenter's bench with his earthly parent". Signs of the Times, Oct. 14, 1897)

 

The Father and the Son One in Nature:

 

"Christ the Word, the Only Begotten of God, was one with the eternal Father, one in nature, in character, and in purpose, the only being in all the universe that could enter into all the counsels and purposes of God." GC - 493.

 

Both the Father and the Son make their abode in us:

 

"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.

 

Eternal Sacrifice Divine Soul

 

"The apostle would call our attention from ourselves to the Author of our salvation. He presents before us His two natures, divine and human. . . . He voluntarily assumed human nature. It was His own act, and by His own consent. He clothed His divinity with humanity. He was all the while as God, but He did not appear as God. He veiled the demonstrations of Deity which had commanded the homage, and called forth the admiration of the universe of God. He was God while upon earth, but He divested Himself of the form of God, and in its stead took the form and fashion of a man. He walked the earth as a man. For our sakes He became poor, that we through His poverty might be made rich. He laid aside His glory and His majesty. He was God, but the glories of the form of God He for awhile relinquished. . . . He bore the sins of the world, and endured the penalty which rolled like a mountain upon His divine soul. He yielded up His life a sacrifice, that man should not eternally die. He died, not through being compelled to die, but by His own free will." E.G. White, SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 7a, p. 446.

 

"Cumbered with humanity Christ could not be in every place personally, therefore it was altogether for their advantage that He should leave them to 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.” E.G. White, (Manuscript Releases Volume 14 (No’s 1081-1135) MR No.1084.

 

Son of God in a New Sense

 

"Christ brought men and women power to overcome. He came to this world in human form, to live a man amongst men. He assumed the liabilities of human nature, to be proved and tried. In His humanity He was a partaker of the divine nature. In His Incarnation He gained in a NEW SENSE the title of the Son of God. Said the angel to Mary, 'The power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God' (Luke 1:35). While the Son of a human being, He became the son of God in a NEW SENSE. Thus He stood in our world--the Son of God, yet allied by birth to the human race." E.G. White, Selected Messages, vol. 1, p. 226.

 

Part of the NEW SENSE was the elevation of His humanity to the Second Person of the Godhead, being seated by the Father on the Throne in Heaven:

 

Heb 8:1 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;

 

Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

Rev 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

 

If the Son is seated on the throne of God, where is the PERSON of the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is the Ghost of what was once the life of the Son—the eternal DIVINE ONLY life that the Son had with the Father. After the Incarnation the Holy Spirit is referred to as the Holy Ghost and you won’t find those words used in the Old Testament. We find the words Holy Ghost used for the first time in Matthew 1:18.

 

Mat 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

 

The Ghost of the former Holy Spirit Divine Nature of the Son of God, which He gave as an atonement for our sin, is sent to abide in man. We may partake of His Divine Nature Gift:

 

2Pe 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

 

He is abiding in all who will meet the conditions of His indwelling PRESENCE. Is He a real THIRD PERSON? Yes, He is the PERSON, the Testator of the Everlasting Covenant PERSON, who sacrificed His HOLY SPIRIT SOUL LIFE for you and I. However, He is still ONE with the Father and the Son to constitute ONE ETERNAL SPIRIT, that is ONE GOD. Remember that the Son was sired by the Holy Ghost into the womb of Mary. This is part of the great mystery Ellen White says we will study for eternity. So we don’t know all the answers to all the questions regarding the Godhead.

 

Holy Spirit a THIRD PERSON

 

Again: (John 15:26, 27). A Gift Unexcelled—Christ determined that when He ascended from this earth, He would bestow a gift on those who had believed on Him, and those who should believe on Him. What gift could He bestow rich enough to signalize and grace His ascension to the mediatorial throne? It must be worthy of His greatness and His royalty. He determined to give His representative, the third person of the Godhead. This gift could not be excelled. He would give all gifts in one, and therefore the divine Spirit, that converting, enlightening, and sanctifying power, would be His donation.... {6BC 1052.5}

 

The Lord in His great mercy sent a most precious message to His people through Elders Waggoner and Jones. [See Appendix.] This message was to bring more prominently before the world the uplifted Saviour, the sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. It presented justification through faith in the Surety; it invited the people to receive the righteousness of Christ, which is made manifest in obedience to all the commandments of God. Many had lost sight of Jesus. They needed to have their eyes directed to His divine person, His merits, and His changeless love for the human family. All power is given into His hands, that He may dispense rich gifts unto men, imparting the priceless gift of His own righteousness to the helpless human agent. This is the message that God commanded to be given to the world. It is the third angel’s message, which is to be proclaimed with a loud voice, and attended with the outpouring of His Spirit in a large measure.” {TM 91.2}

 

Evil had been accumulating for centuries and could only be restrained and resisted by the mighty power of the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Godhead, who would come with no modified energy, but in the fullness of divine power. Another spirit must be met; for the essence of evil was working in all ways, and the submission of man to this satanic captivity was amazing.” {TM 392.2}

 

Bible text that supports the above statement:

 

Act 3:26  Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.

 

The gift of Jesus that blesses us in turning us from our iniquities is the gift of His Holy Spirit. Ellen White defines His GRACE as the Holy Spirit, and Roman 1:5 says that GRACE is given for obedience:

 

They must have His grace, the Spirit of Christ, to help their infirmities, or they cannot form a Christian character. Jesus loves to have us come to Him, just as we are—sinful, helpless, dependent.” Faith and Works, p. 38.

 

There must be a power working from within, a new life from above, before man can be changed from sin to holiness. That power is Christ. His grace [the Spirit of Christ] alone can quicken the lifeless faculties of the soul, and attract it to God, to holiness.” (ST, May 28, 1902, par. 3).

 

Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power." Eph. 3:7.

 

"By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name." Romans 1:5.

 

"But through the power of the incarnation of Christ, God manifest in the flesh, the strength of God is revealed in gentleness and beauty. To 'as many as received him, to them gave the POWER to become the sons of God.' By this POWER we may OVERCOME OUR EVIL TENDENCIES and so modify our imperfect dispositions that the will of God may be fulfilled in us."—Letter 79, May 7, 1903, to J.A. Burden and wife. The Upward Look, 141.

 

"Personality of the Holy Spirit.--We need to realize that the Holy Spirit, who is as much a person as God is a person, is walking through these grounds.--E.G. White, Evangelism, pp. 616.

 

"The Holy Spirit has a personality, else He could not bear witness to our spirits and with our spirits that we are the children of God. He must also be a divine person, else He could not search out the secrets which lie hidden in the mind of God." E.G. White, The Faith I Live By, p. 52.

 

There are three living Persons of the heavenly trio; in the name of these three great powers-The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit -those who receive Christ by living faith are baptized, and these powers will co-operate with the obedient subjects of heaven in their efforts to live the new life in Christ.” -Special Testimonies, Series B, No.7. 63

 

"Those who submit to the solemn rite of baptism pledge themselves to devote their lives to God's service; and the three great powers of heaven, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. pledge themselves to cooperate with them, to work in and through them."-4 Signs. 282 (March 11. 1903).

 

Not one of the angels could have become surety for the human race: their life is God's; they could not surrender it. The angels all wear the yoke of obedience. They are the appointed messengers of Him who is the commander of all Heaven. But Christ is equal with God, infinite and omnipotent. He could pay the ransom for man's freedom. He is the eternal, self-existing Son, on whom no yoke had come; and when God asked, "whom shall I send?" He could reply, "Here am I; send me." He could pledge Himself to become man's surety; for He could say that which the highest angel could not say,--I have power over My own life, "power to lay it down, and . . . power to take it again.”--The Youth's Instructor, June 21, 1900. {7ABC 461.1}

 

Christ as Eternal Jehovah

 

"Jehovah, the eternal, self-existent, uncreated One, Himself the source and sustainer of all, is alone entitled to supreme reverence and worship." E.G. White, SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 7A, p. 439.

 

Christ as Jehovah

 

"Jehovah is the name given to Christ. 'Behold, God is my salvation,' writes the prophet Isaiah 'I will trust, and not be afraid for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song He also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. And in that day ye shall say, Praise the Lord, call upon His name, declare His doings among the people, make mention that His name is exalted.' 'In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah: we have a strong city salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks. Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusteth in Thee. Trust ye in the Lord forever for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength." E.G. White, The Signs of the Times, May 3, 1899, p. 2. SDA Bible Commentary Vol. 7a, p. 439.

 

Christ as Jehovah-- Exd 6:3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by [the name of] God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.

 

There is a mystery part to the Godhead which man does not now understand. Ellen White said we will be studying the Godhead for eternity. That leaves a lot of learning for the redeemed through the eternal ages. So by far, we don’t understand all there is to know on this most fundamental pillar, landmark doctrine of Christianity.

 

In the Name of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,

 

Ronald William Beaulieu

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