What or WHO IS the Holy Spirit, Exactly?

Many people have various ideas about who or what the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost is exactly; but can we really know? Does it really even matter if we KNOW?

Do you want to close and bolt the door against the Spirit of Jesus, true FAITH? Or do we choose the depravity of Satan rather than the purity of Christ? 

Job 32:8 "But it is the spirit in a person, the breath of the Almighty, that gives them understanding."

The Holy Spirit is the PRESENCE AND POWER OF God the Father IN YOU sent to us as the comforter Jesus Christ (the risen life/breath/soul/mind/Spirit of Christ), the Son of God. They BOTH make THEIR Home IN AS through Jesus. Jesus is God's Channel to our minds and us back to God the Father.

What were the "brethren" teaching concerning the Spirit around 1891?

"Tbe Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God; it is also the Spirit of Christ." U. Smith, GC, Daily Bulletin Vol. 4, March 14, 1891, pp. 146, 147

"Here we find that the Holy Spirit is both the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ." E. J. Waggoner, Christ and His Righteousness, p. 23. 1890

"We learn from this language that when we speak of the Spirit of God we are really speaking of his PRESENCE and POWER." J. N. Loughborough, Review and Herald, September 13, 1898

"The divine Spirit that the world's Redeemer promised to send, is the presence and power of God." Ellen White, Signs of the Times, November 23, 1891

Therefore, in giving us His holy spirit, is God giving us another individual or himself?
"In giving us His Spirit, God gives us Himself, making Himself a fountain of divine influences, to give health and life to the world." Testimonies for the Church Volume 7, p. 273.1

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New gods - Nader Mansour


Who is your comforter?

"The Saviour is our Comforter. This I have proved Him to be." 8MR 49

"As by faith we look to Jesus, our faith pierces the shadow, and we adore God for His wondrous love in giving Jesus the Comforter." 19MR 296, 297

In order to properly answer the question about the truth concerning the Holy Spirit of God we must first come to understand just what the Spirit of God is. Is it what many preachers teach in mainstream Christianity? That the Holy Spirit is a third person of the Godhead? The truth is that if the Spirit of God was in fact a personage of the Godhead then we have a very serious problem. Notice what's recorded in Matt 1:18 "For that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit." It was in fact the Holy Spirit of God that impregnated Mary. Also in Luke 1:35 we read "And the angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God." Here the Holy Spirit is referred to as the power of God. Now if the Holy Spirit was a third person of the Godhead, and if Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit, (which He was) then He "would not be the Son of God the Father," but the Son of the Holy Spirit.

Let's take a look at one scripture that refers to the Holy Spirit as "He" to understand more clearly. "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, "He" will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you." John 14:26. In all cases where the Holy Spirit is referred to as "He" in the New Testament is ekeinos in the Greek and it means "that one" (or [neuter] thing). The translator replaced the word "ekeinos" with "He" because all neuter words were referred to as "he" or "she" in their language at the time of this translation. In nearly all foreign languages there are only two genders, "male, and female". English is one of the few languages that has a "neutral gender", as "it". This is why we find the terms as "Her" or, "She" referring to a ship, or other such things. Before you reject this out of hand continue reading, and remember what we covered above concerning the pagan trinity, and the fact that Jesus cannot be a created being.

As we have found through our research Jesus and the Holy Father are two separate persons because Jesus stated that no one has seen the Father at any time. Let's read it for ourselves in John 5:36-37. "But I have a greater witness than John's; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish-- the very works that I do-- bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me and the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form." The fact that Jesus is also of the Godhead and people saw Him proves that they are two separate persons, and notice in this text "The Father testified" of Him. It's a fact that only another separate person can testify of the other. Also we find that Jesus will turn all things over to the Holy Father who will for the first time come down and dwell among men after the New heavens and New earth with the New city are in place. This was also taught by the apostle Paul recorded in 1 Cor 15:24; it states..."Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power."

Let's read it in the book of revelation also. "Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God." Rev 21:2-3. The word "God" in these verses in the Greek is "Theou", and "Theous" which means the Supreme Divinity. Also notice in verse 22, "But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. This scripture denotes two of the Godhead stating that the Lord God Almightyand the Lamb.

Notice that there's no mention here of the Holy Spirit as a member of the Godhead. Just as there was no mention of the Holy Spirit in the above scripture, let's honestly ask why the apostle Paul never mentioned the Holy Spirit when he was addressing the Churches of God. Paul would address the Churches with..."Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ," Eph 1:1-3 (No mention of the Holy Spirit.) If the Holy Spirit were considered a person of the Godhead by the apostles they would have addressed it in name with the Father and Son Jesus. Even those who believe the Holy Spirit is a person today "always" refer to all three as the Father, Son, & Holy Spirit. Why would the apostles not do the same if they believed the Holy Spirit was a member of the Godhead? This is only one example, but if you want to check further into this, look at the beginning of all the epistles.

The truth is that the Holy Spirit is the POWER of God! Notice what was recorded in Luke 24:49. "Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high." What does the term "power from on high" mean, and when did the Apostles and brethren that were there receive power from on high? At Pentecost when they received the Holy Spirit as we read in Acts. 1:8. "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." There are many scriptural references proving the Holy Spirit emits from the Father and Christ both and is called the Spirit of God or the power from God. The fact that Jesus is also of the Godhead and people saw Him in Old Testament times, and as the Man Jesus proves that they are two separate persons. (See John. chapter one.) Now the question is, if the Holy Spirit were a separate person in the Godhead, then why would it proceed from the Father and the Son Jesus whom are two separate persons? Let's turn to Rev 5:6, and read the scripture that refers to the seven Spirits of God. "And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth." Did you catch that? "which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth."

So if the spirit of God is a member of the Godhead than this scripture would mean there's seven spirits, plus the Father, plus the Son of the Godhead making the total number nine! Is that what we are to accept? No! This means that the seven Spirits of God are the powers of Godhaving different functions. The truth is that the teaching of the trinity came from ancient pagan religions long before Jesus was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, and was adopted into Christianity by the Roman Catholic Church. There's no wording in the entire biblethat has the word "trinity" or states that the Holy Spirit is a person or member of the Godhead.

When I found these facts I wanted to know where the doctrine of the trinity came from so I researched the subject to find its origin and if you have read this study concerning the trinity you found that it was never from the bible but introduced into the Catholic Church by Tertullian (A pagan turned Catholic) so when the protestant reformation ended and many came to America they brought many of the old Catholic teachings with them such as the trinity, Sunday being the day of worship, the cross, and later they accepted the doctrines of Christ-mass which was the Mass the Catholic priest observed. Check out this page at the URL below and you will see the time line when the Catholic Church added many doctrines which were never taught by Jesus or the early church.

(See Reformation/Catholic time line link at the en of this study)

What has happened is that the Catholic Church added the trinity concept because of the teachings of Tertullian, the father of Trinitarianism, and in order to please many pagans that came into their church. These pagan triune worshippers did not want to give up their god so the Pope made it Tradition.

How could the Catholic Church change what the bible teaches? What did they tell the people in order to get them to accept such changes?

The doctrine of "Tradition", as taught by the Roman Catholic Church:
(A quote from MF Blume.) "The Roman Catholic Church teaches that the doctrines that are not found explicitly taught by the apostles but taught later by other men, after the Bible was written, are nevertheless truths from God. Therefore these "other" doctrines are as important as clear biblical teachings. The Catholic Church teaches that the apostles simply chose not to explicitly write such beliefs to the churches as New Testament Scripture. Although there is no explicit proof that the apostles believed these doctrines, the Roman Catholic Church proposes that the apostles indeed did believe them. Rather than be founded upon clear, explicit teachings in the Bible as taught by the apostles and Jesus the Christ, the Roman Catholic Church believes that their foundation is the belief that God would not have the Roman Church teach such doctrines if they were not true doctrines. The majority of Protestant denominations do not altogether accept this Catholic Church doctrine, which gives so-called credence to the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, the doctrine of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and of the literal flesh and blood in the communion Eucharist, but they have nevertheless accepted the Trinity doctrine even though this Trinity doctrine is no more explicitly taught in scripture than the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception. To accept one doctrine and then throw out the other, when both are from the same foundation of "Tradition", as opposed to explicit scriptural teaching, is to act most contradictorily. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that they have as much authority to hear a new doctrine from God, that was never formerly and explicitly taught by the original Apsotles, as did the original apostles since apostles have continued to exist in the Roman Catholic Church. This doctrine of "Apostolic Succession" is said to give the Roman Catholic Church the right to add new doctrines to the faith. And the Doctrine of the Trinity was one such doctrine that came along in the fourth century, and was totally refined in the eighth century!" Question is...Who do you believe and follow? http://www.masters-table.org/pagan/trinity.htm


We are to accept Christ as our peace, for with Christ is God and peace. "The law and the gospel are interwoven as warp and woof. Here mercy and truth have met together, and righteousness and peace have kissed each other. We want to come to God's standard. He has a law governing human intelligences and it is for our happiness to observe it. We are to love God. Love leading to disobedience is the inspiration of the devil; love leading to obedience is the inspiration of Heaven." Sermons and Talks, volume two, pp. 92-98.

Stricken And Smitten of God, 
Behold the Lamb

"His peace was the consciousness of having done the will of His Father, rather than a condition of things that existed as the result of having done His duty." The Upward Look, 220. 

Zechariah 8:16 (KJV) "These are the things that ye shall do ; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates:"



It is written, in John 14:6 "Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through ME." 
(not someone else! Not some other person or someone else's spirit...we have access to the Father and God of Jesus through Jesus's  victorious risen life, the life of his own soul, His "Holy" Spirit)

Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: and rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God:for He is gracious and merciful (full of tender mercy), slow to anger, and of great kindness”   Joel 2:12-13

Many, even in their seasons of devotion, fail of receiving the blessing of real communion with God. They are in too great haste. With hurried steps they press through the circle of Christ’s loving presence, pausing perhaps a moment within the sacred precincts, but not waiting for counsel. They have no time to remain with the divine Teacher. With their burdens they return to their work....

Not a pause for a moment in His presence, but personal contact with Christ, to sit down in companionship with Him—this is our need.

We may bring Him our little cares and perplexities as well as our greater troubles. Whatever arises to disturb or distress us, we should take it to the Lord in prayer.

Calmly, yet fervently, the soul is to reach out after God; and sweet and abiding will be the influence emanating from Him who sees in secret, whose ear is open to the prayer arising from the heart. He who in simple faith holds communion with God will gather to himself divine rays of light to strengthen and sustain him in the conflict with Satan.

If we keep the Lord ever before us, allowing our hearts to go out in thanksgiving and praise to Him, we shall have a continual freshness in our religious life. Our prayers will take the form of a conversation with God as we would talk with a friend. He will speak His mysteries to us personally. Often there will come to us a sweet, joyful sense of the presence of Jesus.... Prayer turns aside the attacks of Satan.

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Psalm 16:11.

The religion of Jesus is joy, peace, and happiness.

All Heaven is interested in the happiness of man. Our heavenly Father does not close the avenues of joy to any of His creatures. The divine requirements call upon us to shun those indulgences that would bring suffering and disappointment, that would close to us the door of happiness and heaven.... He [the world’s Redeemer] requires us to perform only those duties that will lead our steps to heights of bliss to which the disobedient can never attain. The true, joyous life of the soul is to have Christ formed within, the hope of glory.

Those who abide in Jesus will be happy, cheerful, and joyful in God. A subdued gentleness will mark the voice, reverence for spiritual and eternal things will be expressed in the actions, and music, joyful music, will echo from the lips, for it is wafted from the throne of God. This is the mystery of godliness, not easily explained, but nonetheless felt and enjoyed.

Words cannot describe the peace and joy possessed by him who takes God at His wordTrials do not disturb him, slights do not vex him. Self is crucified. Day by day his duties may become more taxing, his temptations stronger, his trials more severe; but he does not falter; for he receives strength equal to his need.

In those who possess it, the religion of Christ (joy, peace, and happiness) will reveal itself as a vitalizing, pervading principle, a living, working, spiritual energy. There will be manifest the freshness and power and joyousness of perpetual youth. The heart that receives the Word of God is not as a pool that evaporates, not like a broken cistern that loses its treasure. It is like the mountain stream fed by unfailing springs, whose cool, sparkling waters leap from rock to rock, refreshing the weary, the thirsty, the heavy laden.

THE FAITH I LIVE BY, PAGE 227


God will give you the Holy Spirit (Christ's own Spirit, Christ is our comforter), even tho it may seem to you that it is too good to be true.

Resting in Faith (Jesus) !

 "Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I willgive you Rest . . . !"   Matthew 11:28

God does not ask you to feel that Jesus is your Saviour, but to believethat He died for you, and that His blood now cleanses you from all sin. You have been bitten by the serpent, and as the serpent was lifted up in the wilderness that the dying might look and live, so Christ was lifted up, that whosoever believeth in Him (believes that God, Who cannot lie, has verily done in Christ exactly what He has said) that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have Eternal Life !


Thus saith the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah), In an acceptable time* have I heard thee, and in the day of Salvation* have I helped thee . . . .Remember these O Jacob and Israel; for . . . I have blotted out as a thick cloud thy transgressions, and as a cloud, thy sins. Return unto Me, for I have Redeemed thee . . . !” 
- Isaiah 49:8 & 44:22-23

Saving faith is simplicity itself. You must cry no more; you must cease to hang your head as a bulrush. Look to the uplifted Saviour, and, however grievous may have been your sinsbelieve He saves you. All the remedies and medicines of the world would have failed to cure one soul who had been bitten by the venomous serpent; but God had provided a Remedy that could not fail. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be Saved (delivered, set free, rescued, healed and made whole !” Acts 16:31 & Romans 10:9

Be not among the number to whom the Saviour said, “Ye will not come to Me, that ye might have Life.” O, how He longed to save them! for while we were yet sinners--not waiting for us to make ourselves good --Christ died for us (in our place) !

Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory (Exodus 33-34) of The Father, even so we also should rise to walk in newness of Life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection . . . !"   - Romans 6:3-6

Believe now that God loves youfor He hath declared it; and when Satan tries to fasten the burden of sin and horror upon you, take your Bible, and read, “God so loved the world, that He gave up His only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting Life.” John 3:16.


     You can not repulse the enemy by relating your fearful doubts, by telling him that you are horrified by the thought that you are lost. All this is music in his ears. He wants to make you as miserable as he is himself, but you can answer him by proclaiming the Promise that you believe in the Son, and therefore shall not perish. As you turn your eyes away to the Lamb of God, Who taketh away the sins of the world, the controversy with the enemy will be ended for that season. You can repulse him by declaring that “Christ was wounded for my trans-gressions. He was bruised for my iniquities. The chastisement of (discipline which bought) my peace was upon Him, and with His stripes I am healed !” Isaiah 53:1-12
Take the Word of Jesus Christ as more sure and valuable than any word that can come from the human agent. Thank God with your whole heart and soul and voice that you are barricaded with the rich Promises of His infallible Word (JESUS), so that the wicked one shall not touch you (Romans 10: 8-12 & Isaiah 54:17). 

     God will give you the Holy Spirit, even tho it may seem to you that it is too good to be true. “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against usHe that spared not His Own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give* (grant favour, kindness, pardon, rescue, deliver, forgive) us all things ?” Romans 8:31-34 

- Signs of the Times, August 5, 1913
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God’s Dwelling Place, August 9

Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 1 Corinthians 6:19.

By a most beautiful and impressive figure, God’s Word shows the regard He places upon our physical organism and the responsibility resting on us to preserve it in the best condition....

The body is a temple in which God desires to dwell,.... it must be kept pure, the abiding place of high and noble thoughts.

The knowledge that man is to be a temple for God, a habitation for the revealing of His glory, should be the highest incentive to the care and development of our physical powers. Fearfully and wonderfully has the Creator wrought in the human frame, and He bids us make it our study, understand its needs, and act our part in preserving it from harm and defilement.

Our first duty toward God and our fellow beings is that of self-development. Every faculty with which the Creator has endowed us, should be cultivated to the highest degree of perfection, that we may be able to do the greatest amount of good of which we are capable. Hence that time is spent to good account which is used in the establishment and preservation of physical and mental health. We cannot afford to dwarf or cripple any function of body or mind. As surely as we do this we must suffer the consequences.

The desire of God for every human being is expressed in the words, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” 3 John 2.

He it is who “forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies.” Psalm 103:3, 4....

“Above all things,” God desires us to “be in health”—health of body and of soul. And we are to be workers together with Him for the health of both soul and body. http://egwtext.whiteestate.org/publication.php?pubtype=Book&bookCode=FLB&lang=en&pagenumber=227


The purity and holiness of entire consecration to God, entire conformity to His mind, His Spirit, His will, is essential, You need not be ever dwelling on doctrinal subjects but on that character all must have in order to please and glorify God. Do not be afraid that you will lose your influence. No one who is balanced by the Holy Spirit of God, who moves considerately, who sits with Christ in heavenly places, will lose the influence of any person, high or low, whose influence is worth having. You need never try to shape your religious experience in order that you may be a great man before the world. Your greatness depends upon your humility.

Place yourself more habitually in that part of the temple of inspiration where the Holy Spirit of God will lavish upon you the richest currents of wisdom, which will then flow forth from you to others, magnifying God and increasing your love and hope and joy in the bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness. Make no special effort, thinking by outward display to attract. Just work out the principles of the Word of the living God; this will be your wisdom and your greatness and your strength. Time must be redeemed from things which are seen and temporal to meditate upon things unseen and eternal. You must resist an encroaching world, which if allowed will so press upon you as to separate you from the source of your strength. Put on Christ. In the closet commune with Him who seeth in secret. Lay hold by faith on His might. Make peace with Him, and you shall make peace with Him. Nothing else will carry you through the closing scenes of this earth’s history, and give you the victory and the crown of life that fadeth not away. Press toward the mark of the prize.


Faith is not sight.

I am directed to impress upon you that you must have a stronger faith in God. Hold fast to the only source of strength. Then right where you are you will be a living epistle, known and read of all men. Faith is not sight. God requires you to bring into every phase of your character and into your work all the attractiveness possible, and Jesus Christ, His meekness, His love, His unselfishness. Let not the thought come into your mind that you must do battle for yourself because you think that your brethren in the faith make wrong moves and do not appreciate your work. This opinion will not change God’s estimate of your character.

If you have Christ as your defense, you have a mighty power behind all your efforts; but you have not yet attained. You must reach higher spiritually. You must care more, far more, for that wisdom, that holiness, and that fragrance, the glory which Christ longs to give every true heart that hungers and thirsts after righteousness. As long as no human agent can make one shade of your character darker or brighter, do not worry at all. The Lord has not appointed any man, even your brethren, to make you over. They cannot change one feature of their own characters without the cooperation of God, and neither can you.

Concerning you and your associates God says, “I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones” [Isaiah 57:15]. Each one of your associate physicians has an individual work to do. The prayer of faith shall save the sick. This is a word from the Lord to you who have so much to do with the sick.

The prayer of faith in the sickroom, short and right to the point, prepares the way for the grace of God to speak to the soul. Even unbelievers feel this—to them—strange and new influence, and realize that God can and will hear their prayers. You cannot know, you who pray in the sickroom, what will be accomplished, and what has been accomplished, by the prayer of faith. By simple prayer the sick have been encouraged to believe that God will look with compassion upon them, else that prayer would never have been offered in their behalf. A ray of light penetrates to the hopeless soul, and becomes a savor of life unto life.

Pray with simple faith. In the future world we shall see what great victories have been won by the prayer of faith. Prayer has “subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions [not only beasts of prey, but human beings], quenched the violence of fire, [we shall know what this means when we hear the reports of the martyrs who died for their faith and felt no pain], escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens” [Hebrews 11:33, 34].

We shall want to hear all about these victories, and shall hear when the Captain of our salvation, our glorious King of kings, opens it before those of whom John writes, “These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple; and He that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes” [Revelation 7:14-17]. Manuscript Releases Volume Twenty-one [Nos. 1501-1598], p. 42.3


He longs to clasp our hands, to have us look to Him in simple faith, permitting Him to guide us. His heart is open to our griefs, our sorrows, and our trials. He has loved us with an everlasting love and with loving-kindness compassed us about. We may keep the heart stayed upon Him and meditate upon His loving-kindness all the day. He will lift the soul above the daily sorrow and perplexity, into a realm of peace. Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing, p. 12.2 

If we accept the Trinity/Triestic Doctrine - and if we claim that Ellen White supported and taught this doctrine - then we must THROW OUT the MANY statements made by her that: "the Saviour is our COMFORTER" (MR. vol. 8, p. 49) - PLEASE NOTE: that the term "COMFORTER" is uniquely reserved as a name for the HOLY SPIRIT (Christ HIMSELF referred to the Holy Spirit in this manner in John 14:16). Yet we have so many other SOP references stating clearly that the JESUS IS THE COMFORTOR -- please note the following. "JESUS THE COMFORTER" (MR vol. 19, p. 298), ".this refers to the OMNIPRESENCE OF THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST CALLED THE COMFORTER" (MR vol. 14, p. 179), "CHRIST WAS THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH" (Southern Watchman, October 25, 1898; par. 2), "HE IS THE COMFORTER" (RH Jan. 27, 1903; par. 13) - [if that statement isn't plain enough, consider the following:]"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, as the Omnipresent" (MR vol. 14; p. 23, par. 3) - [can Ellen be any more precise than that - I mean, really, how can we ignore such a plain and unequivocal statement as that? But of course there are MORE! Which, we must throw out if we are to maintain our belief in the Trinity/Triestic doctrine. Are YOU willing to ignore such plain statements? -- Just because our "Leaders" INSIST on maintaining the Trinitarian position and doctrine?],"While Jesus ministers in the sanctuary above, HE is still by HIS SPIRIT the minister of the church on earth" (DA p. 166, par. 2), "Jesus is waiting to breathe upon all His disciples, and give them the inspiration of HIS SANCTIFYING SPIRIT and transfuse the vital influence from HIMSELF to His people.they must act with HIS SPIRIT, that it may be no more they that live, but CHRIST that liveth in them. Jesus is seeking to impress upon them the thought that in giving HIS HOLY SPIRIT He is giving to them the glory which the Father hath given Him, that He and His people may be one in God" (MR vol. 2, pp. 36,37), "Christ gives them the breath of HIS OWN SPIRIT, the life of His own life" (DA p. 827, par. 3) --- and MANY MORE. What are we to do with these statements? Can we REALLY conclude that Ellen is teaching the "Trinity" in these statements? Can we really construe them to mean something other than they plainly say - in order to support our acceptance of the Trinity/Triestic doctrine that is the central doctrine upon which ALL the doctrines of the Catholic church are based? Seriously, what should we do with these statements? Should we force them to mean something other than they clearly mean - or should we adjust our understanding (through prayerful study and humility) to conform to a understanding that is in harmony with both them and the Bible - "Now THE LORD IS THE SPIRIT, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty" (2 Cor. 3:17)? We often quote the promise of the "SPIRIT" in Jn. 14:16,17 and we often use these texts to "Prove" that the Holy Spirit is a "Third", "Independent", "Co-Eternal", "Co-Existent" member of the Godhead (the TRINITARIAN/SDA Triestic view) -- but we don't often go on to include verse 18 where Jesus HIMSELF says that:"I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you."Christ clearly states here that HE is the one who will "Come" to us and that HE is the One who will Not leave us "comfortless". This statement is in complete harmony with all of the above SOP statements referencing CHRIST as being the "COMFORTER" and the "Holy Spirit". To IGNORE the BIBLE and the SOP regarding such an important topic as this is nothing short of Inconceivable and certainly does not speak well of those of us who claim to "Love the TRUTH"!

Jesus said,  
"...... Everyone that is of the truth heareth my voice" John 18:37

It is important for us to note that the Catholic Church considers the doctrine of the Trinity to be the "central doctrine" of their faith: "The mystery of the trinity is the central doctrine of the Catholic faith. Upon it are based all the other teachings of the church." (Handbook for Today's Catholic. Pg. 16).

So how did the "central doctrine" of the Catholic Church make its way into, and end up as a central doctrine of the Seventh-day Adventist faith? It may come as a surprise to many that LeRoy Froom (perhaps our Church's most prominent historian) was primarily responsible for introducing the Trinitarian doctrine to the Seventh Day Adventist Church, and very purposefully set about to promote its acceptance and institute it into the beliefs of the Church.

In his book "Movement of Destiny", which was published in 1971, he tells us how he came to write about the Holy Spirit and how he came to believe in the "Trinity." His brief account of this is very enlightening in terms of both his history and his method. Here is what he has to say concerning this:

    "May I here make a frank, personal confession? When back between 1926 and 1928 I was asked by our leaders to give a series of studies on "The Holy Spirit"... I found that aside from priceless leads found in the Spirit of Prophecy, there was practically nothing in our literature setting forth a sound, Biblical exposition in this tremendous field of study. There were no previous pathfinding books on the question in our literature."

    "I was compelled to search out a score of valuable books written by men outside of our Faith….for initial clues and suggestions, and to open up beckoning vistas to intensive personal study. Having these, I went on from there. But they were decided early helps. And scores, if not hundreds, could confirm the same sobering conviction that some of these other men frequently had a deeper insight into the spiritual things of God than many of our own men had on the Holy Spirit and the triumphant life. It was still a largely obscure theme…."

    "It was then that I again saw the peerless pre-eminence of the Spirit of Prophecy portrayals that not only supported but greatly enhanced the choicest gems of truth glimpsed in part by these other writers…."

    Mr. Froom then exuberantly exclaims: "Thank God, that time of reticence and misunderstanding has passed….This is the supreme hour….Thank God, that final awakening is definitely underway. (Movement of Destiny, p. 322: Review & Herald Publishing Association, 1971; used by permission; Emphasis Mine).

Froom goes on to state that the "Truth of the Trinity" was an inevitable evolution in our theology stemming from the 1888 Conference and message:

    "When once the sublime truth of the complete Deity of Christ…was affirmed by a growing number at and after the Minneapolis session, emphasis on certain inseparably related truths followed inevitably."

    "Thus the Truth of the Trinity was set forth in Tract form by the Pacific Press…in February, 1892….It was not written by one of our own men, but by "the late Dr. Samuel Spear."…. This sound and helpful tract by Spear…. was simple, but adequate, as the first step in recognition and declaration. It was the logical aftermath of 1888."

Mr. Froom concludes his brief account by claiming that the book "The Desire of Ages" presented an "inspired depiction" of the trinity doctrine and because of this it has become our denominations' "accepted position." Froom also boasts that the "Desire of Ages" was even publicized in a prominent Catholic journal (as if this adds credibility to the book). Here it is in his own words: "...The Desire of Ages, of course, presented an inspired depiction, and was consequently destined to become the denominationally accepted position…. The Desire of Ages…. is one of the most highly esteemed books of the Denomination-a recognized classic, even publicized in such a Catholic journal as the "Universal Fatima News" for September 1965." (Movement of Destiny; pp. 323,324; used by permission). I must admit that the reason for Mr. Froom's obvious pride in its endorsement and publicity in a "Catholic Journal" puzzles me. One can hardly conclude that this inclusion adds anything to the credibility of the book, or proves that The Desire of Ages supports the doctrine of the Trinity!

The very first thing I would like to note about LeRoy Froom's account of how he came to believe in the Trinity is the method he obviously employed in arriving at his conclusions. Mr. Froom did not start his study with the Bible and then move on to the writings of Ellen White before turning to "outside" sources. Indeed, Mr. Froom did his study in the exact opposite order! He began with the writings and theologies of "men outside our faith" and worked his way back to the writings of Ellen White in order to find support for his conclusions. Even if Ellen White had been alive and had agreed with his conclusions, I believe that she would NOT have approved of his method in arriving at his position. Our denomination would most certainly never have been brought into existence if we had begun our study of such topics as the Sabbath, the State of the Dead, the Sanctuary, and others if we had conducted our study of these subjects in the manner that Mr. Froom employed! And when it comes to the Trinity doctrine the fact is that Ellen White never used the term "Trinity" in any of her writings, and as we will see, she did not actually support this doctrine.

The REASON LeRoy Froom could not find anything he considered "Pathfinding" written by any of our Pioneers - or by men within our faith on the subject of the Holy Spirit; is NOT because there had been nothing written on the subject but because NONE of our pioneers were "Trinitarians" and therefore did not agree with Elder Froom's conclusions or opinions! Mr. Froom states that even the Spirit of Prophecy had only "priceless leads" to offer him as he began his study. Yet he later declares that the Desire of Ages set forth an "inspired depiction" of the Trinity. If the Desire of Ages truly sets forth an inspired depiction of the "Trinity" and was the "Denominationally accepted position" of the Trinity, why didn't Mr. Froom acknowledge this to start with as he began his study of this subject in 1926? And if Mrs. White had truly set forth an inspired depiction of the Trinity as far back as 1898, why couldn't He find much more material to support his position within the rest of the pages of the Spirit of Prophecy? If Mrs. White truly believed in the doctrine of the Trinity, why is it that she NEVER used the term "Trinity" to describe the Godhead in any of her writings?

The fact is that LeRoy Froom "discovered" what he believed was the "truth of the Trinity" and the Holy Spirit from writers "not of our faith", and then set out to support it with statements from the Spirit of Prophecy. LeRoy Froom wrote a book called, "The Coming of the Comforter" as a result of, and shortly following his study during 1926-1928.

Mr. Froom, talking about the publication of his book in a letter to Dr. Otto H. Christiansen on October 27, 1960; stated that:

    "May I state that my book, The Coming of The Comforter, was the result of a series of studies that I gave in 1927 - 28, to Ministerial institutes throughout North America. You cannot imagine how I was pummeled by some of the old-timers…" and speaking of his Trinitarian views he states: "Some men denied that...still deny it, but the book has come to be generally accepted as standard." It should be noted that this book is still widely used and is available in our ABC bookstores.

In 1969, Russel Holt, in a term paper entitled "The Doctrine of the Trinity in the Seventh-day Adventist Denomination: Its Rejection and Acceptance" (Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary), divides our denominational history on the subject of the Trinity into three periods: During the first period, which he delineates as 1844-1890, he says: "the field was dominated by those who saw the trinity as illogical, unscriptural, pagan and subversive of the atonement. .... anti-trinitarianism is the evident denominational stance."

He next refers to the time period of 1890-1900, saying: "Roughly within this period, the course of the denomination on the trinity was decided by statements from Ellen G. White." (Ibid. Emphasis Mine).

Finally, He states of the period between 1900-1930: "This period saw the death of most of those pioneers who had championed and held the anti-Trinitarian position. Their places were being taken by men who were changing their thinking, or had never opposed the doctrine...." (see--http://www.sdanet.org/atissue/trinity/moon/moon-trinity1.htm, all Emphasis Mine).

Russell Holt, commenting on Froom's publication of "The Coming of the Comforter (and the subsequent writing of other's) states that: "The trinity began to be published, until by 1931 it had triumphed, and had become the standard denominational position. Isolated stalwarts remained who refused to yield, but the outcome had been decided." (Emphasis Mine).

In 1931, F.M. Wilcox included the term "trinity" in the S.D.A. Yearbook's 22-point "Statement of Beliefs" and this was the first time that this term was seen in any Adventist Statement of Beliefs. Immediately following, in 1932, this pro-trinitarian Statement of Beliefs was added to the first "Church Manual" and all succeeding "Adventist Yearbooks" and began to appear in nearly all the Church books. It had not been voted on by the Church at large, by the General Conference, nor even by a representative body of the leaders of the S.D.A. Church. The 1931 Statement of Beliefs read as follows: "That the Godhead, or Trinity, consists of the Eternal Father, a personal, spiritual Being, omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, infinite in wisdom and love; the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Eternal Father, through whom all things were created and through whom the salvation of the redeemed hosts will be accomplished; the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead, the great regenerating power in the work of redemption. Matt. 28:19." (Fundamental Beliefs of Seventh-day Adventists, "Seventh-day Adventist Year Book", [Washington, DC: Review and Herald, 1931], 377).

Holt comments on this change in our fundamental beliefs by noting: "A comparison of statements of faith issued at various times by the denomination shows a marked change in the opinion of the church concerning the trinity...." He observes that: "... Separate statements appeared in 1874, 1889, 1894 and 1931. The first three of these are, for all practical purposes, identical in the articles dealing with the deity. A comparison of the statements of 1874 and 1931 shows the change."

Please note that there was no change in the Statement of Beliefs in regard to the "Trinitarian" viewpoint while Ellen White was alive.

J.S. Washburn (1863-1955; a retired Adventist minister and contemporary of Ellen White -- He was converted by J. N. Andrews at 11, baptized by James White at 12 and began preaching Adventism at 21), opposed this change in the strongest possible terms writing: "The doctrine of the trinity is a cruel, heathen monstrosity, removing Jesus from His true position of Divine Saviour and mediator….This monstrous doctrine transplanted from heathenism into the Roman, papal church is seeking to intrude its evil presence into the teachings of the Third Angel's Message."

Washburn goes on to say: "If we should go back to the immortality of the soul, purgatory, eternal torment and the Sunday Sabbath, would that be anything less than apostasy? If however we leap over all these minor, secondary doctrines and accept and teach the very central, root doctrine of Romanism, the trinity, and teach that the Son of God did not die, even though our words seemed to be spiritual, is this anything else and anything less than apostasy and the very omega of apostasy?" (See Judson Washburn, "The Trinity," 1939. Emphasis mine).

Benjamin Wilkinson, the man who wrote the book entitled "Truth Triumphant", wrote a letter to Dr. T.S. Teters in 1936, saying: "Replying to your letter of October 13 regarding the doctrine of the Trinity, I will say that Seventh Day Adventists do not, and never have accepted the dark, mysterious, Catholic doctrine of the Trinity."

In 1941, the Baptismal Vow was revised to include the trinitarian statement (Mr. Froom was involved in this action as well). So that, NOW, in order to become a Seventh-day Adventist, you have to agree to belief in the trinity.

In a letter written to Roy Allan Anderson, J.L. Schuler, Denton Reebok, A.W. Peterson, W.G. Turner and J.E. Weaver; November 22,1966; LeRoy Froom says: "I am writing to you brethren as a group for you are the only living members of the original committee of 13, appointed in 1931 to frame a uniform baptismal covenant. Elder Branson was the chairman and I was Secretary. The task of this committee was to formulate a uniform baptismal covenant and vow based on the 1931 Fundamental Beliefs statement in the yearbook and Manual…to point up a bit more sharply, the first, second and third persons of the Godhead." (Emphasis mine).

In 1945, all the standard Adventist books were edited, and all the anti-trinitarian statements taken from them. In his book Movement of Destiny, LeRoy Froom states: "The next logical and inevitable step in the implementing of our unified fundamental beliefs, involved revision of certain standard works, so as to eliminate statements that taught, and thus perpetuated erroneous views on the Godhead. Such sentiments were now sharply at variance with the accepted fundamental beliefs set forth in the Church Manual." (Movement of Destiny, page 422 Emphasis Mine).

The "official" acceptance of the "Trinity" into our fundamental beliefs did not come until 1946. According to Dr. Jerry A. Moon (in "Andrews University Seminary Studies, Vol. 41, No. 1, 113-129"): "when the statement had gained general acceptance, the General Conference session of 1946 made it official, voting that "no revision of this Statement of Fundamental Beliefs, as it now appears in the[Church] Manual, shall be made at any time except at a General Conference session." [see Fifteenth Meeting, General Conference Report No. 8, Review and Herald, June 14, 1946] (Emphasis mine).

In 1946 the book Evangelism was compiled from the writings of Ellen White. LeRoy Froom (along with others) was instrumental in the choice and compilation of statements from Ellen White's writings, which seemed to support the Trinitarian viewpoint. This book contains the quotes most often used now (from the writings of Ellen White), to support the trinitarian doctrine within our denomination.

Here's what Froom had to say about this in a letter he wrote to Roy Allan Anderson on January 18, 1966: "I am sure that we are agreed, in evaluating the book Evangelism, as one of the great contributions in which the Ministerial Association had a part back in those days. You know what it did with men in the Columbia Union who came face-to-face with the clear, unequivocal statements of the Spirit of Prophecy on the deity of Christ, the personality of the Holy Spirit, the trinity and the like." "They either had to lay down their arms and accept those statements, or else they had to reject the Spirit of Prophecy. I know that you and Miss Cluser and I had considerable to do with the selection of those things under the encouragement of men like Elder Branson, who felt that the earlier concept of the White Estate brethren on this book on evangelism was not adequate." Note: I fear that this is still the attitude of our Denomination and that it is based largely on the Ellen White quotes that were chosen to be included in the book Evangelism. The book you now hold in your hands will seriously challenge the assumptions that have been made because of the narrow and carefully selected use of Ellen's writings on this subject.

In 1955 there were meetings of the leaders of the Adventist Church (primarily Roy Allan Anderson and LeRoy Froom) with Dr. Walter Martin and Dr. Barnhouse, two evangelical theologians who felt that the Seventh-day Adventist Church was a cult, and as a result of these meetings the book "Questions on Doctrine" (a book in which LeRoy Froom played a leading role) was produced in 1957 in an attempt to show that SDA's were NOT a cult and that we were quite "mainstream" in our beliefs - including the doctrine of the Trinity. [This book, unfortunately, also contained statements that we do not believe the atonement is taking place in Heaven right now, that Christ came with an "unfallen" human nature, and other untrue and misleading statements regarding Seventh-day Adventist beliefs].

In 1980, the General Conference voted on a new set of "27 Fundamental Beliefs" in which the Trinity doctrine was upheld. Fundamental belief number 2 now read: "2. The Trinity[.] There is one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, a unity of three co-eternal Persons." (Emphasis mine). The concept delineated here, that there are "three co-eternal Persons", is in complete harmony with the Catholic Church's teaching regarding the "Trinity" and, as we shall see, is incorrect.

In 1988 the book "Seventh-day Adventists Believe…A Biblical Exposition of 27 Fundamental Beliefs" was published and included the doctrine of the Trinity. This book was highly promoted for use as an evangelistic tool to explain to non-Adventists what we believe our core doctrines to be.

It seems clear to me, as I review the history of the "Trinity" doctrine and its acceptance into the Seventh-day Adventist Church, that something has gone seriously amiss within our denomination. We have not critically considered the "Truth" (or non-Truth) of this doctrine in light of the Great Controversy, and we have certainly not considered the serious implication this doctrine has on the sacrifice, mediation, and ministry of Jesus Christ! Indeed, the doctrine of the Trinity - with its focus on the Holy Spirit as a "third co-eternal person" of the Godhead - has successfully caused us to lose our focus on Christ, His Sacrifice, and His ministry in the lives of all believers since the Cross. It effectively limits Christ's ministry to that of "Justification" only, while leaving the work of "Sanctification" to the "Third" person of the Godhead-the Holy Spirit. This is, frankly, unbiblical - and is why we must earnestly examine this subject. I pray that you will find, as a result of your prayerful consideration of these studies, that your focus is returned the person of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and that your understanding of His great sacrifice in the plan of redemption will be broadened and enriched beyond words.

These studies are, in fact, about Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, a study that will open up to you the enormity of the sacrifice of Christ on your and my behalf. A clear understanding of this sacrifice will enable you to refute quite adequately the "Trinity" doctrine on your own.

The "TRUTH" about the Holy Spirit will astound you! It is a beautiful and important truth for God's Remnant people. My promise to you is that, by the time you have finished these studies, you will understand why an understanding of all this is vitally important. You will clearly understand "who" the Holy Spirit really is and where He came from. You will have a much deeper appreciation of the "inconceivable" sacrifice made by Jesus Christ in order to redeem you and me. And you will be able to intelligently "pray with understanding" for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Latter Rain power.


"Even the work of the Holy Spirit . . . is to be tested by the Word of God" (1SM p.43). This is supported by the Bible, since we are told "do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God" (1Jn 4:1).

  • "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, as the Omnipresent." (MS #1084 [MR vol. 14; p. 23, par. 3]).

  • "He might have helped His human nature to withstand the inroads of disease by pouring from His divine nature vitality and undecaying vigor to the human. But He humbled Himself to man's nature…God became man!" (RH: Sept. 4, 1900. [SDA BC 7A; p. 452, par. 4]). [Note: This text reveals that Christ could have used His divine nature to overcome temptation (this was Christ's biggest and most difficult temptation and the one the Devil sought to convince Christ to do) but, as we saw earlier, if Christ had used His divine power-we would have been lost].

  • "The influence of the Holy Spirit is the life of Christ in the soul. We do not now see Christ and speak to Him, but His Holy Spirit is just as near us in one place as another. It works in and through every one who receives Christ. Those who know the indwelling of the Spirit reveal the fruits of the Spirit,-'love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith'" (Bible Echo: June 17, 1901; par. 6).

  • "There must be a power working from within, a new life from above, before man can be changed from sin to holiness. That power is Christ. His grace alone can quicken the lifeless faculties of the soul, and attract it to God, to holiness" (ST: May 28, 1902; par. 3).

  • "A healthy Christian is one who has Christ formed within, the hope of glory…. He who has sound faith finds that Christ is the life of the soul, that he is in him as a well of water springing up unto everlasting life, and he delights to conform every power of the soul to the obedience of his Lord. The Holy Spirit with its vivifying influence ever keeps such a soul in the love of God" (RH: December 11, 1894; par. 2).

  • "Jesus is waiting to breathe upon all his disciples, and give them the inspiration ofhis sanctifying spirit, and transfuse the vital influence from himself to his people…Christ is to live in his human agents, and work through their faculties, and act through their capabilities. Their will must be submitted to his will, they must act with his spirit, that it may be no more they that live, but Christ that liveth in them. Jesus is seeking to impress upon them the thought that in giving his Holy Spirit he is giving to them the glory which the Father has given him, that he and his people may be one in God" (ST: October 3, 1892; par. 4).

  • "Christ gives them the breath of His own Sprit, the life of His own Life" (DA p. 827, par. 3).

  • "The Holy Spirit is the breath of 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" (DA p. 805, par. 3).

  • "They have one God and one Saviour; and one Spirit-the Spirit of Christ - is to bring unity into their ranks" (9T p. 189, par. 3).

  • "Christ has made every provision for us to be strong. He has given us His Holy Spirit, whose office is to bring to our remembrance all the promises that Christ has made, that we may have peace and a sweet sense of forgiveness. If we will but keep our eyes fixed on the Saviour and trust in His power, we shall be filled with a sense of security; for the righteousness of Christ will become our righteousness" (My Life Today, p. 45, par. 5).

In Christ, through Christ, Christ in us! Christ has made it possible for God to be "over all and through all and in all" (Eph. 4:6) . May we never forget that; "The great gift of salvation has been placed within our reach at an infinite costto the Father and the Son. To neglect salvation, is to neglect the knowledge of the Father and of the Son whom God hath sent in order that man might become a partaker of the divine nature, and thus, with Christ, an heir of all things" (RH: March 10, 1891; par.2).



The Spirit of God

The Spirit of God the Father 
The Bible clearly tells us that God has a Spirit

1Thes 4:8__God has given to us His Holy Spirit

Man and his spirit is comparable to God and His Spirit.

1Cor 2:11What man knows the things of a man save the spirit of man which is in him?
Even so the things of God knows no man, but the Spirit of God [which is in Him]

The spirit of man is in man; the Spirit of God is in God. 
However, Paul doesn't say, "the Spirit of God which is in Him." 
Because God's Spirit is not confined to any one place; it is omnipresent, everywhere.

Yet Paul is making an important comparison between man's Spirit and God's Spirit. 
The spirit of man knows the things of a man because it is his conscious mind, his thoughts. 
Man's spirit is not a different person; so also God's Spirit is not a different person. 
The Spirit of God is the conscious mind of God, aware of the thoughts within Him.

Ps 44:21Shall not God search this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart.
Ps 77:6I commune with my own heart; and my spirit made diligent search.
Ps 139:23Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me and know my thoughts.
Ecc 7:25I applied my heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom.
Jer 17:10I the LORD search the heart. He does this with His Spirit.
Gen 6:3God's spirit strives with men.
2Pet 3:4If we have the Spirit of God we are partakers of the divine nature
2Jn 4:2The Spirit of God confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh
2Cor 3:3We are epistles written by the Spirit of the living God
John 4:24God is Spirit and He is holy. This is why the Holy Spirit is described as a person.

"In giving us His Spirit, God gives us Himself, making Himself a fountain of divine influences, 
to give health and life to the world." 7T p. 273.1



  • Spirit of Wisdom - Isa. 11:2
  • Spirit of Understanding - Isa. 11:2
  • Spirit of Counsel - Isa. 11:2
  • Spirit of Power - Isa. 11:2
  • Spirit of Knowledge - Isa. 11:2
  • Spirit of the Fear of the Lord - Isa. 11:2
  • Spirit of Judgment - Isa. 28:6
  • Spirit of the Lord - Micah 2:7
  • Spirit of Grace - Zech. 12:10
  • Spirit of Supplications - Zech. 12:10
  • Spirit of God - Matt. 3:16
  • Spirit of Your Father - Matt. 10:20
  • Spirit of Truth - John 14:17
  • Spirit of Jesus - Acts 16:7
  • Spirit of Holiness - Rom. 1:4
  • Spirit of Life - Rom. 8:2
  • Spirit of Christ - Rom. 8:9
  • Spirit of Adoption - Rom. 8:15
  • Spirit of the Living God - 2 Cor. 3:3
  • Spirit of His Son - Gal. 4:6
  • Spirit of Promise - Eph. 1:13
  • Spirit of Wisdom - Eph. 1:17
  • Spirit of Revelation - Eph. 1:17
  • Spirit of Jesus Christ - Phil. 1:19
  • Spirit of Power - 2 Tim. 1:7
  • Spirit of Love - 2 Tim. 1:7
  • Spirit of Grace - Heb. 10:29
  • Spirit of Glory - 1 Pet. 4:14
  • Spirit of Prophecy - Rev. 19:10
A pattern can be seen here. The Bible uses "Spirit of ..." to describe the attributes, character=thoughts and feelings/personality of God given to us through His Son.

"The Scriptures are the great agency in this transformation." The words I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. John 6:63 KJV. ... Jesus breathing the Holy Spirit and quickening the Word of God to someone reading the Bible. “For the word of God is liv­ing and active.” (Hebrews 4:12)

The Bible (God’s Word) is rad­i­cally dif­fer­ent than any other book in the entire world, sec­u­lar or sacred. It is alive as the Holy Spirit of God speaks to us through it.

The Holy Spirit is the only one who can reveal and com­mu­ni­cate the Bible’s spir­i­tual truths to us. Those who read the Bible apart from the Holy Spirit teach­ing them can­not under­stand it because, unlike all other books, it is spir­i­tu­ally dis­cerned. It is not a men­tal exer­cise but a spir­i­tual one. (See 1 Corinthi­ans 2:6–16).

“We [believ­ers in Jesus] have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may under­stand what God has freely given us. The man with­out the Spirit [of God] does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are fool­ish­ness to him, and he can­not under­stand them, because they are spir­i­tu­ally dis­cerned.” (1 Corinthi­ans 2:12,14)
Jesus said, “But the Coun­selor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of every­thing I have said to you” (John 14:26).

"The divine Spirit that the world's Redeemer promised to send, is the presence and power of God." EG White, Signs of the Times, November 23, 1891

What is the "power" that Christ promised to send? 

"Character IS power.” {COL 340.2} defined further in Gal 5:23-24

What does “Character” consist of exactly? 

"The thoughts and feelings combined make up the moral character."  Messages to Young People, p. 92.1

Merriam-Webster says “Character” is “The mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual.” Also known as  our  nature, personality, temper, figure, disposition. 

R. & H., Book 2, p. 530: - "Compassion beamed from his [that is, Christ - compiler] countenance, and his conduct was characterized by grace, humility, truth, and love. Every member of his church militant must manifest the same qualities, if he would join the church triumphant." {RH, November 17, 1891 par. 12}

"Those who think that the church militant (in name only, those who "say" they are "Adventists" but are not a living representation of the early SDA doctrines - the doctrine of Jesus given to us from the Father by His Son when He was here on earth visibly) is the church triumphant make a GREAT mistake." E.G. White, The Upward Look, 152.
“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.” (John 16:13)
Those who read the Bible with­out rely­ing on the Holy Spirit to breathe spir­i­tual rev­e­la­tion of it to them will gravely mis­con­strue it (2 Peter 3:15–16). This is where dif­fer­ing inter­pre­ta­tions of the Bible arise. There is only one absolute truth and one cor­rect inter­pre­ta­tion of the Bible, and that belongs to God. The more time we spend read­ing the Bible with the Holy Spirit ‘quick­en­ing’ it to us, the more he arights our mis­in­ter­pre­ta­tions and brings us into align­ment with his one, absolute truth, the Son of God is the living Word of God. By reading the Bible, meditating upon it, praying for discernment to help us understand His will for our lives, and as we put what we learn into practice, it rejuvenates us, makes us holy, sin free, like it's author. By beholding we become changed. 

Working of the Spirit, June 26
The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo, there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. Luke 17:20, 21.
The kingdom of heaven can be felt, but not seen. The inward working of the Spirit of God is compared to leaven.... Christ by this parable illustrates the human heart. The leaven of truth, working inwardly will be revealed in the life. The heart must be cleansed from all impurity, man must be fitted with traits of character that will enable him to do service for God in any line. The process is invisible by which the leaven changes the mass of meal into which it has been introduced, but it works until the meal is converted into bread. So must the Spirit of God work a radical change. New faculties are not supplied, but a thorough change is made in the employment of those faculties. The natural inclinations are softened and subdued. New thoughts, new feelings, new motives are implanted. But while every faculty is regenerated, man does not lose his identity....
The Scriptures are the great agency in this transformation. Christ prayed, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). In this great work we are laborers together with God. With the divine agency there is to be the cooperation of the human instrument....
The meal in which the leaven has been hid represents the heart that believes and receives Jesus. Christ works out the principles which He alone can work in. The world looks upon this class as a mystery which they cannot solve. The selfish, money-loving man lives to eat and drink and enjoy his worldly goods. But he does not keep eternity in view. He loses the eternal world from his reckoning. But those who receive and believe the truth have that faith which works by love and purifies the soul from everything sensual. The world cannot know them, for they are keeping in view eternal realities. A motive power is working within to transform the character. A constraining influence received from heaven is working like the leaven hid in the meal. The love of Jesus has come into the heart with its redeeming power to conquer the entire being, soul, body, and spirit.—Manuscript 82, June 26, 1898, “The Leaven of Truth.” This Day With God, p. 186.3
As an unbe­liever, I read the Bible every day for sev­eral years with­out the Holy Spirit. Because of this, I could only “under­stand” it on a very shal­low, men­tal level. How­ever, I vividly remem­ber the first time I read it after being “born again” (trust­ing in Jesus as my Sav­ior and receiv­ing the Holy Spirit). (See “Mes­sage” and “About The Artist”.) All of a sud­den I could under­stand the Bible and spir­i­tu­ally per­ceive its truths because my spir­i­tual eyes were opened by the Holy Spirit! I once was blind, but now I could see, for Jesus came and gave me my sight! It was a com­plete night and day dif­fer­ence that hap­pened the moment I was born again and filled with the Holy Spirit.

Some­times we evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tians can get con­fused about what the Word of God really is. Jesus made an impor­tant point to the Phar­isees, “You dili­gently study the Scrip­tures because you think that by them you pos­sess eter­nal life. These are the Scrip­tures that tes­tify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life” (John 5:39–40). In addi­tion, the Bible says, “In the begin­ning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).

"The divine Spirit that the world's Redeemer promised to send, is the presence and power of God." EG White, Signs of the Times, November 23, 1891

Holy Spirit can be defined further in Spirit of Prophecy.

Holy Spirit is also called:
  •  "heavenly currentBattle Creek Letters, p. 55.4, The Kress Collection, p. 95.2
  • "Divine grace" Prayer, p. 119.2,
  • "Divine Agency" Prayer, p. 119.2, This Day With God, p. 186.3
  • "Character IS power.” {COL 340.2} defined further in Gal 5:22-24
  • "The thoughts and feelings combined make up the moral character."  Messages to Young People, p. 92.1
  • The oil of grace Grace (G5485= the Divine Influence (Holy Spirit) upon the heart, and It's reflection as seen in the life! "The oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit." CHRIST’S OBJECT LESSONS, PAGE 407
  • Grace "unmerited favourMessenger April 26, 1893, par. 1 & S.D.A. Bible Commentary Vol. 5, p. 1122.2 (We are to believe that we are chosen of God to be saved by the exercise of faith, through the grace of Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit; and we are to praise and glorify God for such a marvellous manifestation of his unmerited favour.)
  • Merriam-Webster says Grace: unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification. Simple elegance or refinement of movement. Synonyms noun.   favour - favor - charm - elegance - mercy - gracefulness
  • Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad (poured out) in our hearts by the Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit=the Father) which is given unto us.

Inspiration tells us that the leaders of the 1901 General Conference "closed and bolted the door' against the Spirit's entrance... The doors were barred against the heavenly current that would have swept away all evil." (Letter from Elmshaven, Aug. 5, 1902) "The result of the last General Conference has been the greatest, the most terrible sorrow of my life. No change was made." (Letter from Elmshaven, Jan. 15, 1903)

God is Omnipresent 
God is at this moment and at all times personally present everywhere in the universe.

Ps 139:7,8Where can I go from Thy spirit? or where shall I flee from Thy presence?
Ps 51:11Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from me
Rev 4:2-5God sat on the throne with seven lamps burning before Him: the seven Spirits of God
Rev 5:7God has seven Spirits whom He sends out into all the earth. He is omnipresent.

God's Spirit is God's Presence. It is not a mysterious force; it is His personal presence.

Jer 23:24He fills heaven and earth
1Ki 8:27Solomon said, "Behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain Thee"

But God has a form, He is depicted as sitting on His throne in heaven. 
Therefore, this Person must not be all there is of God. He is more than just a Person.

Acts 17:28For in Him we live, and move, and have our being
Eph 4:6One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

His personal Presence, His living Spirit fills the entire universe. 
He always has and He always will. 
Not as some ethereal "Force" or "collective consciousness" 
But a personal, warm, caring and loving Father, the God of all creation
Who is as much a person as you are a person but with infinitely greater powers. 
One of those powers is His ability to be literally in all places at the same time.

"The greatness of God is to us incomprehensible. "The Lord's throne is in heaven" (Psalm 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." EG White, Education, p. 132

The woman at the well in Samaria debated which place to worship: Jerusalem or Gerazim? 

John 4:24Jesus said, location is not the question. God is Spirit. He is not limited to one place
Ps 139:7,8Wherever we are, God is there. This is true spiritual worship
1Cor 15:52We may one day change our bodies (in the twinkling of an eye, from mortal to immortal)

But we will never change our spirits! Our characters are what make us us. 
My spirit is the real me, my identity, the sum of life's memories and experience.

So, too, God's Spirit, His mind, His software is what make Him Him. 
It is His identity, His character, His love. It's what allows Him to fellowship with us.

1Jn 1:3____And truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.

We fellowship with the Father and His Son through their Spirit.
The Spirit is the communication channel through which we commune with God.
Fellowship cannot be possible when conducted through an intermediary middle man. 
You can have fellowship with the middle man, but only indirectly with anyone else. 
Nor can you have fellowship with a power, an influence, a feeling. 
John the beloved had personally seen and heard and touched the life of Jesus.
He said that our fellowship is truly with the Father and His Son.

The Spirit of God is His Power
Luke 1:35The Holy Spirit came upon Mary, and the Power of God overshadowed her
Luke 4:14Jesus was filled with the power of the Spirit, and was upon Him vs 18 (Isa 61)
Acts 1:8Apostles were filled with the Spirit and it was poured out on them at Pentecost (2:17,18)
Eph 3:16Strengthened with might by [the Father's] Spirit in the inner man

God's Spirit, like His love, are both personified qualities of Himself.

1Jn 4:8God is Love. This is why Love is described as a person
1Cor 13Love is patient, kind, does not envy, "seeketh not her own" thinks no evil, rejoices in truth

The Spirit of God is the mind of God
Paul quotes Isaiah in this way: 

Isaiah 40:13Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counselor has taught him?
Rom 11:34For who has known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counselor?

"I then stated that this was according to the mind of the Spirit of God for the Workers to change from field to field..." Manuscript Release 185, p. 15 (Letter 23, 9-23-1885).

So God has two personalities; He is both a Spirit and a personal Being.

"God is a Spirit; yet He is a personal being; for so He has revealed Himself… I saw a throne, and on it sat the Father and the Son. I gazed on Jesus' countenance and admired His lovely person. TheFather's person I could not behold, for a cloud of glorious light covered Him. I asked Jesus if His Father had a form like Himself. He said He had, but I could not behold it, for said He, "If you should once behold the glory of His person, you would cease to exist." The Faith I Live By p. 40; Ministry of Healing, p. 413.

"the Maker of all things…created the human soul, with its capacity for knowing and for loving. …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." The Faith I Live By p. 54

The Spirit of Christ 
The Spirit of God also dwells in Christ, His Son

John 17:5And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self
Isa 42:1I have put my spirit upon him: He shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles
Isa 61:1The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, Jesus said in Mark 4
Isa 11:1,2The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon [the stem of Jesse, the Branch]:
plus the spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, fear (7 Spirits)

The Spirit of God is manifested in Jesus as power (horns) and wisdom (eyes) 
which He sends to His church throughout all the earth. 
There are seven horns and eyes because His is omnipotent and omniscient.

Rev 5:6John sees a Lamb standing before the Father's throne...having 7 horns and 7 eyes,
which are the 7 spirits of God sent forth into all the earth
1Cor 1:24Christ is the power of God and the Wisdom of God because the Spirit comes through Him
Rev 2-3Each message to the churches is from Jesus; 
each ends with "hear what the Spirit says to the churches"

The Spirit of God is an extension, a finger of His power, that comes to us through Jesus.

Luke 11:20Jesus said that He cast out devils by "the finger of God"
Matt 12:28Matthew said He cast out devils by "the Spirit of God"
Acts 10:38God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit and with power...healing all oppressed by the devil

The Spirit of God flows through Christ, who sends it to us.

Titus 3:6[God] shed [the Holy Spirit] on us through Jesus Christ our Saviour
Gal 4:6God has sent the Spirit of His son into our hearts, crying, Abba, Father

We respond to this personal message by addressing the One who sent it: God the Father.
In the OT His Spirit was sent through Christ to the prophets.

1Peter 1:11the Spirit of Christ…testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ..in the prophets
2Peter 1:21holy men of old…were moved by the Holy Spirit (Spirit of Christ)
Rom 8:9,10
You are Christ's if you have the Spirit of Christ;
if Christ be in you...the Spirit is life
Phil 1:19Paul was confident of the Spirit of Jesus Christ
2Cor 3:17The Lord is that Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty

The Lord is that Spirit...the Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ.

"This refers to the omnipresence of the Spirit of Christ, called the Comforter
14 Manuscript Releases p. 179

"The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ, which is sent to all men to give them sufficiency, that through His grace we might be complete in Him." 14 Manuscript Releases p. 84

 

The Father Sends His Spirit 
Our study here will focus on the divine Spirit of God.
It originates from the Father and comes to us through His Son.

John 15:26the Spirit of truth proceeds from the Father
Luke 11:13The Father gives the Holy Spirit to those who ask
John 14:26The Father sends the Comforter in Jesus' name (Spirit of Jesus, Spirit of Christ)

"Think of Christ's humiliation…He united humanity with divinity: a divine spirit dwelt in a temple of flesh. He united himself with the temple. "The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us," because by so doing he could associate with the sinful, sorrowing sons and daughters of Adam." Youth's Instructor, December 20, 1900 - See also 4BC, p. 1147.

Luke 1:35And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee. ..
therefore also that holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God

"thing" is a supplied word in KJV, i.e., that holy refers back to the Holy Spirit 
the Spirit of God shall be born as the Son of God. Since the Spirit is God's presence...

Matt 1:18__she was found of child of the Holy Spirit (or child of God's Spirit)

The Word and The Spirit 
When Christ speaks of His words being spirit He is referring to His person, His divine character.

" 'It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life' (John 6:57, 63). Christ is not here referring to His doctrine, but to His person, the divinity of His character." EGW, 1Selected Messages p. 249

Thus, the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ, the person of Christ, the divinity of His character.

Jesus is the Word of God because He speaks for His Father and does the works of His Father. 
Jesus, the Word of God, is personal because He came from God Himself. 
The express image of His person. He is God's contact with humanity, 
___showing us what the Father is like, giving us an example of His character, 
___teaching us about His law and His will for our lives.

Jesus is the Word of God also because He "proceedeth out of the mouth of God"
...the very mind of God.

"Prove the very mind of God, as those who are striving for eternal life, and who must have a knowledge of His will. You can reveal the truth only as you know it in Christ. You are to receive and assimilate His words; they are to become part of yourselves. This is what is meant by eating the flesh and drinking the blood of the Son of God. You are to live by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God;that is, what God has revealed." Counsels on Health p. 371

"Receive into the heart the truths of God's Word. Only thus can you have the mind of God.Manuscript 105, 1902.

"Christ and his Father were one; in all the Father's requirements Christ cheerfully acquiesced. He had the mind of God." Gospel Workers p. 14

The Spoken Word and Breath of God
The Word of God came from God because He spoke the Word.

Job 33:4The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty has given me life.
Job 34:14,15If he gather unto himself his spirit, and his breath: all flesh shall perish together
John 20:22He breathed on them, and said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit
Psalm 33:6By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, 
and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth
John 1:1In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God

The word of God "came upon" many people in Scriptures bringing them a message.

Gen 15:1The word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision
1Sam 3:21The Lord revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the LORD
1Sam 15:10The word of the LORD came to Samuel
1Chr 17:3The word of God came to Nathan, saying, Go and tell David.
2Sam 24:11The word of the LORD came to the prophet Gad
1Kings 6:11The word of the LORD came to Solomon
1Kings 16:1The word of the LORD came to Jehu, etc, etc. and especially to Jeremiah and Ezekiel
Eze 12:25I am the Lord: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass;
it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house,
will I say the word, and will perform it.

Jesus is the living Word of God. "God's thought made audibleDesire of Ages p. 19
But then "the word was made flesh" and became God's Word made visible.

The Spirit of God was also manifested on several occasions in a visible form. 
At the baptism of Jesus, the Spirit of God appeared in the form of a dove. 
At Pentecost the Spirit of God appeared as tongues of fire and a rushing wind. 
Besides wind, the Spirit of God is represented by various symbols: water, rain, dew, oil, leaven. 
It is, therefore, not surprising that the Word of God was manifested in both a visible form and symbols.

Eph 5:13,17Take unto you the whole armor of God…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God
Heb 4:12The Word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any a two edged sword
piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit… 
and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart
Rev 1:16And out of His [Christ's] mouth went a sharp two edged sword

The Word of God comes from God and discerns thoughts and intents; 
The Spirit of God comes from God and searches the mind of God and knows the things of God. 
The Word of God and the Spirit of God have the same source: God Himself.

Notice their close similarity:

Both are eternal…
Ps 119:89Forever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven. (the Word is eternal)
John 1:1,2In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God
Matt 24:35Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away
Heb 9:14The blood of Christ through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God

Both dwell in us…
Deut 11:18You shall lay up these words in your heart and in your soul
Rom 10:8The word is near you, even in your mouth and in your heart
Ps 119:11Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against Thee
John 15:7If you abide in me, and my words abide in you,
you shall ask whatever you will, and it shall be done unto you
Col 3:16Let the words of Christ dwell in you
John 14:23Jesus said, "If a man loves me, he will keep my words
and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our abode with him.
1John 2:14You are strong and the word of God abides in you

Both come by faith…
Eph 3:17Christ [the Word] dwells in your hearts by faith…
Gal 3:14We receive the promise of the Spirit through faith
Rom 10:17Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God
Ps 119:50Thy word has quickened (revived, given life to) me

Both give life...
John 6:36The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life
vs 63The spirit quickeneth (makes alive)

Both are sent...
1Thes 1:5The gospel came in word, in power, and in the Holy Spirit
1Thes 1:6Received the word with joy of the Holy Spirit
Zech 7:12The Lord of Hosts sent words in His spirit by the former prophets

Both are like fire…
Jer 5:14I will make my words in your mouth fire, and it shall devour this people
Jer 20:9His word was in my heart as a burning fire
Jer 23:29Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord

Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost has made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he has purchased with his own blood.

Jesus, the Word of God, is also the Spirit of God.

Christ gives His Spirit and power to His Church
Luke 9:1He [Christ] gave them power and authority over all devils and to cure diseases
Acts 1:8And you shall receive power after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you
2Tim 1:6,7The power that is in you, for God has given us the spirit of power, love, and a sound mind
Acts 4:33And the apostles gave witness of the resurrection with great power
2Pet 1:3His divine power has given unto us all things that pertain unto life
Eph 3.20Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or think,
according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church
and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!

"The Holy Spirit, which proceeds from the only-begotten Son of God, binds the human agent, body, soul, and spirit, to the perfect, divine-human nature of Christ. This union is represented by the union of the vine and the branches. Finite man is united to the manhood of Christ. Through faith human nature is assimilated with Christ's nature. We are made one with God in Christ." EGW Selected Messages book 1, p250 - 251

"The Spirit was given as a regenerating agency, and without this the sacrifice of Christ would have been of no avail. The power of evil had been strengthening for centuries, and the submission of man to this satanic captivity was amazing. Sin could be resisted and overcome only through the mighty agency of the third person of the Godhead, who would come with no modified energy, but in the fulness of divine power. It is the Spirit that makes effectual what has been wrought out by the world's Redeemer. 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." EG White, Review & Herald, May 19, 1904

From the evidence of Ellen White statements, person and personality share a degree of equivalence. 
Thus, the Spirit could just as well be said to be the third personality of the Godhead, Christ's Spirit.

"The only defense against evil is the indwelling of Christ in the heart through faith in His righteousness. Unless we become vitally connected with God, we can never resist the unhallowed effects of self-love, self-indulgence, and temptation to sin." EGW, DA p. 324

"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." EG White, Review and Herald, May 19, 1904

"They have one God and one Saviour; and one Spirit-the Spirit of Christ-is to bring unity into their ranks." EG White, Testimonies Volume 9, p. 189

The third person of the Godhead is the indwelling Spirit of Christ, the soul of His life. 
The Son will come in His Spirit as the former and latter rains.

Ps 72:1-17Give the king Your judgments, O God, and Your righteousness to the king's Son
He shall come down like rain upon the grass, like showers that water the earth [the Spirit]
In His days the righteous shall flourish…His name shall endure forever.

God is the Supreme Source, from whom all blessing flow: Eph 4:6
The Spirit flows from God, through the Son, to us.
Zecharia's vision of the two olive trees in chapter 4 demonstrates this truth.
The olive oil flows from the two olive trees (Father and Son) and unites at the lampstand.
The olive trees stand on each side of the lampstand are "the two anointed ones" 

"which stand by the LORD of the whole earth" Zech 4:14.

God Lives within Us 
God's desire is to have His Spirit live in us in close intimate communion.

Isa 57:15I dwell in the high and holy place and with him who has a contrite and humble spirit
to revive their spirit and revive their heart
1Cor 6:19What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you,
which ye have of God.

Since God the Father dispenses His Spirit to us through Christ, both dwell in us.

John 14:23__We [Christ and the Father] will come and make our abode with [those who] love [Christ]

But most of the time, since the Spirit comes through Christ, it is Christ that is featured.

Eph 3:17Christ dwells in your hearts
Rom 8:10If Christ is in you, the body is dead…but the Spirit is life
2Cor 5:17if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation
Gal 4:19Christ is formed in you
Col 1:27God's mystery among the Gentiles: Christ in you the hope of glory
1Jn 4:4Greater is He that is in you

The Mystery of God
God's mystery is to be eventually finished.

Rev 10:7But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

What is the mystery of God? 

1Tim 3:16Without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the gentiles, believed on in the world

God living in man is the mystery of godliness. 
Jesus was the first to manifest God in the flesh. 

1Cor 2:7But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory
Rom16:25Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, 26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith

Jesus came to manifest the mystery which had been kept secret from the beginning of the world. 
His Father was living in Him. He said, "I live by the Father" "He is in me and I am in Him" 
But God's ordained plan is to fully restore the image of God in restored humanity.

Eph 3:17
vs 19
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith
that you might be filled with all the fullness of God
Gal 4:19I travail in birth, Pauls said, until Christ be formed in you.
Eph 5:25Husbands love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church
Eph 5:31For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church

Marriage is a model for the mystery of God. 
Two become one, united in one flesh, one body. 
As husbands love their wives, so Christ loved the church. 
So also His desire is to beocme one with His church.

Mark 4:11And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables

Only those who have experience the spiritual marriage relationship can really understand. 
The disciples didn't understand, so Jesus reveals to them the mystery of God's kingdom.

Eph 1:9Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ

In the fullness of times, when the 7th angel begins to sound (his trumpet?) 
God will make known to us the mystery of His will.

Mark 4:13And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? 14 The sower soweth the word. 15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.

God's plan is to place His word in our hearts. He is the sower.

Rom 11:24For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? 25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

His mystery will remain a mystery until the fullness of the Gentiles comes.

1Cor 15:51Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
Eph 3:2

If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: 3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, 4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; 6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body

Part of the mystery (of Christ) is the unity of all believers in the same body… 
one flesh, including the Gentiles.

Eph 3:9And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ
Col 1:25Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; 26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory

The mystery of the ages is Christ living in us.

Col 2:1For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; 2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; 3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

When we are knit together in love, the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Chirst… 
will bring comfort to our hearts.

We are told Who the Spirit is.

"In giving us His Spirit, God gives us Himself, making Himself a fountain of divine influences, to give healthand life to the world." EGW, 7T 273

"The Saviour is our Comforter. This I have proved Him to be." EGW, 8 Manuscript Releases 49

"We are to make supplication according to the will of God, relying on the precious Word, and believing that Christ not only gave Himself for but to His disciples. The record declares, "He breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost" (John 20:22). {YRP 26.2} Jesus is waiting to breathe upon all His disciples, and give them the inspiration of His sanctifying Spirit, and transfuse the vital influence from Himself to His people. He would have them understand that henceforth they cannot serve two masters. Their lives cannot be divided. Christ is to live in His human agents, and work through their faculties, and act through their capabilities. Their will must be submitted to His will, they must act with His Spirit that it may be no more they that live, but Christ that liveth in them. Jesus is seeking to impress upon them the thought that in giving His Holy Spirit He is giving to them the glory which the Father has given Him, that He and His people may be one in God. Our way and will must be in submission to God's will, knowing that it is holy, just, and good." Signs of the Times, Oct. 3, 1892.

But not what the Spirit is.

"It is not essential for us to be able to define just what the Holy Spirit is. Christ tells us that the Spirit is the Comforter, 'the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father.' It is plainly declared regarding the Holy Spirit that, in His work of guiding men into all truth, 'He shall not speak of Himself.' John 15:26; 16:13." Acts of the Apostles, p. 51

"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." Acts of the Apostles, p. 52

Indeed, the nature of the Holy Spirit and how God can dwell in us is a mystery, 
but the 
identity of God's Spirit is plainly taught in Scripture and confirmed by inspiration.

Presence and Power of God 
"The divine Spirit that the world's Redeemer promised to send, is the presence and power of God." EG White, Signs of the Times, November 23, 1891

After quoting the Great Commission of Matt 28.."But they would not be left to fight alone. He assured them that He would be with them; and …they should move under the shield of Omnipotence. … One mightier than angels would be in their ranks--the General of the armies of heaven….assured that My presence will be with you even there …I will be with you always…guiding, comforting, sanctifying, sustaining you, giving you success in speaking words that shall draw the attention of others to heaven." Acts of the Apostels p. 29

Even as the presence of Jesus is the presence of the Father:

"The Father then made known that it was ordained by Himself that Christ His Son, should be equal with Himself; so that wherever was the presence of His Son, it was as His own presence. The word of the Son was to be obeyed as readily as the word of the Father. His Son He had invested with authority to command the heavenly host." EG White, Story of Redemption, p. 13.

"After His ascension He was to be absent in person, but through the Comforter He would still be with them..." Desire of Ages p. 277.

"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 His church." Desire of Ages p. 671

"Like the wind, which is invisible, yet the effects of which are plainly seen and felt, is the Spirit of God in its work upon the human heart. That regenerating power, which no human eye can see, begets a new life in the soul; it creates a new being in the image of God." The Faith I Live By p. 55

"It is the glory of God to give His virtue to His children. He desires to see men and women reaching the highest standard; and when by faith they lay hold of the power of Christ, when they plead His unfailing promises, and claim them as their own, when with an importunity that will not be denied they seek for the power of the Holy Spirit, they will be made complete in Him." Acts of the Apostles p. 530

"Christ breathed on His disciples, and said, 'Receive ye the Holy Ghost.' This is the great gift of heaven. Christ imparted to them through the Spirit His own sanctification. He imbued them with His power, that they might win souls to the gospel." Sons and Daughters of God p. 294

"He would give all gifts in one, and therefore the divine Spirit, that converting, enlightening and sanctifying power, would be his donation." 6SDABC p. 1052 (Original source: Southern Watchman, November 28, 1905)

A Living Person: Christ
"The Spirit had been waiting for the crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension of Christ." 6SDABC p. 1055.

"The more fully they receive enlightenment of the living Spirit, the more nearly will they harmonize in their understanding of what is truth." 14 MR p. 176 (Letter 7, 6-11-1891).

"There is, thank God, an ever living Spirit to guide us into all truth." 491 MR p. 83 (Letter 93, 9-30-1896).

Christ's Representative 
"He [Christ] determined to give his representative, the third person of the Godhead." 6SDABC p. 1052 (Original source: Southern Watchman, November 28, 1905)

Quotes John 14:16,17 "the Holy Spirit should come to do a mighty work as His representative." AA p. 47

"The Lord Jesus acts through the Holy Spirit, for it is his representative. Through it he infuses spiritual life into the soul..." Review & Herald, Feb 10, 1903 Vol. 4 p. 492 col. 2.

"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." "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." Desire of Ages p. 669

Jesus is the Latter Rain 
" The plant, the child, grows by receiving from its surroundings that which ministers to its life -air, sunshine, and food. What these gifts of nature are to animal and plant, such is Christ to those who trust in Him. He [Christ] is their "everlasting light," "a sun and shield." Isaiah 60:19; Psalm 84:11. He [Christ] shall be as "the dew unto Israel." "He [Christ] shall come down like rain upon the mown grass." Hosea 14:5; Psalm 72:6. He [Christ] is the living water, "the Bread of God . . . which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. John 6:33." Steps to Christ, pp. 67, 68

"As the plant receives the sunshine, the dew, and the rain, we are to open our hearts to the Holy Spirit. The work is to be done "not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts." Zech. 4:6. If we keep our minds stayed upon Christ, He will come unto us "as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth." Hosea 6:3. Christ's Object Lessons, pp. 66, 67)

A Manifestation of Himself
"No circumstance, no distance, can separate us from the heavenly Comforter. Wherever we are, wherever we may go, He is always at our right hand to support, sustain, uphold, and cheer." "By the Spirit, He said, He would manifest Himself to them." Desire of Ages p. 670

"What was the strength of those who in the past have suffered persecution for Christ's sake? It was union with God, union with the Holy Spirit, union with Christ." "When for the truth's sake the believer stands at the bar of earthly tribunals, Christ stands by his side. When he is confined within prison walls, Christ manifests Himself to him and cheers his heart with His love." Acts of the Apostles p. 85

"Christ as He is manifested by the Holy Spirit, is the treasure of the New Testament" Christ's Object Lessons p. 126

An Influence 
"The influence of the Holy Spirit is the life of Christ in the soul. We do not see Christ and speak to Him, but His Holy Spirit is just as near us in one place as in another. It works in and through every one who receives Christ." 12MR p. 260 (Manuscript 41, 1897).

"So mightily can God work when men give themselves up to the control of His Spirit." "Christ declared that the divine influence of His Spirit was to be with His followers unto the end." Acts of the Apostlesp. 49

"The Spirit came upon the waiting, praying disciples with a fullness that reached every heart. The Infinite One revealed Himself in power to His church." "And under the influence of the Spirit, words of penitence and confession mingled with songs of praise for sins forgiven. Words of thanksgiving and of prophecy were heard." Acts of the Apostles p. 38

A Union 
"As the chariot of angels received Him, His words had come to them, 'Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end.' Matthew 28:20." "Their union with Him was stronger now than when He was with them in person. The light and love and power of an indwelling Christ shone out through them, so that men, beholding, marveled." Acts of the Apostles p. 65

An Agency 
"Morning by morning, as the heralds of the gospel kneel before the Lord and renew their vows of consecration to Him, He will grant them the presence of His Spirit, with its reviving, sanctifying power. As they go forth to the day's duties, they have the assurance that the unseen agency of the Holy Spirit enables them to be 'laborers together with God.'" Acts of the Apostles p. 56

"Through the agency of His Spirit and His angels He ministers to the children of men." Ministry of Healing p. 417

"The angels of God are ascending, bearing the prayers of the needy and distressed to the Father above, and descending, bringing blessing and hope, courage, help, and life, to the children of men...The miracles of Christ for the affliced and suffering were wrought by the power of God, by the ministration of the angels. And it is through Christ, by the ministration of His heavenly messengers, that every blessing comes from God to us." Desire of Ages p. 143

"Sin could be resisted and overcome only through the mighty agency of the Third Person of the Godhead, who would come with no modified energy, but in the fullness of divine power." Desire of Ages p. 671 1898

"The Holy Spirit is a free, working, independent agency. The God of heaven uses His Spirit as it pleases Him; and human minds, human judgment, and human methods can no more set boundaries to its working, or prescribe the channel through which it shall operate, than they can say to the wind, "I bid you to blow in a certain direction." The Faith I Live By p. 52

A Medium 
"It is through the medium of His Spirit that God works upon the human heart, and when men willfully reject the Spirit and declare it to be from satan, they cut off the channel by which God can communicate with them." 5T p. 634.

An Office 
"The office of the Holy Spirit is to take the things of Christ as they fall from His lips, and infuse them as living principles into the hearts opened to receive them." 14MR p. 174 (Letter 40, 1890).

The Advent pioneers clearly understood the identity of the Holy Spirit.

"Finally, we know the Divine unity of the Father and the Son from the fact that both have the same Spirit. Paul, after saying that they that are in the flesh cannot please God, continues: "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his." Rom. 8:9. Here we find that the Holy Spirit is both the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ. E. J. Waggoner, Christ And His Righteousness, pp. 19-24. 1890

"The Spirit of God is spoken of in the Scriptures as God's representative- the power by which he works, the agency by which all things are upheld. This is clearly expressed by the Psalmist...Psa. 139:7-10. We learn from this language that when we speak of the Spirit of God we are really speaking of his presence and power." J. N. Loughborough, Review & Herald, September 13, 1898

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God because it comes from Him. It is His Spirit. 
The Spirit of God is personal because it comes from God Himself who is a person. 
It is His contact with humanity, speaking to our minds, 
leading us, guiding us, convicting us, instructing us, teaching us, reminding us of the words of Jesus.

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ because it comes through the Son, from the Father. 
The Holy Spirit is both the Spirit of God the Father and the Spirit of Jesus Christ the Son.
The Holy Spirit is the means by which God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son live in us.

Continued: The Godhead

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS TO DWELL INSIDE US and SURROUNDING US. THIS IS WHAT THE HOLY SPIRIT IS:

"The Holy Spirit is the Spirit OF God; it is also the Spirit OF Christ." U. Smith, GC. Daily Bulletin Vol. 4, March 14,1891, pp. 146,147

"Here we find that the Holy Spirit is both the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ." E.J. Waggoner, Christ and His Righteousness, p. 23. 1890

"We learn from this language that when we speak of the Spirit of God, we are really speaking of his presence and power." J.N. Loughborough, Review and Herald, September 13,1898

"The DIVINE SPIRIT that the world’s Redeemer promised to send IS the PRESENCE and POWER of God." ST November 23, 1891, par. 1Ye Shall Receive Power, p. 39.5


"In giving us His Spirit, God gives us Himself."-Testimonies, Vol. 7, p. 273.


If Christ be IN us, we are partakers of the DIVINE NATURE of GOD Himself! The Holy Spirit is come INTO us - which is God sent through Christ (their power (character) becomes our power (character)) BOTH living inside us. When we ask HimJesus imparts the Holy Spirit (God Himself, his Divine Influences and power (character) -God IS a Spirit) to us

'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 (GOD the Father's own Spirit=Himself) thus makes Christ everywhere present." (Psalm 139:7)

"Our condition through sin is unnatural, and the power that restores us must be supernatural, else it has no value. There is but One Power (character) that can break the hold of evil from the hearts of men, and that is the power (character Gal 5:23-24) of God in Jesus ChristOnly through the blood of the Crucified One is there cleansing from sinHis Grace alone can enable us to resist and subdue the tendencies of our fallen nature !" - Ministry of Healing p. 428 



"Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." II Cor. 3:17.

Scripture says that there is but ONE 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?

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.

"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 IMPARTS His Father's characteristics (power)/presence (a Holy ETERNAL Spirit) through Himself to us - Christ is our doorway back to God - the Holy Spirit IS  "God's" presence and POWER (characteristics/qualifications) - sent to us through the "door" or "Christ" = "our only mediator" you see - if we do not "get" this - we miss out on becoming Overcomers or Saints - because this is the ONLY thing we take to Heaven with us IS our character (thoughts and feelings - a "right Spirit" that transforms us into God's Character by Jesus giving us the Father's character/power embodied by the Father's Law (Ten Commandments) Gal 5:23-24.

(characteristics/qualifications="power" received from God through Christ)
A quality or accomplishment that makes someone suitable for a particular job or activity. We become qualified to do this through Christ: "they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. Revelation 7:15

Revelation 21:3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Look! God's dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
Revelation 22:3 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him.
Revelation 7:9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.

When we accept Christ as our peace we have the Father also...Because God is IN Christ reconciling us back to Himself through Christ. 

Romans 5:11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. 

2 Corinthians 5:18 
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:

Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

2 Corinthians 5:20 We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.

"Christ declared that after His ascension, he would send to his church, as His CROWNING GIFT, the comforter, who 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." E.G. White, Review and Herald, May 19, 1904. Book 5, p. 42.

"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.

We breath the risen life of Christ Himself, it is as if HE is living inside of us instead of us. (Our carnal nature dies to self.) We are IN Christ's risen body, breathing his spiritual life/breath, seeing people through His eyes, having His Faith or trust in God, working His miracles, doing His works! When people see us after we are "born again-we receive Christ's spiritual "breath"." people see Jesus inside of us instead of us! In the gift of the Spirit, [HIS LIFE--THE SOUL OF HIS LIFE] We are each individuals, but empowered by Christ's very own life/breath to transform our thoughts and feelings into Christ's very own thoughts and feelings and actions! 

When we have the Spirit as Christ's breath, then we can experience the Spirit as another comforter.

I choose to breathe the breath of Christ that makes all life holy. "Always breathe Christ." Breathe in the loving kindness that Jesus is extending to you right now. Breathe out that loving kindness to every person or concern that comes to mind. Breathe in Christ's loving kindness, letting it stream through every cell of your body. Breathe it out, freely passing it on — there's no need to hoard. With every breath, give away the paradise that is perpetually being given to you.

  • John 20:22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said unto them, Receive you the Holy Spirit:
  • John 7:39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.
  • John 20:21 Again Jesus said, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you."

"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. Itimbues 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.

IMBUE: infuse, saturate "Inspire or permeate with a feeling or quality: "imbued with deep piety"." To inspire or influence thoroughly; pervade. to instill or inspire (with ideals, principles, etc.) to permeate or inspire profoundly.

"IMBUES" Synonyms: bathe, diffuse, impregnate, inculcate, infix, ingrain, inoculate, instillinvestleavenpermeatepervadesteep, suffuse

"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!" E.G. White, Review and Herald, May 19, 1904.

Deuteronomy 32:46,47 - "God's Word is Spirit and Life." Did you get that?


(The Bible embodies God and His Son = The Bible points us to Jesus as our ONLY way into Heaven) The Bible is ALIVE with the PROMISES of God sent to us through His Son who gave them to the prophets and to us!

"Christ, our Mediator, and the Holy Spirit are constantly interceding in man’s behalf, but the Spirit pleads not for us as does Christ, who presents His blood, shed from the foundation of the world; the Spirit works upon our hearts, drawing out prayers and penitence, praise and thanksgiving. The gratitude which flows from our lips is the result of the Spirit’s striking the cords of the soul in holy memories, awakening the music of the heart." Selected Messages Book 1, p. 344.1

Our pioneers of Adventism believed that:

Christ is the Son of GOD, that by some Divine Act Christ was brought forth from the Father before creation. And the Spirit proceeds from the Father, through the Son, making them both every-where present.


Who 
we worship, what kind of a God we 
adore and praise, has tremendous consequences to our understanding of 
God’s love, the integrity of His character, and the power of His salvation.

"Christ the Word, the Only Begotten of God, was one with the eternal Father,--one in nature, in character, and in purpose,--the only being in all the universe that could enter into all the counsels and purposes of God." (GC 493)

Christ was Twice Born, once in Heaven of the Spirit and Once on Earth of the Flesh. Just as we must be twice born, only in opposites for us. We are Born of the flesh first, then we must be born of the Spirit or born again of GOD before we can enter the kingdom of Heaven.

Ever think of why the  Jews wanted to kill Jesus? It was for blasphemy. Because Jesus said He was the Son of God reincarnated. So if people want to kill you or call you a heretic - you are in good company. They killed Jesus for the same thing.
 
Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I Am!" ....before Abraham was, I have been. The Jews were about to stone Jesus for blasphemy, but he withdrew; ....even because you, although being a man, make yourself a mighty god. The God and Father of Jesus had already said he was a "mighty God" in Hebrews 1:2, 8-10.

Take some time to seek the truth, for the traditions of men cannot save your soul.

"Traditions of men" defined: unscriptural doctrine or belief; an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior (as a religious practice or a social custom)

b : a belief or story or a body of beliefs or stories relating to the past that are commonly accepted as historical though not verifiable

c: the handing down of information, beliefs, and customs by word of mouth or by example from one generation to another without written instruction

More info about the pre-existance of the Son of God prior to Bethlehem:

One must not only know the truth intellectually but also spiritually.

Truth is the Spirit. John 15:7 says, "If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you." John 15:1-7 "Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you."

The Bible gives us a KNOWLEDGE OF HIM! It is the Son of God Himself that is giving us the Spirit of God! The very presence of Himself sent to us through His Son. 

"My doctrine (my words, my teachings) shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:" Deuteronomy 32:2

IT IS TRUTH from the WORD OF GOD (JESUS/BIBLE) that FALLS on those who are seeking eternal life! It is pure truth that is the latter rain that falls on those who are earnestly seeking salvation! What are the fruits? The same as the Spirit of truth: 

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23 King James Version (KJV) Deu.32:46,47: God's Word is Spirit and
Life.

We should pause to explain what Ellen White understood the "sealing" of Revelation 7 to be: ". . . a settling into the truth, both intellectually and spiritually, so [God's people] cannot be moved" (Last Day Events, p. 220). This settling, in her mind, whether rightly or wrongly, included an acceptance of the gospel of Christ to the point that one made a firm decision to keep all of the Ten Commandments, including the Sabbath commandment.


From this vision we can learn why so many are preserved from calamity. If these winds were allowed to blow upon the earth, they would create havoc and desolation. But the world's intricate machinery is running under the Lord's supervision. Hurricanes, threatening to break forth, are held under control by the regulations of the One who is the Protector of the trembling ones that fear God and keep His commandments. The Lord holds back the tempestuous winds. He will not suffer them to go forth on their death-mission of vengeance until His servants are sealed in their foreheads.—Manuscript Releases, vol. 19, p. 279, bold added.


Local disturbances in nature are permitted to take place as symbols of that which may be expected all over the world when the angels loose the four winds of the earth.—Ibid., p. 280, bold added.

The restraining Spirit of God is even now being withdrawn from the world. Hurricanes, storms, tempests, fire and flood, disasters by sea and land, follow each other in quick succession. . . . The signs thickening around us, telling of the near approach of the Son of God, are attributed to any other than the true cause. Men cannot discern the sentinel angels restraining the four winds that they shall not blow until the servants of God are sealed; but when God shall bid His angels loose the winds, there will be such a scene of strife as no pen can picture.—Testimonies for the Church, vol. 6, p. 408, bold added.

The Warning Voice of God

A repeated theme in Ellen White's writings is that God either sends or permits natural disasters because of the sins of men. She specifically warns against the danger of not recognizing "the warning voice of God" in such disasters:

[God] will not always be mocked; He will not always be trifled with. Already His judgments are in the land. Fierce and awful tempests leave destruction and death in their wake. The devouring fire lays low the desolate forest and the crowded city. Storm and shipwreck await those who journey upon the deep. Accident and calamity threaten all who travel upon the land. Hurricanes, earthquakes, sword and famine, follow in quick succession. Yet the hearts of men are hardened. They recognize not the warning voice of God. They will not flee to the only refuge from the gathering storm.—Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5, p. 234, bold added.

Deu 32:46 (NLT)  he added: "Take to heart all the words I have
given you today. Pass them on as a command to your children so they
will obey every word of this law.
Deu 32:47 (NLT)  These instructions are not mere words--they are
your life! By obeying them you will enjoy a long life in the land you
are crossing the Jordan River to occupy."

Deu 32:46 (CWR)  "Take all these things to heart and don't
forget them.  Listen to what I have told you and repeat them to your
children and grandchildren so they too, can keep all the words of these
teachings.
Deu 32:47 (CWR)  These are not just idle words that I have given
you these last few days.  They're your very life.  You are to live
by them and only then will you be allowed to remain in the land
that the Lord is giving you."

The Law, the source of life  (32:45-47)Jesus is the TRUTH, He embodies His Father's law - meaning He keeps it and shows us by His example HOW TOOBEY. By surrendering completely to His Father's will, as we should do also.
Plain, close, searching, practical discourses were given by Christ. His ambassadors should follow his example in every discourse. Christ and his Father were one; in all the Father’s requirements Christ cheerfully acquiesced. (Acquiesced: To consent or comply passively or without protest.) He had the mind of God. The Redeemer was the perfect pattern. Jehovah was manifested in him. Heaven was enshrined in humanity, and humanity enclosed in the bosom of Infinite Love. If ministers will in meekness sit at the feet of Jesus, they will soon obtain right views of God’s character, and will be able to teach others also. Some enter the ministry without deep love to God or to their fellow-men. Selfishness and self-indulgence will be manifested in the lives of such; and while these unconsecrated, unfaithful watchmen are serving themselves, instead of feeding the flock and attending to their pastoral duties, the people perish for want of proper instruction." GOSPEL WORKERS 1892, PAGE 14
  1. Isaiah 59:21
    As for me, this is my covenant (unmerited favor) with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.
    Isaiah 59:20-21 (in Context) Isaiah 59 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
  2. Isaiah 66:2
    For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.
    Isaiah 66:1-3 (in Context) Isaiah 66 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
  3. Micah 2:7
    O thou that art named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the LORD straitened? are these his doings? do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly?
    Micah 2:6-8 (in Context) Micah 2 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
  4. Zechariah 4:6
    Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

"Ask." The Lord specifies no conditions except that you hunger for His mercy, desire His counsel, and long for His love. "Ask." The asking, makes it manifest that you realize your necessity; and if you ask in faith you will receive. The Lord has pledged His word, and it cannot fail. If you come with true contrition you need not feel that you are presumptuous in asking for what the Lord has promised. When you ask for the blessings you need, that you may perfect a character after Christ's likeness, the Lord assures you that you are asking according to a promise that will be verified. That you feel and know you are a sinner is sufficient ground for asking for His mercy and compassion.The condition upon which you may come to God is not that you shall be holy, but that you desire Him to cleanse you from all sin and purify you from all iniquity. The argument that we may plead now and ever is our great need, our utterly helpless state, that makes Him and His redeeming power a necessity.

"Seek." Desire not merely His blessing, but Himself. "Acquaint now thyself with Him, and be at peace." Job 22:21. Seek, and you shall find. God is seeking you, and the very desire you feel to come to Him is but the drawing of His Spirit. Yield to that drawing. Christ is pleading the cause of the tempted, the erring, and the faithless. He is seeking to lift them into companionship with Himself. "If thou seek Him, He will be found of thee." 1 Chronicles 28:9.

"Knock." We come to God by special invitation, and He waits to welcome us to His audience chamber. The first disciples who followed Jesus were not satisfied with a hurried conversation with Him by the way; they said, "Rabbi, . . . where dwellest Thou? . . . They came and saw where He dwelt, and abode with Him that day." John 1:38, 39. So we may be admitted into closest intimacy and communion with God. "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." Psalm 91:1. Let those who desire the blessing of God knock and wait at the door of mercy with firm assurance, saying, For Thou, O Lord, hast said, "Everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened."

Jesus looked upon those who were assembled to hear His words, and earnestly desired that the great multitude might appreciate the mercy and loving-kindness of God. As an illustration of their need, and of God's willingness to give, He presents before them a hungry child asking his earthly parent for bread. "What man is there of you," He said, "whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?" He appeals to the tender, natural affection of a parent for his child and then says, "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?" No man with a father's heart would turn from his son who is hungry and is asking for bread. Would they think him capable of trifling with his child, of tantalizing him by raising his expectations only to disappoint him? Would he promise to give him good and nourishing food, and then give him a stone? And should anyone dishonor God by imagining that He would not respond to the appeals of His children?

If ye, then, being human and evil, "know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?" Luke 11:13. The Holy Spirit, the representative of Himself, is the greatest of all gifts. All "good things" are comprised in this. The Creator Himself can give us nothing greater, nothing better. When we beseech the Lord to pity us in our distress, and to guide us by His Holy Spirit, He will never turn away our prayer. It is possible even for a parent to turn away from his hungry child, but God can never reject the cry of the needy and longing heart. With what wonderful tenderness He has described His love! To those who in days of darkness feel that God is unmindful of them, this is the message from the Father's heart: "Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of My hands." Isaiah 49:14-16.

Every promise in the word of God furnishes us with subject matter for prayer, presenting the pledged word of Jehovah as our assurance. Whatever spiritual blessing we need, it is our privilege to claim through Jesus. We may tell the Lord, with the simplicity of a child, exactly what we need. We may state to Him our temporal matters, asking Him for bread and raiment as well as for the bread of life and the robe of Christ's righteousness. Your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things, and you are invited to ask Him concerning them. It is through the name of Jesus that every favor is received. God will honor that name, and will supply your necessities from the riches of His liberality.

Come out from among them and be ye separate, says the Lord; and again, Cleanse yourselves. But how are we to know that we have impurity? The law of God shows this. The first four commandments point out duty to God, and the last six allow no selfishness toward our fellow men. When I see that I fail, I flee to the Stronghold. I know that He pardons sins of ignorance. Jesus is a sin-pardoning Saviour. Jesus kept His Father's commandments, and He says, Blessed are they that do; they shall enter in.

I realize that part of the foundational problem seems to be that there is a difference of opinion as to what the spirit is. But WHAT does the Bible say? That IS what matters. Not a mortals opinion.

1. I understand that every intelligent being in the universe possesses a spirit. His own personal spirit. I understand this spirit to be the mind, personality, the inward part of the person, as opposed to the body. This includes the Father and the Son. Each has His own separate and personal spirit. This is why they are two different persons and not one. If they possessed the same spirit they would be the same individual.

2. When Jesus came to this earth, He left His glorious bodily form and His power behind but He did not leave His spirit. If He had left His spirit behind, then there is no way that He could have been the same person, for a person's true identity is His spirit. He obtained a human body from Mary, but He, the spirit, came from heaven to unite with that body.

3. When Jesus died, he died in the sense that His body and spirit were separated and He fell under the power of Satan's dominion of death. A condition in which there is no consciousness or capability. He was as dead as any person has ever been dead. It was a condition in which He was totally helpless and in which all His faculties had ceased to function. This was true for every part of Him, there was nothing left that was conscious or capable of activity.

4. There is nothing in the Bible which suggests that Jesus had to remain dead forever. The Bible makes it clear that the wages of sin is death - He had to die. This is the consequence of sin which He had to take, and He did take it. However, the idea that He had to die an eternal death stems from a misunderstanding of what the atonement means. God's way of dealing with death is to provide a resurrection from death, not to prevent death. This is what Jesus had to provide - a way to bring man back from the dead. It was to do this, to conquer death that He had to die, it was not to appease God or to satisfy some mysterious demand made by a legal code.

5. When He was glorified, Jesus received of the Father's spirit in unlimited measure. By means of this power which filled Him, He was able to impart of His victorious, spirit, His own life, to all who will receive Him. To simplify my meaning, here is what I believe. God's almighty spirit united with the victorious spirit of Christ. This spirit comes to us as both the spirit of the Father and the spirit of the Son. It is one spirit, the spirit of the Father, but carrying with it the personality and the life of Christ with all the benefits which Christ obtained for us when He lived and died and was resurrected as a member of the human race. He, as the second Adam, passes on this spiritual life to each of us by means of the power given to Him, dwelling in Him, the Father's own life and power.

6. The holy spirit is a third personality of the Godhead. God the Father and Jesus the Son are clearly identifiable individuals who can be seen and interacted with in heaven. The holy spirit is an invisible, intangible, mysterious aspect of themselves which cannot be known in the same way that the Father and the Son can be known. It is an aspect of both Father and Son, not a separate person from either of them. The word personality may describe this spirit, indicating that it is an aspect of another being. The word "Person," in my opinion gives the wrong impression and the use of it is one of the reasons why so many people believe that God is a three-in-one Being.


I have not given proofs for what I have expressed above, I am trying to be brief, but I have good Scriptural reasons for everything I have suggested above. Hopefully I will not need to supply these proofs as I believe these truths are self-evident.

What is it that constitutes the wretchedness, the nakedness of those who feel rich and increased with goods?—
It is the want of the righteousness (right doing = love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperanceof Christ. "Another comforter" refers to the omnipresence of the Spirit of Christ, called the Comforter. Just in proportion as he depends on the Holy Spirit’s (Jesus) teaching he will grow. What IS the "fruit" of the "HOLY" Spirit? Remember? It IS the love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperanceof Christ!

We are to have our tastes, inclinations, ambitions, and passions all subdued, and brought into harmony with the mind and spirit of Christ. This is the very work that the Lord is willing to do for those who believe in him. Our life and deportment are to have a molding power in the world. The spirit of Christ is to have a controlling influence over the life of his followers, so that they will speak and act like Jesus. Christ says, "The glory which thou gavest me I have given them." . --{The Review and Herald, July 2, 1889, The Secret of Unity, By Mrs. E. G. White}

What is the greatest of faith, hope & LOVE? Love is the greatest of these three. Why? The first commandment is to LOVE your neighbor as YOURSELF! We all love ourselves a lot! Now treat others just like it was yourself! This does not excuse any other commandment, it just says that without love, we are liars and God is not INSIDE us. "If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen." 1 John 4:20. "If someone claims, "I know God," but doesn't obey God's commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth." 1 John 2:4

American King James Version
"He that said, I know him, and keeps not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth (Jesus) is NOT
IN him."  1 John 2:4 

"Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6

I THOUGHT THIS WAS INTERESTING  AND COULD NOT BE A THIRD PERSON
THE SPIRIT OR HOLY SPIRIT WHICH IS AN EXCELLENT SPIRIT BEING FOUND
IN HIM OR IN THEE, ETC.
AND LOTS MORE IN THE SELECTED MESSAGES BOOK 1,2, & 3
 
Daniel 5:14  "I have even heard of thee, and that the spirit of the gods is in thee, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom is found in thee"
 
Chapter 5:12 Forasmuch as an excellent spirit and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and shewing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found inthe same Daniel,...
 
Dan 3:18
"But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, ...
 
Dan 3:29 Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrch, Meshach and Abednego, .... because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.
 
Dan 5:23 "But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven: and they ...... and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know; and the God  in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified:
 
Dan 6:3 Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him:
 
Dan 6:5     ....except we find it against him concerning the law of his God
 
Dan 6:10  .... he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime
 
Dan 6:11 .... making supplication before
 
Read the helps on Chap. 10:13 (An invisible struggle  "Heavenly beings are appointed to answer the
prayers of those who are working unselfishly for the interests of the cause of God ( the rest of the paragraph. and the next paragraph.)
 
and many places it says "in him"  etc.   NOT ANOTHER PERSON.
 
 THE SPIRIT IS FOUND IN HIM  AND OTHER PLACES IN SOP SAYS    FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT FOUND IN HIM
 
WILL WRITE MORE LATER
LOVE
MOTHER  HAVE A GOOD NITE AND A GOOD DAY
 
IN THE HELPS ON MATT. 6 TALKS ABOUT THE "MANUFACTURED RELIGION OF THE PHARISEES"   (SAME TODAY)

"We must have a knowledge of ourselves, a knowledge that will result in contrition, before we can find pardon and peace. The Pharisee felt no conviction of sin. The Holy Spirit could not work with him. His soul was encased in a self-righteous armor which the arrows of God, barbed and true-aimed by angel hands, failed to penetrate. It is only he who knows himself to be a sinner that Christ can save. .... While speaking to God of poverty of spirit, the heart may be swelling with the conceit of its own superior humility and exalted righteousness. In one way only can a true knowledge of self be obtained. We must behold Christ. It is ignorance of Him that makes men so uplifted in their own righteousness. When we contemplate His purity and excellence,we shall see our own weakness and poverty and defects as they really are. We shall see ourselves lost and hopeless, clad in garments of self-righteousness, like every other sinner. We shall see that if we are ever saved, it will not be through our own goodness, but through God's infinite grace." [COL 158/159] 

Christ represents Himself by whose Spirit is in Him and His own Spirit AND We are to represent ourselves by WHOSE Spirit is IN us! It is what makes us, us. If we have Jesus living INSIDE us, we will reflect Him, if we have Satan living inside us, we will reflect Satan. We are VESSELS for who is living inside us. Do we want the Divine "Holy" Spirit showing out of us by our thoughts, words and actions or the "evil" Satanic Spirit shining out of us?

"Many give a bare assent to truth when they are not sanctified through the truth. They do not in Spirit represent Christ. They are surface workers, and delude themselves with the idea that they are ChristiansSo effectually does this delusion take possession of heart and mind that the sharp arrows of the Lord fail to penetrate the armor of self righteousness in which they are encased. The spell is so strong that they will listen to the truth, the most earnest and powerful, even to the very portraying of the delusions which are upon them without any thought of self-examination to see if it means them. This is the class our Saviour found most difficult to arouse. The most authoritative teachings were heard and listened to as if they heard not. Thus it is with many, many in this generation." 1888, p. 796. 

“He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” 1 John 3:8

“Whosoever is born of God doth NOT commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” (1 John 3:9)

"But God does not live in the sinner. The Word declares that He abides only in the hearts of those who love Him and do righteousness. God does not abide in the heart of the sinner; it is the enemy who abides there." Sermons and Talks, Vol. 1 Manuscript 46, 1904, MR 900, p 343.

"In order to let Jesus into our hearts, we must stop sinning". Signs of the Times, Mar 3, 1898

While good works will not save even one soul, yet it is impossible for even one soul to be saved without good works". Selected Messages, bk. 1, p. 377 "True sanctification means perfect love, perfect obedience, perfect conformity to the will of God. We are to be sanctified to God through obedience to the truth. Our conscience must be purged from dead works to serve the living God. We are not yet perfect; but it is our privilege to cut away from the entanglements of self and sin, and advance to perfection. Great possibilities, high and holy attainments, are placed within the reach of all." {AA 565.1} 

Self-righteousness is the danger of this age; it separates the soul from Christ. Those who trust to their own righteousness cannot understand how salvation comes through Christ (Faith and Works, p. 96). 

Let those who feel inclined to make a high profession of holiness look into the mirror of God’s law. As they see its far-reaching claims, and understand its work as a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart, they will not boast of sinlessness (The Acts of the Apostles, p. 562).

How can anyone who is brought before the holy standard of God’s law—which makes apparent the evil motives, the unhallowed desires, the infidelity of the heart, the impurity of the lips, and that lays bare the life— make any boast of holiness? His acts of disloyalty in making void the law of God are exposed to his sight, and his spirit is stricken and afflicted under the searching influence of the Spirit of God. He loathes himself, as he views the greatness, the majesty, the pure and spotless character of Jesus Christ (Ellen G. White, in Review and Herald, Oct. 16, 1888). 

We are to accept Christ as our peace, for with Christ is God and peace. Boldly, and humbly accept, as you step INTO the Most Holy place with Jesus by your side in the Presence of God, that the power in the blood of Christ's sacrifice  "COVERS" your sins if you simply believe in Christ. Christ is then able to keep you from future sinning, if you will but surrender your will and mind to Him. Ask Jesus to impart His own life and Spirit to you, so you can be a new creature. Off with the old carnal nature and on with the new sinless Divine nature of God and His Son. Remember, by our words we are either sanctified or condemned. If we can control our tongues - we can control our whole body.

ZION (God's People=NEW JERUSALEM) LOOKS LIKE JESUS!!! God's people are in the express image of Jesus! Jesus is in the express image of His Father! Meaning an exact copy! Like Twins! By beholding ye become changed into what you behold. God's People are in PERFECT AGREEMENT,  PERFECT HARMONY, PERFECTLY UNITED in common understanding and in opinions and judgments. This is the fruit of those who are filled with the vital Divine Presence and Power (the Holy Spirit) of God and His Son: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.

Isa 51:16  And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.

Example of a evil Spirit: "Many give a bare assent to truth when they are not sanctified through the truth. They do not in Spirit represent Christ. They are surface workers, and delude themselves with the idea that they are ChristiansSo effectually does this delusion take possession of heart and mind that the sharp arrows of the Lord fail to penetrate the armor of self righteousness in which they are encased. 1888, p. 796.

What causes the SHAKING? The straight testimony is the three angels messages and the 1888 message. Ellen White said that over and over and over again.  "And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever." Isaiah 32:17   The people of God seeking intimate relationship with the Lord King Jesus - outside of any denomination - is what will bring about the shaking. When people turn to the Lord God and his Spirit for direction instead of man-made traditions; and unite to the common purpose of seeking a relationship with God rather than "club" membership is when the foundations of man-made denominationalism will be shaken to its core.

Rev 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment.... 

What IS the shaking? See Revelation 18:4, Ezek.31:15-17; Joel 3:16; Haggai 2:6-7; and Matt. 4:29, for example. Basically, it means that God's Spirit will move powerfully among His people, and those that do not accept it will be "shaken" apart (separated from or come out) from those who don't.  

"The people of God are represented in the message to the Laodiceans as in a position of carnal (which is another word for fleshly) security. They are at ease, believing themselves to be in an exalted condition of spiritual attainment.” [3T 252]

"True sanctification means perfect love, perfect obedience, perfect conformity to the will of God. We are to be sanctified to God through obedience to the truth. Our conscience must be purged from dead works to serve the living God. We are not yet perfect; but it is our privilege to cut away from the entanglements of self and sin, and advance to perfection. Great possibilities, high and holy attainments, are placed within the reach of all." {AA 565.1}

"He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels." Revelation 3:5. {LHU 326.1}

"If we would be overcomers, we must search our hearts to be sure that we are not cherishing anything that is offensive to God. If we are, we cannot wear the white raiment that is here promised. If we would stand before God in the white linen, which is the righteousness of the saints, we must now do the work of overcoming." {LHU 326.2} 

Watered down perfection is no perfection at all. It's either all or nothing. No credit....


Complete obedience is the only condition that meets the requirement of the law. “God is not a man, that He should lie.” God’s law is the rule of His government. He says, “This do, and thou shalt live.” But to the disobedient He says, “Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things written in the book of the law to do them.”

"I asked the meaning of the shaking I had seen and was shown that it would be caused by the straight testimony called forth by the counsel of the True Witness to the Laodiceans. This will have its effect upon the heart of the receiver, and will lead him to exalt the standard and pour forth the straight truth. Some will not bear this straight testimony. They will rise up against it, and this is what will cause a shaking among God’s people." -BC- EW, -TI- Early Writings of Ellen G. White, -CN- 3, -CT- Spiritual Gifts-PR- 02-PG- 270

"Self-righteousness is not the wedding garment. A failure to follow the clear light of truth is our fearful danger.The message to the Laodicean church reveals our condition as a people." [RH 12-15-1904]

Repentance from what? Clearly self-righteousness.   Ac 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 

Also, how does the remnant factor into this? Do you believe that the remnant will leave the "church"?.... WE WILL BE INDIVIDUALLY TESTED to see whether we are true to God or not.

"Where two or three are present who love and obey the commandments of God, Jesus there presides, let it be in the desolate place of the earth, in the wilderness, in the city enclosed in prison walls. The glory of God has penetrated the prison walls, flooding with glorious beams of heavenly light the darkest dungeon. His saints may suffer, but their sufferings will, like the apostles of old, spread their faith and win souls to Christ and glorify His holy name. The bitterest opposition expressed by those who hate God's great moral standard of righteousness should not and will not shake the steadfast soul who trusts fully in God". . . . {UL 315.6} 

"Thus the message of the third angel will be proclaimed. As the time comes for it to be given with greatest power, the Lord will work through humble instruments, leading the minds of those who consecrate themselves to His service. The laborers ["eleventh-hour"] will be qualified rather by the unction of His Spirit than by the training of literary institutions. Men of faith and prayer will be constrained to go forth with holy zeal, declaring the words which God gives themThe sins of Babylon will be laid open. The fearful results of enforcing the ["religious"] observances [see the trademark certificate] of the church by civil authority, the inroads of spiritualism (Spiritual Formation & trinity/Eucharist god worship) [seeking the counsel of worldly lawyers -- the "god of Ekron" -- instead of YAHWEH], the stealthy but rapid progress of the papal power [restriction of liberty of conscience]--all will be unmasked. By these solemn warnings the people will be stirred. Thousands upon thousands will listen who have never heard words like these. In amazement they hear the testimony that Babylon is the churchfallen because of her errors and sins, because of her rejection of the truth sent to her from heaven. As the people go to their former teachers with the eager inquiry, Are these things so? the ministers present fables, prophesy smooth things, to soothe their fears and quiet the awakened conscience. But since many refuse to be satisfied with the mere authority of menand demand a plain "Thus saith the Lord," the popular ministry, like the Pharisees of old, filled with anger as their authority is questioned, will denounce the message as of Satan and stir up the sin-loving multitudes to revile and persecute those who proclaim it. (GC 606, 607; brackets and emphasis supplied)

There is ONLY one body of "believers" that would be "amazed" at hearing "Babylon is the church." Few denominations ever teach about "Babylon." Members of most congregations would not have any idea what was being implied by the words "Babylon is the church." It is ONLY the "Seventh-day Adventists" who would take the time and effort to consult "their former teachers with...eager inquiry."

"Do not these who claim sanctification while violating the commands of God, become a false and fatal sign to the world? Do they not say to the sinner, "It shall be well with thee"? The Lord has defined sin as the transgression of his law, but they say they are saved in sin, and thus make Christ the minister of sin. These professed Christians are doing the very work that Satan did in Paradise, they are leading souls astray by precept and example. They say to the sinner, to the transgressor, It shall be well with thee; you will rise to a higher, holier state by violating the law of God. The lesson that is heard throughout the land is, "Disobey and live." But how different is this teaching from the lessons of Christ. He declared: "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets; I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven; but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." {ST, April 28, 1890 par. 5} 

1Jo 3:22 "And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight."

The work which the church has failed to do in a time of peace and prosperity (restore and preach the gospel - i.e., the three angel's message), she will have to do in a terrible crisis, under most discouraging, forbidding, circumstances. The warnings that worldly conformity has silenced or withheld, must be given under the fiercest opposition from enemies of the faith. And at that time the superficial, conservative class, whose influence has steadily retarded the progress of the work, will renounce the faith, and take their stand with its avowed enemies (Romans Catholicism), toward whom their sympathies have long been tending. These apostates will then manifest the most bitter enmity, doing all in their power to oppress and malign their former brethren, and to excite indignation against them. This day is just before us.

The shaking is caused "by the straight testimony called forth by the counsel of the True Witness to the Laodiceans". The message is turn away from self-righteousness and repent. It is the three angels messages which are:
1.) Worship God ONLY for the hour of His Judgment is come.
2.) Obey ALL ten of God's commandments
3.) Come OUT of ALL CHURCHES, MY PEOPLE Rev 18:4 (Come out of HER=all churches with false doctrines - and that is ALL of them today, including our dear beloved Seventh Day Adventist organization.)

The Question is that is of utmost importance is, what is the straight testimony so rised up against? 

The following Quote from EGW will clear that up,

"I asked the meaning of the shaking I had seen. I was shown that it would be caused by the straight testimony called forth by the counsel of the true Witness to the Laodiceans. It will have its effect upon the heart of the receiver of the testimony, and it will lead to him to exalt the standard and pour forth the straight truth. This straight testimony some will not bear. They will rise up against it, and this will cause a shaking among God's people." {1SG 184.3} 

WHAT STANDARD ARE WE TO EXALT? The truths that were given to our early SDA pioneers from 1844-1894. The OLD PATHS.

"I saw that the testimony of the true Witness has not been half heeded. The solemn testimony upon which the destiny of the church hangs, has been lightly esteemed, if not entirely disregarded. This testimony must work deep repentance, and all that truly receive it, will obey it, and be purified." {1SG 185.1} 

Rev 3:14 "To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. 19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent."

"Said the angel, List ye! Soon I heard a voice that sounded like many musical instruments, all sounding in perfect strains, sweet and harmonious. It surpassed any music I had ever heard. It seemed to be so full of mercy, compassion, and elevating, holy joy. It thrilled through my whole being. Said the angel, Look ye! My attention was then turned to the company I had seen before, who were mightily shaken. I was shown those whom I had before seen weeping, and praying with agony of spirit. I saw that the company of guardian angels around them had doubled, and they were clothed with an armor from their head to their feet. They moved in exact order, firm like a company of soldiers. Their countenances expressed the severe conflict which they had endured, the agonizing struggle they had passed through. Yet their features, marked with severe internal anguish, shone now with the light and glory of heaven. They had obtained the victory, and it called forth from them the deepest gratitude, and holy, sacred joy." {1SG 185.2}

"The numbers of this company had lessened. Some had been shaken out, and left by the way. The careless and indifferent who did not join with those who prized victory and salvation enough to agonize, persevere, and plead for it, did not obtain it, and they were left behind in darkness, and their numbers were immediately made up by others taking hold of the truth, and coming into the ranks. Still the evil angels pressed around them, but they could have no power over them." {1SG 186.1} 

Why did not the evil angels have any power over them? Because friends, 1Jo 4:4 ¶ "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world."

The very reason He came was to make the way for forgiveness of past sin and power to be given us to overcome sinning. To break the original lie of Satan, man cannot keep God's Law. All now can walk as He walked and there is no doubt about it. Many will refuse His Way and Power to accomplish it but He forces no man, and he is free to or not to.

Who is the Spirit of Truth? 
"Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6 The Holy Spirit is the Vital Divine Presence and Power of God SENT TO US through His Son. The Holy Spirit is the combined Spirit of BOTH the Father and the Son, THEIR COMBINED LIFE! It is their power and divine Spirit of themselves - this is their omnipresence, how they are present everywhere all the time with their Power and help. The "Holy" vs "evil" Spirit is not a third person, it is GOD the Father Himself that sends HIMSELF to us through His Son to reconcile us back to Him. He loves us so much that he gave up His precious dearly beloved Son to truly and completely die for us. Our Father and God, smote (took away the breath) of His OWN Son. (like the example of Abraham and Isaac) The Son was SMITTEN of God, then three days later His own Father raised up His only SON from the chains of death.

"That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:19

"The only defense against evil is the indwelling of Christ in the heart through faith in His righteousness. Unless we become vitally connected with God, we can never resist the unhallowed effects of self-love, self-indulgence, and temptation to sin. We may leave off many bad habits, for the time we may part company with Satan; but without a vital connection with God, through the surrender of ourselves to Him moment by moment, we shall be overcome. Without a personal acquaintance with Christ, and a continual communion, we are at the mercy of the enemy, and shall do his bidding in the end.

“The last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so,” said Jesus, “shall it be also unto this wicked generation.” There are none so hardened as those who have slighted the invitation of mercy, and done despite to the Spirit of grace. The most common manifestation of the sin against the Holy Spirit is in persistently slighting Heaven’s invitation to repent. Every step in the rejection of Christ is a step toward the rejection of salvation, and toward the sin against the Holy Spirit.

What Our Pioneer's Believed About Gods Spirit 

 

J.N. LOUGHBOROUGH 

"The Spirit of God is spoken of in the Scriptures as God's representative- the power by which he works, the agency by which all things are upheld. This is clearly expressed by the Psalmist...Psa. 139:7-10. We learn from this language that when we speak of the Spirit of God we are really speaking of his presence and power." Review and Herald, Sept. 13, 1898, p. 690.  

 

M.C. WILCOX 

"God is the source of all life...God's life is eternal life, even as He is 'the eternal God.'...'But God is a person; how can His life be everywhere present?' God is everywhere present by His Spirit...The presence of God is therefore His Holy Spirit; and the Holy Spirit is therefore the life of God. And so we read of 'the Spirit of life' (Rom. 8:2), that 'the Spirit is life because of righteousness' (verse 10); that 'the Spirit giveth life' (2 Cor. 3:6)." Signs of the Times, June 2, 1898.  

 

E. J. WAGGONER 

"Finally, we know the Divine unity of the Father and the Son from the fact that both have the same Spirit. Paul, after saying that they that are in the flesh cannot please God, continues: "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His." Rom. 8:9. Here we find that the Holy Spirit is both the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ." Christ And His Righteousness, 1892, p.23.  

 

A.J. MORTON 

"The Holy Spirit is divine because it proceeds from divinity. You can no more separate divinity from the Spirit of God and Christ than you can separate divinity from God and Christ. It is, therefore, the presence of the Spirit in the words of God's promises which enable us to receive the divine nature from those promises." Signs of the Times, Oct. 26, 1891, p.342.  

 

URIAH SMITH 

"J.W.W. asks: 'Are we to understand that the Holy Ghost is a person, the same as the Father and the Son? Some claim that it is, others that it is not.' "Ans.-The terms 'Holy Ghost,' are a harsh and repulsive translation. It should be 'Holy Spirit' (hagion pneuma) in every instance. This Spirit is the Spirit of God, and the Spirit of Christ; the Spirit being the same whether it is spoken of as pertaining to God or Christ. But respecting this Spirit, the Bible uses expressions which cannot be harmonized with the idea that it is a person like the Father and the Son. Rather it is shown to be a divine influence from them both, the medium which represents their presence and by which they have knowledge and power through all the universe, when not personally present. 

Christ is a person, now officiating as priest in the sanctuary in heaven; and yet he says that wherever two or three are gathered in his name, he is there in the midst. Mt. 18:20. How? Not personally, but by his Spirit.  

 

In one of Christ's discourses (John, chapters 14,15, and 16) this Spirit is personified as 'the Comforter,' and as such has the personal and relative pronouns, 'he,' 'him,' and 'whom,' applied to it. But usually it is spoken of in a way to show that it cannot be a person, like the Father and the Son. For instance, it is often said to be 'poured out' and 'shed abroad.' But we never read about God or Christ being poured out or shed abroad.  

 

If it was a person, it would be nothing strange for it to appear in bodily shape; and yet when it has so appeared, that fact has been noted as peculiar. Thus Luke 3:22 says: 'And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him.' But the shape is not always the same; for on the day of Pentecost it assumed the form of 'cloven tongues like as of fire.' Acts 2:3,4. Again we read of 'the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.' Rev. 1:4; 3:1; 4:5; 5:6.  

 

This is unquestionably simply a designation of the Holy Spirit, put in this form to signify its perfection and completeness. But it could hardly be so described if it was a person. We never read of the seven Gods or the Seven Christ's." Review and Herald, Oct. 28,1890.  

 

 

J.H. WAGGONER 

"There is one question which has been much controverted in the theological world upon which we have never presumed to enter. It is that of the personality of the Spirit of God. Prevailing ideas of person are very diverse, often crude, and the word is differently understood; so that unity of opinion on this point cannot be expected until all shall be able to define precisely what they mean by the word, or until all shall agree upon one particular sense in which the word shall be used.  

But as this agreement does not exist, it seems that a discussion of the subject cannot be profitable, especially as it is not a question of direct revelation. We have a right to be positive in our faith and our statements only when the words of Scripture are so direct as to bring the subject within the range of positive proof. "We are not only willing but anxious to leave it just where the word of God leaves it. From it we learn that the Spirit of God is that awful and mysterious power which proceeds from the throne of the universe, and which is the efficient actor in the work of creation and of redemption." The Spirit Of God; Its Offices And Manifestations, 1877.  

 

 

MRS. S.M.I. HENRY 

"Q. Do you think the Spirit of God is a person, or is it simply the power by which God works, and which he has given to man for his use? "A. The pronouns used in connection with the Spirit must lead us to conclude that he is a person,-the personality of God which is the source of all power and life." THE ABIDING SPIRIT, 1899.  

 

M.C. WILCOX 

"28.THE PERSONALITY OF THE SPIRIT Ques. 1. Some say the Holy Spirit is a person; others say He is a personality; and others, a power only. Till how long should this be a matter of discussion? Ans. 1. The personality of the Holy Spirit will probably be a matter of discussion always. Sometimes the Spirit is mentioned as being 'poured out,' as in Acts 2. All through the Scriptures, the Spirit is represented as being the operating power of God...The reason why the Scriptures speak of the Holy Spirit as a person, it seems to us, is that it brings to us, and to every soul that believes, the personal presence of our Lord Jesus Christ...  

"Because of the lack of faith, it was 'expedient,' necessary, that He should go away; for He declared, 'If I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I go, I will send Him unto you.' John 16:7. His disciples could not realize the presence of the Spirit of God as long as Christ was with them personally. In that sense, He could be with those only who were in His immediate presence. But when He went away, and the Spirit came, it could make Christ present with everyone, wherever that one was with Paul in Athens, Peter in Jerusalem, Thomas in India, John in Patmos.  

 

"These are simply illustrations. Wherever God's children are, there is the Spirit - not an individual person, as we look upon persons, but having the power to make present the Father and the Son. That Spirit is placed upon God's messengers, the angels; but the angels are not the Spirit. That Spirit is placed upon God's servants, His human messengers; but the human messengers are not the Spirit. They are possessed by the Spirit, and used by the Spirit, and have within them the power of the Spirit; but they are not the Spirit. The Spirit is independent of all these human or material agencies. Why not leave it there? Why not know that the Spirit, the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit of Deity, goes out into all the earth, bringing the presence of God to every heart that will receive it?" Questions And Answers Vol.11, 1919, 1938 editions, p.37-39. In the 1945 edition p.33-35.  

 

 

M.C. WILCOX 

"Ques. 187. The Holy Spirit and Ministering Spirits "What is the difference between the Holy Spirit and the ministering spirits (angels), or are they the same? "Ans. The Holy Spirit is the mighty energy of the Godhead, the life and power of God flowing out from Him to all parts of the universe, and thus making a living connection between His throne and all creation. As is expressed by another: '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 thus makes Christ everywhere present. 

To use a crude illustration, just as a telephone carries the voice of a man, and so makes that voice present miles away, so the Holy Spirit carries with it all the potency of Christ in making Him everywhere present with all His power, and revealing Him to those in harmony with His law. Thus the Spirit is personified in Christ and God, but never revealed as a separate person. 

 

Never are we told to pray to the Spirit; but to God for the Spirit. Never do we find in the Scriptures prayers to the Spirit, but for the Spirit." Questions And Answers Gathered From The Question Corner Department Of The Signs Of The Times, Pacific Press, 1911 p.18-182.  

 

"And yet there is order observed in God's working; there is the regular channel through which His life force flows to the children of men, and by which His blessed Spirit does its work. We read: 'The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him, to show unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass; and He sent and signified it by His angel unto His servant John; who bare record of the Word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ.' Rev. 1:1,2. Here we have the order of divine procedure: (1) The Father; (2) Jesus Christ; (3) Christ's angel; (4) John the apostle and prophet; (5) the church. And as respects the latter, the messages to the church are given through the ministers, or watchmen, of that church. "God in His wisdom can work and does work in other ways, because conditions of men demand it, but this is the regular way.  

 

"The glory supreme and insupportable of the Godhead is represented in the Father. 1 Tim. 6:16. Jesus Christ has forever blended the divine with the human, and from Him flows out the Spirit of life to all His children. The angels are the mediums, the ganglia, on these great currents of God's life to reenforce, so to speak, these life currents. They can bear without exaltation God's Spirit and its outshining glory, and in themselves bring the presence of God to His children, and drive back the angels of evil which seek to destroy them." M.C. WILCOX, Signs of the Times, Feb. 26, 1908.  


"The sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit does not lie in any sudden word or deed; it is the firm, determined resistance of truth and evidence." The Faith I Live By, p. 58.4

In rejecting Christ the Jewish people committed the unpardonable sin; and by refusing the invitation of mercy, we may commit the same error. We offer insult to the Prince of life, and put Him to shame before the synagogue of Satan and before the heavenly universe when we refuse to listen to His delegated messengers, and instead listen to the agents of Satan, who would draw the soul away from Christ. So long as one does this, he can find no hope or pardon, and he will finally lose all desire to be reconciled to God."  The Desire of Ages, p. 324.1 

Every one is under bonds to God to manifest obedience to all his commandments, relying fully on the righteousness of Christ for his acceptance with God. Accepting the grace of Christ, we are to live to the honor and glory of God, keeping the commandments at any sacrifice to ourselves. "There is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."  We are to be an end-time faithful remnant.

James 1:17 "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."

Yes; in giving the Holy Spirit, it was impossible for God to give more. To this Gift nothing could be added. By IT (neutered pronoun) all needs are supplied. The Holy Spirit is the Vital Presence of God, and if appreciated will call forth praise and thanksgiving, and will ever be springing up unto everlasting Life. The restoration of the Spirit is the Covenant of Grace. Yet how few appreciate this great Gift, so costlyyet so free to all who will accept it? When faith takes hold of the Blessing, there comes rich spiritual good. But too often the Blessing is not appreciated. We need an enlarged conception in order to comprehend Its value.

“That the Blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the Promise of the Spirit through faith!” Galatians 3:14

Christ is longing to see HIMSELF, not someone else, manifest in His people. God Manifest in Christ—Christ Manifest IN His people. WE are Christ's own inheritance. Are you going to deny Christ His own inheritance, yourself? He has bought and paid for YOU! Are you going to deny or accept Him? "God the Holy Spirit" is a foreign god to the Holy Scriptures, meaning it is not found in the Scriptures.

As speech is to thought, so is Christ to the invisible God. He is the manifestation of the Father, and is called the Word of God. God sent His Son into the world, His divinity clothed with humanity, to make known in His life and character the attributes of the Father, that men might bear the image of the invisible God. He was the embodiment of the law of God, which is the transcript of His character. 

“Who is Christ?--He is the only begotten Son of the living God. He is to the Father as a word that expresses the thought,--as a thought made audible. Christ is the word of God.” {E. G. White, The Youth’s Instructor, June 28, 1894 par. 9}  

“The Father gave His Spirit without measure to His Son, and we also may partake of its fullness.” {E. G. White, The Great Controversy, p. 477} 

The Holy Spirit is the VITAL DIVINE PRESENCE AND POWER OF GOD sent to us through His Son so that we can be PARTAKERS of Himself!
 
“By  the  Spirit  the  Father  and  the  Son  will  come  and  make  their  abode  with  you.”  {E. G. White, Bible Echo, January 15, 1893 par. 8}. 
 
“Jesus answered and said unto him, 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   

"He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath BOTH the Father and the Son." 2 John 1:9 (Does not say three...says "BOTH" the Father and the Son.
 
“The  sinner  then  stands  before  God  as  a  just  person;  he  is  taken  into  favor  with Heaven,  and  through  the  Spirit  has  fellowship  with  the  Father  and  the  Son.”  {E.  G.  White,  Selected  Messages  Book  3,  p.  191}  This  is  the  true  meaning  of  the above statement when we allow the Testimonies to explain themselves.

As speech is to thought, so are WE to be connected to Christ as Christ is to the invisible God. 

Who is the Comforter? = Jesus

Then why is He called a distinct personality? (another comforter)

Distinct means separate or different.

Is Christ with us in a different way? = Jn 14:16-18. Yes, the disciples already knew Him, not in a spiritual sense. They knew Him personally, for He was already dwelling with them! But now He comes in a different way....invisible.

Luke 24:31 "And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight."

Is the Spirit of God and the Spirit of God the same thing? For a comprehensive study on the Holy Spirit watch this excellent video here. Another great study on the Holy Spirit here

It is the Holy Spirit (Jesus Himself's own Spirit) that gives you the power, the strength, the boldness, ability, and the confidence to be witnesses for Jesus. You can't do it on your own.

If you want to be a bolder witness for Jesus, you need to be praying for it, obeying the Lord, and submitting to the will of the Lord.

The Holy Spirit is the Presence and Power of God.

"The Holy Spirit is the vital PRESENCE of God." --{Ye Shall Receive Power, p. 284.2 and http://www.whiteestate.org/message/ask-part1.asp}

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. John 14:26.

“I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you” (John 14:18). The divine Spirit that the world’s Redeemer promised to send is the presence and power of God. He will not leave His people in the world destitute of His grace, to be buffeted by the enemy of God, and harassed by the oppression of the world; but He will come to them.—The Signs of the Times, November 23, 1891 Ye Shall Receive Power, p. 39.5  





It is not essential for you to know and be able to define just what the Holy Spirit is. Christ tells us that the Holy Spirit is the Comforter, and the Comforter is the Holy Ghost, "the Spirit of truth, which the Father shall send in My name." "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" [John 14:16, 17]. This refers to the omnipresence of the Spirit of Christ, called the Comforter. Again Jesus says, "I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth is come, He will guide you into all truth" [John 16:12, 13]. {14MR 179.2 


(Galatians 3:10-13, 24; Romans 3:19-28; 5:1). No Room for Self-sufficiency—We are justified by faith. The soul who understands the meaning of these words will never be self-sufficient. We are not sufficient of ourselves to think anything of ourselves. The Holy Spirit is our efficiency in the work of character building, in forming characters after the divine similitude. When we think ourselves capable of molding our own experience, we make a great mistake. We can never of ourselves obtain the victory over temptation. But those who have genuine faith in Christ will be worked by the Holy Spirit. The soul in whose heart faith abides will grow into a beautiful temple for the Lord. He is directed by the grace of Christ. Just in proportion as he depends on the Holy Spirit’s teaching he will grow (Manuscript 8, 1900).

20 (Philippians 1:21; Colossians 3:3; see EGW comment on Revelation 3:1). The Greatest Work in the World—Everything good in men and women is the fruit of the working of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit teaches us to reveal righteousness in our lives. The greatest work that can be done in our world is to glorify God by living the character of Christ. God will make perfect only those who will die to self. Those who are willing to do this can say, “I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me” (Manuscript 16, 1900).

iscernment of Duty, August 7

 
Thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing: and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked. Revelation 3:17.

What is it that constitutes the wretchedness, the nakedness of those who feel rich and increased with goods?—It is the want of the righteousness of Christ. In their own righteousness they are represented as clothed with filthy rags, and yet in this condition they flatter themselves that they are clothed upon with Christ’s righteousness. Could deception be greater? As is represented by the prophet, they may be crying, “The temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord are we” (see Jeremiah 7:4), while their hearts are filled with unholy traffic and unrighteous barter.

The courts of the soul-temple may be the haunt of envy, pride, passion, evil surmising, bitterness, and hollow formalism. Christ looks mournfully upon His professed people who feel rich and increased in the knowledge of the truth, and who are yet destitute of the truth in life and character, and unconscious of their destitute condition. In sin and unbelief, they lightly regard the warnings and counsels of His servants, and treat His ambassadors with scorn and contempt, while their words of reproof are regarded as idle tales. Discernment seems to have departed, and they have no power to discriminate between the light which God sends them and the darkness that comes from the enemy of their souls....

When Jesus went away, He intrusted to men His work in all its varied branches, and every true follower of Christ has some work to do for Him, for which he is responsible to his own Master, and that work he is expected to do with fidelity, waiting for command and direction from his Leader. We are the responsible agents of God, and have been invested with the goods of heaven, and we should have an eye single to the glory of Him who has called us.On our part there should be a faithful execution of duty, doing our appointed task to the full measure of our intrusted capability. No living being can do our work for us. We must do our work through a diligent use of the intellect which God has given, gaining in knowledge and efficiency as we make progress in our work.The Review and Herald, August 7, 1894.


"The Lord does not propose to perform for us either the willing or the doing. This is our proper work. As soon as we earnestly enter upon the work, God’s grace is given to work in us to will and to do, but never as a substitute for our effort. Our souls are to be aroused to cooperate. The Holy Spirit works the human agent, to work out our own salvation. This is the practical lesson the Holy Spirit is striving to teach us. “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” TESTIMONIES TO MINISTERS AND GOSPEL WORKERS, PAGE 240

"Humanity has in itself no light. Apart from Christ we are like an unkindled taper, like the moon when her face is turned away from the sun; we have not a single ray of brightness to shed into the darkness of the world. But when we turn toward the Sun of Righteousness, when we come in touch with Christ, the whole soul is aglow with the brightness of the divine presence." --{THOUGHTS FROM THE MOUNT OF BLESSING, PAGE 40} 

Jesus said in Acts 1:8 that "Ye shall be MY witnesses". Not a witness for someone else. A witness for Jesus the Son of the living God that has never and can never die.

Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

God and His Son need a witness against the devil's claims against God. Satan has said that God is unfair, too strict, that no one can keep God's law. God NEEDS us to stand up for Him to be wholly His people. 

Look what kind of witness Daniel was. Job. Abraham. Moses. James & Ellen White. All the early pioneers of the SDA church. Noah. David against Goliath. So many. Are you standing up for God, by faith asking for God to impart the Holy Spirit so you can obeying His law. Righteousness by FAITH. If you have faith, you have Jesus. The Spirit of Jesus IS true FAITH. 

So many of our brothers and sisters, even within our own fellowship, have not yet realized that it is knowing Him, and His great love, which was demonstrated upon Calvary which gives us the Grace and Victory. Without knowing this, all is in vain. The 7th day Sabbath is verily the Seal of Righteousness by faith. Knowing without any shadow of a doubt, that it is His Righteousness, given freely, and daily to all who will lay hold upon the borders of His garments (woven in the loom of heaven), and of which not a single thread had any human power involved.

This is the 3rd angel's message in verity! It is love which converts the heart, it is His love which inspires us with hope and faith and confidence to go boldly to the throne of Grace, to obtain the empowerment of His Spirit, that we might
both will and do His good pleasure!

It is His Divine love which Satan is trying desperately to hide from the eyes and ears of mankind, and especially our 7th day Adventist people. For without experiencing His love personally, individually in our hearts, and not just in our heads, we as a people will find ourselves exactly as the jewish leaders who wanted Christ dead, and taken down from the cross before sundown on that fateful friday evening, so that they would not break the Sabbath!

For this is the message given by the beloved apostle, just before he wrote the Revelation. I John chapter 4-5.

May the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) bless and fill you with His Spirit, as you continue to share His Love and power to conquer every sin, with all those who will hear!
  1. Isaiah 43:10
    Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

  2. Isaiah 43:12
    I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God.

  3. Isaiah 44:8
    Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works."

Do you want your faith to increase, your convictions to deepen, your love be made perfect?

If you do,  FORGET YOURSELF, and try to help others. Talk of the love of Christ, tell of His goodness. Do every duty that presents itself. Carry the burden of souls upon your heart, and by every means in your power seek to save the lost. As you receive the Spirit of Christ—the Spirit of unselfish love and labor for others—you will grow and bring forth fruit. The graces of the Spirit will ripen in your character. Your faith will increase, your convictions deepen, your love be made perfect. More and more you will reflect the likeness of Christ in all that is pure, noble, and lovely.“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.” Galatians 5:22, 23. This fruit can never perish, but will produce after its kind a harvest unto eternal life.  John 17:3 tells us exactly HOW to obtain eternal life. That we should KNOW the only true God and Jesus Christ who God sent to us to reconcile us back to Him.

YOUR BODY IS THE BASKET. CHRIST'S SPIRIT IS THE FRUIT>>>>>>>

"We should continually pray to God to increase our strength, to make us strong in his strength, to kindle in our hearts the flame of divine love. The cause of God is best advanced by those who are meek and lowly in heart. The poor in spirit are blessed because they feel their great need. Brethren, the meekness of the Spirit of Christ has not been brought into your work. You must die to self, or your life work will be a failure." 

“The great day of the Lord is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly.” Zephaniah 1:14. Let us be shod with the gospel shoes, ready to march at a moment’s notice. Every hour, every minute, is precious. We have no time to spend in self-gratification. All around us there are souls perishing in sin. Every day there is something to do for our Lord and Master. Every day we are to point souls to the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sin of the world." Testimonies for the Church Volume 9, p. 48.2

Only a Little While Now

"It will only be a little while before Jesus will come to save His children and to give them the finishing touch of immortality. “This corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality.” The graves will be opened, and the dead will come forth victorious, crying, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” Our loved ones who sleep in Jesus will come forth clothed with immortality.
And as the redeemed shall ascend to heaven, the gates of the city of God will swing back, and those who have kept the truth will enter in. A voice, richer than any music that ever fell on mortal ear, will be heard saying, “Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” Then the righteous will receive their reward. Their lives will run parallel with the life of Jehovah. They will cast their crowns at the Redeemer’s feet, touch the golden harps, and fill all heaven with rich music."—The Signs of the Times, April 15, 1889.

"Could all see Christ before the throne, waiting for their prayers, waiting for them to surrender their will, to cease their rebellion and come back to their allegiance to God, in deep penitence they would pray the Father to forgive their transgression of His law, and forgive them for the influence they have exercised in causing others to disregard the law of Jehovah. The confederacies of the enemy’s army are triumphing in their delay. Will they longer remain under the condemnation of the law? Or, will they stand on the side of Christ, and with their influence help the betrayed, rebellious race by their own experimental knowledge? Will they now become co-workers with Jesus Christ, who is making personal intercession for them before the Father? Angels are keeping back the destroying agencies, for they have an intense interest for these rebellious sons, and they want to help them to return to the fold in safety and peace, that they may finally be overcomers, and be saved, eternally saved with the family of God in heaven." OUR FATHER CARES, PAGE 266

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. God is a Spirit and He is Holy. The "Holy" Spirit of God given to His Son, who in turn pours out Himself into us, and surrounds us with Himself; consists of all the good gifts of God which includes, but is not limited to love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.

 The "Holy Spirit or "Holy" Ghost is the same thing and consists of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. This IS what the Kingdom of Heaven is governed by - the fruits of God through Christ Himself, into us, so we can be partakers of DIVINE nature. Divine nature consists of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. When you "get" the "Holy" Spirit or "Holy" Ghost, you "get" God Himself, who is IN Christ, who IN turn gives us or pours into us His very own life/Spirit that is made up or composed of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.



God 
Manifest in Christ—Christ Manifest IN His people.
Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His church. When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own.  

We NEED to HAVE JESUS OWN SPIRIT, HIS OWN
LIFE living in the midst of us and surrounding us so we CAN manifest Jesus Himself through us so we will have the Spirit of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance to share with others, just as God shares it with Jesus.

The "HOLY" Spirit is the Spirit of Christ. His own Spirit, His own life, His own divine influences. He pours out His Spirit which is His own self into the midst of us surrounding us with His glory and favor, when we ask Him to come into our hearts/minds. Remember, Christ said, I can do NOTHING of myself. Our one and only wise Sovereign, immortal (the only being who cannot die), invisible Father and God, gave Christ all the power and authority of Heaven and Earth - Christ in turn gives this power and authority to us - to be representatives of Him. Christ says, 
"Learn of me, for I am meek and lowly = gentle and humble. Christ own Spirit consists of  love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. 

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?  Ask for Christ to impart the "Holy" Spirit to you and you to will have the fruit of the Spirit which is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63) To those that ask Him, Jesus imparts the Holy Spirit; for it is necessary that every believer should be delivered from pollution, as well as from the curse and condemnation of the law.
 

"The Spirit of Christ—true faith." ST April 7, 1887, par. 5

"To the end of time the presence of the Spirit is to abide with the true church." The Acts of the Apostles, p. 55.2 

"Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 2 Corinthians 3:17


“When the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.” Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His church. When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own. It is the privilege of every Christian not only to look for but to hasten the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, (2 Peter 3:12, margin). Were all who profess His name bearing fruit to His glory, how quickly the whole world would be sown with the seed of the gospel. Quickly the last great harvest would be ripened, and Christ would come to gather the precious grain."  Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 69.1 

"They are NOT to look forward, thinking that at some future time a great work is to be done for them; for the work is now complete." Selected Messages Book 1, p. 394.3

"God does NOT give the Spirit by measure." John 3:34 the Words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are Life John 6:63 Jesus name is the WORD OF GOD and is our Lamp! We are to keep our "lamps" trimmed and burning. Filled with Jesus who name IS the Word of GOD. If we are filled with God and Jesus we bear the fruits and works of their Spirit;  love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. 

Remember? When the fruit is brought forth, immediately Jesus putteth in the sickle (comes to get His People), because the harvest is come.” Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His church (His faithful people). When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own.

Christ is only waiting for us to be willing to be MADE willing so He can manifest HIMSELF in His people. Forget self, spend time on your knees praying, studying and look around you. Help others. Look at them and help them solve their problems like they were your own problems. When you look at them, look at them like it's your own self you are helping. Would you give up on yourself and say "s/he is a lost cause"? If you don't think you are a lost cause, and can't be helped, don't look at others and say that either. Love is the greatest of these: Faith, Hope and LOVE!

Those who are imbued with the love of Christ will make it manifest. Their very countenance will speak pity, and will reveal to their brethren and sisters that they are filled with a spirit of compassion towards them.

Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His church (His faithful people). When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own. 

Oh, that those who have not the milk of human kindness in them might see that their thoughts, their feelings, words, and actions must be decidedly changed in order that the prayer of Christ may be fulfilled in the church. Christ wants what? To see HIMSELF manifested in His People! What should be manifested? The "HOLY" Spirit/Ghost which is: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.

The character of the Lord Jesus Christ is to be reproduced in those who believe in him as their personal Saviour. They will be "rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life." Our acceptance with God is not upon the ground of our good works, but our reward will be according to our works. "For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh; that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."

"The carnal [or natural] mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be." Human nature could not keep the law, even if it would. Apart from Christ, without union with him, we can do nothing. "Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God." The law requires us to present to God a holy character. It demands of men today just what it demanded of Adam in Eden,—perfect obedience, perfect harmony with all its precepts in all relations of life, under all circumstances and conditions. No unholy thought can be tolerated, no unlovely action can be justified. As the law requires that which no man of himself can render, the human family are found guilty before the great moral standard, and it is not in the province of law to pardon the transgressor of law. The standard of the law cannot be lowered to meet man in his fallen condition. No compromise can be made with the sinner to take less than the full requirement of the law. The law cannot acquit the guilty, it cannot cleanse the sinner, or give power to the transgressor to raise himself into a purer, holier atmosphere. Standing before a holy, good, and just law, and finding ourselves condemned because of transgression, we may well cry out, What shall we do to be saved?

There is but one way of escape for the sinner. There is but one agency whereby he may be cleansed from sin. He must accept the propitiation that has been made by the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world. The shed blood of Christ cleanseth us from all sin. "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." "Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins." A complete offering has been made; for "God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son,"—not a son by creation, as were the angels, nor a son by adoption, as is the forgiven sinner, but a Son begotten in the express image of the Father's person, and in all the brightness of his majesty and glory, one equal with God in authority, dignity, and divine perfection. In him dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.

John said, "We have seen, and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world." The Son of God took upon him human nature,—"the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us." "God was manifest in the flesh." The union of divinity with humanity brings to the fallen race a value which we scarcely comprehend. The human and the divine were united in Christ, in order that he might represent those who should believe in him. He took our nature, and passed through our experiences, and as our representative he assumed our responsibilities. The sins of men were charged to Christ, and, innocent though he was, he engaged to suffer for the guilty, that through faith in him the world might be saved. "We were reconciled to God by the death of his Son." Christ reconciled the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them. O, what compassion and love are here revealed! How is humanity exalted through the merits of Christ! His sacrifice was ample and complete. The Holy One died instead of the unholy. He clothed himself in our filthy garments, that we might wear the spotless robe of his righteousness, which was woven in the loom of heaven. He paid the whole debt for all who would believe in him as their personal Saviour. His blood cleanseth from all sin and purifieth from all unrighteousness. In him, through him alone, we have forgiveness of sins. Through faith in his blood we have justification in the sight of God.

It will avail nothing for us to do penance, to afflict the body for the sin of the soul, or to flatter ourselves that by our good works we shall merit or purchase an inheritance among the saints. When the question was asked Christ, "What shall we do that we might work the works of God?" he answered, "This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent." We are not to do something in order to purchase our entrance into heaven; for the Lord gives us heaven through the merit of Jesus Christ, and not through any merit of our own. Good works are the result of faith and love; for, conscious of the debt of love and gratitude which we owe to God for the infinite sacrifice made in our behalf, we show forth the praises of him who hath called us out of darkness into his marvelous light. Every one is under bonds to God to manifest obedience to all his commandments, relying fully on the righteousness of Christ for his acceptance with God. Accepting the grace of Christ, we are to live to the honor and glory of God, keeping the commandments at any sacrifice to ourselves. "There is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."

The atonement of Christ was not made in order to induce God to love those whom he otherwise hated; it was not made to produce a love that was not in existence; but it was made as a manifestation of the love that was already in God's heart, an exponent of the divine favor in the sight of heavenly intelligences, in the sight of worlds unfallen, and in the sight of a fallen race. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." We are not to entertain the idea that God loves us because Christ has died for us, but that he so loved us that he gave his only-begotten Son to die for us. The death of Christ was expedient in order that mercy might reach us with its full pardoning power, and at the same time that justice might be satisfied in the righteous substitute. The glory of God was revealed in the rich mercy that he poured out upon a race of rebels, who through repentance and faith might be pardoned through the merits of Christ, for God will by no means clear the guilty who refuse to acknowledge the merit of a crucified and risen Saviour. It is only through faith in Christ that sinners may have the righteousness of Christ imputed unto them, and that they may be "made the righteousness of God in him." Our sins were laid on Christ, punished in Christ, put away by Christ, in order that his righteousness might be imputed to us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Although sin was charged to his account on our behalf, yet he remained perfectly sinless.

O, what a history we have in the life and death, resurrection and exaltation of Christ! He was the incarnate God, the Lord of life and glory; yet for our sakes he was delivered into the hands of wicked men. Satan and the whole confederacy of evil men and evil angels raged around him, and he suffered that which would have been insupportable to any human being. His life was one of utter self-denial and self-sacrifice, full of achievements of divine mercy, goodness, and power. Disease fled at his touch, the blind saw, the deaf heard, demons were cast out, the dead were raised. The tempest-tossed waters were stilled at his command, and as he hung upon the cross, nature gave signs that she sympathized with her dying Author. The earth reeled and heaved beneath the feet of men; the sun clothed itself in sackcloth. When the mighty angel descended from heaven, parting the darkness from his track, the Roman guard fell as dead men before the resplendent glory, and Christ in his Godhead shone forth as he burst from the tomb, and rose triumphant over death and the grave. The disciples understood, when they saw him arisen from the dead, what he meant when he said, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up."

Shall our faith ever falter again? What stronger evidence could God have given us that Jesus is the Son of God? What greater evidence could be given of the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ than that which has been given by those who were eyewitnesses of his Majesty? Will those who claim to believe in Christ as a personal Saviour, dishonor God by doubting that he to whose guardianship they have committed their souls will keep that which has been committed to his trust against that day? Jesus is a risen Saviour. He came forth from the grave to vindicate his previous claims, to confirm the faith of his followers, to establish the truth of his Godhead before men, to make doubly sure the assurance that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

FIVE CONNECTIONS!!!
  Isa 51:16  And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.
ZION IS GOD'S PEOPLE


 
  Isa 28:16  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a PRECIOUS corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
JESUS IS THE PRECIOUS CORNERSTONE
 
  Rev 21:10  And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

Rev 21:11  Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone MOST PRECIOUS even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

Rev 21:19  And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper;

ZION (NEW JERUSALEM) LOOKS LIKE JESUS!!!
 
Rev 4:2  And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
Rev 4:3  And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone:
THE FATHER LOOKS LIKE JESUS, TOO.  (OR VICE VERSA)
 
Luk 6:36  Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
Joh 17:21  That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

TRUE UNITY OF CHARACTER, PURPOSE, AND GOALS WITH THE GODHEAD THROUGH THE INDWELLING POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

Ezekiel 38 and 39 are both conditional upon obedience prophesies.  They are prophesies respecting a future glory of Israel and Jerusalem conditional to obedience. These prophesies have a future application in respect to the SDA church triumphant.  The SDA church militant has, since Ellen White’s demise, misapplied favorable promises made to the SDA church triumphant, to the SDA church militant—the co-ed wheat and tare church. 

God deliverers them. The battle continues after the 1000 years, Jerusalem stands in her eternal glory, with all the saints of all ages, and Babylon of all ages, is destroyed, root and branch.

In the type, Babylon was a heathen nation.

In the end, Babylon is apostate Christianity.


God delivers the SDA church triumphant remnant who appears as about to fall when they are surrounded out in the wilderness. It is During the Time of Jacob's Trouble That the Church Triumphant Appears as About to Fall but Does not Fall

"The people of God will then be plunged into those scenes of affliction and distress described by the prophet as the time of Jacob's trouble.... Jacob's night of anguish, when he wrestled in prayer for deliverance from the hand of Esau (Genesis 32:24-30), represents the experience of God's people in the time of trouble....Jacob's company, unarmed and defenseless, SEEMED ABOUT TO FALL HELPLESS VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE AND SLAUGHTER." E.G. White, The Great Controversy, (1911 edition), p. 616.

"When we learn the power of His word, we shall not follow the suggestions of Satan in order to obtain food or to save our lives. Our only questions will be, What is God’s command? and what His promise? Knowing these, we shall obey the one, and trust the other."   The Desire of Ages, p. 121.2


The above statement is the true context of the following statement that has long been misinterpreted and misapplied by SDA leaders:

"The church may appear as about to fall, but it does not fall. It remains, while the sinners in Zion will be sifted out--the chaff separated from the precious wheat....The REMNANT thatpurify their souls by obeying the truth gather strength from the trying process, exhibiting the beauty of holiness amid the surrounding apostasy." E.G. White, Selected Messages, Bk. 2, 380.

It is obvious from the above statement and from common sense that any church that does not fall is the church triumphant. A few other items are obvious from the above statement:

Zion is the REMNANT. Zion is the church triumphant, not the church militant. This is also borne out by the following Scripture: "But ye are come unto mount Sion (A version of Zion), and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect." Hebrews, 12:22, 23.

It is Zion, the church triumphant and not the church militant that appears as about to fall, but does not. Zion is the remnant that purifies their souls by obeying the truth amid surrounding apostasy. Zion is a heavenly church Kingdom. The sinners are shaken out of the heavenly church Kingdom, not an earthly church organization. Just men made perfect must refer to the church triumphant. Zion is the firstborn or the firstfruits. Revelation 14:1-4, identifies the FIRSTFRUITS AS THE 144,000. Mount Zion in the heavenly Jerusalem city, is the general assembly and church of the FIRSTBORN, [FIRSTFRUITS] that are written in heaven, and it consists of the spirits of just men made perfect. This is the church triumphant. This is the heavenly kingdom church from which and by which sinners are shaken, (Matthew 13:41-49). This heavenly kingdom church has earthly representatives in the form of the bride of Jesus Christ, or the 144,000, which are the bride and not the guests of the heavenly kingdom. Notice:

"The Holy City, the New Jerusalem, which is the capital and REPRESENTATIVE of the kingdom, is called 'the bride, the Lambs wife.'....Clearly, then, the bride represents the Holy City, and the virgins that go out to meet the bridegroom are a symbol of the church. In the Revelation the people of God are said to be the guests at the marriage supper. Revelation 19:9. If guests, they cannot be represented also as the bride." E.G. White, The Great Controversy, (1911 edition, p. 426-427. The people of God are symbolized by the ten virgins, the church militant, while the representatives of the Kingdom are the bride. The bride, the 144,000, are not the guests, and the guests are not the bride at a wedding.

How do we Know That the 144,000 are the Bride of Christ? We know that the 144,000 are the Bride and not the guests, from the following statement which defines the REMNANT:

"The woman is a symbol of the church, and the REMNANT of the church represents the Christians of THE LAST GENERATION OF MEN, living just prior to the second advent...Here, then, are the causes of the dragon's warfare upon the remnant. They teach the observance of the ten commandments, and the revival of the gifts, and acknowledge the gift of prophecy among them. When the Devil got one foot upon the fourth commandment, and the other upon the gifts planted in the Christian church by Jesus Christ, then his satanic majesty was filled with revengeful delight. But when THE REMNANT, WHOM GOD DESIGNS TO FIT FOR TRANSLATION TO HEAVEN WITHOUT SEEING DEATH, 'ask for the old paths, [historic Adventism] where is the good way, and walk therein,' then the dragon is wroth, and makes war on them'" E.G. White, Spiritual Gifts, Vol. III, p. 26.

Ellen White Further Distinguishes The Bride From the Guests by Saying That the Bride Awakens the Guests, the Ten Virgins

"Lingering near the bride's house are ten young women robed in white. Each carries a lighted lamp and a small flagon for oil. All are anxiously watching for the appearance of the bridegroom. But there is a delay [Since 1844]. Hour after hour passes; the watchers become weary and fall asleep.

At midnight the cry is heard, 'Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.' The sleepers, [all those ten virgins slept--Matt. 25:5] suddenly awaking, spring to their feet. They see the procession [of the bride--in context] moving on, bright with torches and glad with music [the torch of truth and the Song of Moses and the Lamb, that overcoming is possible]. They hear the voice of the bridegroom AND THE VOICE OF THE BRIDE. The ten maidens seize their lamps and begin to trim them, in haste to go forth. But five have neglected to fill their flasks with oil [character--overcoming]. They did not anticipate so long a delay, and they have not prepared for the emergency..... The five with lighted lamps joined the throng and entered the house with the bridal train, and the door was shut." E.G. White, Christ's Object Lessons, pp. 405, 406.

If the ten virgins are awakened by the VOICE OF THE BRIDE, then the bride is a different entity. She is Zion, the earthly representative of the heavenly Jerusalem. She is the church triumphant. She is the church from which and by which the unrepentant sinners are shaken.

Ellen White Says That the Church Triumphant Co-Exists With the Church Militant in Order to Come to the Aid of the Church Militant

"The members of the church triumphant--the church in heaven--will be permitted to draw near to the members of the church militant, to aid them in their necessity." E.G. White, The Southern Watchman, Sep. 8, 1903. "Those who think that the church militant is the church triumphant make a great mistake." E.G. White, The Upward Look, 152.

The professing SDA church once church militant has made that great mistake; that greatly cherished error For more of the same evidences see: http://omega77.tripod.com/churAATFall.htm  End of Ron’s comments.

In the end, Babylon is apostate Christianity


Let's let the Bible answer if it really matters or not if we know what the "Holy" Spirit is: John 17:3 and Jeremiah 9:24 answers this question.  

"And this is eternal life: [it means] to know (to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only true and real God, AND [likewise] to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent." John 17:3 Amplified Bible (AMP)

King James: And this is life eternal, that they might KNOW thee the only true God, AND Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. So eternal life is that we KNOW AND UNDERSTAND who GOD is. If we do not understand, we need to dust of the good book - the Holy Bible and study like your very life depends upon it, because it does. Your eternal life depends on a correct understanding of who God really is AND who His Son is.

Jeremiah 9:24 but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and KNOWS me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight," declares the LORD.

Holy vs Evil or Bad Spirit
  • "Holy" or Good Spirit = Faith, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness - Sin-free, obeys God's Ten Commandments
  • "Evil" or Bad Spirit = Unfaithfulness, unloving, unhappy, impatience, unkindness, badness - Sinful, disobeys God's Ten Commandments. Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings.
This is so simple, even a child can understand it. You've probably heard someone say, Oh, John has such a good spirit about him. You did not think it was someone else they were talking about. No, it was John himself. Or, when I am around Jennifer, I just feel a bad spirit. It can be said of most any of us when we say bad words, do bad things, that we have a "evil" or bad Spirit about us. If we have a bad spirit, you don't say that it's someone else...it's our own self, either acting good or bad. It is by asking for a "Holy" and good Spirit, that God's good and "holy" Spirit is given to us through His Son, Jesus. Every good gift is from above. (James 1:17Every right impulse is given to us from Jesus.

“The impartation of the Spirit is the impartation of the life of Christ.” DA 80

 

Christ gives them the breath of His own Spirit, the life of His own life.” MH 159

Accept Christ as your peace right now.

"Those who are imbued with the love of Christ will make it manifest. Their very countenance will speak pity, and will reveal to their brethren and sisters that they are filled with a spirit of compassion towards them.

Oh, that those who have not the milk of human kindness in them might see that their thoughts, their feelings, words, and actions must be decidedly changed in order that the prayer of Christ may be fulfilled in the church." Manuscript Releases Volume Two [Nos. 97-161], p. 273.2

Strong faith and much prayer will bring heavenly angels to our side. By patient continuance in well-doing, we become channels of light. Those who are willing to be emptied of self will be fitted for the Lord's work. There is work for all who will deny self and lift the cross. 


"Only the Holy Spirit of God can quicken the perceptive faculties." Letter 49, 1896.


What will happen to you - when you make a unswerving commitment to follow Jesus all the way? Satan leads his agents to cry, "Fanaticism!" and to warn people not to go to extremes


When the Lord works through human instrumentalities, when men are moved with power from on high, Satan leads his agents to cry, "Fanaticism!" and to warn people not to go to extremes. Let all be careful how they raise this cry; for though there is 
counterfeit coin, this does not lower the value of that which is genuine. Because there are spurious revivals and spurious conversions, it does not follow that all revivals are to be held in suspicion. Let us not show the contempt manifested by the Pharisees when they said, "This man receiveth sinners." [Luke 15:2.]  {GW 170.2} 

Satan can present a counterfeit so closely resembling the truth that it deceives those who are willing to be deceived, who desire to shun the self-denial and sacrifice demanded by the truth; but it is impossible for him to hold under his power one soul who honestly desires, at whatever cost, to know the truth. Christ is the truth and the "Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world." John 1:9. The Spirit of truth has been sent to guide men into all truth. And upon the authority of the Son of God it is declared: "Seek, and ye shall find." "If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine." Matthew 7:7; John 7:17.   Great Controversy, page 528.2


"Only to those who wait humbly upon God, who watch for His guidance and grace, is the Spirit given. This promised blessing, claimed by faith, brings all other blessings in its train. It is given according to the riches of the grace of Christ, and He is ready to supply every soul according to the capacity to receive." Sons and Daughters of God, p. 33.4

"The value of our work does not consist in making a loud noise in the world, in being zealous, eager, and active in our own strength. The value of our work is in proportion to the impartation of the longing desire to uplift and restore them. How many have grieved the Holy Spirit and misrepresented Christ in manifesting a spirit to bruise, to break, and to tear down. Those who are imbued with the love of Christ will make it manifest. Their very countenance will speak pity, and will reveal to their brethren and sisters that they are filled with a spirit of compassion towards them.

Oh, that those who have not the milk of human kindness in them might see that their thoughts, their feelings, words, and actions must be decidedly changed in order that the prayer of Christ may be fulfilled in the church. Their harsh, denunciatory spirit, their judging and evil speaking must be separated from them, or else they will continually scatter away from Christ. They should be exercising a sanctified influence, gathering with Christ in drawing souls to Him by the tender cords of love."  Manuscript Releases Volume Two [Nos. 97-161], p. 273.2  


The Spirit of Christ—true faith, that works by love and purifies the heart—is a priceless jewel, rare indeed in this degenerate age. "If ye love me," says the Saviour, "keep my commandments." How many are there who manifest their love by willing obedience, making the service of Christ their first consideration, and worldly things secondary? Let us lift up Jesus—lift him up before the people; let us dwell upon his matchless love. But the heart must be imbued with that love before we can speak it, preach it, pray it, live it. We must have personal communion with Christ, in order to reveal him to the people. The graces of his Spirit, the loveliness of his character, must shine forth in the character of his witnesses.


Is the "Holy" Spirit or Ghost "poured" out, "shed" forth? ....

According to the Bible the "Holy" Spirit/Ghost is Faith which is trust in God that the divine influences of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness are poured out or shed forth from Jesus upon God's people who ask for the "Holy" Spirit to be imparted to them. Those who love and worship Him only in Spirit and in truth. These remnant people obey His commandments and have the testimony of Jesus.

Grace = (G5485, 5463), the Divine Influence upon the heart and It's reflection in the life, benefit, favour, gift 

"Take my yoke on you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly (
gentle and humble) in heart (mind): and you shall find rest to your souls." Matthew 11:29

Do you want your Spirit to be a "Holy" Spirit like Jesus? ASK HIM TO IMPART the "Holy Spirit" to you! This "holy" Spirit will show out these divine influences in your life and you will have this for yourself and others: 
love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.

“The impartation of the Spirit is the impartation of the life of Christ.” DA 80

 

Christ gives them the breath of His own Spirit, the life of His own life.” MH 159

"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." The Faith I Live By, p. 57.2


"The impartation of the Spirit is the impartation of the life of Christ. Those only who are thus taught of God, those only who possess the inward working of the Spirit, and in whose life the Christ-life is manifested, can stand as true representatives of the Saviour.

God takes men as they are, and educates them for His service, if they will yield themselves to Him. The Spirit of God, received into the soul, quickens all its faculties. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the mind that is devoted unreservedly to God, develops harmoniously, and is strengthened to comprehend and fulfil the requirements of God. The weak, vacillating character becomes changed to one of strength and steadfastness. Continual devotion establishes so close a relation between Jesus and His disciples that the Christian becomes like his Master in character. He has clearer, broader views. His discernment is more penetrative, his judgment better balanced. So quickened is he by the life-giving power of the Sun of Righteousness that he is enabled to bear much fruit to the glory of God."76Gospel Workers, 285, 286. Sons and Daughters of God, p. 33.4  



FAITH is The Spirit of Christ—true faith. IF YOU LOVE ME, says the Saviour, obey my commandments. But the heart must be imbued with that love before we can speak it, preach it, pray it, live it. We must have personal communion with Christ, in order to reveal him to the people. The graces of his Spirit, the loveliness of his character, must shine forth in the character of his witnesses.

"If the Spirit of Christ (true faith) dwells in them, they will be Christlike and do the works of Christ."—Testimonies for the Church 4:377.

Those who have God's Spirit will show that they are abiding in His Spirit by their Spirit or actions and words. The Spirit of God's people will share the same attributes or divine influences of who is living inside. We are to be partakers of the "divine nature" of Jesus.

Grace = (G5485, 5463), the Divine Influence upon the heart and It's reflection in the life, benefit, favour, gift 

Jesus or Satan.

Those who are witnesses for Jesus are filled with Jesus own Spirit - true FAITH and as His representatives who are filled with the oil of His graces will pour out and overflow upon others love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.

 2 Kings 4:1-7.  The oil, a symbol of  the Holy Spirit, was poured into many empty containers.  As long as there were containers the oil continued to flow.  I feel as though God is saying to come to Him as an empty container so that He by His Spirt could fill up His Church/vessel with His "Holy" Spirit =true faith, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and faithfulness.  If we come to Him full of ourselves how can anything be imparted? "To those that ask Him, Jesus imparts the Holy Spirit;" --{Selected Messages Book 1, p. 394.3}  In this story when the widow ran out of containers the oil stopped flowing.

Let this mind/attitude be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

This Faith or Christ’s own Spirit is the robe or garment of righteousness that is poured out over His people who are what?

Overcomers.

Overcomers of what? Sin. Unhappiness, being unloving, impatience, hatefulness, unfaithfulness, unkindness. Bear in mind that God tests the genuineness of your desire. We may take life’s controversies and troubles to his feet; for he loves us. His every word and look invite our confidence. He will shape and mold our characters according to his will, and every day we shall be found asking, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?”

The divine culture of men and women will be carried forward to completion only as they are partakers of the divine nature. Thus they may overcome as Christ overcame in their behalf. Through the grace given, fallen man may be placed on vantage ground. Through toil, through patient trust and faith in Jesus Christ, through faithful continuance in well-doing, he may rise to spiritual victory (Letter 5, 1900).

John 20:22  And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
 John 6:63 "The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life."

 

The Word of God here gives us a practical illustration of the impartation of the Spirit; which is the life of Christ, it is His very own breath.



The phrase "baptized in the Holy Spirit" occurs two times in Acts, first in Acts 1:4-5 and second in Acts 11:16. Other terminology is used in Acts to indicate Spirit baptism, such as "filled". "Baptized in the Spirit" indicates an outward immersion into the reality of the Holy Spirit, while "filled with the Spirit" suggests an internal diffusion.


Both terms speak to the totality of receiving the Spirit. The baptism with the Holy Spirit is described in various places as the Spirit "poured out upon", "falling upon", "coming upon" people. To "pour out" suggests abundance and reflects John 3:34, "God gives the Spirit without limit". Another expression, "come upon" is related to a statement by Jesus in Lk 24:49, "I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high". The language of "come on" and "clothed with" suggest possession by and endowment with the Holy Spirit.

"The Lord would have His people sound in the faith—not ignorant of the great salvation so abundantly provided for them. They are NOT to look forward, thinking that at some future time a great work is to be done for themfor the work is NOW complete. The believer is NOT called upon to make his peace with God; he never has nor ever can do this. He is to accept Christ as his peace, for with Christ is God and peace. Christ made an end of sin, bearing its heavy curse in His own body on the tree, and He hath taken away the curse fromall those who believe in Him as a personal Saviour. He makes an end of the controlling power of sin in the heart, and the life and character of the believer testify to the genuine character of the grace of Christ. To those that ask HimJesus imparts the Holy Spirit; for it is necessary that every believer should be delivered from pollution, as well as from the curse and condemnation of the law. Through the work of the Holy Spirit (God & His Son's Spirit's combined=they will make their abode in us John 14:23), the sanctification of the truth, the believer becomes fitted for the courts of heaven; for Christ works within us, and His righteousness is upon us. Without this no soul will be entitled to heaven. We would not enjoy heaven unless qualified for its holy atmosphere by the influence of the Spirit and the righteousness of Christ." Selected Messages Book 1, p. 394.3


Man must pass over the ground over which Christ has passed. As Christ overcame every temptation which Satan brought against Him, so man is to overcome. And those who strive earnestly to overcome are brought into a oneness with Christ that the angels in heaven can never know.

"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony."

“Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.” – (Acts 2:33)

“The impartation of the Spirit is the impartation of the life of Christ.” DA 80

 

Christ gives them the breath of His own Spirit, the life of His own life.” MH 159


“We adore God for His wonderous love in giving us Jesus the Comforter” SD 124

 "The Saviour is our Comforter” 8 MR 49

 

“There is no Comforter like Christ” RH OCT 26, 1897

 

“He (Christ) is the comforter RH JAN 27, 1903

 

“The Saviour is our Comforter. This I have proved Him to be.” 19 MR 293

  

Answer; The Holy Spirit is certainly a living person. It is the person of Christ, His very life with His church. Jesus lives inside consecrated commandment keeping bodies. It is Jesus INVISIBLE, walking UNSEEN beside us and INSIDE us, helping us to be SIN-FREE!

 

While Jesus ministers in the sanctuary above, He is still by His Spirit the minister of the church on earth. He is withdrawn from the eye of sense, but His parting promise is fulfilled, "Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." Matt. 28:20. While He delegates His power to inferior ministers, His energizing presence is still with His church.  {DA 166.2}

 

This is why Jesus could promise;    

I will come to you.  

I will never leave you nor forsake you.

I am with you always even unto the end of the world.

Where two or three are gathered in my name there am I in the midst of them.

 

Please tell me is Jesus with you now in the body (physically), or is He with you by His Holy Spirit?

If you still want to make the Holy Spirit someone else, then someone else is with you not Jesus?

Look at who inspiration says is the true comforter;

 

“The impartation of the Spirit is the impartation of the life of Christ.” DA 80

 

Christ gives them the breath of His own Spirit, the life of His own life.” MH 159

 

If you disbelieve the SOP, how do you answer Jn 20:22

 

John 20:22  And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

 

The Word of God here gives us a practical illustration of the impartation of the Spirit; which is the life of Christ, it is His very own breath.

It is a part of Him, Jesus, not someone else, how can anyone not see the practical implication of this inspired text?

The rejection of this evidence shows a deeper problem than lack of discernment, because the evidence is far too clear, even young children get this.

 

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

 

Question; who is the 3rd living person of the heavenly trio?

 

While Jesus ministers in the sanctuary above, He is still by His Spirit the minister of the church on earth. He is withdrawn from the eye of sense, but His parting promise is fulfilled, "Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." Matt. 28:20. While He delegates His power to inferior ministers, His energizing presence is still with His church.  {DA 166.2}


Authority on Earth. For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. (Mark 13: 34)

  

"Cumbered with humanity, Christ could not be in every place personally; therefore it was altogether for their advantage that He should leave them, go to His father, and send them 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, as the Omnipresent. "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall (although unseen by you), [THIS PHRASE WAS ADDED BY ELLEN WHITE.] teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you" [John 14:26]. "Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will come not unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you" [John 16:7].  {14MR 23.3}

 

The prophet of the Lord states clearly that the Holy Spirit is Christ Himself.

 

They have one God and one Saviour; and one Spirit--the Spirit of Christ--is to bring unity into their ranks.  {9T 189.3}

 

The impartation of the Spirit is the impartation of the life of Christ.  {DA 805.3}

 

With his Spirit Christ sends a reconciling influence and a power that takes away sin.  {RH, May 19, 1904 par. 1} 

"Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 2 Corinthians 3:17


"And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. Luke 24:31". Vanished from their SIGHT! He now has become invisible to us as the "third personality" of the Godhead as their (God and Jesus) "Holy" Spirit, the comforter. Jesus is walking right beside us today as He did with the disciples, only INVISIBLE.   The truth is that God dwells within us by His Spirit and that the Spirit of God is in the Lord Jesus Christ and Jesus dwells in the midst of US, and we in Jesus. Learn more here:  http://www.hullquist.com/Bible/bib-onegod-12b.htm#Person


"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.

"God does NOT give the Spirit by measure" John 3:34 the Words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are Life John 6:63 Jesus name is the WORD OF GOD and is our Lamp! We are to keep our "lamps" trimmed and burning. Filled with Jesus who name IS the Word of GOD.

"You have a right to appropriate the promises which you present to God in the name of Jesus, for the Father has committed to His Son the bounties of His grace to be dispensed to those who come unto Him asking in faith. The Lord Jesus is the One who gives to him that overcometh to eat of the tree of life which is in the midst of the Paradise of God. He who took humanity upon Himself knows just how to sympathize with the sufferings of humanity. 
He had the same nature as the sinner although He knew no sin, in order that He might be able to condemn sin in the flesh and might be able to sympathize with those who were in the difficulties, dangers, and temptations that beset His own path while He walked with men. They are to obtain help as He Himself obtained it, through a vital connection with God.
MANUSCRIPT RELEASES VOLUME TWO [NOS. 97-161], PAGE 280

(1 Timothy 2:51 John 2:1, 2Revelation 3:4.) The Subdued Glory of the Human Christ—As we view Christ by the eye of faith, we see the necessity of becoming pure in thought and holy in character. Christ invites us to draw near to Him, and promises that He will draw nigh to us. Looking upon Him, we behold the invisible God, who clothed His divinity with humanity in order that through humanity He might shed forth a subdued and softened glory, so that our eyes might be enabled to rest upon Him, and our souls not be extinguished by His undimmed splendor. We behold God through Christ, our Creator and Redeemer. It is our privilege to contemplate Jesus by faith, and see Him standing between humanity and the eternal throne. He is our Advocate, presenting our prayers and offerings as spiritual sacrifices to God. Jesus is the great sinless propitiation, and through His merit, God and man may hold converse together. Christ has carried His humanity into eternity. He stands before God as the representative of our race. When we are clothed with the wedding garment of His righteousness, we become one with Him, and He says of us, “They shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.” His saints will behold Him in His glory, with no dimming veil between (The Youth’s Instructor, October 28, 1897).

"Divine grace will aid the efforts of every true believer. That grace is sufficient for us under all circumstances. The Spirit of Christ will exert His renewing, perfecting power upon the character of all who will be obedient and faithful."  To Be Like Jesus, p. 206.2 

"We must see Christ as He is. By the eye of faith we must discern the glory of the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. Manuscript Releases Volume Seven [Nos. 419-525], p. 261.1

Feeling our helplessness, we are to improve all the opportunities granted us to gain a fuller experience. As the plant takes root in the soil, so we are to take deep root in Christ. As the plant receives the sunshine, the dew, and the rain, we are to open our hearts to the Holy Spirit. The work is to be done “not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” Zechariah 4:6. If we keep our minds stayed upon Christ, He will come unto us “as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.” Hosea 6:3. As the Sun of Righteousness, He will arise upon us “with healing in His wings.” Malachi 4:2. We shall “grow as the lily.” We shall “revive as the corn, and grow as the vine.” Hosea 14:5, 7. By constantly relying upon Christ as our personal Saviour, we shall grow up into Him in all things who is our head.

The wheat develops “first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.” The object of the husbandman in the sowing of the seed and the culture of the growing plant is the production of grain. He desires bread for the hungry, and seed for future harvests. So the divine Husbandman looks for a harvest as the reward of His labor and sacrifice. Christ is seeking to reproduce Himself in the hearts of men; and He does this through those who believe in Him. The object of the Christian life is fruit bearing—the reproduction of Christ’s character in the believer, that it may be reproduced in others.

The plant does not germinate, grow, or bring forth fruit for itself, but to “give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater.” Isaiah 55:10. So no man is to live unto himself. The Christian is in the world as a representative of Christ, for the salvation of other souls.

There can be no growth or fruitfulness in the life that is centered in self. If you have accepted Christ as a personal Saviour, you are to forget yourself, and try to help others. Talk of the love of Christ, tell of His goodness. Do every duty that presents itself. Carry the burden of souls upon your heart, and by every means in your power seek to save the lost. As you receive the Spirit of Christ—the Spirit of unselfish love and labor for others—you will grow and bring forth fruit. The graces of the Spirit will ripen in your character. Your faith will increase, your convictions deepen, your love be made perfect. More and more you will reflect the likeness of Christ in all that is pure, noble, and lovely.

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.” Galatians 5:22, 23. This fruit can never perish, but will produce after its kind a harvest unto eternal life.

“When the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.” Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His church. When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own.

It is the privilege of every Christian not only to look for but to hasten the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, (2 Peter 3:12, margin). Were all who profess His name bearing fruit to His glory, how quickly the whole world would be sown with the seed of the gospel. Quickly the last great harvest would be ripened, and Christ would come to gather the precious grain."  Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 69.1

"The Lord would have His people sound in the faith—not ignorant of the great salvation so abundantly provided for them. They are NOT to look forward, thinking that at some future time a great work is to be done for them; for the work is now complete. The believer is NOT called upon to make his peace with God; he never has nor ever can do this. He is to accept Christ as his peace, for with Christ is God and peace. Christ made an end of sin, bearing its heavy curse in His own body on the tree, and He hath taken away the curse fromall those who believe in Him as a personal Saviour. He makes an end of the controlling power of sin in the heart, and the life and character of the believer testify to the genuine character of the grace of Christ. To those that ask Him, Jesus imparts the Holy Spirit; for it is necessary that every believer should be delivered from pollution, as well as from the curse and condemnation of the law. Through the work of the Holy Spirit (God & His Son's Spirit's combined=they will make their abode in us John 14:23), the sanctification of the truth, the believer becomes fitted for the courts of heaven; for Christ works within us, and His righteousness is upon us. Without this no soul will be entitled to heaven. We would not enjoy heaven unless qualified for its holy atmosphere by the influence of the Spirit and the righteousness of Christ." Selected Messages Book 1, p. 394.3

The Spirit of Christ—true faith, that works by love and purifies the heart—is a priceless jewel, rare indeed in this degenerate age. "If ye love me," says the Saviour, "keep my commandments." How many are there who manifest their love by willing obedience, making the service of Christ their first consideration, and worldly things secondary? Let us lift up Jesus—lift him up before the people; let us dwell upon his matchless love. But the heart must be imbued with that love before we can speak it, preach it, pray it, live it. We must have personal communion with Christ, in order to reveal him to the people. The graces of his Spirit, the loveliness of his character, must shine forth in the character of his witnesses.


Christ promised His followers, “If I go away, I will send another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever” [cf. John 14:16]. With this divine endowment the human agent is qualified to work in Christ’s lines. Christ continued, “He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” [Verse 26].
Individually living the life of Christ, His followers become living working agencies. They possess the character of Christ. They have the love of Christ, His faith, His hope, His oneness with the Father. They lean on Christ as their only staff and sufficiency. They are Christ’s living witnesses. By their words, their spirit, their true courtesy, their influence, by their every action, they testify of Christ. A power goes out from these human agencies, bearing the testimony that they are laborers together with God, that they have communion with their Saviour.
The preaching of the Word is not to be undervalued. The work for the salvation of souls is a sacred, holy work. Says the prophet, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth” [Isaiah 52:7].

What honor is conferred upon men in that they may be laborers together with God, His messengers, to proclaim as did the forerunner of Christ, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” Lift up the risen Saviour, and say to all who will hear, Come to Him who has loved us and died for us. Let the self-denial, the compassion, the great love wherewith Christ has loved us in purchasing us with His own life, be unfolded before men. The science of salvation is to be the burden of every sermon, the theme of every song. Let it be poured forth in every supplication.
Let nothing be brought into the preaching of the Word to supplement Christ, the Word and power of God. Let His name, the only name given under heaven whereby we may be saved, be exalted in every discourse, and from Sabbath to Sabbath let the trumpet of the watchmen be given a certain sound. Christ is the science and eloquence of the gospel, and His ministers are to hold forth the word of life, presenting hope to the penitent, peace to the troubled and desponding, and grace and completeness and strength to the believing.
Encouragement should be given to the precious lambs of the flock. Said the Majesty of heaven, “Suffer the little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God” [Mark 10:14]. He does not send those children to the rabbis. He does not send them to the Pharisees. He says, The mothers who have brought their children to Me have done well. “Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God.”
Then let the mothers accept the invitation, and lead their children to Christ. Let the ministers of the gospel take the children in their arms and bless them. In the name of Jesus let words of tenderness and love be spoken to the little ones, because Christ took the lambs of the flock in His arms and blessed them.

The Holy Spirit IS a person…

 

The “Holy” Spirit is the invisible omni-PRESENCE and POWER of GOD Himself... in giving us His Spirit God gives us HIMSELF. “The Holy Spirit, who is as much a person as God is a person.” The “Holy” Spirit is our invisible God Himself. He is divine, present everywhere, knows everything, and can do anything, take any shape or form; it is GOD himself, not someone else that wants to live inside us. Just like your human spirit is not someone else, only we are mortal, do not know everything and cannot do everything, except through our invisible all-knowing loving GOD. This is a gift of God, sent to us through His Son, if we only believe and obey Him. Jesus says, "in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me” 2 Corinthians 5:19. Ellen White warns in 1898, "The Father and the Son alone are to be exalted." --{YI July 7, 1898, par. 2} "And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have." (KJV) Luke 24:38-39. "Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me." Isaiah 43:10. "But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD." (KJV) Jeremiah 9:24

 

The devil has had nearly 6,000 years to perfect his trickery. Satan has infiltrated his concept of worship into nearly every church & organization today (easily recognized if a denomination or church has a U.S. non-profit 501c3 tax status - because every church or organization has agreed to the Pagan Eucharist god doctrine when applying and being approved for a non-profit status). 

“Satan is now using every device in this sealing time, to keep the minds of God's people from the present, sealing truth; and to cause them to waver. I saw a covering that God was drawing over his people, to protect them in the time of trouble; and every soul that was decided on the truth, and was pure in heart, was to be covered with the covering of Almighty God. Satan knew this, and was at work in mighty power, to keep the minds of as many as he possibly could unsettled, and wavering on the truth.” --{Sons and Daughters of God, p. 342.2}

 

Satan’s error is sounding so close to the track of truth; that we must study, and have a “Thus Saith the Lord” and an “It is written”, just as Jesus did, for everything we believe. We must be able to give a reason when asked for the hope that is within us (1 Peter 3:15).

 

The hope within us, our hope for eternal life comes from a correct understanding and knowledge of God. The Holy Spirit is actually the spiritual presence of the Father and the Son, in their INVISIBLE or unseen form. "…to be filled with the presence of the Unseen One." –{Ellen White, Christ Triumphant, p. 98.4} “MY presence shall go with thee." –{Exodus 33:14 and Spiritual Gifts, Volume 3, Page 288}.

 

The “Holy” Spirit is the invisible PRESENCE of GOD Himself sent to us through His Son Jesus to help us in all ways. God is reconciling us to Himself through His only Son. "To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation." 2 Corinthians 5:19. Jesus says, "in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me." John 17:23. "Jesus answered and said unto him, 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

 

The "Holy" Spirit IS a person; (not the third person of the Trinity of gods) it is God Himself in the invisible or unseen form, representing His OWN SELF - HIS OWN divine omnipotent omni-PRESENCE - sent through His only begotten Son to live inside us. God himself, his presence, His "HOLY" Spirit, lives inside us through Jesus: “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?” Psalms 139:7. God is a Spirit and He is “Holy”, so “Holy” Spirit” of God. “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit [be filled with God Himself] and in truth [His 10 laws].” John 4:24. Jesus is here speaking of God the Father. "In giving us His Spirit, God gives us Himself, making Himself a fountain of divine influences, to give health and life to the world." –{Testimonies for the Church Volume 7, Page 273} Ephesians 4:6, “One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” "But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God." 1 Corinthians 11:3. "Now unto the King eternal, immortalINVISIBLE, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen." 1 Timothy 1:17. Jesus, "Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:" Colossians 1:15. (Image, picture, likeness, identical twins in thoughts and actions, thinks the same, acts the same, etc., means a perfect copy. God is Jesus example, Jesus is our example and we should be a copy, be like Jesus, in the image of Jesus, so we can be like God, be in the image of our Father, and the Father of Jesus. "Jesus said...my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God." John 20:17) "Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:" Romans 15:5.

Do you see how Satan has devised, incorporated and disguised the pagan triad gods, into the counterfeit worship of triad deities aka the trinity of gods, into people’s minds? Contrary to the TRUE CONCEPT of God & His only begotten Son? Compare the true concept: “God the Father”, the “Son of God” and the divine, invisible, unseen “Holy" omni-PRESENCE of their “Spirit” ("I (Jesus) in them, thou (Jesus Father) in me (Jesus),” 2 Corinthians 5:19; “we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." John 14:23; & John 4:24), taught by the pioneers of Adventism, with the false philosophical concept of God: "God the Father”, “God the Son”, and “God the Holy Spirit" taught by the new re-modeled doctrine of God, by the modern General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists today. Scary, isn’t it? It’s very close to the track of truth. Remember? Ellen White warns in 1898, "The Father and the Son alone are to be exalted." --{YI July 7, 1898, par. 2}

 

We need to carefully examine what is taught and to compare it with the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy.  As we all know, there are many “counterfeits” and false doctrines being taught, and the more truth that error can wrap itself up in, the harder it is to see the error.  In other words, the best counterfeit doctrine is one that is mostly truth. “God the Holy Spirit” name is very close to being true (God is a Spirit John 4:24) and He is “Holy” (Holy Spirit/Holy Ghost=Same thing, it’s the omnipresence of God Himself), but the error comes in naming a “third” person (someone other than God Himself), with His name to trick you into thinking it is God Himself, as the pagan trinity of gods teaches. Really close to the truth, IS DEADLY ERROR.

 

This false tri-lie concept denies Jesus is really and truly the begotten Son of God! Also, among many other false things, it denies Jesus completely and truly died for us, and that His Father raised him from the dead. Our hope within us is gone if Jesus is not the true Son of God and He did not truly die for us. "And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world." 1 John 4:3

Luke 23:46 Jesus said, ‘...Father, into your hands I entrust my spirit.' This expression helps us to understand that Jesus really did die. Q: If Jesus is part of the same God, or if Jesus is God, then why didn't the Father (and the Spirit) die too? How could just part of one God die and not the rest of that one God? The Athenasian Creed states that all three are ‘equal in eternity;' meaning that all three are ‘from everlasting to everlasting'. So if Jesus died, but God (and the Spirit) didn't die, how could they be ‘equal in eternity' since there were parts of three days that Jesus did not exist, yet God (and His Spirit) did?

1 John 5:5 ‘Who is the one that conquers the world, but he who has faith that Jesus is the Son of God?' Q: Isn't that clear? Are those that conquer this world those who have faith that Jesus is the Son of God, or ‘God the Son.'? See how closely Satan has made the trinity sound to the truth? Scary? Have no fear. God is with us.

 1 Corinthians 2:10-12 states where we ‘receive not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is from God, that we might know the things that have been kindly given us by God.

“Satan is now using every device in this sealing time, to keep the minds of God's people from the present, sealing truth; and to cause them to waver. I saw a covering that God was drawing over his people, to protect them in the time of trouble; and every soul that was decided on the truth, and was pure in heart, was to be covered with the covering of Almighty God. Satan knew this, and was at work in mighty power, to keep the minds of as many as he possibly could unsettled, and wavering on the truth.” --{Sons and Daughters of God, p. 342.2}

 

Since the Pioneers of Adventism, there have not been many really faithful leaders.

Ellen White said in her day:

 

 “The patience of God has an object, but you are defeating it. He is allowing a state of things to come that you would fain see counteracted by and by, but it will be too late. God commanded Elijah to anoint the cruel and deceitful Hazael king over Syria, that he might be a scourge to idolatrous Israel. Who knows whether God will not give you up to the deceptions you love? Who knows but that the preachers who are faithful, firm, and true may be the last who shall offer the gospel of peace to our unthankful churches? It may be that the destroyers are already training under the hand of Satan and only wait the departure of a few more standard-bearers to take their places, and with the voice of the false prophet cry, "Peace, peace," when the Lord hath not spoken peace. I seldom weep, but now I find my eyes blinded with tears; they are falling upon my paper as I write. It may be that erelong all prophesyings among us will be at an end, and the voice which has stirred the people may no longer disturb their carnal slumbers.” –{5T 77.1}

 

A picture is worth a thousand words. There are many versions of the Trinity of gods. Compare the two side by side pictures below. One modeling the Roman Catholic Church Foundational Trinity doctrine; the other modeling the Modern Adventism Trinity version of Tritheism. Can you see any difference in this picture of their gods besides the name of the Holy Ghost/Spirit?



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It’s right there in the Bible, warning not to worship the trinity of gods, if we are awake and studying.

 

The Bible Is ALIVE. You are really reading the mind of Jesus & His Father when you read the Bible. It has power and life in it:

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D
on’t let the devil steal your crown of eternal life by tricking you into worshiping him through his traditions, false teachings and concepts of God. Colossians 2:8 says, “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”  Remember? “Under a religious guise, Satan will seek to extend his influence over the Christian world.” –{GC88 464.1}

 

"The mystery of the Trinity is the central doctrine [foundation] of the Catholic Faith. Upon IT are based ALL THE OTHER teachings of the church..." –{Handbook for Today's Catholic, p. 11} Rooted in Paganism, the Trinity is the FOUNDATION of the Roman Catholic Church and its Daughters. “Like Mother, like daughter” Ezekiel 16:44.” This fact is fraught with deep and serious implications affecting the Everlasting Gospel, the Atonement, and the Sanctuary Message, and breaks the Ten Commandments of God. “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me” Exodus 20:3. (God said me, not “us”. Three is more than one, no matter how hard someone tries to say three are one; 1+1+1=1?) James 2:10 says "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one pointhe is guilty of all."

 

The Ten Commandments: The law cannot save; it only condemns those who are transgressing it (Romans 7:7). The law rather points us to Christ who then gives us the power to walk in obedience to God’s commandments. After receiving salvation, forgiveness of sins and Christ living inside us, instead of Satan—which is only through faith in Christ. An inward conversion means change. Christian reform means to repent, abandon errors, false doctrines and the teachings of men, and embrace and live according to the Biblical truth.

 

"Our opponents sometimes claim that no belief should be held dogmatically which is not explicitly stated in Scripture . . . . But the Protestant Churches have themselves accepted such dogmas as the Trinity for which there is no such precise authority in the Gospels." –{Life Magazine, October 30, 1950}


The archbishop of St. Louis said: "Heresy and unbelief are crimes; and in Christian countries, as in Italy and Spain, for instance, where all people are Catholics, and where the catholic religion is an essential part of the law of the land, they are punished as crimes." ... "Every cardinal, archbishop, and bishop in the Catholic Church takes an oath of allegiance to the pope, in which occur the following words" "Heretic, schematics, and rebels to our said lord (the pope), or his aforesaid successors, I will to my utmost persecute and oppose." [Josiah Strong, "Our Country," ch. 5, pars 2-4.]

If you are afraid as was Peter in the Bible to stand up for Jesus, watch this YouTube Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovYPQl93zro&feature=related. Just as you are, come to Jesus today. Ask Jesus Christ into your heart, right now. Are you afraid to stand up for the truth as Peter was? Don’t deny Jesus as Peter did. Repent and be baptized into Jesus name, Acts 2:38. Then tell others the good news of the EVERLASTING GOSPEL as it is in Jesus Christ.  "And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's" 1 Corinthians 3:23. Draw the line in the sand; please decide to follow Jesus, and not the false teachings, doctrines and traditions of Satan. Jesus wants eternal life, riches and honor for you. The devil wants the opposite for you.

  

How The Council of Constantinople in 381 AD, has effected and infected every church denomination today – now known as the Republic of Turkey since 1923

 

The city was originally founded as a Greek colony under the name of Byzantium in the 7th century BC. It took on the name of Konstantinoupolis ("city of Constantine", Constantinople) after its re-foundation under Roman emperor Constantine I, who designated it as his new Roman capital. The modern Turkish name İstanbul derives from the Greek phrase eis tin polin (εις την πόλιν), meaning "in the City" or "to the City". This name was used in Turkish side by side with Kostantiniyye, the more formal Arabic–Persian adaptation of the original Constantinople, during the period of Ottoman rule, while western languages mostly continued to refer to the city as Constantinople until the early 20th century. After the creation of the Republic of Turkey in 1923, the Turkish government began to formally object to the use of Constantinople in other languages and ask that others use the more common name for the city.[2][3][4][5][6]

 

"At the beginning of the year 381 AD Theodosius issued an edict expelling from all the churches within his dominions, all the bishops and other ecclesiastics who should refuse to subscribe to the creed of Nice." –{Milman 'History of Christianity,' book iii, chap. ix, p. 391, 392}

 

“Up until this time the main part of the controversy was over the relationship of the Father and His Son. But with this new creed the addition of the Holy Spirit as a third individual was added. It was thus that the actual doctrine of the Trinity was first presented in a creed. "The burning question of the decades succeeding the Council of Nicaea was how to state the relations of the Three Person of the Godhead: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. The council had decided, and the papacy had appropriated the decision as its own." –{Benjamin G. Wilkinson, Truth Triumphant, p. 93}

 

How Is The Trinity Rooted In Paganism?

 

Upon the dispersion of the people by God at the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11) the religion of Nimrod was scattered, but by no means was it dissolved. Many of its devotees took it to their new place of abode after they were scattered from the city of Babel. Nimrod was still the object of worship (though he became known by different names because the language of the people had been diversified). The legend, the mystery rites, and the religious worship remained essentially the same.

 

Everywhere Nimrod's fellow rebels went they took the religion of Nimrod with them and with it the power to rule over men’s hearts and establish the thrones of kings. Monarchs took the throne because they were descendants of the gods, Nimrod had set the precedent. The age-old right of the oriental potentate to sit upon the throne; the ruling power of Egyptian Pharaohs, and even the authority of the modern monarchs of Europe has depended upon the consent of the various ruling class of mystery priests, bishops or Pope who alone had the heavenly mandate to confirm and anoint kings.

 

As Nimrod’s religion had established very early, they ruled by divine right because they had the blue blood of the gods running through their veins. Thus Mystery Babylon was born and her power solidified and protracted throughout the earth. As Revelation points out, Mystery Babylon (Rev. 17:5) is she who "reigns over the kings of the earth." (Rev. 17:18).

 

The Bible is brief, but concise, in telling us how the legend of this notorious evil doer Nimrod, got started. What does Babylon and coming out of Babylon mean for us today?

 

The meaning of Babylon derives from the Tower of Babel – (Genesis 11:1-11) a tower built by Noah’s descendants, (leader Nimrod in Babylon) who intended it to reach up to heaven; God foiled them by confusing their language so they could no longer understand one another.

 

The word “Babylon” means “confusion, gate of Bel”. The Greek mode of spelling what is in the Hebrew is uniformly “Babel”.  The city obtained the name “Babel”, from the Hebrew remark “balal”, meaning to jumble. The name Babylon is from the inhabitant Akkadian Bab-ilim, which means “Gate of the god”, abridges the spiritual reason of the great shrine towers (the ziggurats) of earliest Sumer (Biblical Shinar). In Genesis Babel (God confused the languages) is believed to have created a division of Nimrod’s realm. Hebrew description of the name of the city as well as the tower, Babel, is attributed in the book of Genesis to the verb balal, which means to perplex or puzzle in Hebrew. Ruins of the city of Babylon are near Hillah, Babil Governorate, Iraq.

 

So also ‘gate to heaven’ and confusion. The churches and world today are called Babylon because a person who is drunk babbles. The world has mingled with false pagan religion,  the Trinity of gods, Xmas, Easter and Sunday Sacredness, the Eucharist wafer started with Nimrod, etc. Jesus came to call God’s people out false doctrines or traditions that were started in Babylon after the flood by Satan inspired Nimrod, his wife and, his wife’s illegitimate son. Worldliness, false teachings, traditions or drunkenness, the wine of Babylon.

 

Isaiah 29:9-13 says, “Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry ye out, and cry they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink. For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered. And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which [men] deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee and he saith, I cannot; for it [is] sealed. And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee and he saith, I am not learned.Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near [me] with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men”.

 

They are drunken by the doctrines that are not established by the Word of God and because they cannot understand it, they are drunken, bewildered. They teach the doctrines of man instead of the doctrines of God. That is the wine of Babylon. The doctrines that she teaches, that makes people dizzy and confused like alcohol does. It’s called Babylon because a person who is drunk babbles. They don’t speak the truth, in this case.

The Pure TRUE Church of God are “people” who obey All The Ten Commandments; and have the Faith & Testimony Of Jesus. They separate from sin. Their bodies are the true “church” of God.

 

"To the end of time the presence of the Spirit is to abide with the true church." The Acts of the Apostles, p. 55.2

 

“By her [Babylon's] daughters must be symbolized churches that cling to her doctrines and tradition, and follow her example of sacrificing the truth and the approval of God, in order to form an UNLAWFUL ALLIANCE with the world.  The message of Revelation 14, announcing the fall of Babylon must apply to religious bodies that were ONCE PURE and have become corrupt."—{The Great Controversy, p. 383.3}

 

What was the origin of the great apostasy? How did the church first depart from the simplicity of the gospel? By conforming to the practices of paganism, to facilitate the acceptance of Christianity by the heathen. The apostle Paul declared, even in his day, “The mystery of iniquity doth already work.”2 Thessalonians 2:7. "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Galatians 1:6.” A worldly flood, flowing into the church, carries “with it its customs, practices, and idols.

 

“During the lives of the apostles the church remained comparatively pure. But “toward the latter end of the second century most of the churches assumed a new form; the first simplicity disappeared, and insensibly, as the old disciples retired to their graves, their children, along with new converts, ... came forward and new-modeled the cause.”—Robert Robinson, Ecclesiastical Researches, ch. 6, par. 17, p. 51. To secure converts, the exalted standard of the Christian faith was lowered, and as the result “a pagan flood, flowing into the church, carried with it its customs, practices, and idols.”—Gavazzi, Lectures, page 278. As the Christian religion secured the favor and support of secular rulers, it was nominally accepted by multitudes; but while in appearance Christians, many “remained in substance pagans, especially worshiping in secret their idols.”—{The Great Controversy, page 278}

 

Has not the same process been repeated in nearly every church calling itself Protestant? As the founders, those who possessed the true spirit of reform, pass away, their descendants come forward and “new-model the cause.” While blindly clinging to the creed of their fathers and refusing to accept any truth in advance of what they saw, the children of the reformers depart widely from their example of humility, self-denial, and renunciation of the world. Thus “the first simplicity disappears.” A worldly flood, flowing into the church, carries “with it its customs, practices, and idols.”--{The Great Controversy, p. 383.3}

 

Alas, to what a fearful extent is that friendship of the world which is “enmity with God,” now cherished among the PROFESSED followers of Christ! How widely have the popular churches throughout Christendom departed from the Bible standard of humility, self-denial, simplicity, and godliness!

“There is but one church (historical Adventism, not the modern Seventh-day Adventist denomination) in the world who are at the present time [1893] standing in the breach, and making up the hedge, building up the old waste places; and for any man to call the attention of the world and other churches to this church (historical doctrines of Adventism), denouncing her as Babylon, is to do a work in harmony with him who is the accuser of the brethren. Is it possible that men will arise from among us, who speak perverse things, and give voice to the very sentiments that Satan would have disseminated in the world in regard to those who keep the commandments of God, and have the faith of Jesus?” –{Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, Page 50}

 

Salvation Through The Modern Seventh-Day Adventist Church?

 

If you check God’s Word on this subject, you will not find a single verse requiring one to go through a church denomination to be saved. In fact, the opposite is taught:

 

            “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13

 

When Jesus died on the cross, He paid the full price for the sins of mankind. According to God’s Word, anyone can go directly to Him for salvation. Jesus Himself announced that:

 

            “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not             see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” John 3:36

 

Jesus preached:

 

            “He that hearth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life…” John 5:24

 

            “He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.” John 6:47

 

Jesus repeats this message in John 3:16, 3:18, and 6:40. If the Seventh-Day Adventist church or any church/denomination is really necessary for salvation, then Jesus Christ is a liar.

 

The Apostle Paul gives step by step instructions on how to be saved:

 

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (KJV) Romans 10:9-10

 

Notice, no church is required. So if modern Adventism is right, then the Apostle Paul is also a liar. And since he wrote under inspiration of the “Holy” Spirit, the “Holy” Spirit (GOD HIMSELF) of Jesus is a liar as well (Ezekiel 36:27; Numbers 23:19).

 

The Apostle John teaches:

 

"But as many as received (trusted in) him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:" –(KJV) John 1:12.

 

John says you become God’s child by believing in Jesus Christ. If this modern (1888 messages rejected and discarded and more since then) Adventism is true, then John’s name must be added to the list of liars.

 

But John is not a liar. Jesus never requires a church for salvation:

 

            "To him (Jesus) give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins." (KJV) Acts 10:43

 

The key is belief in Christ, not a church:

 

            "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;…." (KJV) Romans 1:16

 

According to Paul, Timothy needed faith in Christ to be saved, not a church:

 

            "And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." 2 Timothy 3:15

 

When the Philippian prison guard asked Paul, “What must I do to be saved?” did Paul answer, “You must become a member of the General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists church?” No, he responded:

 

            “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…” Acts 16:31

 

Remember when Jesus was hanging on the cross? The thief on the cross next to Him cried out:

 

            “…Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.” Luke 23:42

 

When that dying sinner uttered those words of faith, Jesus responded by saying:

 

"And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee today,...thou be with me in paradise." (KJV) Luke 23:43

 

Salvation is in Christ…not in a church. God’s Word says it is obtained through Jesus Christ:

 

"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (KJV) Romans 6:23

 

"In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him." (KJV) 1 John 4:9

 

Only Christ can offer us salvation because He alone shed His blood for us:

 

"Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him." (KJV) Romans 5:9

 

No church can offer salvation. Only Jesus can:

 

"Neither is there salvation in any other (except Jesus): for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (KJV) Acts 4:12

 

"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." (KJV) Acts 2:38

 

"And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him." (KJV) Colossians 3:17


"And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." (KJV) John 17:3

 

Conclusion: Since the Bible and modern Adventism clearly disagree, here are some questions you must answer:

 

·         If the modern Adventist church is necessary to escape eternal death and reach Heaven, would not God have clearly stated it in His Word…at least once?

·         Why would Jesus repeatedly lie by saying that salvation is available through faith in Him?

·         Are you willing to call Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul and the Apostle John all liars? For your religion to be right you must.

·         For centuries, Bible believing Christians have contended that this unbiblical doctrine was created to keep members in bondage. Was it?

·         Lastly, you must answer the question, “Which will I obey and serve, the traditions of men, or the Word of God?” You cannot say “both” because each says the other is wrong.

 

Someday you will stand face to face with Jesus Christ. You will look Him right in the eyes. You might want to start thinking about how you are going to tell the Lord that you rejected His teachings and obeyed the tradition of sinful men because you assumed He was lying.

 

            “For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men… Mark 7:8

Jesus promises us, if we invite Him into our mind: "And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them" {Eze 36:27}.

 

'I know thy works, thou art neither cold nor hot; I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:' {Rev. 3:15-17}

 

Revelation 2:9, "I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, {but thou art rich} and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews [professed Adventists], and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan."

 

Revelation 3:17, "Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:"

 

Revelation 3:9, "Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews [professed Adventists], and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee."

 

Revelation 3:16, "So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth."

 

The fault of this church was that it had become lukewarm. It had lost its warmth and zeal for God. This happened for three reasons:

 

{1} Self-satisfaction or complacency, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.

 

{2} Rich in truth having great light, but rashly (foolishly) denying the power of the bright light that had brought us out of false doctrines, "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." 2 Timothy 3:5. The Jews denied Jesus and crucified Him, the corpus modern SDA church rejected Jesus in 1888 and waxed stronger in apostasy from the alpha to the omega in rejecting the truth about God, the sanctuary, rejecting that we can be sin free, doctrines held by the early SDA pioneers.

 

{3} Lack of understanding regarding their own state. How can there be such confident assurances today, as we clearly hear the denominational leaders trumpet from the pulpits of the land, “She is the ship of God, perhaps listing badly, yet we are assured that she is sailing steadfastly into the heavenly port…. STAY WITH THE SHIP!” “She is the ‘apple of God’s eye,’ ‘the remnant church.’ DON’T GIVE UP, NOW!” “Defective and feeble though she be, -- indeed, she is not perfect, -- but God will purify His church. THE APOSTATES WILL LEAVE! DON’T BE FOUND OUTSIDE WITH THEM.” “The church will appear as about to fall, BUT SHE WILL NOT FALL!

 

It is TRUE that we should stay with the SHIP, but a church is not the ship, Jesus is the SHIP.

 

In The Last Days Jesus Will Take the Reins in His Own Hands

"When light goes forth to lighten the earth, instead of coming up to the help of the Lord, they will want to bind about his work to meet their narrow ideas. Let me tell you that the Lord will work in this last work in a manner very much out of the common order of things, and in a way that will be contrary to any human planning. There will be those among us who will always want to control the work of God, to dictate even what movements shall be made when the work goes forward under the direction of the angel who joins the third angel in the message to be given to the world. GOD WILL USE WAYS AND MEANS BY WHICH IT WILL BE SEEN THAT HE IS TAKING THE REINS IN HIS OWN HANDS. The workers will be surprised by the simple means that he will use to bring about and perfect his work of righteousness. Those who are accounted good workers will need to draw nigh to God, they will need the divine touch. They will need to drink more deeply and continuously at the fountain of living water, in order that they may discern God’s work at every point. Workers may make mistakes, but you should give them an opportunity to learn caution by leaving the work in their hands." "--{The Paulson Collection of Ellen G. White Letters, p. 381.1}

·         "To every laborer I would say, LET LIGHT SHINE FORTH IN YOUR HOME CHURCH. In the congregation assembled for worship, discharge every duty faithfully. And in all your official duties, let unselfish integrity characterize every act. All tithes, all moneys, entrusted for any special purpose, should promptly be placed where they belong. Let every penny that is received be entered carefully upon the books for the purpose specified. Money coming in for the cause of God should not be used in meeting a special emergency, with the thought that it can be replaced later on. This kind of unfaithful work the Lord forbids. It is a temptation coming from one who worketh evil. The enemy of our souls is constantly seeking to exercise a power that leads astray, and that, if unchecked, will prove the ruin of many.--{Testimonies to the Church Regarding Individual Responsibility and Christian Unity, p. 12.1}

Jesus says in John 14:24, “He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.”

"For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake." 1 Thessalonians 1:5

"Then he answered and spake unto me, ...Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts." Zechariah 4:6

When you answer His call, you will inevitably have the opportunity to tell His story. And when you do unapologetically do that, you will change your world. 2 Peter 2:10-11 “Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

My friend, this was written so you could hear and be convinced by God of the truth of this message. If you have not already done so, please receive the gift of eternal life. Only then will you experience the joy and peace of knowing your sins are forgiven.

My prayer is twofold:

·         First that you will begin a personal relationship with God through faith alone in Jesus Christ.

·         Secondly, that you will be set free from the bondage of the Modern Seventh-day Adventist church. Return to the teachings of the Bible and the early pioneers of the SDA church. Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. See Acts 2:38. Ye ARE CHRIST’s! You belong to Christ, not a denomination!

This is not written to criticize you, but to lead you to these wonderful truths. May God bless you as you begin your new life in Him:

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." James 1:17


God’s Plea

Hopefully, you have just asked Jesus to come into your heart and have been born again scripturally. If so, according to the Bible, one of your first acts should be to come out of the modern Seventh-day Adventist church: “…Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Revelation 18:4

Many Modern Seventh-day Adventists claim to be born again Christians, yet contend that God wants them to remain in the Seventh-day Adventist church. However, Scripture declares that God does not want His children worshiping Him in a false, idolatrous religion. On the contrary, He says come out and stay out:

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." (KJV) Galatians 5:1

Many other verses teach us the same lesson:

"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?" (KJV) 2 Corinthians 6:14

Should you worship with those who deny God’s Word?

"And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed." (KJV) 2 Thessalonians 3:14

"We should NEVER give sanction to sin by our words or our deeds, our silence or OUR PRESENCE." —{The Desire of Ages, p. 152}

Any connection with infidels and unbelievers which would identify us with them is forbidden by the word. We are to come out from them and be separate. In NO CASE are we to link ourselves with them IN THEIR PLANS OR WORK.” –{E.G. White, FE 482}

Many modern Adventists give various excuses for remaining in the Adventist church, but good intentions do not impress God when they cause you to disobey His Word. More than anything, God wants obedience:

"Thou shalt therefore obey the voice of the LORD thy God, and do his commandments and his statutes, which I command thee this day." (KJV) Deuteronomy 27:10

"Whether it be good, or whether it be evil, we will obey the voice of the LORD our God..." Jeremiah 42:6

Obedience or sacrifice? Sometimes Adventists remain in the church insisting that they are sacrificing their personal desires for the good of others. But God would rather have obedience than sacrifice:

"And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice..." (KJV) 1 Samuel 15:22

Why won’t people come out? Despite God’s clear instructions in His Word, some people still refuse to leave the modern Adventist organization. There are three possible reasons why:

1.   They honestly don’t know that God wants them to leave the church organization.

2.   They think in their heart that their hope for salvation is still in the Adventist church, instead of Jesus Christ, and they are afraid to leave.

3.   They are foolish virgin Laodiceans and asleep. Listening to their preacher in wolf’s clothing (perhaps because he has not studied for himself like he should) speak conscience soothing sermons. They are not putting the eyesalve on, nor seeking the Kingdom of Heaven earnestly (Matthew 6:33). They are not studying to show themselves approved, a workman that needs not be ashamed. They are lukewarm, Laodiceans, foolish virgins asleep with no oil in their lamps. The Bridegroom is almost here. Wake up and study to know the truth before its forever too late, my dear brother, my dear sister. Have a heart/mind change.

No Excuse for Willful Blindness

1884 -- “None will be condemned for not heeding light and knowledge that they never had, and they could not obtain. But many refuse to obey the truth that is presented to them by Christ's ambassadors, because they wish to conform to the world's standard, and the truth that has reached their understanding, the light that has shone in the soul, will condemn them in the judgment.”—{5BC 1145 (1884).  {LDE 217.5}}

“Those who have an opportunity to hear the truth and yet take no pains to hear or understand it, thinking that if they do not hear they will not be accountable, will be judged guilty before God the same as if they had heard and rejected. There will be no excuse for those who choose to go in error when they might understand what is truth. In His sufferings and death Jesus has made atonement for all sins of ignorance, but there is no provision made for willful blindness.” –-{LDE 218.1}

1893 -- “We shall not be held accountable for the light that has not reached our perception, but for that which we have resisted and refused. A man could not apprehend the truth which had never been presented to him, and therefore could not be condemned for light he had never had.”—{BC 1145 (1893).  {LDE 218.2}}

Only you can tell which category you fit in because no one else knows your heart.

Was he really converted? I remember talking with an Adventist young man who willingly admitted his lost condition and his need to trust Christ as Savior. He prayed and asked Jesus to come into his heart. He had no problem with that.

Then I told him he needed to leave the modern Adventist organization. He recoiled and blurted out, “Oh, I could never leave the Adventist church!”

“Why not?” I asked.

He explained that he had been born and raised in the Seventh-day Adventist church and that the church was necessary for salvation. Whether this young man understood it or not, his hope for eternal life was in the modern Seventh-day Adventist church, not in Jesus Christ.

Like him, many Adventists today claim to be born again, yet refuse to obey God. Certainly, no one can judge another man’s salvation, but the Bible does reveal that those who trust in traditions of men will be bitterly disappointed on Judgment Day:

"Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD." (KJV) Jeremiah 17:5

If you are a modern Seventh-day Adventist member who refuses to come out of modern Adventism, you are, at best, a Christian living in disobedience to God, and, at worst, an unsaved person deceived into thinking you are a Christian:

"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them." (KJV) Ephesians 5:11

If you really want to please God, you must obey Him and leave this system that denies His truths. Ellen White says that our truth (historical SDA doctrines) admits of NO COMPROMISE. She says we should REPUDIATE EVERYTHING THAT IS NOT IN HARMONY WITH THIS TRUTH. –{Selected Messages Book 1, p. 205.1}

No fear: Another reason people don’t leave the modern Seventh-day Adventist church is fear. The church has instilled in them the belief that salvation is available only through the Seventh-day Adventist church! I remember clearly hearing the denominational leaders trumpet from the pulpits of the land,

She is the ship of God, perhaps listing badly, yet we are assured that she is sailing steadfastly into the heavenly port…. STAY WITH THE SHIP!” “She is the ‘apple of God’s eye,’ ‘the remnant church.’ DON’T GIVE UP, NOW!” “Defective and feeble though she be, -- indeed, she is not perfect, -- but God will purify His church. THE APOSTATES WILL LEAVE! DON’T BE FOUND OUTSIDE WITH THEM.” “The church will appear as about to fall, BUT SHE WILL NOT FALL!”

Remember, JESUS IS THE SHIP! Don’t be tricked by the same type of talk used to keep the people from entering Noah’s ark…”It’s never rained, it will never rain, don’t go inside with that fool!” In Noah’s day, it was “don’t go inside the ark!” Today, it is “don’t go outside the “church” walls with those fools!” Enter the ark of TRUTH today (historical SDA doctrines) and be saved! Keep your eyes on Jesus. Jesus is the Ship, our Pastor, our Shepard. He will lead us safely into the City of God. Return to the old paths of the early Adventist pioneers who kept the faith of Jesus and all ten commandments, and have the testimony of Jesus.

“The fallen denominational churches are Babylon (those who are following false doctrines). Babylon has been fostering poisonous doctrines, the wine of error. This wine of error is made up of false doctrines, such as the natural immortality of the soul, the eternal torment of the wicked, the denial of the pre-existence of Christ [the only begotten Son of God, John 3:16] prior to His birth in Bethlehem, and advocating and exalting the first day of the week above God’s holy and sanctified day. These and kindred errors are presented to the world by the various [mother-daughter] churches, and thus the Scriptures are fulfilled that say, ‘For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.’ It is a wrath which is created by false doctrines, and when kings and presidents drink this wine of the wrath of her fornication, they are stirred with anger against those who will not come into harmony with the false and satanic heresies which exalt the false sabbath, and lead men to trample underfoot God’s memorial.” –{Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, p. 62.3}

Many denominations, including the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists; as the reformers passed away, their descendants came forward and have “new-modeled the cause.”

Within early Adventism “the WHOLE COMPANY of believers were UNITED in the truth” on the issue of which God they worshiped. Their position was NOT Trinitarian. The Adventist Church has undergone such a change on this doctrine that George Knight, professor of church history at Andrews University, could accurately write: “…the founders of Seventh-day Adventism would NOT be able to join the church today if they had to subscribe to the denomination’s fundamental Beliefs. More specifically, most would not be able to agree to belief number 2, which deals with the doctrine of the Trinity. For Joseph Bates the Trinity was an unscriptural doctrine, for James White it was that “old Trinitarian absurdity,” and for M. E. Cornell it was a fruit of the great apostasy, along with such false doctrines as Sunday keeping and the immortality of the soul." --{George Knight, Ministry, October 1993, p. 10}

In 1903 –Ellen White confirms, "The WHOLE COMPANY of believers were UNITED in the truth." --{This Day With God, p. 317.5, (1903)}

1905 –“And the standard-bearers who have fallen in death, are to speak through the reprinting of their writings. I am instructed that thus their voices are to be heard. They are to bear their testimony as to what constitutes the truth for this time”. –{Preach the Word, p. 5., Ellen White, 1905, Counsels to Writers and Editors, pages 31, 32}

Our Lord not does change nor did He change the Message please note the following quotes:

  •       1903 – “Those who stand as teachers and leaders in our institutions are to be sound in the faith and in the principles of the third angel's message. God wants His people to know that we have the message as He gave it to us in 1843 and 1844. We knew then what the message meant, and we call upon our people today to obey the word, "Bind up the law among My disciples." In this world there are but two classes,--the obedient and the disobedient. To which class do we belong?” –{GCB April 1st 1903}

•      1903 --  “The warning has come: Nothing is to be allowed to come in that will disturb the foundation of the faith upon which we have been building ever since the message came in 1842, 1843, and 1844. I was in this message, and ever since I have been standing before the world, true to the light that God has given us. We do not propose to take our feet off the platform on which they were placed as day by day we sought the Lord with earnest prayer, seeking for light. Do you think that I could give up the light that God has given me? It is to be as the Rock of Ages.” –{GCB April 6th 1903}

•      1905 --  “We have, as had John, a message to bear of the things which we have seen and heard. God is not giving us a new message. We are to proclaim the message that in 1843 and 1844 brought us out of the other churches. We need the Holy Spirit to kindle in our hearts the zeal and earnestness that were then seen among God's people. I thank the Lord that there are still living a few who can remember those days, and who know whereof they speak.” –{RH Jan 19th 1905}

•       1905 -- “The truths that we received in 1841, '42, '43, and '44 are now to be studied and proclaimed. The messages of the first, second, and third angels will in the future be proclaimed with a loud voice. They will be given with earnest determination and in the power of the Spirit.” –{15MR Ltr 75, 1905}

•       1906 --  “All the messages given from 1840-1844 are to be made forcible NOW, for there are many people who have lost their bearings. The messages are to go to all the churches.”  --{21MR 437.1, LTR 54 1906}

               1907 --“God bids us give our time and strength to the work of preaching to the people the messages that stirred men and women in 1843 and 1844.”  --{MR760 30., July 4th 1907}

·         With MANY, a philosophical idol is enthroned in the place of Jehovah; while the living God, as He is revealed in His word, in Christ, and in the works of creation, is worshiped by but FEW.” –{Ellen White, The Great Controversy, p. 583.1}

·         1993 -- “Some will tend to resist this doctrine (the trinity) because it is NOT FOUND expressly stated in the scriptures.” –{Adventist Review Aug 20 1993 P-8}

o   "The Bible, and the Bible alone, is to be our creed, the sole bond of union; all who bow to this Holy Word will be in harmony. Our own views and ideas must not control our efforts. Man is fallible, but God's Word is infallible. Instead of wrangling with one another, let men exalt the Lord. Let us meet all opposition as did our Master, saying, "It is written." Let us lift up the banner on which is inscribed, The Bible our rule of faith and discipline." –{Review and Herald, Dec. 15, 1885}

o   Modern Adventism says, "ONLY by FAITH can we accept the existence of the Trinity." –{Adventist Review, Vol. 158, No. 31, p. 4}

You need not fear leaving the modern Seventh-day Adventist church. They are the ones who have rashly (foolishly) denied the bright light setup in the beginning of Adventism and changed their doctrines. Their feet have slipped off the upward path into darkness below and would lead you there as well. Don’t go with them any further. Go back to the bright light setup in the beginning by our early pioneers. It remains the truth in every particular. Have no fear, God will go with you and hold your hand every step of the way back to Him and onward to the Heavenly Canaan flowing with milk and honey.

Fear and Shun "'They that forsake the law praise the wicked.' Proverbs 28:4. When those who are uniting with the world, yet claiming great purity, plead for union with those who have ever been the opposers of the cause of truth, we should fear and shun them as decidedly as did Nehemiah. Such counsel is prompted by the enemy of all good. It is the speech of timeservers, and should be resisted as resolutely today as then. Whatever influence would tend to unsettle the faith of God' people in His guiding power, should be steadfastly withstood." –{E.G. White, Prophets and Kings, p. 660}

Every excuse proffered by today’s SDA leaders for ecumenical fraternity with Baal’s Babylon, is a plea “…for union with those who have ever been the opposers of the cause of truth.” That is the point at which we are to fear and shun them. And what will be the result for those who refuse to obey God’s clear instruction? Isaiah 8:9-13, Ezekiel 9, and Ezekiel 22:17-31, along with Revelation 14:10-11 give the pathos, woeful answer, for you see friend of mine, ecumenical fraternity with Babylon is a clear disobedience to the first and second angel’s messages.

No more idols: To help you be set free from the power of this false church, it is important that you remove from your home anything associated with it.

"The enemy of souls has sought to bring in the supposition that a great reformation was to take place among Seventh-day Adventists, and that this reformation would consist in giving up the doctrines which stand as the pillars of our faith, and engaging in a process of reorganization. Were this reformation to take place, what would result? The principles of truth that God in His wisdom has given to the remnant church, would be discarded. Our religion would be changed. The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the last fifty years would be accounted as error. A new organization would be established. Books of a new order would be written. A system of intellectual philosophy would be introduced." –{Selected Messages Book 1, p. 204.2}

(Keep your Bible and Spirit of Prophecy books written by Ellen White and the early pioneers.)

Any doctrinal books, (the book Evangelism, compiled by Leaders as wolves inside the camp--Ezekiel 22:27, “the book Living Temple is unsound” --{EGW, SM, B 1, p. 201}, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (Hypnosis) as taught to and practiced by their Ministers,  Charismatic--celebration worship, the doctrine of the Trinity of gods worship and anything that promotes it, is idolatry, Books of a New Order,  pamphlets, DVD’s or CD’s that promote or are published by the apostate modern SDA church, independent ministries literature who promote the trinity doctrines and modern SDA churches, books of a new order and the changed religion that Ellen White warned us about, remove from your home.

The wolf in sheep’s clothing leadership have changed books such as Bible Readings and Daniel and Revelation to coincide with the Trinity doctrine, as James White, A.T. Jones, J.N. Andrews, Uriah Smith, Loughborough and other pioneers knew that the Trinity doctrine did great despite to the Atonement. Books of a New Order also include Movement of Destiny by LeRoy Froom, a book called “The Coming of the Comforter” written by LeRoy Froom, as well as Books by Ochs, Marvin Moore, Roy Adams, to name a few. (Another example is the Adventist Sabbath School quarterly which teaches idolatry worship. Sister Joanne writes about the SS (SS=Synagogue of Satan) quarterly, “Depending wholly upon the quarterly becomes a lesson in confusion to say nothing of actual errors.”)

Any book or publication that teaches that Christ did not take the sinful nature of Adam, and/or the trinity doctrine, is a book of a New Order. Ellen White says that Christ took upon Himself our sinful nature.

These are idolatrous items, and God hates idolatry:

      "Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry." (KJV) 1 Corinthians 10:14

The Apostle Paul plainly states that those who practice idolatry will not go to heaven. (See Galatians 5:19-21.)

The best way to dispose of these idolatrous items is to burn them (See Acts 19:19).

“I’ll reach them from within” Another excuse people use to avoid leaving the modern Adventist organization is they want to win those still in the church from within.

But the truth is, the best way to win others is to obey God so you can have His power in your life. It doesn’t make sense to disobey God to do His work better. If God instructs you to come out of the modern Seventh-day Adventist organization, then you should obey Him.

A converted preacher: Several years ago, an Adventist minister who learned that his church was in error asked Jesus to come into his heart and save him.

In obedience to God, he left the modern Seventh-day Adventist church. But every Saturday morning he drove back to his old church and sat in his car in the parking lot. After services, as former parishioners walked by and recognized him, they’d say something like, “Hey Preacher, we heard you left the church. What happened to you?” He’d reply, “Yes, I did leave because something exciting happened. Hop in the car and I’ll tell you about it.” Using this method, he led over half his former congregation to true salvation in Jesus Christ.

"The leaven of godliness has not entirely lost its power. At the time when the danger and depression of the church are greatest, the little company who are standing in the light will be sighing and crying for the abominations that are done in the land. But MORE ESPECIALLY will their prayers arise in behalf of the church because its MEMBERS are doing after the manner of the world... They mourn before God to see religion despised in the very homes of those who have had great light. They lament and afflict their souls because pride, avarice, selfishness, and deception of almost every kind are in the church." –{E.G. White, Testimonies, Vol. 5, 209, 210}

Conclusion: So, my friend, the choice is yours. If you are now a true Christian, you know what God wants you to do. The question is, “Will you obey Him?”

"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you." 2 Corinthians 6:17

Liberty or Bondage? You can be delivered from the bondage of the modern Seventh-day Adventist church, and experience the same liberty I have. Jesus already did the work to set you free:

"And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage." Hebrews 2:15

Paul discusses the same subject again:

"Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons." (KJV) Galatians 4:3-5

Love or hate? Paul follows these remarks with this statement:

"Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?" Galatians 4:16

In closing, I ask you the same question. Am I your enemy because I have told you the truth? Some will certainly suggest that I am against Adventists. I am not!

On the contrary, I have presented here the one and only message that can spare Adventists (and all people) from eternal death. That’s not hate, that’s love.

I want all Adventists to receive the gift of eternal life. I want you to be set free from a religion that enslaves you. That’s not hate, that’s love.

I want you to experience the joy and peace that only Jesus Christ can give. That’s not being an enemy…that’s being a friend.

Your Real Enemy

You do have an enemy, though. His name is Satan. He hates you and wants you to burn up and be destroyed forever.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

The devil knows that to devour you he must keep you from obeying God’s Word.

Here’s his plan:

First he creates a religion, complete with all the religious trappings to make it appear authentic.

Next, he formulates and smuggles unbiblical doctrines that members must perform. People become so busy that they never find Christ.

Another earmark of Satan’s religions is the denigrating of Jesus Christ. The devil hates Jesus and knows that He is the only way to heaven (John 14:6). Therefore, Satan will do everything He can to keep people’s eyes off Christ.

Unfortunately, this plan has been working for centuries. Don’t underestimate Satan. He is a master deceiver. (See Revelation 12:9)

"Satan is wide awake, and is studying and counseling with his evil angels another mode of attack where he can be successful. The contest will wax more and more fierce on the part of Satan; for he is moved by a power from beneath." —{Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 406, 407}

Please don’t let the devil deceive you any longer. He is your real enemy and he is using a religion to keep you away from Jesus Christ. Please don’t let him keep you away any longer.

Turn your eyes to Jesus today. He is waiting to set you free. God bless you as you experience true salvation in Jesus Christ:

"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5

2 Timothy 2:13 says, if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.

Our expectation is from God who in the crucified One, has given us rich and powerful truths and weighty arguments to move the hearts of men. The simple prayer indited by the Holy Spirit will ascend through the gates ajar, the open door [of] which Christ has declared, “I have opened, and no man can shut” [cf. Revelation 3:7]. Those prayers, mingled with the incense of the perfections of Christ, will ascend as fragrance before the Father, and answers will come. The Holy Spirit will descend, and souls will come to a knowledge of the truth. Sinners will be converted, and their faces turned from the world and earthly things toward heaven. The Sun of righteousness will inspire them with motives for action, and they will realize that they are witnesses for Christ.

We are to be judged according to the deeds done in the body. “By thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned” [Matthew 12:37]. The watchmen are not to slumber and sleep in their important mission. They must not only preach, but minister, educating the souls who have turned from error to truth, by personal labor, by precept and example teaching them that “denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: who gave His life for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” [Titus 2:12-14].

 
Ere the Saviour was parted from his disciples, and a cloud received him out of their sight, his parting words to them were, "Ye shall be witnesses unto me." In his absence they were to be his witnesses and representatives on the earth. How faithfully they fulfilled their high commission is shown by their life of self-denial for their Master's cause, and by their joyful, triumphant witness for him and his truth in the face of torture, imprisonment, and death.

"The Spirit of Christ—true faith." ST April 7, 1887, par. 5

The words of our divine Lord have lost none of their force through the lapse of ages. There is a call for faithful witnesses in these days of hypocrisy and hollow formalism. But how few, even among the professed embassadors for Christ, are ready to give a faithful personal testimony for their Master. They can tell what the great and good of generations past have done, and dared, and suffered, and enjoyed. They become eloquent in setting forth the power of the gospel which has enabled others to rejoice in trying conflicts, and to stand firm against fierce temptations. But while so earnest in bringing forward other Christians as witnesses for Jesus, they seem to have no fresh, timely experience of their own to relate.

We would ask these ministers of Christ, What have you to say for yourselves. What soul-conflicts have you passed through that have given you a rich experience, and have been for the good of souls and for the glory of God? Does your character testify for Christ? Can you speak from experience of the refining, ennobling, sanctifying influence of the truth as it is in Jesus? What have you seen, and what have youknown, of the power of Christ?

This is the kind of witnesses for which the Lord calls, and for which churches are suffering. The Spirit of Christtrue faith, that works by love and purifies the heart—is a priceless jewel, rare indeed in this degenerate age. "If ye love me," says the Saviour, "keep my commandments." How many are there who manifest their love by willing obedience, making the service of Christ their first consideration, and worldly things secondary?

How often, even in the sacred desk, self is exalted, and the glory of God forgotten. And yet if the minister has not felt in his own heart the sanctifying influence of truth, if true piety and the power of the Holy Spirit are wanting, his labor will be an injury to the people to whom he ministers. Such men do not preach Christ from an experimental knowledge of him, but, parrot-like, repeat what they have learned from others. To this class the Lord addresses the question, "What hast thou to do to declare my statutes?"

Let us lift up Jesus—lift him up before the people; let us dwell upon his matchless love. But the heart must be imbued with that love before we can speak it, preach it, pray it, live it. We must have personal communion with Christ, in order to reveal him to the people. The graces of his Spirit, the loveliness of his character, must shine forth in the character of his witnesses.

How many cling with great tenacity to their self-styled dignity, which is only self-esteem. In conversation, more time is spent in talking of self than in exalting the riches of the grace of Christ. These persons seek to honor themselves instead of waiting in humbleness of heart for Christ to honor them. They would teach others how to perfect a Christian character; but they have not such a character themselves. They have not learned of Him who says, "I am meek and lowly of heart."

Humility is inseparable from holiness of heart. The nearer the soul comes to God, the more completely is it humbled and subdued. When Job heard the voice of the Lord out of the whirlwind, he exclaimed, "I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes." It was when Isaiah saw the glory of the Lord, and heard the cherubim crying, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts," that he cried out, "Woe is me, for I am undone!" Daniel, when visited by the holy messenger, says, "My comeliness was turned in me to corruption." Paul, after he had been caught up into the third Heaven, and heard things that it was not lawful for a man to utter, spoke of himself as "less than the least of all saints." It was the beloved John, that leaned on Jesus's breast, and beheld his glory, who fell before the angels as one dead. The more closely and continuously we behold our Saviour the less we shall see to approve in ourselves.

In this age of the world, there is a feverish love of pleasure, a fearful increase of licentiousness, a contempt for all authority. Not only worldlings, but professed Christians also, are governed by inclination rather than duty. And yet the signs of the times are pointing us to the near approach of our Lord. The words of Christ are sounding down through the ages, "Watch and pray." Paul warns: "Ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day; we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober."

Is it indeed true that the end of this world's history is near, and that Christ is at the door? Are we preparing for the great Judgment scene? Where are our responsible men at this crisis? Are they living like men who wait for their Lord? Are there not men in the ministry who are indifferent and careless? And yet how necessary it is that there should be vigilance on the part of those who are set as watchmen on the walls of Zion. How many there are whose senses are so confused and benumbed by the spirit of the times that eternal things are not realized. If there was ever a time when men of God should stand aloof from the corruptions of the world, it is now. The Lord is at hand. Let the trumpet have a certain sound, and let the people be warned.

"Ye are my witnesses," saith the Lord. A living Christian will have a living testimony to bear. If we have been following Jesus step by step, we shall have something to relate of the way he has led us. We can tell of battles fought and victories gained. We can tell how we have tested the promises of God, and found them true. We can point to a living experience without going back years into the past.

Would that we could oftener hear the simple, earnest testimony of heart conflicts and victories: "I have been fighting the battles of the Lord, and have made conquests over self. I was sorely assaulted by the great adversary. The conflict was grievous; but I humbled my heart before God, and wept in penitence before him. My trembling faith grasped the promises, and appropriated them to myself. Jesus revealed himself to me as a present help; and through him I have gained the victory." What a softening, subduing influence such testimonies would have on the heart of the unconverted or the backslider. They would realize that God was speaking through clay, and religion would seem a reality.

In this time of general intemperance and worldliness, every true Christian, who would practice the principles of truth as well as assent to them, will have a battle to fight. The Captain of our salvation calls for witnesses fresh from the field of action. Those who have been fiercely assaulted by the enemy of righteousness, and have conducted themselves as did Jesus in his hour of trial, will have a testimony to bear which will thrill the heart. They will indeed be witnesses for Jesus.

Living witnesses for Christ will manifest piety at home. Those who fail to do this are denying their faith. Piety in the home life will give power to the public testimony. Patience, forbearance, and love will make an impression upon hearts that sermons have failed to reach.

 PIETY definition:
devotion, religiousness
Synonyms:allegianceapplicationardorbeliefdevoutness,docility, dutifulness, dutyfaithfealty, fervor,fidelitygodliness, graceholiness, loyalty,obediencepassionreligionreligiosity,reverencesanctityvenerationzeal
Main Entry:allegiance
Part of Speech:noun
Definition:loyalty
Synonyms:adherenceardor, consecration, constancy,dedicationdeferencedevotionduty,faithfulness, fealty, fidelity, homagehonor,obedience, obligationpiety


Christ is not pleased with the fruit that many bear; there is a sad lack of tenderness and sympathy. The servants of Christ do not love as brethren. They are harsh and dictatorial. Especially is their conduct toward the erring destitute of pity or compassion. In dealing with them, the caution of the apostle is forgotten, "Considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted." We shall surely be judged by our heavenly Father in the same manner that we have judged others. "With what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged." "He shall have judgment without mercy that hath showed no mercy."

Jesus has given us an example of pity and love for the erring. While he reproved sin, he regarded the sinner with compassion. Looking to the cross of Calvary, where Christ poured out his life to atone for our sins, let us recall his words, "Love one another, as I have loved you."

But while the servant of Christ should seek with all patience and love to save sinners, he should on no account permit compassion for the erring to degenerate into apology for transgression; for by excusing and palliating sin, we lose a sense of its heinous character. In order to preserve the safe mean, the Christian must add to patience godliness. Then he will see as God sees." --{ST April 7, 1887, par. 5}

Do not clothe yourself in Christ’s righteousness, and trample underfoot His rule of right—That law flashes conviction on every side. Sinners desire to be freed from it, and many who call themselves Christians clothe their sinful, hypocritical souls in the garments of Christ’s righteousness, and trample under their feet God’s great rule of right. The worship offered to God by this class is similar to Balaam’s offering in behalf of Balak. They are equally offensive to God.—The Signs of the Times, December 2, 1880.



















































Show a firm, undeviating trust in God. Be ever true to principle. Waver not; speak decidedly that which you know to be truth, and leave the consequences with God. Bear in mind that God tests the genuineness of your desire. Believe the word of God, and never cease to press your petitions to his throne with sanctified, holy boldness. “Men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” By precept and example keep the standard uplifted. Your testimony, in its genuineness and reality, God will make powerful in the power of the life to come. The word of the Lord will be in your mouth as truth and righteousness.
Why do you not cease from sin? You may overcome if you will co-operate with God. Christ’s promise is sure. He pledges himself to fill the office of personal Intercessor, saying, “I will pray the Father.” He who could not see human beings exposed to eternal ruin without pouring our his soul unto death in their behalf, will look with pity and compassion upon every one who realizes that he can not save himself. He will look upon no trembling suppliant without raising him up. He who through his own atonement provided for man an infinite fund of moral power will not fail to employ this power in their behalf. We may take life’s controversies and troubles to his feet; for he loves us. His every word and look invite our confidence. He will shape and mold our characters according to his will, and every day we shall be found asking, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?”

Let us commit the needs of the soul to him who has loved us, and given his precious life that he might make it possible for us to learn of him. While lifting the cross, he says to us, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” Christ alone can make us capable of responding when he says, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart.” This means that every day self must be denied. Christ can give us the noble resolve, the will to suffer, and to fight the battles of the Lord with persevering energy. The weakest, aided by divine grace, may have strength to be more than conqueror.

“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” These gifts are freely given to us by God. Oh, how weak is our faith, that we do not avail ourselves of the rich, glorious promises of God! It is his nature to bestow his gifts upon us. All-wise and all-powerful, he will give liberally to all who ask in faith. He is more merciful, more tender, more patient and loving than any earthly parent. He draws us to him by endearing language, that we may have courage and confidence. We are won to him by the disclosure of the tender sympathy that flows from his heart of love. No human parent could plead as earnestly with an erring child as God pleads with us.

All things are possible to those that believe. No one coming to the Lord in sincerity of heart will be disappointed. How wonderful it is that we can pray effectually, that unworthy, erring mortals possess the power of offering their requests to God! What higher power can man require than this,—to be linked with the infinite God? Feeble, sinful man has the privilege of speaking to his Maker. We utter words that reach the throne of the Monarch of the universe. We pour out our heart’s desire in our closets. Then we go forth to walk with God as did Enoch.

We speak with Jesus Christ as we walk by the way, and he says, “I am at thy right hand.” We may walk in daily companionship with Christ. When we breathe out our desire, it may be inaudible to any human ear, but that word can not die away into silence, nor can it be lost, though the activities of business are going on. Nothing can drown the soul’s desire. It rises above the din of the street, above the noise of machinery, to the heavenly courts. It is God to whom we are speaking, and the prayer is heard. Ask then; “ask, and it shall be given you.”


Characteristics of Evil Spirits

Evil spirits are normally viewed as "influences," and their effectiveness in the lives of people is undetected because they are not seen as real personalities that are totally and unreservedly evil. People discuss the issue of whether or not a Christian can be "possessed" by an evil or unclean spirit; all the while, these ambassadors of Satan are busy doing the thing they do best - deceiving men and women, both unsaved and believer alike.

PERSONALITY AND INTELLIGENCE
DEVILS HAVE REAL PERSONALITY AND INTELLIGENCE

THE LORD'S DIRECT COMMANDS TO THEM

Mark 1:23-25 "And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God. And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him."

THEIR REPLIES TO HIM

Mark 1:26 "And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him."

THEIR INTELLIGENT EXPRESSION OF DESIRE

Mat 8:31 "So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine."

THEIR ABILITY TO MAKE DECISIONS

Mat 12:43-44 "When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished."

THEIR SUPERHUMAN STRENGTH

Mark 5:4 "Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him."

THEY ARE UNRELENTINGLY EVIL
IN ALL THEIR DESIRE AND ACTION

THEY ENJOY "VEXING" HUMANITY

Luke 6:18 "And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed."

Acts 5:16 "There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one."

THEY ARE CLASSIFIED AS "WICKED" WITH 
ASCENDING DEGREES OF WICKEDNESS

Matthew 12:45 "Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation."

THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO INHABIT THE HUMAN BODY 
AS WELL AS THE BODIES OF ANIMALS TO DO EVIL

Mark 5:8 "For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit."

Mark 5:13 "And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea."

THEY ARE SOMETIMES CONNECTED WITH "INFIRMITIES"

Luke 8:2 "And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,"

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 "And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."

AFTER CALVARY, THEY CHANGED THEIR OPERATING STRATEGY

A word of explanation here. The disciples, after walking with Christ for the major part of His ministry, learned the working methods of devils by watching Christ cast them out and doing so themselves. Watching Him recognize their presence and deal with them authoritatively gave them and those who read the Scriptures an understanding of their working procedures. Knowing that believers were given victory over them at Calvary, they have taken to a different method of working. They now do their work in men deceitfully, rather than openly, appearing as false apostles, ministers of righteousness, and angels of light. They possess men and women and use them as TEACHERS!

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works."

Although there are cases today (most notably the unscriptural practice of being "slain in the spirit", or the "laughing revival") of these hideously evil beings reverting back to causing abnormal physical disturbances in the unsaved as well as in the deceived believer, the subtle beings now work more cautiously as teachers. They use those who could most convincingly carry their damnable teachings. Saved, born again believers who, rather than giving diligent heed to the command to study the Word of God, take isolated passages of Scripture, and twist them to say something they do not say. Case in point is the Pentecostal/Charismatic error of giving overwhelming attention to the book of Acts, without understanding it in the broad light of the remainder of the Bible. Ask them about the restoration of the Kingdom (Acts 1:6) and most don't have a clue. They are too busy seeking the "baptism of the Holy Ghost" to wonder about why not one thing in the list given in Joel 2 happened in Acts 2 where Peter referred them to that chapter. Can saved people be deceived by devils?

What did Paul mean when he said: 1 Timothy 4:1 "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;"

Would people (Christians) listen to these "spirit" led teachers?
2 Timothy 4:3-4 "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."

Did Paul assume something wrong? Was the above actually inspired by the Holy Ghost as part of inspired Scripture? Would there be teachers that to the human eye and mind seemed to be ministers of righteousness, yet would be teaching doctrines of devils? Could you be deceived?

HOW CAN ONE BE "INOCULATED" AGAINST DECEPTION?

1. Believe God wants you to know - He wants His people free!

John 8:32 "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

John 16:13 "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come."

2. Be willing to do His will.

This means if God shows you truth, you must be willing to stand alone and act upon what He shows you in His word.

James 1:22 "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves."

John 7:17 "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself."

3. Believe the Bible is the infallible word of God.
A book without proven error. (KJV)

1Thess. 2:13 "For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe."

When you hear a preacher correct the Bible, put what he says in file thirteen. This is critical. If there is no single, final authority, (i.e. last court of appeal such as an infallible Bible, then YOU become the final authority.) If you have several versions, then "There is no king in Israel, and every man doeth that which is right in his own eyes." (Judges 17:6, 21:5). Your Bible study has been subtly sabotaged by the Devil. You are on a sea of subjectivism that can be easily manipulated by devils.

Never change a verse of scripture just to back up something you believe. The words of the Lord are pure words (Psalm 12:6). Pay attention to detail. Words are important. Pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Recognize before God the inability of the human mind to discern the Scriptures. "The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God" (1Corinthians 2:14). Humble yourself and never lean on experience to understand the Bible, but rather test all experiences with the words of the living God. The Scriptures do not contradict, but they require diligent study. Yes, study!

4. Read and STUDY the word of God.

With a humble attitude, realizing that we cannot properly understand the word of God unless He teaches us.

1 Corinthians 2:14 "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned"

Matthew 11:25,26 "At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight."

2 Timothy 2:15 "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Let's dissect this verse."

Study? Approved? For what? Approval usually assumes some privilege or responsibility. Does the way we live and the attitude we have toward God's word have something to do with being "approved" for something in the future? For some responsibility in the millennial Kingdom? If we took "studying" seriously, not just casual "proof text" study, but scripture with scripture, taking all the verses into account, would He reveal the truth to us? The answers to these questions are an unqualified yes!

We should also be aware that we are only seeking God's approval. Never look for the approval of man. We despise ridicule, however, if we believe the book, as it is in truth - the word of God, we will face the disapproval of many, and even persecution.

Matthew 13:21 "Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended."

Ashamed? - You will bear shame at the Judgment Seat of Christ for failure in this area.

Rightly dividing the word of truth. Understanding the seeming contradictory scriptures through dividing the body of truth into its proper places. Scripture is "line upon line" "precept upon precept".

Isaiah 28:9-10 "Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:"

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO "RIGHTLY DIVIDE"?

May we give some examples?
Luke 4:18-21 "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears."

Compare with the passage He quoted:
Isaiah 61:1-3 "The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;"

IF you have taken the time to read this far, you will realize that when Jesus quoted Isaiah 61, He did not finish the quotation. He stopped (in Luke) with the phrase "To preach the acceptable year of the Lord". He did not finish the quotation. What did He leave off? "The day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;". He made a clear "division" in the verse. Why? Because the last phrase speaks of the "day of vengeance" - the Great Tribulation spoken of in the book of Revelation. While there is much we can learn from this passage, our purpose is to introduce the student to the concept of "right divisions" in understanding the word of God.

Understanding the progression of revelation as Israel rejected her Messiah.
Mark 1:4 "John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins."

With:
Acts 18:24-26 "And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the Spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly."

Apollos was right, as far as he had learned, but Israel had rejected and murdered their Messiah. No longer was anyone baptizing for the remission of sins. Apollos needed to learn that God was doing things a bit differently. The message was no longer "repent and be baptized", but "believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved." Failing to see this truth, in other words, failing to "rightly divide" the word of truth, will cause one to be teaching something that at one time was correct, but is no longer. The best illustration of that truth is the simple fact that after the death of the Lord Jesus Christ, God no longer requires animal sacrifice.

Devils are having a hey-day deceiving God's people through teaching that fails to seriously study the book God gave us - the King James Authorized Bible. If you reject that truth without any further question, you can be assured you will be deceived by doctrines of devils. The most prevalent of which is the so-called baptism of the Holy Ghost with the "initial evidence" of speaking in tongues. No where in the Scripture is anyone admonished to seek this false gift. If you insist on this without a thorough study of ALL the scriptures involved, you will find yourself on the receiving end of "another spirit", which Paul warned about in this verse:

2 Corinthians 11:4 "For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit..."

Remember in this scripture Paul is speaking by the Spirit of God to saved people in a carnal "church" our bodies. Their number one obsession was "speaking in tongues". They had received another spirit! The Holy Spirit would not impress the Apostle Paul to write an epistle correcting something that He, the Holy Spirit was the author of. If you seek another spirit, you will get one, for they are, with evident permission from Almighty God, deceiving multitudes today. Don't remain ignorant of these things. Would you humbly get on your knees before God and honestly ask Him this question: "God, have I been deceived?" I have done this, as humbly as I know how, pleading with God that He would not let me be led into falsehood by doctrines of devils. I have made reading through the Bible a high priority - cover to cover, over and over again. I believe it is the only way to avoid the deceptions that are blanketing our churches in these last days.



"In following Christ, looking unto Him who is the Author and Finisher of your faith, you will feel that you are working under His eye, that you are influenced by His presence, and that He knows your motives. At every step you will humbly inquire: Will this please Jesus? Will it glorify God? Morning and evening your earnest prayers should ascend to God for His blessing and guidance. True prayer takes hold upon Omnipotence and gives us the victory. Upon his knees the Christian obtains strength to resist temptation."—Testimonies, Vol. 4, p. 615.

"When Jesus speaks of the new heart, He means the mind, the life, the whole being. To have a change of heart is to withdraw the affections from the world, and fasten them upon Christ. To have a new heart is to have a new mind, new purposes, new motives. What is the sign of a new heart?—A changed life. There is a daily, hourly dying to selfishness and pride.”—Messages to Young People, p. 72

"The prayer which Nathanael offered while he was under the fig tree came from a sincere heart, and it was heard and answered by the Master. Christ said of him: "Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!" The Lord reads the hearts of all and understands their motives and purposes. "The prayer of the upright is His delight." He will not be slow to hear those who open their hearts to Him, not exalting self, but sincerely feeling their great weakness and unworthiness. There is need of prayer,--most earnest, fervent, agonizing prayer,--such prayer as David offered when he exclaimed: "As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after Thee, O God." "I have longed after Thy precepts;" "I have longed for Thy salvation." "My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God." "My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto Thy judgments." This is the spirit of wrestling prayer, such as was possessed by the royal psalmist. Daniel prayed to God, not exalting himself or claiming any goodness: "O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for Thine own sake, O my God." This is what James calls the effectual, fervent prayer. Of Christ it is said: "And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly." In what contrast to this intercession by the Majesty of heaven are the feeble, heartless prayers that are offered to God. Many are content with lip service, and but few have a sincere, earnest, affectionate longing after God.  Communion with God imparts to the soul an intimate knowledge of His will. But many who profess the faith know not what true conversion is. They have no experience in communion with the Father through Jesus Christ, and have never felt the power of divine grace to sanctify the heart. Praying and sinning, sinning and praying, their lives are full of malice, deceit, envy, jealousy, and self-love. The prayers of this class are an abomination to God. True prayer engages the energies of the soul and affects the life. He who thus pours out his wants before God feels the emptiness of everything else under heaven. "All my desire is before Thee," said David, "and my groaning is not hid from Thee." "My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?" "When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me."—Testimonies, Vol. 4, p. 534.

"God is testing the motives and principles of men and women. Strong faith and much prayer will bring heavenly angels to our side. By patient continuance in well-doing, we become channels of light. Those who are willing to be emptied of self will be fitted for the Lord's work. There is work for all who will deny self and lift the cross. Through the help of the Holy Spirit they will gain the victories which God desires them to gain. Wisdom and strength will reward energy and perseverance. These are God's gifts to the diligent, humble worker." AURC March 1, 1901

The Pharisee and the Publican
(Highly instructive on motives in prayer)

"And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner." 

In the story of the Pharisee and the publican, Christ teaches one of the most important lessons that we have to learn,--the danger of self-flattery. Two classes of worshipers are here brought to view. The class represented by the Pharisee is regarded as eminent for piety, possessing great excellence of character. The other class, represented by the publican, is much less respectable in the eyes of the world. But is this estimate a correct one? No; it is the exact opposite of truth,--the exact opposite of the estimation in which they are held in Heaven. Both the Pharisee and the publican are under the eye of the heart-searching God, who is no respecter of persons. Wealth and titles, talent and reputation, are no recommendation to his favor. "The Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart."

The relative estimate which the Pharisee and the publican place upon themselves is as false as that which others place upon them. Both resort to the temple at the hour of public prayer, professedly to worship God; but what a contrast there is in the motives that actuate them, and in their feelings, as expressed in their prayers!  

The Pharisee went, not because he felt his great need of God, but because he wanted to be thought a very pious and excellent man. He was perfectly self-satisfied, and thought that others looked upon him with the same complacency with which he regarded himself. He did not present the offering of a broken and contrite heart. He did not come with confession of sins, and with love flowing out in words of gratitude for the great mercy of a covenant-keeping God. He came not to present his needs. He made no supplication; he expressed no want. Standing in the temple of God, he dared to boast of his own goodness, and to measure himself with other men, and claim superiority. He began his self-worship: "God, I thank thee that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican." He then proceeded to enumerate some of his own good deeds: "I fast twice in the week; I give tithes of all that I possess" 

The Pharisee went down to his house destitute of the divine blessing; but his self-love and vanity were fed. He was terribly self-deceived. He judged himself according to a human standard, exalted self, and covered his sins from his own sight. But God abhorred him. The publican thought himself a very wicked man, and others looked upon him in the same light; but there was nothing in his life so offensive to Heaven as the self-complacency expressed in the boastful, self-righteous prayer of the Pharisee. 

The publican went up to the temple with other worshipers; but he soon separated himself from them, as unworthy to mingle with them in their devotions. Standing afar off, he "would not lift up so much as his eyes to heaven, but smote upon his breast" in bitter anguish and self-abhorrence. He thus expressed his sense of his distance from God, and of his unworthiness to come into his presence. He felt that he had offended God, that he was sinful and polluted before him. He could not expect help from those around him; for they looked upon him with undisguised contempt. Feeling that he had no claim on the mercy of God, he looked forward with terrible dread to the Judgment, when every case will be decided. In his great need, he finds voice to cry out earnestly, "God, be merciful to me a sinner."  

The course taken by the publican is the only one that will secure pardon and peace with God. He did not compare his sins with those of others who were worse than himself. He came before God with his own burden of guilt and shame, as a transgressor of God's law, a sinner in thought, in word, and in act. He acknowledged that should he receive punishment for his sins, it would be just and right. Mercy, mercy, was his only plea. Oh, for the assurance of pardon, giving peace and rest to the sin-sick soul!  

The self-abasement manifested by the publican is wholly acceptable to God. To know ourselves is to be humble. Self-knowledge will take away all disposition to entertain the Most High with a recital of our own excellent qualities. Realizing our sins and imperfections, we shall come to the feet of Jesus with earnest supplication, and our petitions will not be passed by unheard. Ezra had the true spirit of prayer. Presenting his petition before God for Israel, when they had sinned grievously in the face of great light and privileges, he exclaimed, "I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God; for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens." Ezra remembered the goodness of God in again giving his people a foothold in their native land, and he was overwhelmed with indignation and grief at the thought of their ingratitude in return for the divine favor. His language is that of true humiliation of soul, the contrition that prevails with God in prayer. Only the prayer of the humble enters into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. "Though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly; but the proud he knoweth afar off." "To this man will I look," saith the Lord, "even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word." 

The Pharisee expressed his self-commendation in the form of thanksgiving. "God, I thank thee," he says, "that I am not as other men are." But there was no real gratitude in his heart. His self-love had excluded every such generous principle. He neither loved God supremely nor his neighbor as himself; yet before God and men he could boast loudly of his own goodness. Thus he insulted God, while he deceived men in regard to his true character. 

There are many now who entertain the same feeling of self-congratulation that the Pharisee had. Does this feeling rise in your heart in any degree, dear reader? If so, you may be assured that while you commend yourself, the condemnation of God rests upon you. You may be thought excellent in character. Your name may be registered on the church-book; but it is not written in the Lamb's book of life. If a special work has been done for any of us, it is through the grace of God alone. Man is to take no credit to himself; for he has nothing which he has not received.  

Let us examine ourselves, and see how many vain thoughts dwell within our hearts, how much we love praise, how selfishness is shown in our manners, how often we misjudge the character and motives of others, or feel contempt for them because their appearance is not prepossessing. Let us think how our words sound in the ears of God, how our selfish thoughts look in his sight, when we judge and condemn others, who may be better in heart and purpose than ourselves.  

From the parable of the Pharisee and the publican we learn that to profess excellence which we do not possess, will exclude us from the grace which alone can make us of value in the sight of God. The teachings of Christ give no countenance to a spirit of self-righteousness which would exalt self over others. Vanity is never the result of virtue and true piety. "Every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted."—Signs of the Times, February 19, 1885. 


November 15, 1899
The Law Revealed in Christ
God Manifest in Christ—Christ the Only Way of Salvation—A Great and Blessed Truth—Love and Justice—An Unchangeable Law

God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

As speech is to thought, so is Christ to the invisible God. He is the manifestation of the Father, and is called the Word of God. God sent His Son into the world, His divinity clothed with humanity, to make known in His life and character the attributes of the Father, that men might bear the image of the invisible God. He was the embodiment of the law of God, which is the transcript of His character.

 The world saw God imaged in the purity and benevolence of Christ; but because of its depravity and darkness, it did not recognize Him as the Son of God. "The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only-begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth." He was "the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not." In spite of overwhelming evidence, men manifested unbelief which only Satan could inspire.

Christ secured probation for man at an infinite cost. He must suffer for the sins of the world, that the purposes of God might not be defeated. He must destroy the apostate; for the death of Satan meant life to all who believe, and death to all who are disobedient. Nothing less than the life of Christ would atone for man's transgression. He must restore man by placing on vantage ground every one who would believe in Him as a personal Saviour. When there was no heart to pity, His arm brought salvation. God laid help on One that was mighty, saying, "Save man from destruction." The Son of God accepted the work joyfully, becoming man's substitute and surety, that He might save him from his sin, and call him from transgression to obedience. He pledged Himself to take man's nature, and stand at the head of the human race, to satisfy every claim made against them as a people bound in the slavery of sin. Through this gift of God to the world man has been given every opportunity of knowing God and the laws of His government.

The truth could come to man only through Christ, for He was the image of the invisible God. He represented the power and glory of the Father, and the divine signature was upon all His words and works. "I can of mine own self do nothing," He declared; "I speak not of myself; but the Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the works." It is a Great and Blessed Truth that God is love. The superhuman efforts which the Father has put forth for the good of humanity, reveal that His love is without a parallel. Through Christ this love is constantly expended for men. The heavenly universe is in constant activity in behalf of the sons of men. They work that sinners may be convicted of sin. But man is not to deceive himself with the idea that because God is a God of love, He has not a perfect standard of righteousness. The revelation of His love, in giving His Son to die the shameful death of the cross, shows that God has a standard of character. Only by a life of ignominy and suffering and humiliation and the death of the cross could Christ pay the penalty of the broken law. "He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed."

In the grave Christ was the captive of divine justice. To the Judge of the universe He had made Himself responsible for the transgression of the law. It was necessary that there be given to the world a stern manifestation of the wrath of God against all who reject light and evidence and stubbornly remain in unbelief. In the crucifixion of His Son is revealed God's Hatred for Sin. This penalty Christ bore for the sins of the transgressor. He has borne the punishment for every man, and for this reason He can ransom every soul, however fallen his condition, if he will accept the law of God as his standard of righteousness. The cry of despair from the soul calls forth the tenderest love of God, and this is salvation to every one that believes. He who sees the guilt of his transgression, and understands the infinite sacrifice made in his behalf, will not continue in sin. But if men continue to resist light and evidence, they will cut themselves off from God's mercy, and then will come the ministry of wrath. God can not save the sinner in his sin. The love of God is immeasurable to those who repent, but His justice is firm and uncompromising to those who abuse his long-suffering love.

God destroyed the inhabitants of the old world by a flood, because they refused to obey His commandments. The record states: "God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them." Had man not eaten of the tree of knowledge and every kind of wickedness, God would not have destroyed him. And God "looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth."

It is thought strange by some that our salvation should demand our entire submission to the law of God. But The Lord Could Not Do a More Cruel Thing than to save man in his rebellion. No man can be saved unless he comes under the ruleof Christ. Salvation means to us complete surrender of soul, body, and spirit. Because of the unruly elements in our nature, our passions often gain the mastery.The only hope of the sinner is to cease from sin. Then his will is in harmony with the will of Christ. His soul is brought into fellowship with God. Those who enlist in the army of Christ must in all things submit to His authority and consult His will. Implicit obedience is the condition of salvation. God's law must be obeyed in every particular. It is our salvation to make His law our rule, His life our pattern, His glory our chief aim. To keep ourselves in the love of God, to be bound to obedience by His requirements, this is to be free in Christ.

Hurrying them from one temptation to another, Satan Gives Men No Time to Consider These Things. Man may repulse the enemy on one point, and think himself secure, but the wily foe has always another scheme in readiness. He follows us at every step, using every circumstance of life to cause us to regard him with favor; for he is playing the game of life for the soul. He institutes every amusement he can devise to absorb time and keep God out of the thoughts. He has sought to deceive men into the belief that Christ died in order to abrogate the law of God. But Christ did not die to immortalize transgression.

Every Man May Keep the Law of God, for Christ in His human nature kept the law; and He says to every soul, "If ye love Me, keep My commandments." Christ is "the image of the invisible God, the first-born of every creature; for by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers; all things were created by Him, and for Him; and He is before all things, and by Him all things consist." The first chapter of Colossians will wonderfully enlighten the mind as to the truth as it is in Jesus. If we will study it, we shall understand how Christ has made it possible for man, fallen through disobedience and transgression, to keep all the commandments of God.

Every blessing that Heaven could bestow was given to man in Christ. The Son of God clothed His divinity with humanity, that humanity might touch humanity, and divinity lay hold of the throne of the Infinite. He desired to demonstrate to man that humanity connected with divinity, by faith in Christ, might partake of the divine nature. The death of Christ reveals that not one jot or tittle of the law of God can be altered to meet man in his fallen condition.

The Saviour assures us that as long as the heavens and the earth remain, not one tittle of the law shall fail. Christ's death upon the cross did not destroy the heavens or the earth; both still remain; therefore God's law remains unchanged. Far from lessening its claims, the death of Christ testifies through all generations to the immutability of the law of Jehovah. Its claims upon man are eternal.

Mrs. E. G. White


February 4, 1890
The Relation of Christ to the Law Is Not Understood

By Mrs. E. G. White

We have only glimmering light in regard to the exceeding breadth of the law of God. The law spoken from Sinai is a transcript of God's character. Many who claim to be teachers of the truth have no conception of what they are handling when they are presenting the law to the people, because they have not studied it; they have not put their mental powers to the task of understanding its significance. Their God-given powers are diverted and misapplied, and they come far short of apprehending what is truth. They have a smattering of knowledge, but they do not understand the relation of Christ to the law, and cannot present it in such a way as to unfold the plan of salvation to their hearers; for they do not let Christ into their hearts, or bring him into their discourses. They do not feel in their souls that they must plow deeper in their search for truth, so that they may declare the whole counsel of God.

Christ's relation to the law is but faintly understood, but ignorance will not excuse any man for acting contrary to the principles of the law and the gospel. Many of those who claim to believe the testing truths for these last days, act as though God took no note of their disrespect of, and manifest disobedience to, the principles of his holy law. The law is the expression of his will, and it is through obedience to that law that God proposes to accept the children of men as his sons and daughters. The consequences of transgression reach into eternity, and none of us can afford to be novices in regard to the deep mysteries of salvation. We should understand the relation of Christ to the moral law.

Our righteousness is found in obedience to God's law through the merits of Jesus Christ. We cannot afford to offend in one point; for if we do, we are pronounced guilty of all; that is, we are recorded in heaven as transgressors, as disobedient children, unthankful, unholy, who choose the depravity of Satan rather than the purity of Christ. An infinite sacrifice has been made that the moral image of God may be restored to man, through willing obedience to all the commandments of God. Exceeding great is our salvation, for ample provision has been made through the righteousness of Christ, that we may be pure, entire, wanting nothing.

The plan of salvation opens before the repenting, believing sinner prospects for eternity which the greatest stretch of his imagination cannot compass. If man will keep God's law through faith in Christ, the treasures of heaven will be at his disposal; but the opposite of this will be the result if we refuse to obey God. Man cannot possibly meet the demands of the law of God in human strength alone. His offerings, his works, will all be tainted with sin. A remedy has been provided inthe Saviour, who can give to man the virtue of his merit, and make him co-laborer in the great work of salvation. Christ is righteousness, sanctification, and redemption to those who believe in him, and who follow in his steps. Jesus came to our world to make manifest in his life the character of God. He took upon him our nature, combining humanity with divinity. He set before us a perfect example ofholy obedience to God's law, and we are exhorted, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him theform of a servant, How this humbles human pride! and was made in the likenessof 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 has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the nameof Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." "In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: who is the image of the invisible God, thefirst-born of every creature: for by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him, and he is before all things, and by him all things consist."

The disciple John declares from the Isle of Patmos, "I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne, and the beasts, and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb forever and ever." He who is worthy of all this honor is our Saviour, the One who only can save us from our sins.

We should study the Scriptures more earnestly; for their treasures of wisdom and knowledge do not lie upon the surface for the superficial reader. Although we may know these things and be established in the present truth, yet we do not know them as we ought. The fountain from which we are to drink is an inexhaustible fountain. We may come again and again to the sacred treasure-house of truth, but there is no diminution in its store. An infinite supply waits our demand upon it. Thousands of those who have loved and feared God have drawn from this store-house of truth, and have left to us the treasures they have gathered, but there is more waiting our request. Our course in regard to Bible study is not commendable. We rob ourselves of great blessings by not comparing scripture with scripture. We rob the people of increased light concerning the deep mysteries of godliness. In the study of the Scriptures there is large scope for the employment of every faculty that God has given us. We should dwell on the law and the gospel, showing the relation of Christ to the great standard of righteousness. The mediatorial work of Christ, the grand and holy mysteries of redemption, are not studied or comprehended by the people who claim to have light in advance of every other people on the face of the earth. Were Jesus personally upon earth, he would address a large number who claim to believe present truth, with the words he addressed to the Pharisees: "Ye do err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God." The most learned of the Jewish scribes did not discern the relation of Christ to the law; they did not comprehend the salvation which was offered. They could not discern the moral excellency of the law at that day, and many today do not understand the Scriptures or the power of God. In the time of Christ the senses of his hearers were clouded by their own teachings and opinions. They mingled their own preconceived notions with the teachings of Christ, and thus were hindered from comprehending the elevated truths he presented. They were blinded to the correct interpretation of the Old Testament Scriptures, but he opened to his disciples their significance, revealing the spiritual and practical bearing of God's commands on life and character. He promised his disciples that after his ascension to his Father, he would send the Holy Spirit, who should bring all things to their remembrance. Jesus had left truths in their possession the value of which they did not comprehend. After his resurrection they were astonished at the words he uttered; but he said unto them, "These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures." The disciples were slow of heart to believe all that the Scriptures testified of Christ.

As long as we are content with our limited knowledge, we are disqualified to obtain rich views of truth. We cannot comprehend the facts connected with the atonement, and the high and holy character of God's law. The church to whom God has intrusted the treasures of truth needs to be converted. If we are blessed, we can bless others; but if we do not receive the Holy Spirit in our hearts, we cannot give forth light to others. There is a sad lack of genuine conversion among us. We do not put forth personal effort that souls may have a true knowledge of what constitutes repentance, faith and remission of sins. Our ministering brethren make a decided failure of doing their work in a manner directed by the Lord. They fail to present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. They have not gained an experience through personal communion with God, or a true knowledge of what constitutes Christian character; therefore many are baptized who have no fitness for this sacred ordinance, but who are knit to self and the world. They have not seen Christ or received him by faith.

Those who begin to study the law of God, and to reach the vital truths connected with the great plan of redemption, will find that they have known but little of the truth as it is in Jesus. Christ revealed in the New Testament, is Christ revealed in the Old Testament. I have been shown that in both the Old and the New Testament are mines of truth that have scarcely been touched. The truths revealed in the Old Testament are the truths of the gospel of Christ. Heavenly veins of truth are lying beneath the surface of Old Testament history. Precious pearls of truth are to be gathered up, which will require not only laborious effort, but spiritual enlightenment. Those to whom Christ has intrusted great light, whom he has surrounded with precious opportunities, are in danger, if they do not walk in this light, of being filled with pride of opinion and with self-exaltation as were the Jews. This class is represented by the message to the Laodicean church. The True Witness says of them, "Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked; I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye-salve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten; be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." We should study closely the meaning of the gold, white raiment, and eye-salve, lest we be found in self-deception, satisfied with what we are, and the attainments we have made.

The Power and Work of the Former & Latter Rain !

Multitudes Will Join the Armies of the Lord.

     -- Many . . . will be seen hurrying hither and thither, constrained by the Spirit of God to bring the Light to others. The Truth . . . Thy Word is Truth (Verity !). . . the Word of God, is as a fire in their bones, filling them with a burning desire to enlighten those who sit in darkness.  ref: John 17:17 & Jeremiah 20:9

Many, even among the uneducated, now proclaim the Words of the LORD. Children are impelled by the Spirit to go forth and declare the message from heaven. The Spirit is poured out upon all who will yield to its promptings, and, casting off all man's machinery (methods of work), his binding rules and cautious methods, they will declare the Truth (Word of Almighty GOD) with the might of the Spirit's power. Multitudes will receive the faith and join the armies of the Lord.

--Review and Herald, July 23, 1895. {Ev 700.1}
Thousands of Voices Sound Warning.--Servants of God, with their faces lighted up and shining with holy consecration, will hasten from place to place to proclaim the message from heaven. By thousands of voices, all over the earth, the warning will be given. Miracles will be wroughtthe sick will be healed, and signs and wonders will follow the believers. Satan also works with lying wonders, even bringing down fire from heaven in the sight of men. Thus the inhabitants of the earth will be brought to take their stand. 
- Evangelism p.700 

ref: Mark 16:15-18    "And these signs shall follow them that believe; in My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues(languages). They shall take up (remove, loose to hold of) serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them! They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover . . . !"

The message will be carried not so much by argument as by the deep conviction of the Spirit of God. The arguments have been presented. The Seed has been sown, and now it will spring up and bear fruit. The publications distributed by missionary workers have exerted their influence, yet many whose minds were impressed have been prevented from fully comprehending the Truth or from yielding obedience. Now the rays of Light penetrate everywhere, the Truth is seen in its clearness, and the honest children of God sever the bands which have held them. Family connections, church relations, are powerless to stay them now. Truth is more precious than all besides. Notwithstanding the agencies combined against the Truth, a large number take their stand upon the Lord's side. 
--The Great Controversy, p. 612. (1888) 

Another Pentecost Coming!

"And I will make them and the places round about My hill (Zion) a blessing; and I will cause the Shower to come down in his season; there shall be Showers of Blessing. Ezekiel 34:26. The Lord has appointed the youth to be His helping hand. Many a lad of today, growing up as did Daniel in his Judeanhome, studying God's Word and His works, and learning the lessons of faithful service, will yet stand in legislative assemblies, in halls of justice, or in royal courts, as a witness for the King of kings. . . . 

With such an army of workers as our youth, rightly trained, might furnish, how soon the message of a crucified, risen, and soon-coming Saviour might be carried to the whole world! The great work of the gospel is not to close with less manifestation of the power of God than marked its opening. The prophecies which were fulfilled in the outpouring of the Former Rain at the opening of the gospel, are again to be fulfilled in the Latter Rain at its close . . . !

Servants of God, with their faces lighted up and shining with holy consecration, will hasten from place to place to proclaim the message from heaven. By thousands of voices, all over the earth, the warning will be given. Miracles will be wroughtthe sick will be healed, and signs and wonders will follow the believers. Satan also works with lying wonders, even bringing down fire from heaven in the sight of men. Thus the inhabitants of the earth will be brought to take their stand. The message will be carried not so much by argument as by the deep conviction of the Spirit of God. . . . The rays of light penetrate everywhere, the truth is seen in its clearness, and the honest children of God sever the bands which have held them.

God has a work for His people to do for the world, and if they will work in harmony with one another and with heaven, He will demonstrate His power in their behalf as He did for His first disciples on the day of Pentecost
- The Faith I Live By p.332

The work will be similar to that of the day of Pentecost. 

As the “Former Rain” was given, in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the opening of the gospel, to cause the upspringing of the precious seed, so the “Latter Rain” will be given at its close, for the ripening of the harvest. “Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord; his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.” [Hosea 6:3.] 

Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God; for He hath given you the Former Rain moderately, and He will cause to come down for you the Rain, the Former Rain, and the Latter Rain.” [Joel 2:23.] “In the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh.” “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” [Acts 2:17, 21.] 

The great work of the gospel is not to close with less manifestation of the power of God than marked its opening. The prophecies which were fulfilled in the outpouring of the former rain at the opening of the gospel, are again to be fulfilled in the latter rain at its close. Here are “the times of refreshing” to which the apostle Peter looked forward when he said, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and He shall send Jesus.” [Acts 3:19, 20.]

"Now the Lord is that Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty (freeborn, as a son, and not a slave) !"
II Corinthians 3:17

"If ye love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray The Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He (The Father) may abide with you forever. Even the Spirit of Truth . . . for I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life . . . I will not leave you comfortless (as orphans), I will come to you !"     John 14:15-20, 14:6 

As long as individuals are content with a theory of Truth, and are yet lacking in the daily operation of the Spirit of God upon the heart, which is manifested in outward transformation of character, they are cutting themselves off from the qualification that would fit them for greater efficiency in theMaster's work. 

     "For if ye live after (by) the flesh, ye shall die: But if ye through the Spirit . . . the Words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit,
and they are Life !
 . . . do mortify (put to death) the deeds of the body, ye shall live
 !"     Romans 8:13 & John 6:63

     "For the Word of God is Quick (Living), and powerful (full of power), and is sharper than any twoedged sword,
piercing even to the dividing of soul (heart) and spirit 
(mind)
 . . . !"      Hebrews 4:12

Those who are devoid of the Holy Spirit cannot be faithful watchmen upon the walls of Zion; for they are blind to the work that ought to be done, and do not give the trumpet a certain sound.

The baptism of the Holy Ghost as on the day of Pentecost will lead to a revival of true religion and to the performance of many wonderful works. Heavenlyintelligences will come among usand men will speak as they are moved upon by the Holy Spirit of God. But should the Lord work upon men as He did on and after the day of Pentecost, many who now claim to believe the Truth would know so very little of the operation of the Holy Spirit that they would cry, "Beware of fanaticism." They would say of those who were filled with the Spirit, "These men are full of new wine." 
- 2 Selected Messages p. 56-57.

The time is not far off now when men will want a much closer relation to Christ, a much closer union with His Holy Spirit, than ever they have had, or will have, unless they give up their will and their way, and submit to God's will and God's way. The great sin of those who profess to be Christians is that they do not open the heart to receive the Holy Spirit. When souls long after Christ, and seek to become one with Him, then those who are content with the formof godliness, exclaim "Be careful, do not go to extremes." 

When the angels of heaven come among usand work through human agents, there will be solid, substantial conversions, after the order of theconversions after the day of Pentecost. {2SM 57.2}

Now brethren, be careful and do not go into or try to create human excitementBut while we should be careful not to go into human excitement, we should not be among those who will raise inquiries and cherish doubts in reference to the work of the Spirit of God; for there will be those who will questionand criticize when the Spirit of God takes possession of men and women, because their own hearts are not moved, but are cold and unimpressible. --Letter27, 1894.

We are to pray for the impartation of the Spirit as the remedy for sin-sick souls. The church needs to be converted, and why should we not prostrateourselves at the throne of grace, as representatives of the church, and from a broken heart and contrite spirit make earnest supplication that the Holy Spirit shall be poured out upon us from on high? Let us pray that when it shall be graciously bestowed, our cold hearts may be revived, and we may havediscernment to understand that it is from God, and receive it with joy. 

- Ye Shall Receive Power p.321

Some have treated the Spirit as an unwelcome guest, refusing to receive the rich gift, refusing to acknowledge it, turning from it, and condemning it asfanaticism. When the Holy Spirit works the human agent, it does not ask us in what way it shall operate. Often it moves in unexpected ways. Christ did not come as the Jews expected. He did not come in a manner to glorify them as a nation. His forerunner came to prepare the way for Him by calling upon the people to repent of their sins and be converted, and be baptized. Christ's message was "The kingdom of heaven is at hand: repent ye, and believe the Gospel" (Mark 1:15). {YRP 321.3}

     "That the Blessing of Abraham might come on the gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the Promise
of the Spirit through faith
 !"     Galatians 3:14

Now, just now, is our day of mercy and Salvation (deliverance, freedom,rescue, healing and restoration) ! The LORD God, Who dwelleth in the holy place, sees every soul that shows contempt for the manifestations of his Holy SpiritGod has revealed Himself again and again in a most marked mannerin Battle Creek. He has given a large measure of His Holy Spirit to the believers there. It has come unexpectedly at times, and there have been deepmovings upon hearts and minds; a letting go of selfish purposes, and a bringing into the treasury many things that you were convicted God had forbidden you to have. 

This Blessing extended to large numbers; but why was not this sweet, holy working continued upon hearts and minds? Some felt annoyed at this outpouring, and their own natural dispositions were manifested. They said, "This is only excitement; it is not the Holy Spirit, not showers of the Latter Rain from heaven." There were hearts full of unbelief, who did not drink in of the Spirit, but who had bitterness in their souls. 
- Special Testimonies for Ministers and Workers p.18-20

On many occasions the Holy Spirit did work; but those who resisted the Spirit of God at Minneapolis were waiting for a chance to travel over the same ground again, because their spirit was the same. Afterward, when they had evidence heaped upon evidence, some were convicted; but those who were not softenedand subdued by the Holy Spirit's working, put their own interpretation upon every manifestation of the Grace of God, and they have lost much. Theydeclared in their heart and soul and words that this manifestation of the Holy Spirit was fanaticism and delusion. 

They stood like a rock; the waves of mercy were flowing upon and around them, but were beaten back by their hard and wicked hearts, which resisted the Holy Spirit's working. Had this been received, it would have made them wise unto salvation,-- holier men, prepared to do the work of God with sanctifiedability. But all the universe of heaven witnessed the disgraceful treatment of Jesus Christ, represented by the Holy Spirit. Had Christ been before them, they would have treated him in a manner similar to that in which the Jews treated Christ.
- Special Testimonies for Ministers and Workers p.18-20

I shall never, I think, be called to stand under the direction of the Holy Spirit

as I stood at Minneapolis. The Presence of Jesus was with me. All assembled in that meeting had an opportunity to place themselves on the side of truth byreceiving the Holy Spirit, which was sent by God in such a richcurrent of love and mercy. But in the rooms occupied by some of our people was heard ridicule,criticismjeeringlaughterThe manifestations of the Holy Spirit were attributed to fanaticism. Who searched the Holy Scriptures, as did the nobleBereans, to see if the things they heard were so? Who prayed for divine guidance? The scenes which took place at this meeting made the God of heavenashamed to call those who took part in them, his brethren. All this the heavenly Watcher noticed, and it is written in the book of God's remembrance
- 1888 Materials p.1565 

Note:     All Scripture references which have been added, are indicated by Italics !
And we pray these words will be an encouragement to all those who are joyfully awaiting the soon return
of our Lord and Saviour ! 

"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear [to worldly associates] what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure."

We are not to settle down, expecting that a change of character will come to us by some miraculous work, when Jesus shall appear in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. No, my young friends, we are judgment-bound, and probation is granted to us here in this life, in order that we may form characters for the future, immortal life. If the truth of God is abiding in our hearts, it will work by love, and sanctify the soul from every defilement. "And every man that hath this hope in him, purifieth himself, even as he is pure." There is no chance to plead for the retention of one idol, for the cherishing of one wrong hereditary or cultivated habit. We are called upon to have complete government over our bodies, as God's special habitation. The body is not to be treated carelessly. There is to be no reckless action, no needless imperiling of any organ of the body or faculty of the mind. We are not to indulge in any habit that will weaken physical or mental strength, or abuse our powers in any way. We are to do all in our power to keep ourselves in health, in order that we may have sweetness of disposition, a clear mind, and be able to distinguish between the sacred and the common, and honor God in our bodies and in our spirits, which are his.

If we indulge in sinful practices through the gratification of appetite or passion, we unfit ourselves for the service that we are called upon to render to God in blessing humanity. If we injure the body by unlawful practices, we shall be held accountable for our failure to act the part for which God has given us talents and capabilities; for if we would live in harmony with God's requirements, we should each have a part to act in doing good to all mankind. This fact should be kept before all those who claim to be the sons and daughters of God,—that ye are not your own, but have been bought with a price, and redeemed from the slavery into which Satan has led all the children of men.

We are pained to see that children are not better educated, that they do not realize that they are under obligations to bring themselves under the rule of Jesus Christ, whose possession they are, every day. Our very bodies and souls are God's, and yet so little do our youth, children, and even those of more mature years, realize this, that they make little or no effort to rid themselves of their evil hereditary and cultivated habits. They seem content to be ignorant of their duty to God and to their fellow-men.

This world is the place wherein we are fitting up for the future, immortal world, and a solemn charge has been given to us, that we should in no case defile the temple of the Holy Spirit. Our heavenly Father constantly provides for our wants. Our time, talents, influence, property, are his, and by devoting ourselves to the service of God, our capabilities will be ever growing in strength, in efficiency, and in power to do more advanced work. But if the body is abused, it becomes diseased, and the relation between soul and body is so intimate that one suffers with the other, and the temple of God is defiled. By virtue of creating us, God has a right to our bodies, our souls, ourspirit. "Hath not the potter power over the clay?" God has actually produced the entire being of man, and therefore ye are not your own. But we are his by virtue of a still greater reason. He has paid an infinite price, in order that we might render obedience to his requirements, and keep his commandments. "For God so loved theworld, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

Paul uses this argument to incite the Corinthians to surrender themselves to God. He says, "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." To obey this injunction takes all there is in us. God has a double claim upon us; for we are his by virtue of creation, and by virtue of redemption.

Let no one deceive himself with the idea that his imperfections are not so grievous as are the faults of others, and that therefore he will not have to watch, and need not think soberly as to what will be his influence upon others. Those who do not feel that God requires them to think soberly, and pray unceasingly, that they may not be overtaken by temptation, are deluded by the enemy, and will not grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Old and young, we need to pray most earnestly and believe most trustingly, that the merits of Jesus Christ will suffice to bring grace and strength and determination to enable us to overcome every defect. O pray that "the eyes of your understanding being enlightened, ... ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to usward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power." How many who are retaining their own ways and habits and practices, think that they cannot overcome, and so make no determined effort. They accept the old natural hereditary tendencies, and cherish them, as though they were the most precious jewels. If they are reproved or counseled, they manifest a murmuring spirit, and retaliate upon the one who watches for their souls as one who must give an account. Others show disrespect to the one who points out to them the fact that they are misrepresenting the Saviour by cherishing un- Christlike traits of character. These poor souls need to be converted. "But ye have not so learned Christ; if so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: that ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.... Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: and be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."

The clear implication is that we grieve the Holy Spirit of God by:

· Bitterness

· Wrath , anger and clamor

· Evil speaking out of malice

· Unkindness, lack of tender heartedness

· Failure to forgive one another

Let none be impatient and angry when friends set before them the errors, mistakes, and dangers of the course they have been taking. So long have they cherished their own ways, that they have become self-confident, and do not discern that they have serious defects of character which exert an influence over those with whom they are brought in contact. They do not realize that their influence will cause others to cherish a wrong spirit, to rise up against order and discipline, to disregard the wishes of those who have the rule over them, and who watch over their souls as they that must give an account. Shall those who are cherishing serious defects of character, and sowing their evil seeds in the souls of others, continue in this course of action? Let us read what the apostle has written in the word of God: "Do all things without murmurings and disputings." How much murmuring and disputing is indulged in by those who are counseled and reproved! They dispute with the one who labors for their good.They refuse to believe that their influence is anything but good and praiseworthy. They make it manifest by their course that they do not believe that there is any reason for words of caution from any one, and they show disrespect of authority. Is it any marvel that they are not renewed in the spirit of their mind? But if they become the children of God, they will make changes. The apostle thus describes those whom God approves: "That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world."

If those who witness our course of action see that our influence is not safe, there must be crookedness somewhere, and it is best for us to put our souls under discipline. If self-indulgence blinds our eyes to our faults, if pride rises up against the reprover, and sets our will in defiance, let conscience be heard. Do not try to put away the reproof by saying it is too small a matter to dwell upon. A defective character is not a small matter. Put forth an effort proportionate to the object which you hope to attain, even the crown of eternal life, and be not slothful and indolent in the matter of overcoming, when you are on the very borders of the eternal world. Will it not pay to put to the stretch every spiritual muscle and sinew, that you may come off victorious? Infinite resources are opened for you in God. Then do not fail of being complete in Jesus Christ.

Mrs. E. G. White


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