The Nature of the Holy Spirit

Versus the Personality of God

“The nature of the Holy Spirit is a mystery. Men cannot explain it, because the Lord has not revealed it to them. Men having fanciful views may bring together passages of Scripture and put a human construction on them; but the acceptance of these views will not strengthen the church. Regarding such mysteries, which are too deep for human understanding, silence is golden.”{FLB 54.5}

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The nature of the Holy Spirit and the personality of God and Christ are two different subjects. How bad is it when some of God’s people don’t know the difference? Man knows nothing of the nature of God and Christ which refers to their essence or substance, other than the fact that they are Spirit, for Scripture tells us that God is a Spirit and that there is ONE ETERNAL SPIRIT.


Ellen White said that the Godhead, the personality of God and Christ is a pillar, landmark doctrine. How could that subject be a PILLAR, LANDMARK DOCTRINE, and we are not even to discuss it? What is the context of Ellen White's statement that we are not to debate the personality of God? What is the little known weight of evidence on this issue?


Is it not strange that there are those who try to BRING IN theories that would remove the pillars of our faith concerning the Sanctuary or concerning THE PERSONALITY OF GOD OR CHRIST, but we are to know nothing about the personality of God and Christ, and cannot discuss it? Does that make sense?


Godhead as a pillar doctrine -- Personality of God and of Christ Landmarks: "Those who seek to remove the old landmarks are not holding fast they are not remembering how they have received and heard. Those who try to bring in theories that would remove the pillars of our faith concerning the sanctuary or concerning the personality of God or of Christ, are working as blind men. They are seeking to bring in uncertainties and to set the people of God adrift without an anchor." {MR760 9.5}


Ellen White to Kellogg in the Alpha


"You are not definitely clear on the personality of God, which is everything to us as a people. You have virtually destroyed the Lord God Himself." EGW letter 300 1903.


Did you get that? THE PERSONALITY OF GOD IS EVERYTHING TO US AS A PEOPLE, YET SOME LIKE BRYAN BISSELL ROBERT SESSLER AND NICHOLAS PETULA ARE TEACHING THAT IT IS A MYSTERY UPON WHICH SILENCE IS GOLDEN! They are making the foolish error of confounding the nature of the Holy Spirit with the personality of God. We can know much about the personality of God from the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy. We know that God is love. We know that His law is a transcript of His character of self-scrificing love. We know that He is subject to what He requires of man. We know His history of dealing with man since the creation of man. That history reveals much about His personality.


Ellen White warned not to get into debate with Kellogg on the issue of the Godhead and the personality of God, because he was so cunning and deceptive. She said she could not safely get into a discussion with him because he was so devious of mind and would confuse things so badly. Thus her statement that silence on the issue was golden when it came to debating or discussing it with Kellogg! These other statements condoning the study and how we might profit from it totally contradict the position of those who don't want to know the truth on the issue and are disobedient apostates who cannot understand it (spiritually discern it).


Remember, that in the Alpha, the MINISTERING BRETHREN (NO LESS) were looking on but could not understand what Kellogg's theories resulted in--the doing away with the Sanctuary/Atonement.


Sanctuary Gone Atonement Gone -- "In a representation which passed before me, I saw a certain work being done by medical missionary workers. Our ministering brethren were looking on, watching what was being done, but they did not seem to understand. The foundation of our faith, which was established by so much prayer, such earnest searching of the Scriptures, was being taken down, pillar by pillar. Our faith was to have nothing to rest upon--the sanctuary was gone, the atonement was gone." E.G. White, The Upward Look, 152.


QUESTION FOR BRYAN BISSELL AND THE DUMB-DOG WATCHMEN IN THE OMEGA: I'm going to ask Bryan Bissell and all the kings men TODAY, to explain to us how and why Kellogg's pantheism did away with the SANCTUARY AND THE ATONEMENT--RENDERED THEM AS GONE. I know how and why? Does Bryan? Have they learned anything since the Alpha of Apostasy?


We can know what Ellen White and the Bible tell us of the personality of God. The context of Ellen White's statement saying we should not debate the personality, is THE KELLOGG ALPHA OF APOSTASY.


"No one can search the Scriptures in the spirit of Christ without being rewarded. When man is willing to be instructed as a little child, when he submits wholly to God, he will find the truth in His word. If men would be obedient, they would understand the plan of God's government. The heavenly world would open its chambers of grace and glory for exploration. Human beings would be altogether different from what they now are, for by exploring the mines of truth men would be ennobled.  The mystery of redemption, THE INCARNATION OF CHRIST, His ATONING SACRIFICE, would not be as they are now, vague in our minds. They would be not only better understood, but altogether more highly appreciated."  E.G. White, Christ's Object Lessons, p. 114. Vol. 7a, p. 441.


"The Bible is a treasure house of knowledge, and all who make this book their study, sinking the shaft deep into the mine of truth, will exclaim, 'I behold wondrous things out of thy word.' The INCARNATION of Christ is but dimly appreciated by many students who have studied long in our schools. This subject should be and will be better understood by all who in truth love Truth, and walk in the way of the Lord. The experimental knowledge of this is as essential to sanctify daily as to redeem." E.G. White, The Advocate, 05-01-99, pr. 03.


Obviously, the disobedient apostates will not be opened to the mystery of THE INCARNATION OF CHRIST, that would be and SHOULD BE not only better understood, but altogether more highly appreciated!  Does this sound like the subject of the Incarnation is FORBIDDEN GROUND? NOT TO THIS WRITER! By obedience and exploring of the mines of truth involved with the Incarnation, men would be ennobled rather than bigoted, narrow-minded foolish virgins who think they know it all already without such obedience and study.


Incarnation --Satan would Mystify: "This is a great mystery, a mystery that will not be fully, completely understood in all its greatness until the translation of the redeemed shall take place. Then the power and greatness and efficacy of the gift of God to man will be understood. But the enemy is determined that this gift shall be so mystified that it will become as nothingness." E.G. White, SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 7A, p. 444.


"As the worker studies the life of Christ, and the character of His mission is dwelt upon, each fresh search will reveal something more deeply interesting than has yet been unfolded. The subject is inexhaustible. The study of the incarnation of Christ, His atoning sacrifice and mediatorial work, will employ the mind of the diligent student as long as time shall last." Gospel Workers, p. 251. SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 7a, p. 444.




"That God should thus be manifest in the flesh is indeed a mystery and without the help of the holy spirit we cannot hope to comprehend this subject. The most humbling lesson that man has to learn is the nothingness of human wisdom, and the folly of trying, by his own unaided efforts, to find out God." E.G. White, SDA Bible Commentary, 7a, p. 444. Review and Herald Articles, April 5, 1906.


The direct implication is that with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can hope to comprehend new degrees of knowledge on this subject which will employ the mind of the diligent student as long as time shall last. What good would it do to not be able to understand and discuss a PILLAR, LANDMARK DOCTRINE?



      The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. John 3:8. {FLB 54.1}

     The greatness of God is to us incomprehensible. "The Lord's throne is in heaven" (Ps. 11:4); yet by His Spirit He is everywhere present. He has an intimate knowledge of, and a personal interest in, all the works of His hand. . . . {FLB 54.2}

     It was the Maker of all things . . . who created the human soul, with its capacity for knowing and for loving. And He is not in Himself such as to leave the demands of the soul unsatisfied. No intangible principle, no impersonal essence or mere abstraction, can satisfy the needs and longings of human beings in this life of struggle with sin and sorrow and pain. It is not enough to believe in law and force, in things that have no pity, and never hear the cry for help. We need to know of an almighty arm that will hold us up, of an infinite Friend that pities us. We need to clasp a hand that is warm, to trust in a heart full of tenderness. And even so God has in His Word revealed Himself. {FLB 54.3}


     Spiritual things are spiritually discerned. The carnal mind cannot comprehend these mysteries. . . . The worldly-wise have attempted to explain upon scientific principles the influence of the Spirit of God upon the heart. The least advance in this direction will lead the soul into the mazes of skepticism. The religion of the Bible is simply the mystery of godliness; no human mind can fully understand it, and it is utterly incomprehensible to the unregenerate heart. {FLB 54.4}


     The nature of the Holy Spirit is a mystery. Men cannot explain it, because the Lord has not revealed it to them. Men having fanciful views may bring together passages of Scripture and put a human construction on them; but the acceptance of these views will not strengthen the church. Regarding such mysteries, which are too deep for human understanding, silence is golden. {FLB 54.5}


We do not know the nature of the Holy Spirit meaning its essence or substance. That is what Ellen White means about not discussing the personality of the Holy Spirit and God. But we know what we are told by the Bible and the Holy Spirit gift to the church via Ellen G. White.


There are indeed mysteries to the subject of the Godhead and the personality of God and Christ, that we will study for eternity says Ellen White. However, we can see from all the weight of evidence above that the obedient and regenerate hearts will fathom more of the mysteries than others and the study of the Incarnation ennobles the mind and gives a greater appreciation of the great sacrifice Christ made in His Incarnation to FOREVER FORFEIT HIS FORMER HOLY SPIRIT ONLY EXISTENCE and divest that existence from His human personality. It is Ellen White who tells us He made that sacrifice. All we have to do is believe it.


The NATURE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD IS A MYSTERY: Nature means the following. We don't know the fundamental qualities of God's Holy Spirit. That is what we are not to debate! One cannot know enough about PERSONALITY to discuss it intelligently without knowing the fundamental qualities. But we can know and discuss what the Holy Spirit has given us to KNOW AND UNDERSTAND and the obedient are given more than apostates who rationalize their apostasy and/or deny that it even exists.


World English Dictionary

nature  (ˈneɪtʃə) [Click for IPA pronunciation guide]



the fundamental qualities of a person or thing; identity or essential character


( often capital, esp when personified ) the whole system of the existence, arrangement, forces, and events of all physical life that are not controlled by man


all natural phenomena and plant and animal life, as distinct from man and his creations


a wild primitive state untouched by man or civilization


natural unspoilt scenery or countryside


disposition or temperament


tendencies, desires, or instincts governing behaviour


the normal biological needs or urges of the body


sort; kind; character


the real appearance of a person or thing: a painting very true to nature


accepted standards of basic morality or behaviour


biology  Compare nurture the complement of genetic material that partly determines the structure of an organism; genotype


( Irish ) sympathy and fondness for one's own people or native place: she is full of nature


against nature  unnatural or immoral


by nature  essentially or innately


informal , euphemistic , jocular or call of nature  the need to urinate or defecate


from nature  using natural models in drawing, painting, etc


in the nature of , of the nature of  essentially the same as; by way of

[C13: via Old French from Latin nātūra,  from nātus,  past participle of nascī  to be born]


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