Correction on a Statement by Terry Hill

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I have discovered another statement (below) about the Holy Spirit being divested of the personality of humanity. Terry was unclear in his interpretation of that statement. It does mean that the Holy Spirit [RATHER THAN CHRIST] is divested of the personality of humanity and independent thereof, but that DOES NOT change the meaning of the truth Terry and I are trying to get across. Why? Because Terry's final conclusion is correct in that Christ was divested of His Holy Spirit personality at the Incarnation. The Ellen White statement strictly implies that when Christ was INVESTED with humanity, the innate Holy Spirit of Christ was DIVESTED of the personality of humanity. From the following statements, it can be determined that the Holy Spirit is the very breath and life of Jesus 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.

"Christ gives them the breath of HIS OWN SPIRIT, the life of HIS OWN LIFE. The HOLY SPIRIT puts forth its highest energies to work in the heart and mind." Desire of Ages, 827.

So to say that the Holy Spirit is an entirely different person from Christ, is just not true. It is a different person in that it does not include the personality of Christ's human mind, but it is not different from the Divine mind of Christ and that personality. In the Divine mind of Christ, prior to the Incarnation, the Holy Spirit existed forever with the Father and Christ as a shared Spirit, because there is one Spirit, says Scripture.

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.

Eph 4:4 [There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

Phl 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

Correction Statement

Terry interpreted the following statement as though it was Christ that was divested of the Holy Spirit, rather than the Holy Spirit being divested of the personality of humanity. Actually both are true. However, we should make the proper corrective distinction of exactly what is being stated:

Terry's Statement and Interpretation:

Who or what is then the Holy Spirit? Ellen White said this in 1895:

“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 [Christ], 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 is saying that the Holy Spirit is Christ Himself without His humanity and independent thereof. For us, this truth may be shrouded with mystery but that is the testimony of scripture. John 14:16-18 says: “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 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. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.”

In the form of the Comforter (the Holy Spirit), Jesus says that it was He Himself that was coming back to be with His disciples. Jesus also said:

“ … 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).”

End of Terry's Statement.

A similar "cumbered" statement explains Ellen White's statement more precisely:

"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.
This promise belongs to us now as surely as it belonged to the disciples.... Let every church member kneel before God, and pray earnestly for the impartation of the Spirit." E.G. White, God's Amazing Grace, 191.

It is evident from the above statement that the only reason Christ could not be every place personally is because He became cumbered with humanity at the Incarnation. The direct inference is that Christ, if not cumbered with humanity, could be every place personally via His Spirit. This "Spirit" was not cumbered with humanity before the Incarnation. Ellen White said that Christ would be "cumbered with humanity forever." This makes it clear that since the Incarnation, He has to send us His Spirit in the form of "another Comforter;" another Person, as His representative. Obviously, His Holy Spirit was laid off or shed before the Incarnation, because it was that Holy Spirit which looked after Christ after His birth as a babe. The only thing that cumbered that innate Spirit, shared by both the Father and the Son, was Christ's humanity.

Ron Beaulieu