Holy Spirit - Pioneer Writings
Various Published Articles on the subject of the Holy Spirit
Following articles are compiled by Ryan Tacklin | Arranged by date.
THE HOPE THAT IS IN YOU
A. C. Bourdeau
Review and Herald – June 8, 1869
God is a Spirit, or spiritual, as he also is said to be love, and the hope of his people. The Bible certainly represents God as located in Heaven; “For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary from Heaven did the Lord behold the earth.” Ps. cii, 19. Christ taught his disciples to pray, “Our Father which art in Heaven,” etc. Matt. vi, 9. God is represented to be everywhere; (1.) by virtue of his omniscience, and, (2.) by virtue of his Spirit, which is his representative, and is manifested wherever he pleases. Ps. cxxxix, 1-10. But personally God is in Heaven.
Visions and Prophecy – HAVE THEY BEEN MANIFESTED AMONG SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS?
G. I. Butler
Review and Herald – May 12, 1874
…When God’s glory would be advanced by it, when there was living faith in the church, and when people lived holy lives. These powers were conferred through the Holy Spirit, and by virtue of its influence alone. That Spirit is the agency by which every conversion is effected. In its name every believer is baptized. Every conversion effected by the Spirit is really a miracle, truly beyond all human power. If, then, every believer is to be baptized in the name of this agent, it must be evident that its manifestation was to continue as long as there were believers. So our Lord declares in Matthew, “Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world.” How was he to be with them? Never, since his ascension, has he been with his disciples personally. The promise comtemplates, then, that he should be with them by his Spirit. That Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son; and it is through it that every miracle was performed. Here we have positive evidence that the agent by which miraculous gifts were manifested was to continue with the true church to the end, of the world.
F. D. Starr
Review and Herald – December 20, 1887
The joy of Christ which is to enter and remain in the, heart of the believer, is doubtless the INFLUENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT which is to MANIFEST ITSELF as a comforter to the follower of Christ. The Father and the Son come unto him and make their abode with him.
Review and Herald – November 10, 1891
117. –ANOTHER COMFORTER. —JOHN 14:16.
1. What is the meaning of the expression, “another comforter,” in John 14:16? 2. Please explain 1 John 16:13. 3. If the Holy Spirit is not a person, what is meant in 1 John 5:7? A. 0.
Ans.- 1. Christ is himself a comforter ; and while he was here upon the earth, the disciples rested in his personal presence. But he was about to go away, and what would compensate them for the loss of his presence?—He promises, “I will send you another comforter ” in my place, that is, the Holy Spirit.
2. John 16:13 describes the work of the Holy Spirit, and it is so connected with the Father and the Son THAT IT IS ITSELF PERSONIFIED and spoken of as doing what the Father and the Son do through it.
3. 1 John 5:7 is an interpolation.
NATURE OF THE WORD OF GOD
I. J. HANKINS
Present Truth July 28, 1892, pg. 227
…Paul says, ” All Scripture is given by inspiration of God ” ; and Peter tells us that ” holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost,” and explains in another place, identifying the Holy Ghost with the “Spirit of Christ which was in them,”—the prophets, –1 Pet. i. 11, 12. Thus we learn that the Spirit of Christ is in the Word.
…When the word of God is received into the heart by living faith, Christ is received, eternal life is received; for in Christ is our life, and He says: ” The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” John vi. 63.
International Sabbath School Lesson – Lesson 1
Signs of the Times – December 25, 1893, pg. 125
2. In His own image.-We know that it is said that God is a Spirit, and hence “image” does not have reference to outward form ; but the same expression in Gen. 5:3, “In his own likeness, after his image,” would mean outward form. Why would it not in Gen. 1:26, 28? It is said of Christ in Heb. 1:3 that he was the “brightness of his [the Father’s] glory, and the express image of his person.” This certainly has reference to outward form. While God is a Spirit, or spiritual Being, he is also a personal Being. This by no means precludes his omnipresence, because he is everywhere present by his Spirit; but while he is everywhere present by his Spirit, he has also a local habitation.
THE HOLY SPIRIT A PERSON.. R. A. UNDERWOOD. (Mesopotamia, Ohio.)
Review and Herald May 17, 1898.
Is the work that has been noticed in these articles done by an influence?—There is an influence and a power, it is true; but we should not make the mistake of believing in an influence simply, when we so much need the One who carries the influence and power. The Holy Spirit is Christ’s personal representative in the field; and he is charged with the work of meeting Satan, and defeating this personal enemy of God and his government. It seems strange to me, now, that I ever believed that the Holy Spirit was only an influence, in view of the work he does. But we want the truth because it is truth, and we reject
error because it is error, regardless of any views we may formerly have held, or any difficulty we may have had, or may now have, when we view the Holy Spirit as a person. Light is sown for the righteous…. It was once hard for me to see how a spirit could be a person; but when I saw “that God is a spirit ” (John 4: 24), and that he is no less a person; when saw that the last Adam I (Christ) ” was made a quickening spirit” (1 Cor. 15 : 45), and that he is a person; when I saw that the angels are ” spirits” (Heb. 1 : 7, 14), and even that the fallen angels, called ” devils,” are said to be “unclean spirits” (Luke 8 : 26, 29; Acts 19 : 15, 16); and knowing that all these are persons, I could understand better how the Holy Spirit can be a person. Another question perplexed me; namely, If the Holy Spirit is a person, how can he be omnipresent ? While we ” see through a glass, darkly,” and should always bear in mind that “if any man think that he knoweth anything, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know,” and that we know nothing at all only as God has revealed it to us by his Spirit, yet let us look at the other spirit for a moment, and we may see something that will help us to understand this question. “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.” Eph. 2 : 2. Here the prince of the power of the air, in other places called the “prince of this world,” or Satan, is called the spirit (singular number) “that now worketh in the children of disobedience.” That Satan is the spirit referred to in this scripture, and that he is omnipresent, working for the destruction of the human family, is plain from this and many other scriptures… But how is Satan omnipresent? Can he be personally everywhere ? — No and yes. He can be, and is, everywhere present in this world by his representatives,—the fallen angels, who “kept not their first estate,” and who have given themselves up to carry out Satan’s plans, and execute his work against Christ and his loyal subjects… Christ has put into the field, as his personal representative, the Holy Ghost, who is in charge of all the forces of God’s kingdom to overthrow Satan and his angels; and the Holy Ghost is the only one to whom is delegated this authority from God. “The prince of the power of evil can be held in check only by the power of God in the third person of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit.”—” Special Testimony,” No. 10, page 37. God and Christ have placed all the angels and the power of the throne of omnipotence under him, to overthrow the rebellion against God’s government… The prophet Ezekiel had a wonderful view of the workings of God’s throne. “The wheel-like complications that appeared to the prophet to be involved in such confusion, were under the guidance of an infinite hand. The Spirit of God, revealed to him as moving and directing these wheels, brought harmony out of confusion; so the whole world was under his control. Myriads of glorified beings were ready at his word to overrule the power and policy of evil men, and bring good to his faithful ones.”— ” Testimony,” No. 33, page 080. Hence we see that the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead, has at his disposal ” myriads,” or “an innumerable company,” of holy angels, who go, at his command, to the rescue and to the aid of every child of God. ” Whithersoever the Spirit was to go, they went.” Eze. 1: 20.
Note: Underwood’s take on the Holy Spirit’s omnipresence in this article is one that is not common within Adventism. Oddly enough, Underwood tries to equate the Holy Spirt’s omnipresence with Satan’s omnipresence. He apparently believes that Satan can be omnipresent by his fallen angels being everywhere. Similarly, he believes Holy Spirit can be omnipresent (even though he is a “person”) via myriad of angels doing his bidding.
Signs of the Times, August 13, 1902; pg. 7, “Question Corner”
1264.-What is the Holy Spirit?
Is the Holy Ghost the angel Gabriel? If not, do we have any means of knowing who it is? L. E. H:
To the first question, No. Gabriel was a servant of God, created by the Spirit, inspired by the Spirit, but not the Spirit more than any other angel of God. The angels are creatures. The power by which all things are created and wrought is the Holy Ghost, or better the Holy Spirit. GOD’S ANGELS MINISTER HIS SPIRIT; so do men. The whole teaching of the Bible, it seems to the writer, is that the SPIRIT IS GOD’S GREAT LIFE, FLOWING OUT FROM HIM TO ALL PARTS OF THE UNIVERSE in harmony with His perfect righteousness, and so connecting every part of His dominion BY A LIVING CONSCIOUS CONNECTION. To feebly illustrate: In the office where this is being written there are fourteen departments connected by telephone with the manager’s office. Men in each department may talk with him separately: He is in a way present in that department. All the departments may be connected at once, all may hear the same message. To all departments he is personally present so far as voice and message is concerned. The current of electricity and harmony has effected the wonder. So men in harmony with God’s law are everywhere vitally connected with Him; to each one is HE MADE PRESENT BY THE PRESENCE OF HIS LIFE GIVING, KNOWLEDGE-BEARING, WISDOM-BESTOWING, LOVE IMPARTING SPIRIT.
READING OF PERNICIOUS LITERATURE
BY D. H. KRESS, M.D.
Bible Echo – December 15, 1902, pg. 402
…In reading and studying God’s word that word becomes a part of us. The word is unconsciously made flesh, and we live it. We become living epistles, known and read of all men. Men will see the word of God in living characters in God’s people… That is why God desires to write His law, or word, in our minds, that ‘we may delight to do His will…
…It is the SPIRIT OF CHRIST THAT IS IN GOD’S WORD THAT GIVES LIFE. We partake of this Spirit as we read His word…
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” Eternal life,’ as defined by Christ in His intercessory prayer, consists in the knowledge of God the Father as the only true God,’ and of Jesus Christ Himself whom God had sent. John 17:3. The saving knowledge of Christ is the saving knowledge of God. These two forms of knowledge are essentially the same.”
Signs of the Times, January 18, 1905; pg. 3
“‘The Gospel of Christ.’—It is not alone the Gospel of God; it is the Gospel of Christ as well. And yet, either the Gospel of God or the Gospel of Christ expresses it all; for Christ and the Father ate One. It is only theology or, infidelity which separates them. ” I and My Father are One,” says Jesus in John to : 3o. And in many ways the Lord has • taught us the same thing. How many times did Jesus say of His teaching, ” My doctrine is not Mine, ,,but His that
sent Me.” The Father speaks and says, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him.” THE HOLY GHOST, OR THE HOLY SPIRIT; IS THE SPIRIT OF GOD AND THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST. IT IS THE SAME SPIRIT WHICH BREATHES FROM BOTH. The love which actuated the Father in the giving of the Son, actuated the Son to give Himself. Notice the union expressed in the following: “Who shall lay anything to the charge’ of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is He that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” God can lay to our charge that which will hold; He is the only one who call. Christ condemns us by His own blameless life and example; He is the only one who can. But, to the praise of infinite and indivisible love, the one justifies, the other pleads. God counts us miserable that He may grant us mercy. He points out the disease that He may heal. He shows us to be sinners that we may know and claim His righteousness. “Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.” What wondrous love!”
Signs of the Times, July 19, 1905, pg. 5, “Questions Corner”
1691.—The Holy Spirit and Ministering Spirits.
What is the difference between the Holy Spirit and the ministering spirits (angels), or are they the same. L. R. D.
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 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, 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.
THE SPIRIT IS THE CREATIVE POWER OF GOD by which angels and all other creatures came into existence. GOD FILLS THEM WITH HIS SPIRIT, HIS LIFE, AND MAKES THEM MINISTER’S OF HIS LIFE AND POWER TO OTHERS, ESPECIALLY TO HIS PEOPLE. He takes His consecrated people and makes them also ministers of His blessings to mankind. The angels are no more the Spirit of God than are His people. God is love.
HE IS CONSTANTLY BY HIS SPIRIT SENDING FORTH THE BLESSINGS OF LIFE. But He will not send one blessing out to the world alone; He wants others associated with Him in the joy of giving to others. Hence He uses angels and men for all His work in this world.
Signs of the Times, May 22, 1907; pg. 2, “With Our Inquirers”
2089.—The Holy Spirit.
Do Seventh-day Adventists believe that the Holy Ghost is the third person in the Godhead, and is therefore God, as the Methodists believe, or do they believe that the Holy Spirit is only an essence or attribute? Which does the main body believe? S.
IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR US TO DEFINE THE BELIEF of the Seventh-day Adventists IN REGARD TO THE SPIRIT OF GOD. WITHOUT QUESTION THEY BELIEVE THE HOLY SPIRIT TO BE THE THIRD PERSON OF THE GODHEAD, BUT AS TO JUST HOW THAT PERSON IS TO BE UNDERSTOOD IS A QUESTION THAT WE CAN NOT ANSWER FOR THE BODY. There has been NO DEFINITE, FORMULATED BELIEF REGARDING THE SPIRIT. In broad terms Seventh-day Adventists believe the Bible and what the Bible says of the Spirit of God. WISELY they have not attempted to define just exactly what that great, infinite Power is. THE GREAT ANXIETY OF CHRISTIANS OUGHT TO BE TO BE POSSESSED OF THE LIFE-POWER OF GOD THROUGH THE SPIRIT.
Signs of the Times, March 4, 1908, pg. 2, “With Our Inquirers”
We speak of the Trinity, the Father, the Son, and Holy Ghost; do we understand that the Holy Ghost, or Spirit, is a personal being as God the Father and Jesus the Son? In Christ’s talk with the disciples, in John 14, He uses the personal pronoun in referring to the Comforter.
J. B. J.
THERE ARE VARIOUS INTERPRETATIONS AND DIFFERENCES OF OPINION IN REGARD TO THE MATTER. To the mind of the writer, THE SPIRIT IF THE LIFE OF GOD, or better, the life of the Godhead, COMMON BOTH TO THE FATHER AND THE SON. IT IS THAT WHICH MAKES DEITY EVERYWHERE PRESENT. In Acts 2 it is spoken of as that which came into the room and filled all who were there. In the thirty-third verse Peter speaks of it as the power which Christ had poured forth. IT IS SPOKEN OF AS A PERSON, BECAUSE BY THE SPIRIT the Father and the Son come personally to us. In John 16: 7 Jesus tells us, “It is expedient for you that I go away; for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you.” JESUS WAS A PERSON LOCATED IN ONE PLACE; THE SPIRIT WAS THAT WHICH WAS SHED ABROAD among all His children, but it BROUGHT to every one of those children THE PRESENCE OF CHRIST. So we read again, “He [the Spirit] shall glorify Me; for He shall take of Mine, and shall declare it unto you.”
Signs of the Times, May 20, 1908; pg. 2, “With Our Inquirers”
2506.—Personality of God.
Who is meant by this, the Father, the Son, or both? If both are meant, should it not be personalities of God? God who talked with Moses at the burning bush is God the Son, God who gave His only-begotten Son is God the Father; and then there is the Comforter, the Spirit of God. B. B. No. 1410.
The term ”personality of God” ALMOST INVARIABLY USED WITH REFERENCE TO THE INVISIBLE GOD, THE FATHER, concerning whom no image or representation should be made by His children. Thru all Biblical times the Son was in subjection, a representative of the Father. He “gave Himself” “from the foundation of the world,” “became a servant; ” and in all the manifestations of Him, either as the “Angel of the covenant” or as Jesus of Nazareth, He was still in the capacity of a servant, the representative of God. During all this time He did not revea
l Himself; that was not His object. The purpose of Satan was to reveal himself; the purpose of Christ to reveal the Father, and therefore He tells us, “No man knoweth the Son save the Father; nor knoweth any man the Father, save the Son and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him.”
THE SPIRIT OF GOD IS COMMON BOTH TO THE FATHER AND SON, “the Spirit of God,” “the Spirit of Christ.” IT IS THAT WHICH BRINGS BOTH THE FATHER AND THE SON TO THE INDIVIDUAL, and this is so stated in those wonderful discourses in John 14 to 16. “I will play the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He [the Father] may abide with you forever.” John 14:16. Verse 17 states the Spirit “dwelleth with you, and shall be in you; ” but He brings Christ, for the eighteenth verse declares, “I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you.” And again in verse 23, !’ 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.” THEY DO THIS BY THE SPIRIT, WHICH BRINGS THEIR PRESENCE. That Spirit is said to be “poured out,” “shed forth.” “The Holy Spirit is the breath of the spiritual life of the soul. The impartation of the Spirit is the impartation of the life of Christ.” “It is thru the Spirit that Christ dwells in us, and the Spirit of God received in the heart by faith is the beginning of the life eternal.” The expression, the “Godhead bodily,” is found in Col. 2:9. It simply means that dwelling in the flesh of . Jesus Christ was all the power of the Godhead; simply an equivalent of chapter 1:19, “For it pleased the Father that in Him should all the fulness dwell.
Christian Science and Pantheism (excerpt)
L. A. Reed
Signs of the Times – February 8, 1910; pg.8
In the letter of Mr. Farlow, he says, ” [Christian] Science does not deny the tangibility or infinite personality of God, altho it does affirm that God is not person or form in the humanized sense.”
This denial of God’s having form marks again the kinship between pantheism and Christian Science. The Word is never in hesitancy on this point. It plainly teaches that God has form. Christ is the “brightness of God’s glory, the express image of His person.” Christian Science makes this entirely a matter of character or principle. But if the word “image” does not present the idea of form or outline, I do not know what word could. . .
To bolster up the Christian Science (and it is also the pantheistic) idea that God is everywhere, Mr. Farlow quotes Ps. 139:8-10. But in the verse that introduces this statement of the psalmist, which Mr. Farlow does not quote, we have the expression:
“Whither shall I go from Thy Spirit? Or whither shall I flee from Thy presence?”
This question the psalmist then answers in the words quoted by Mr. Farlow:
“If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there: If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, Thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall Thy hand lead me, And Thy right hand shall hold me.”
This shows us at once how we are to understand this scripture. We are to understand that GOD IS OMNIPRESENT BY HIS SPIRIT. This is exactly in accordance with the teaching of Christ over and over again:
“And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may be with you forever. …I will not leave you desolate: I come unto you.” John 14:16, 18.
“But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He shall bear witness of Me.” John 15:26.
‘For through Him we both have our access in one Spirit unto the Father.” Eph. 2:18.
To say that God has form is not to say per se that He is finite. I CAN IN A MEASURE PROJECT MY PERSONALITY OUT FROM BEYOND MY BODY. For example, these lines I am now writ’ng in the quiet of the editorial rooms, will be read by hundreds far from sight or sound of him who wrote them. With the telephone I have talked across a state. With my voice I have reached hundreds in a room or a pavilion or in the open air. Where I can project my personality feebly and imperfectly, GOD CAN PROJECT, THROUGH HIS SPIRIT, HIS PERSONALITY FULLY AND PERFECTLY.
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God’s Presence in His Word
GOD’S presence cleanses from sin. When our Lord appeared to Moses in the burning bush and to Joshua as the Captain of the Lord’s host, His Presence made the ground holy. Ex. 3:5; Joshua 5:15. Mount Sinai was made holy by the same Presence, and it seemed to sinful Israel as a consuming fire, but it only consumes sin. GOD’S LIVING PRESENCE IN HIS WORD GIVES IT POWER to cleanse whoever receives it. Jesus spoke, and the leper was cleansed. Matt. 8:3. He said to the disciples: “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.” John 15:3. He cleanses His church “with the washing of water by the Word.” Eph. 5:26. Let God’s Word reign in the heart, and it will purify and sanctify the life.
Signs of the Times, June 28, 1910; pg. 2, “Question Corner”
3168.— The Angel Gabriel
Please give us a little light on Dan. 8:15, 16; 9:21-23; Luke 1:19. A Bible study before me on the Personality of the Holy Spirit cites these texts as evidence that it is Gabriel who occupies the place from which Satan fell. Eze. 28:11-16. A. C. C.
We do not know what the endeavor to prove that Gabriel occupies the place once occupied by Satan, has to do with the personality of the Holy Spirit. All that the passages in question reveal to us is that Gabriel was sent to Daniel with instructions from Christ, and to Zacharias with instructions concerning his son John. They teach us this and nothing more. The same angel appears to us in the Revelation, and is called Christ’s angel, whom He sent unto John, a fellow servant with the prophets of the past. Rev. 1:1-3; 22:8, 9. We do not believe that the place occupied by Satan has yet been filled, and there seems every reason to believe that it will not be until the great problem of sin is settled and all strife is banished from God’s universe; then the one to whom it belongs will be, given the position. If it is designed to imply by this question ‘that Gabriel is the Holy Spirit, we can only say this,— that GOD PLACES HIS SPIRIT UPON HIS ANGELS as He does upon human beings, and the angels in that way become the bearers of the blessings of God’s Spirit even as do human beings become the bearers of the blessings. The whole thing is expressed when Gabriel addressing John speaks of himself as a fellow servant with John.
Bible Training School December 1, 1910 https://documents.adventistarchives.org/Periodicals/BTS/BTS19101201-V09-07.pdf p.13 for full answer
“…WHILE THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS A PERSONALITY, AND IS REPRESENTED AS A PERSONALITY, YET IT IS SPOKEN OF IN A WAY THAT WE CANNOT COMPREHEND ITS PERSONALITY. The definite form of its personality is not revealed in the Bible. In Acts 2:3, 4, it is represented as “cloven tongues” ; and in verses 17 and 18, it is represented as an INFLUENCE. In the Bible it is spoken of as DIVESTED OF ALL PERSONALITY; in other places it is represented AS A PERSON; in another place, as “cloven tongues of fire” ; and still again, it is represented in a “bodily shape like a dove.” Luke 3:22. IT IS NOT CONFINED TO A PERSONALITY, as a man, as cloven tongues, as a dove, OR AS BEING ONLY AN INFLUENCE…’
Signs of Times Aug 20, 1912, Questions Corner – The Holy Spirit a Personality https://documents.adventistarchives.org/Periodicals/ST/ST19120820-V39-32.pdf full reply on pg.2
“SO IT IS THAT GOD’S SPIRIT MAKES THE FATHER AND THE SON PRESENT IN AS MANY DIFFERENT PLACES AS GOD MAY DIRECT, AT ONE AND THE SAME TIME. We know somewhat of the working. We understand how it is to some extent of the Lord’s ways and methods. We see the effects, BUT WE KNOW ALMOST NOTHING OF THE NATURE AND THE POWER that Infinity uses to communicate with man. LET US BE WILLING TO LEAVE IT THERE. In some instances the Spirit is represented as the great life of God. In some it is spoken of as a power that is poured out and shed forth. To the individual it comes as the representative of the personal God. THEREFORE IT MAY BE SPOKEN OF AS A PERSONALITY, AND LOOKING AT IT FROM ANOTHER VIEWPOINT, AS NOT A PERSONALITY.”
The Advantage of Our Tract Society’s (Read at the Bookmen’s Convention, Mt. Vernon, Ohio, Feb. 21-27) B. G. Wilkinson, Columbia Union Visitor – April 9, 1913
“We do not have the Lord Jesus Christ with us today in bodily presence, but nevertheless he has left behind the divine presence in the form of his Holy Spirit. This wonderful guest is doing great things for us today. He is shedding light upon our pathway and revealing the saving truths of God.”
IS THERE A REAL PLACE IN HEAVEN?
Bible Training School – September 1913, pg. 8, 9
Most assuredly there is. God is as real a person as is Christ of whom it is said, “Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His (the Father’s) person.” Heb. 1:3. “God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him.” Gen. 1:26, 27. Again in Gen. 5:1, “In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made He him;” and, Adam “begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth.” Verse 3. In the above words we not only have the fact stated, but the word image explained to mean the same form or shape of the object of which the image is made. Such a being must have space and a place in which to exist. Because the finite mind can not comprehend the nature of God’s substance, nor the fact that He is everywhere present by His Holy Spirit, some are led to conclude that God is nothing but an imaginary being, dwelling everywhere and nowhere in particular.
At the dedication of Solomon’s temple, four times the expression is repeated, “Hear thou from the heavens, even thy dwelling place.” 2 Chron. 6:21, 30, 39. There is then a dwelling place in heaven where God resides. Again, in 2 Chron. 30:27 are these words, “Their prayer came up to His holy dwelling place, even unto heaven,” or as in the margin, ” the habitation of His holiness.” In Psalm 68:5, “A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in His holy habitation.” The prophet in Isa. 57:15 says, “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; 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.”
Jesus Himself calls this dwelling place “My Father’s house.” John 14:1. David says, “The Lord is in His holy temple, the Lord’s throne is in heaven.” Psalm 11:4. The apostle speaking of Christ says, “A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.” Heb. 8:2. The sanctuary that Moses built was a pattern of the one in the heavens. Who will then say that God does not have a real dwelling place in the heavens, and in that His throne.