“CHRIST is the central thought of the gospel; for it is “the gospel of God … concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” AN INDWELLING CHRIST IS THE POWER AND LIFE OF THE GOSPEL. “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation.” “We preach Christ crucified: … Christ the power of God.”
By Jason Smith
QUESTION OF THE WEEK FOR DISSIDENT SDA ANTI-TRINITARIANS: If, according to you, the Spirit is literally Jesus in person but manifested as another person, which of his “two persons” stripped “himself” of the personality of humanity?? If you say it was the human Jesus, then it is plain Jesus had to have been literally the person of the Holy Spirit while here on earth. But if it was the Spirit person who had remained in heaven who stripped himself of humanity, he too must have become human in order to do that. So which of the “two persons” of the one Jesus, according to you, took off his humanity and came to earth on the day of Pentecost???
In John 16, we are told that the Spirit of Truth will come and that he will guide us into all truth. But who or what is this Spirit? Most Christians believe that the Spirit of Truth is another way of identifying the Holy Spirit whom Christ has sent to be our Comforter and our guide. But did you know that the Spirit of Truth is actually the Spirit of Christ? Let’s take a look, shall we?
This article examines the statement from The Desire of Ages page 669: “THE HOLY SPIRIT IS CHRIST’S REPRESENTATIVE, but divested of the personality of humanity, and independent thereof. Cumbered with humanity, Christ could not be in every place personally….” The original manuscript source for this particular statement was taken from the letter Ellen White wrote to Edson White and his wife, dated Feb 18, 1895.
After reading many of her accounts as to how she was visited by Christ, I pondered how Ellen White’s experience might have been no different than the prophets of old and the writers of the New Testament in that they were both inspired by the same Spirit–the Spirit of Christ.
There are many Christians who believe that the incarnate Man Christ Jesus has forever forfeited His omnipresence. And because of this underlying assumption, many are led to believe that Christ is forever heaven-bound and that Christ’s mediatorial work here on earth is now left to another person called the Holy Spirit who is Christ’s “successor” and His “representative” on earth.