Ellen White and The Trinity – Who Is The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit?

“The divine Spirit that the world’s Redeemer promised to send, is the presence and power of God.” {2 Special Testimonies p-451}.

Did Sister Ellen White believe in the trinity doctrine? Who did she teach the Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit are?

Who Is The Father?

“Let the missionaries of the cross proclaim that there is one God, and one Mediator between God and man, who is Jesus Christ the Son of the Infinite God. This needs to be proclaimed throughout every church in our land. Christians need to know this, and not put man where God should be, that they may no longer be worshippers of idols, but of the living God. Idolatry exists in our churches.” {1888 Materials, p. 886}.

“All things Christ received from God, but He took to give. So in the heavenly courts, in His ministry for all created beings: through the beloved Son, the Father’s life flows out to all; through the Son it returns, in praise and joyous service, a tide of love, to the great Source of all.” {Desire of Ages p. 21}.

“Jehovah, the eternal, self-existent, uncreated One, Himself the Source and Sustainer of all, is alone entitled to supreme reverence and worship. Man is forbidden to give to any other object the first place in his affections or his service.” {Patriarchs and Prophets P-305}.  Trinity quotes

Who Is Jesus The Son of God?

“And the Son of God declares concerning Himself: “The Lord possessed Me in the beginning of His way, before His works of old. I was set up from everlasting… When He appointed the foundations of the earth: then I was by Him, as one brought up with Him: and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him.” Proverbs 8:22-30.” {Patriarchs and Prophets p-34}

“The Lord Jesus Christ, the divine Son of God, existed from eternity, a distinct person, yet one with the Father. He was the surpassing glory of heaven. He was the commander of the heavenly intelligences, and the adoring homage of the angels was received by Him as His right. This was no robbery of God. “The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way,” He declares, “before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: while as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth” (Pro. 8:22-27)” {Selected Messages Book 1 p247, 248}.

“In His humanity He was a partaker of the divine nature. In His incarnation He gained in a new sense the title of the Son of God…While the Son of a human being, He became the Son of God in a new sense. Thus He stood in our world-the Son of God, yet allied by birth to the human race…” {5 Bible Commentary-p1114, 1115}.

“The dedication of the first-born had its origin in the earliest times. God had promised to give the First-born of heaven to save the sinner. {Desire of Ages p-51}.

“The Eternal Father, the unchangeable one, gave his only begotten Son, tore from his bosom Him who was made in the express image of his person, and sent him down to earth to reveal how greatly he loved mankind.” {Review & Herald July 9, 1895}

“Who could bring in the principles ordained by God in His rule and government to counterwork the plans of Satan, and bring the world back to its loyalty? God said: I will send My Son. “God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.’ John 3:16.” {6 Testimonies p 236, 237}.

“The man Christ Jesus was not the Lord God Almighty…” {5 Bible Commentary p1129}

“Life, Original, Unborrowed Underived”
Probably the most frequently misinterpreted and misquoted statement cited in order to “prove” that Jesus is not really the Son of God, is this one from Desire of Ages: “…Jesus declared. “I am the resurrection, and the life.” In Christ is life, original, unborrowed, underived. “He that hath the Son hath life.” John 5:12. The divinity of Christ is the believer’s assurance of eternal life.” {Desire of Ages p 530}.  Trinity quotes

People misinterpret this quotation to mean, the life of the Son is, and has always ‘originated’ from Himself, and was never at anytime ‘borrowed’ or ‘derived’ from His Father. In context, this quotation is simply emphasizing His ability to resurrect and give life, in a way which no created being can. Many Adventist Pioneers did not interpret the above quotation the way modern Adventists interpret it today. C.S. Longacre expresses the most logical interpretation of this E.G. White quotation as follows: “For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom He will…That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father….For as the Father hath life in Himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;” {John 5:21-27}.

What kind of life did the Father have in Himself? In God ‘is life original, unborrowed, underived,’ ‘immortal,’ ‘independent.’ ‘He is the source of life.’ Christ says, ‘As the Father hath life in Himself; so hath He given’—the same life, original, unborrowed, underived life to the Son. It was ‘given’ to Him by His Father. Christ was made the source of life just as the Father was the source of life.

Christ had the same life the Father had in Himself in His own right. He did not have to derived or borrow it, it was independent of the Father, hence not dependent, derived, or borrowed. He could bestow and give life and create just as the Father could, but the Father gave this life to His Son.

“When this same life the Father had in Himself was given by the Father to His Son so He too had it ‘in Himself,’ we are not told nor does it make any difference how long it was before anything was created, the fact remains that the Son of God proceeded from the Father, that He was in the bosom of the Father, that His life, ‘underived, unborrowed’ was ‘given’ to Him by the Father, that the Father ‘ordained’ His Son ‘should be equal with Himself;’ that the Father ‘invested’ His Son ‘with authority,’ and that the Son does ‘nothing of Himself alone.’” {The Deity of Christ, p 4, 5}.

Who is the Holy Spirit?

“In giving us His Spirit, God gives us Himself, making Himself a fountain of divine influences, to give health and life to the world. {7 Testimonies p 273}.

“It is His purpose that the highest influence in the universe, emanating from the source of all power, shall be theirs.” {Desire of Ages p 679}.

“The divine Spirit that the world’s Redeemer promised to send, is the presence and power of God.” {2 Special Testimonies p-451}.

“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.” {5 Review & Herald p 228}.

“The reason why the churches are weak and sickly and ready to die, is that the enemy has brought influences of a discouraging nature to bear upon trembling souls. He has sought to shut Jesus from their view as the Comforter, as one who reproves, who warns, who admonishes them saying ‘this is the way, walk ye in it.’”
{2 Review & Herald p 422}.  

“The Holy Spirit is Christ’s representative, but divested of the personality of humanity, and independent thereof. Cumbered with humanity, Christ could not be in every place personally. Therefore it was for their interest that He should go to the Father, and send the Spirit to be His successor on earth. No one could then have any advantage because of his location or his personal contact with Christ. By the Spirit the Savior 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 699}.

“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 the Holy Spirit to be His successor on earth. The Holy Spirit is Himself [Christ] divested of the personality of humanity and independent thereof. He would represent Himself as present in all places by His Holy Spirit, as the omnipresent.” {Manuscript Release #- 1084- 7}. {Ms. 5a, 1895. Lt.W-119-1895}.(Bracket & emphasis mine)

‘He shall not speak of Himself.’ “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 Apostles p 51,52}

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