Ellen White Depicts The Godhead as Three Distinct Persons

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Dear Reader,

Some, such as Martin Eldon, Lynnford Beachy and Allen Stump, are prepared to deny the following statements by Ellen White identifying the Holy Spirit as the third person of the Godhead; the Heavenly trio, a heavenly dignitary and/or a personality other than that of the Father:

"The eternal heavenly dignitaries--God, and Christ, and the Holy Spirit--arming them [the disciples] with more than mortal energy.... would advance with them to the work and convince the world of sin." E.G. White, Manuscript 145, 1901. Evangelism, p. 616.

"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, Manuscript 66, 1899. (From a talk to the students at the Avondale School.). Evangelism, p. 616.

The Holy Spirit is a person, for He beareth witness with our spirits that we are the children of God." E.G. White, Manuscript 20, 1906. Evangelism, p. 616.

"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.--E.G. White, Evangelism, p. 617.

"Christ is THE SOURCE of every right impulse. He is the ONLY ONE who can arouse in the natural heart, enmity against sin. He is THE SOURCE of our power if we would be saved." E.G. White, Review and Herald, April 1, 1890.

"It is not an easy matter to overcome,.... In the name of Christ ALONE can this great victory be gained." Testimonies, Vol. 4, p. 32.

If the Father is the Holy Spirit, as Eldon, Beachy and Stump teach, then Ellen White should have said that the Father is the SOURCE of every right impulse and the only one who can arouse in the natural heart, enmity against sin, and the source of our POWER if we would be saved.

Does Scripture agree with the above statements by Ellen White?

"The Bible reveals that the Holy Spirit is a person, not an impersonal force." SDA 27 Fundamentals, pp. 59, 60.

"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 (Nos 1081-1135) MR No.1084.

Here (above) the Holy Spirit is referred to as "Himself." Also, "He would represent "HIMSELF" as present in all places. This designates that He is a person. Did the Father become Christ's successor on earth? Was the Father the Comforter, the Advocate, the Intercessor, the Mediator? No. Jesus was all these things. Martin Eldon admits this fact, and then in the same breath he says that the Father is the Holy Spirit. He thus very seriously contradicts himself.

"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. '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." E.G. White, Manuscript 20. Evangelism, p. 617.

"We are to co-operate with the three highest powers in heaven,--the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost,--and these powers will work through us, making us workers together with God." E.G. White, Special Testimonies, Series B, No. 7, p. 51, Evangelism, p. 617.

Three Persons of the Heavenly Trio

"The Comforter that Christ promised to send after He ascended to heaven, is the Spirit in all the fullness of the Godhead, making manifest the power of divine grace to all who receive and believe in Christ as a personal Saviour. 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 life the new life in Christ.--Special Testimonies, Series B, No. 7, pp. 62, 63. 1905. Evangelism, p. 615.

Christ as the Pre-existent, Self-existent Son of God

"Christ is the pre-existent, self-existent Son of God.... In speaking of his pre-existence, Christ carries the mind back through dateless ages. He assures us that there NEVER WAS A TIME WHEN HE WAS NOT IN CLOSE FELLOWSHIP WITH THE ETERNAL GOD. He to whose voice the Jews were then listening had been with God as one brought up with Him." E.G. White, Signs of the Times, Aug. 29, 1900. Evangelism, p. 615.

Reason, Purpose for the Incarnation of the Son of God

"Christ took upon Himself humanity, and laid down His life a sacrifice, that man, by becoming a partaker of the divine nature, might have eternal life." E.G. White, Selected Messages, vol. 3, p. 141.

"The Spirit was given as a regenerating agency, and without this the sacrifice of Christ would have been of no avail." E.G. White, Review and Herald, May 19,

Question: Was the life of Christ given in Incarnation as a regenerating agency, or was the life of the Father given in Incarnation as a regenerating agency? It was the life of the Son of God, and that life is the Holy Spirit imparted to us. Notice again:

"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 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.

Obviously, it was His Incarnation into humanity and the laying down of His pure divine only life as a sacrifice, that enabled man to become a partaker of His Divine nature. Whose life was laid down? Christ's life. Whose life was sacrificed that we might partake of the divine nature? Christ's (the Son's) life. It was the Incarnation sacrifice that enabled us to partake of the Divine nature because it was that life that we then were able to partake of--not the life of Christ as combined with humanity after the Incarnation. This is a most crucial factor of truth. How does this life come to us? Through the Holy Ghost life that Christ laid down for us at His Incarnation.

Both His Incarnation sacrifice and the sacrifice of His humanity on the cross were necessary for salvation, and one without the other is an incomplete sacrifice resulting in no atonement--no Sanctuary Service completed.

"Again and again we shall be called to meet the influence of men who are studying sciences of satanic origin, through which Satan is working to make a non-entity of God and of Christ. The Father and the Son each have a personality. Christ declared, I and My Father are one.' Yet it was the Son of God who came to the world in human form. Laying aside His royal robe and kingly crown, He clothed His divinity with humanity, that humanity through His infinite sacrifice might become partakers of the divine nature, and escape the corruption that is in the world through lust.--E.G. White, Testimonies, vol. 9, p. 68 (1909). Evangelism, pp. 613, 614.

The reason that Christ laid aside His royal robe and kingly crown and became Incarnate by clothing His divinity with humanity, was that humanity through His infinite sacrifice in becoming so Incarnate, might become partakers of the divine nature. This was the reason for the Incarnation sacrifice. This is obviously a sacrifice other than that of the cross.

THE PURPOSE OF HEAVEN IS FULFILLED BY THE INCARNATION: "From eternal ages it was God's purpose that every created being, from the bright and holy seraph to man, should be a temple for the indwelling of the Creator. Because of sin, humanity ceased to be a temple for God. Darkened and defiled by evil, the heart of man no longer revealed the glory of the divine One. But by the INCARNATION of the Son of God, the purpose of heaven is fulfilled. God dwells in humanity, and through saving grace the heart of man becomes again his temple." E.G. White, Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, 12-31-08, pr. 02.

SACRIFICE OF THE INCARNATION, HUMILIATION AND CRUCIFIXION "The only plan that could be devised to save the human race was that which called for the INCARNATION, humiliation, and crucifixion of the Son of God, the Majesty of heaven. After the plan of salvation was devised, Satan could have no ground upon which to found his suggestion that God, because so great, could care nothing for so insignificant a creature as man." E.G. White, The Signs of the Times, 01-20-90, pr. 08.

Both the Incarnation humiliation and the crucifixion humiliation of the Son of God were great sacrifices.

The Holy Spirit as the Life, Breath and Soul of Christ

"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.

If Martin Eldon, Lynnford Beach and Allen Stump are correct in teaching that the Holy Spirit is the Father, why does Ellen White not say that the Holy Spirit is the impartation of the life of the Father, instead of the life of Christ?

The Incarnation as a Condescension Sacrifice

NOTHING SO SHOWS THE WONDERFUL CONDESCENSION OF GOD AS THE INCARNATION: "The doctrine of the incarnation of Christ in human flesh is a mystery, 'even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations' (Col. 1:26). It is the great and profound mystery of godliness. 'The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us' (John 1:14). Christ took upon Himself human nature, a nature inferior to His heavenly nature. Nothing so shows the wonderful CONDESCENSION OF GOD as this." E.G. White, Selected Messages, vol. 1, p. 246.

This means that not even the cross shows the wonderful condescension of God as does the Incarnation whereby Christ was made flesh, sinful flesh, our human nature, a nature inferior to His heavenly nature.

How we May Arrive at a Better Understanding of the Incarnation

"It requires considerable effort to climb hills, to get upon the rock. And so we find that it will require the exercise of all our abilities, of every spiritual nerve and muscle, to get upon the Living Rock, the Saviour of mankind. It will require all our mental and spiritual power to understand the Word of God, to understand the INCARNATION of Christ, to understand the great plan of redemption. The mind may faint beneath the effort, and yet, there is an infinity beyond. You have only then touched the surface." E.G. White, Manuscript Releases Volume Nine, pr. 3, P. 68.