The Son of God as Almighty God in the Old and New Testament--Incarnation Versus Cross
In order for the plan of Salvation to be feasible and Divinity as God the Father not die, it was of absolute necessity that the Father and the Son should exist from eternity for the following reasons:
Three persons to the Godhead, are absolutely requisite to this scenario of the plan of salvation. Otherwise, there could be no form of eternal death of any person party to the Godhead. The reason that three persons do not constitute three God's, is simple. The three persons consist of--the ONE ETERNAL 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.
Eph 4:4 [There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
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?
Jesus offered Himself through the eternal Spirit--the ONE ETERNAL SPIRIT. Only God could do that, because only God and God only was ETERNAL SPIRIT, SUBSTANCE, ESSENCE. The Son offered (sacrificed) Himself two times-once at the time of His Incarnation and again on the Cross. These two sacrifices were different in their purpose.
The Incarnation Sacrifice--A Complete Sacrifice Without the Cross
How did the Incarnation alone reach the prescribed limit as a sacrifice? By Christ laying aside (in effect dying to), His first estate of Being, which was PURE DIVINITY ONLY, as "a crowing, greatest good gift" to us for the purpose of overcoming and sanctification. This was the gift of His Divine Nature, which is proffered to us:
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.
This gift was not available under the Old Covenant. The Old and New Covenants were very different. One pointed to the Cross sacrifice, and the other to the Incarnation sacrifice. Again, what is the difference? What is the distinguishing feature between both sacrifices?
As stated, the Incarnation of Christ, at which time His first estate Divine Nature (Mind, Holy Spirit life) was laid aside as a regenerating, sanctifying, overcoming power for us. So what happened in the sacrifice on the cross? On the cross two major things accrued which did not accrue at the Incarnation sacrifice in heaven.
1. The Son of God was tested by Satan while having the weight of the sins of the world laid upon Him.
2. The Son of God died the second death by again, and for the last time, commending His Holy Spirit life and soul (essence and substance) to the Father, as a bequeathed gift to us. At this juncture it was impossible for Christ to return to His first estate of Being, and refuse to partake of the cup on the cross. Before this point, He could have done so and the plan of redemption would have failed, as regards the salvation of souls on this earth. The universe would have survived because of the Incarnation and its separate sacrifice of "REACHING THE PRESCRIBED LIMIT AS A SACRIFICE." In other word's, the Son met the prescribed terms of the Everlasting Covenant by dying to His former life (by laying it aside forever). That satisfied the demands of the Everlasting Covenant. Other non-sinning worlds would have survived because a way had been provided that no man need ever sin again. But what about man who had sinned. What about us on this earth?
In order for redemption for us to take place, there was an additional sacrifice that had to be made on the part of the Son of God. He had to take our sins upon Himself and be tested in order to prove Satan wrong in saying that it is impossible for man to keep God's law. Christ proved that Satan was wrong; that humanity could keep the commandments and that God was subject to His own law. This is what redeemed us on this earth. Our sins were paid for by Christ taking them on Himself and overcoming them in human flesh, proving that if any man accepted the gift of His first Incarnation sacrifice, namely His Divine Nature--His mind placed in the heart, he could overcome sin. Such a person would be safe to save and sin would never break out again. Without the Incarnation sacrifice of His life and soul for us, as a regenerating gift, His death on the cross would have been to no avail, because there would been no cure for sin. That is why Ellen White said:
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.
Could The Humanity of Christ Have Failed
Ellen White said that the humanity of Christ could have failed the test, and indeed, if He could not have failed, the entire controversy between Christ and Satan would not be valid. If it were impossible for Christ's humanity to be tempted and fail, Satan would have justly cried foul, and the entire salvific process would have been a meaningless charade.
How we may Hasten Christ's Return--Our Part in the Salvific Process
Jesus Christ is waiting for a bride to prepare herself by adorning herself with His righteousness by partaking of His greatest good crowing gift, His Divine Nature Holy Spirit life. We may personally hasten the day of His coming by so preparing ourselves. He is waithing for us--His bride, to prepare herself.
The Son of God as God Almighty in the Old Testament
If no man has seen God, then the Almighty God that appeared to Abram must have been the Son of God. The same applies to the following text involving Jacob:
According to Scripture, it is the Holy Spirit of Christ which shows us all things.
Ellen White says that the name of Christ was also Jehovah:
"Jehovah, the eternal, self-existent, uncreated One, Himself the source and sustainer of all, is alone enetitled to supreme reverence and worship." E.G. White, SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 7A, p. 439.
"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.
The Son of God as Almighty God From the New Testament
The song is sung of the Lamb--great and marvellous are thy works--LORD GOD ALMIGHTY. Obviously, this refers to the Lamb as being the Lord God Almighty, because the Father was not the sacrificial Lamb.
· Rev 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
Who is to come? Jesus.
Again, it is Christ Jesus who is to come.
First and last refers to Alpha and Omega. Was the Father ever Dead?
This is common sense because they both are of the ONE ETERNAL SPIRIT, which is eternal. What is true of one is true of the other. Like both share the name Jehovah God, according to Ellen White and Scripture. Both share the name "I AM." Both are one God because of being OF ONE ETERNAL SPIRIT essence and substance. The Trinity doctrine is correct to that point. It is incorrect in defining the identity of the Holy Spirit.
In the Old Testament we have God identifying Himself when speaking to Moses from the burning bush:
In the New Testament Jesus calls Himself "I AM"
As soon as Jesus said "I am" they went backward and fell to the ground! Jesus is the I am,
"This book, the Revelation, begins and ends with a prediction of the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. We should set ourselves to meditate frequently upon the second coming of Christ, and keep it in the eye of our faith and expectation. John speaks as if he saw that day: "Behold, he cometh, as sure as if you beheld him with your eyes. He cometh with clouds, which are his chariot and pavilion. He will come publicly: Every eye shall see him, the eye of his people, the eye of his enemies, every eye, yours and mine.’’ He shall come, to the terror of those who have pierced him and have not repented and of all who have wounded and crucified him afresh by their apostasy from him, and to the astonishment of the pagan world. For he comes to take vengeance on those who know not God, as well as on those that obey not the gospel of Christ. [6.] This account of Christ is ratified and confirmed by himself, v. 8. Here our Lord Jesus justly challenges the same honour and power that is ascribed to the Father, v. 4. He is the beginning and the end; all things are from him and for him; he is the Almighty; he is the same eternal and unchangeable one. And surely whoever presumes to blot out one character of this name of Christ [the Alpha and Omega] deserves to have his name blotted out of the book of life. Those that honour him he will honour; but those who despise him shall be lightly esteemed." Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary on the Whole Bible."
Ellen White and Scripture Agree That Christ Jesus is the Alpha and Omega
"The Alpha and Omega.--When the students of prophecy shall set hearts to know the truth of Revelation,they will realize what an importance is attached to this search. Christ Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the Genesis of the Old Testament, and the Revelation of the New." E.G. White, SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 6, 1092.
EGW Says the Spirit of God is the Holy Ghost
144,000 one hundred-forty-four thousand not just Jews -- "I [Ellen White in context] have received yours [Bro. Chapman's letter] dated June 3. In this letter you speak in these words: 'Elder Robinson does not wish me to leave, but urges that I enter the canvassing field until such time as the conference can afford to employ me in some other capacity, but states positively that I cannot be sent out to present the truth to others until some points held by me are changed or modified in order that the views regarded by us as a people should be properly set forth. He quotes as a sample, 'My idea in reference to the Holy Ghost's not being the Spirit of God, which is Christ, but the angel Gabriel, and my belief that the 144,000 will be Jews who will acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah. On all fundamental points I am in perfect harmony with our people; but when I try to show what seems to me to be new light on the truth, those in authority, none of whom have seemingly ever made a personal investigation of the matter, refuse to look into the Bible, but brand me as a fellow with queer ideas of the Bible.'" Written by Ellen White to Brother Chapman from Petoskey, Michigan, June 11, 1891, Manuscript Releases, vol. 14, p. 175.
In the above statement it is implied that Ellen White did not want Brother Chapman to be sent out by the Conference to present the truth to others until some points held by him were changed in order that the views regarded by us as a poeopld shold be properly set forth. One of those ideas was in reference to the Holy Ghost not being the Spirit of God, which is Christ. Ellen White taught that the Holy Spirit (Ghost) was the Spirit of Christ