My Vision on the Godhead September 2, 2005

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Dear Reader,

My mind has, for a time, been exercised with the meaning of the following statement by Ellen White:

"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.

I have been praying that God would show me additional light as to how the Incarnation act, in and of itself, BEFORE THE CROSS, BEFORE HE BECAME OUR REDEEMER, met the prescribed limit as a sacrifice. You see, the statement says that a "prescribed limit" was reached BEFORE Christ became our redeemer on the cross. If Ellen White was speaking of the total Incarnation aspects involved AFTER THE CROSS, she would not have said the words: "but not as a redeemer." So the Incarnation fulfilled the prescribed limit of the Testator Everlasting Covenant, BEFORE Christ became our redeemer on the cross. But how?

Early this A.M., Friday, September 2, 2005, I received a vision providing the answer to my question. God showed me that the Son had to be offered up in the Sanctuary of heaven, before He was combined with our humanity upon earth in the womb of Mary. That act was according to the Heavenly Sanctuary Service, of which the earthly was only a shadow.

The volunteer Testator of the Everlasting Covenant was the Son of God. He must be the sacrificial Lamb in the heavenly Sanctuary first. I asked my angel why this was so. He replied: "The Son had to offered up in the heavenly sanctuary, as the Testator, before being combined with humanity, because it was the Son uncombined with humanity who volunteered to be the Testator of the Everlasting Covenant."

Hbr 8:5 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, [that] thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.

The Son of God was not combined with humanity when, at the foundation of the earth, He volunteered to atone for man's sins. That was the estate of the Godhead that must meet the "prescribed limit" of the Testator--namely death of the Testator ONLY, for no man could atone for sin, and no man was party to the Testator Covenant.

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.

Since Divinity cannot die, the Son must "die" to His former estate of DIVINITY ONLY, and then be combined with humanity FOREVER. This FOREVER SEPARATION from his former UNCOMBINED ESTATE, is a form of eternal death to that state of being. Now, Christ is FOREVER COMBINED WITH HUMANITY. Ellen White attests to this fact. I asked my attending angel about the fact that Divinity cannot die. He told me that the Son's death was different than we view death; that it was His "laying aside" of His former life as DIVINITY ONLY, that constituted His eternal death for our sins. I asked my angel how the Son could die to Divinity only, and still be FULLY DIVINE AND FULLY HUMAN after His Incarnation combination with humanity. He said that is now a mystery to man and that we would be further instructed in that mystery throughout eternity.

I knew before my vision that such men as J.N. Andrews and James White, believed that the Trinity Doctrine did total despite to the Atonement. Why? Because the Trinity doctrine teaches that Divinity cannot die, so according to that Central Doctrine of Rome, only a man atoned for our sins, and that atonement was only on the cross. That doctrine totally by passes the Heavenly Sanctuary Service. Adventists also teach that Divinity cannot die. So what is the difference between the early pioneer Adventist position and the Trinity doctrine?

  • The Trinity Doctrine teaches that the Holy Spirit was a distinct person from eternity. The life of the Holy Spirit would thereby be another person other than Christ. That conflicts with Ellen White's definition of the Holy Spirit.
  • The Holy Spirit has existed from eternity and was certainly present at the time the Everlasting Covenant was determined. In the sense that Christ was slain from the foundation of the earth, as Scripture attests, so was the presence of the person of the Holy Spirit present at the forming of the Everlasting Covenant. And since there is ONE ETERNAL SPIRIT, and God is Spirit, the Holy Spirit has been extant FOREVER.

"The Godhead was stirred with pity for the race, and the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit gave Themselves to the working out of the plan of redemption. In order to fully carry out this plan, it was decided that Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, should give Himself an offering for sin. What line can measure the depth of this love? God would make it impossible for man to say that He could have done more. With Christ He gave all the resources of heaven, that nothing might be wanting in the plan for man's uplifting. Here is love--the contemplation of which should fill the soul with inexpressible gratitude! Oh, what love, what matchless love! The contemplation of this love will cleanse the soul from all selfishness. It will lead the disciple to deny self, take up the cross, and follow the Redeemer." E.G. White, Councils on Health, pp. 222, 223.

The Father and Son had the ONE ETERNAL HOLY SPIRIT, but it was the Father and Son and their Holy Spirit that worked out the Everlasting Covenant:

"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.

"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 [on the cross] 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.

"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.

  • Ellen White said that the Holy Spirit is the life and soul of Christ. So some aspect of Christ, the Son of God, had to be offered up in the Sanctuary Service of Heaven, the pattern of the earthly Sanctuary Service. That heavenly offering (sacrifice), was the Incarnation of the Son of God, which began by His offering up of His first estate life, and bequeathing it to us as a gift for the purpose of regenerating us back into the image of God, and for empowering us to overcome sin in this life.

"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.

  • James White and J.N. Andrews were aware that the Trinity doctrine provides only a human atonement--the death of a man, and that for only three days and nights. Man's penalty for sin is eternal death, and that must be met by the "prescribed limit" of the death of the Testator ONLY, GOD ONLY, DIVINITY ONLY. Our Pioneers were far more aware than are some of our so-called Doctors of Divinity today! In short, if the Testator was the Son of God ONLY, then the Son ONLY, uncombined with humanity, must in some way die! For no part of humanity was party to the Everlasting Covenant.
  • Ellen White's definition of the Holy Spirit does not and cannot agree with the Trinity doctrine. That doctrine provides for no sacrifice in the Heavenly Sanctuary--no form of eternal death to atone for the wages of our sin, which is eternal death. Thus, according to the Trinity doctrine, no real atonement according to the "prescribed limit" of the Testator Covenant, has ever been made.
  • One must consider: What happened to the Son of God, when He emptied himself at His Incarnation?

Emptied Himself--"laid down His life--"Literally, 'emptied Himself.' This emptying was voluntary (see on John 10:17, 18). It was not possible for Christ to retain all the tokens of divinity and still accomplish the Incarnation." SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 7, p. 155, col. 1.

Emptied Himself -- Laid aside: It should be obvious that prior to being born of the virgin Mary Jesus was not human at all, and only divine. When Jesus became a man, the Bible says, He emptied Himself. 'Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, though it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation ['emptied himself.' --Green's Literal Translation and RSV], and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him and given him a name which is above every name." Phillippians 2:5-9.

Jhn 10:17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.

Jhn 10:18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

Most students of Scripture apply the above verses to the Cross ONLY. That is a great mistake. They apply first and foremost to the Incarnation Sacrifice in the Heavenly Sanctuary. Both times the life of the Son was offerred up through THE 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?

Psa 77:13 Thy way, O God, [is] in the sanctuary: who [is so] great a God as [our] God?

Psa 63:2 To see thy power and thy glory, so [as] I have seen thee in the sanctuary.

Psa 68:24 They have seen thy goings, O God; [even] the goings of my God, my King, in the sanctuary.

Conclusions

  • The Trinity Doctrine is Satan's counterfeit of the heavenly trio, taught by Ellen White and the Pioneer Adventists.
  • Ellen White's statement that the "prescribed limit" of the Incarnation was met BEFORE the cross, teaches the Heavenly Sanctuary death of the Son of God, which the Trinity doctrine does not teach.
  • The purpose of the death (laying aside) of the life of the Son of God in the Heavenly Sanctuary, was to give us that life and Divine Nature, whereby we might be restored to the image of God (character development) by being empowered to overcome sin this side of glorification.
  • The Central Catholic Trinity doctrine teaches a continuum of sin confess, sin confess. It thus denies the real purpose of the Incarnation, which was to empower man to return to the image of God and overcome sin in this life. It denies the real facts involved in the gift of the Holy Spirit life and soul of the Son of God, and the great sacrifice that was involved EXTRA TO THE CROSS. The Trinity doctrine which promotes a sin confess theology, has served the coffers of Rome quite well, in prompting sinners to pay their way to heaven by paying indulgences for their sins and the sins of their loved ones, and paying them out of purgatory after death.
  • The cross proved that man can be redeemed in the same way that Christ was redeemed from having the sins of the entire world laid upon Him--by subscribing to Holy Spirit grace gift of power, as well as pardon, for overcoming sin even under threat of death. That is what the cross proved. It proved that grace abouds so much more than sin, that man can overcome even with the weight of all the world's sin laid upon Him, if he subscribes to the same power that Christ availed Himself of--namely the moment by moment empowering of the ONE ETERNAL SPIRIT of the Father and the Son--The Holy Spirit. That is a demonstration of the power of grace as abounding more than sin. That was the purpose of the cross. We are redeemed by partaking of the Divine Nature of Christ in overcoming sin in the same way He did. He availed Himself of no power we cannot subscribe to. And if He had done so, Satan would have cried foul.
  • The Trinity doctrine is the Central Doctrine of Rome, upon which she has built all her other heresies. New Movement Seventh-day Adventists adopted the Trinity doctrine in the early 1930's. That was part and parcel of the Omega Heresy, and supports the New Theology now being trumpeted by the church. Some will see the implications. Most won't!
  • The Omega Heresy was to involve the personality and presence of God and Christ, and so it does! The Alpha of Apostasy did the following:

"It [the Alpha apostasy--in context] introduces that which is nought but speculation in regard to the personality of God and where His presence is [the Godhead]. No one on this earth has a right to speculate on this question. The more fanciful theories are discussed, the less men will know of God and of the truth that sanctifies the soul." E.G. White, Selected Messages, vol. 1, 202.

The Omega of Apostasy does the same thing by negating the following:

What is the truth that sanctifies the soul. The truth of the Incarnation as depicted above and in the evidence as follows:

"The Power of God in the Third Person.--The 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).

Bible proof:

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.

"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 he 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.

The Trinity doctrine negates the great sacrifice of the Son of God in the Heavenly Sanctuary, that was made to provide the power for man to overcome by the same process and empowerment Christ availed Himself of while on earth and as a man being tempted. Sure, Christ was fully Divine also, but if He had availed Himself of that Divinity, He would have proved Satan wrong--that God made a law man could not keep. The Trinity doctrine teaches that there was no such Heavenly Sacrifice; that the Holy Spirit existed as a third person from eternity. That is a lie.

Christ and His Father sacrificed much more for us than the Son's death on the cross! The Trinity doctrine by-passes that greatest of sacrifices, without which His death on the cross would have been to no avail. Why? Because there would have been no remedy for sin and man would have been redeemed in sin rather than from sin. Sin would thus have proliferated for eternity.

It is thus that the Trinity doctrine by-passes the greatest sacrifice involved with the Incarnation--the laying aside of the Divine life of the Son in the Heavenly Sanctuary, in the person of His Holy Spirit, His Divine Nature, in bequeathment to us for the purpose of regeneration of character back into the image of God, by enabling us to overcome all propensities to sin.

"Lower PROPENSITIES to Be Under Control.--We are laborers together with God' (1 Corinthians 3:9). Man is to work out his own salvation with fear and trembling for it is God that worketh in him both to will and to do of His good pleasure. God gives man physical and mental powers. None are needless. Not one is to be misused or abused. The LOWER PROPENSITIES ARE TO BE KEPT UNDER CONTROL OF THE HIGHER POWERS.--Lt. 39, 1898. E.G. White, Mind, Character, and Persaonality Volume 2, p. 377.

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.

It was the laying aside of that Divine Nature in the heavenly Sanctuary as a "highest good" gift to us, that made partaking of His Divine Nature possible. Mainline Christianity teaches that the cross sacrifice was the highest good that Christ contributed to man. However important the cross indeed was, it was not the highest good gift to us.

True faith in the efficacy of the Holy Spirit to overcome sin in our lives is true righteousness by faith. Where sin abounds, grace empowerment by the Holy Spirit life and soul of Christ, much more abounds. So much so, that the humanity of Christ Jesus overcame the temptation of every sin ever committed, when they were laid upon Him, and He was thus made to be sin for us. We are redeemed in the same way He was--by the power of His former life and soul Holy Spirit, that was bequeathed to us at His Incarnation sacrifice in the Heavenly Sanctuary, before the cross, and without which His death on the cross would have been to no avail.

2Cr 5:21 For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

God's Participation in Suffering--The result of hastening or hindering the gospel, we think of, if at all, in relation to ourselves and to the world. Few think of its relation to God. Few give thought to the suffering that sin has caused our Creator. All heaven suffered in Christ's agony; but that suffering did not begin or end with His manifestation in humanity. The cross is a revelation to our dull senses of the pain that sin, from its very inception, has brought to the heart of God. Every departure from the right, every deed of cruelty, every failure of humanity to reach God's ideal, brings grief to Heaven. When there came upon Israel the calamities that inevitably followed separation from God, -- subjugation by their enemies, oppression, cruelty, and death, -- it is said of God, that "His soul was grieved for the misery of Israel." Judges 10:16. "In all their affliction He was afflicted;... and He bare them, and carried them all the days of old." Isa. 63:9. {EGW, GCB, July 1, 1902 par. 3}

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

Ronald William Beaulieu