In the 100,000 pages Ellen White wrote, she called the Holy Spirit the “third person” in four quotes and called the Holy Spirit a “person” twice. This is unfortunate as it has caused many to wrongly conclude that she was a Trinitarian.
Ellen White taught that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ, and so it was actually the Spirit of Christ she called a person. Now do not get confused by this next statement.
Ellen White revealed “3 PERSONS,” but only “2 BEINGS.”
Did you get that? Are you confused? Because there is no need to be. There is no confusion once you know what else she wrote and taught in regards to the Holy Spirit.
Do not miss this next extremely important point. Ellen White demonstrated a distinction between the words “PERSON” and “BEING.” While she speaks of three “persons” or “personalities” and “powers” in the Godhead, she consistently identifies “ONLY” two beings -- the Father and His Son.
So the words “PERSON” and “BEING” have different meanings to Ellen White. If you miss this you could end up thinking the Holy Spirit is another “BEING” as the Catholic Church made up over 200 years after the Bible was written, and hence could never have come from the Bible anyway.
So who did Ellen White say is the Holy Spirit?
“The HOLY SPIRIT is the SPIRIT of CHRIST, which is sent to all men to give them sufficiency,” — (E.G. White, 14 MR, p. 84)
“We want the HOLY SPIRIT, which is JESUS CHRIST.” — (E.G. White, Lt66, April 10, 1894)
“but it is the leaven of the SPIRIT of JESUS CHRIST, which is sent down from heaven, called the HOLY GHOST,” — (E.G. White, Ms36-1891)
So why did Ellen White frequently call the Holy Spirit the Spirit of Christ when the Holy Spirit is also called the Spirit of God or the Spirit of the Father?
Because the Holy Spirit is the mind, power and personal presence of the very life of God that the Father sends through His Son to us. This is not a separate person of the Godhead who is being sent, it is the very life of God coming to us through His beloved Son. But again, how can this be?
Ephesians 4:4 says there is “one Spirit.” And yet the Bible speaks about the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ, which involves “two” divine beings. So how then is there only one Spirit?
Paul explains, “But you 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.” Romans 8:9.
So here we find that the Holy Spirit is both the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ as we find Paul uses both of these phrases interchangeably. Most people miss this and so much more because they have been indoctrinated with a lie.
And so Ellen White likewise wrote and confirms that the Father and Son are one in Spirit.
“They were two, yet little short of being identical; two in individuality, yet ONE IN SPIRIT, and heart, and character.” — (E.G. White, YI, Dec. 16, 1897)
The Bible says Christ inherited His life from His Father. “For as the Father has life in himself; so has he given to the Son to have life in himself.” John 5:26
And not only His self-existent life but also HIS SPIRIT as the Father gave “ALL THINGS” to His Son and why they share the same Spirit.
“All things Christ received from God, but He took to give.” — (E.G. White, DOA, p. 21)
“The Father gave his Spirit without measure to his Son, and we also may partake of its fulness.” — (E.G. White, RH, Nov. 5, 1908)
The Holy Spirit is therefore not another being but the very presence of God Himself coming to us through His Son.
“In giving us HIS Spirit, God gives us HIMSELF, making Himself a fountain of divine influences, to give health and life to the world.” — (E.G. White, Testimonies Vol. 7, p. 273, 1902)
And since the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God coming to us through His Son, she calls the Holy Spirit the Spirit of Christ. This means that the Comforter is also Christ by His Spirit as she states many times.
Here is one of many examples proving this.
“This refers to the omnipresence of the SPIRIT of CHRIST, called the COMFORTER.” — (E.G. White, 14MR 179.2)
And so we find, “The Holy Spirit [of CHRIST] is the Comforter, in Christ's name. He PERSONIFIES CHRIST, yet is a distinct PERSONALITY.” — (E.G. White, MR Vol. 20, MR No. 1487). Parenthesis are added.
So the Holy Spirit of CHRIST could be likened to a “PERSON” with a “PERSON-ALITY” but it is NOT a literal person and hence it is NOT a “BEING” which Ellen White ONLY called the Father and Son.
Thus Christ’s very own Spirit personifies HIMSELF and yet has a distinct personality. And what has a “person-ality?” A “PERSON!” Is the Holy Spirit of Christ a literal person? Of course not. This is the language of Ellen White which ONLY confuses those who are prejudiced or do not look at what else she wrote.
Do not forget this next very important point that also verifies the truth. Ellen White calls Christ by His Spirit a “PERSON.”
“When trials overshadow the soul, remember the words of CHRIST, remember that HE is an unseen presence in the PERSON of the Holy Spirit,” — (E.G. White, DG 185.2, 1897)
If the Holy Spirit really was a third “BEING,” then the Holy Spirit would be the third highest being in heaven according to the trinity doctrine. And if Ellen White was teaching that the Holy Spirit was a third “BEING,” then she would have said the Holy Spirit was the third highest being in heaven. But not so! Before the fall of man she said that it was the Father, Son and Satan.
“Satan, next to Christ, was ... highest in power and glory.” — (E.G. White, ST, July 23, 1902)
After the fall of man. “It was Gabriel, the angel next in rank to the Son of God,” — (DOA, p. 234)
So Ellen White did not teach and was not teaching that the Holy Spirit was a third “BEING” like the Father and Son.
We find that Ellen White reveals in many ways that the Spirit of Christ is what she called the “third person,” and did NOT mean a third “BEING.” For example. Count to see who Ellen White says is the “third person.”
“They have ONE God and ONE Saviour; and ONE Spirit--the Spirit of Christ--is to bring unity into their ranks.” — (E.G. White, Testimonies Vol. 9, p. 189, 1909)
And for even further proof. Ellen White said sin can be resisted ONLY through the “third person.”
“Sin could be resisted and overcome ONLY through the mighty agency of the third person of the Godhead,” — (E.G. White, DOA, 671.2)
Since Ellen White says the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ, then the Spirit of Christ has to be the “third person” by her terminology. And hence she should also reveal that the “third person” who she said is the ONLY one who can overcome sin in you is Christ! Did she? All you have to do is look at what else she wrote.
“There is no power in you apart from CHRIST, but it is your privilege to have Christ abiding in your heart by faith, and HE can OVERCOME SIN in you, when you cooperate with His efforts.” — (Ellen G. White, Our High Calling, 76.5)
“With HIS SPIRIT CHRIST sends a reconciling influence and a power that TAKES away SIN.” — (Ellen G. White, Review and Herald, May 19, 1904)
So Ellen White said ONLY the “third person” can overcome sin in you, and so consistent with everything else she wrote, she reveals that what she called the “third person” is the “Spirit of Christ.”
Why would we think it was anyone else other than the One who conquered and overcame sin on the cross?
Over and over again she reveals the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ, and while it is Christ by His Spirit that she called a “person,” she never meant a literal person as we have just seen many times already. And hence she NEVER called the Holy Spirit a “BEING” as she did “ONLY” with the Father and Son.
Let’s give even more proof that cannot be denied.
If the Holy Spirit is NOT a third BEING, and hence if Ellen White did NOT mean a literal “person” but the person of the Spirit of Christ, then she will reveal “ONLY” two beings “ALONE.”
“The Father and the Son ALONE are to be exalted.” — (Ellen G. White, The Youth's Instructor, July 7, 1898) --- ONLY TWO BEINGS.
Did she say the Father, Son and Holy Spirit ALONE are to be exalted? No she did not!
And again, “God and Christ ALONE know what the souls of men have cost.” — (Ellen G. White, Signs of the Times, January 13, 1909) --- ONLY TWO BEINGS.
“God informed Satan that to his Son ALONE he would reveal his secret purposes, and he required all the family in heaven, even Satan, to yield him implicit, unquestioned obedience;” — (Ellen G. White, Signs of the Times, January 9, 1879) --- ONLY TWO BEINGS.
“The ONLY Being who was one with God lived the law in humanity, descended to the lowly life of a common laborer, and toiled at the carpenter's bench with His earthly parent.” — (Ellen G. White, Signs of the Times, October 14, 1897) --- ONLY TWO BEINGS.
A Trinitarian cannot make any of these statements and there can be no doubt that Ellen White declares that there are ONLY two beings ALONE as the third entity is not a third BEING but the Spirit of Christ.
And here is even further proof of this fact.
If the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ then Ellen White will say that the Comforter is the Spirit of Christ and hence the Holy Spirit is NOT and CANNOT be a third being.
“This refers to the omnipresence of the Spirit of Christ, called the Comforter.” — (Ellen G. White, 14MR 179.2)
“Let them study the seventeenth of John, and learn how to pray and how to live the prayer of CHRIST. HE is THE Comforter. He will abide in their hearts, making their joy full.” — (Ellen G. White, Review and Herald, January 27, 1903)
“The Saviour is our Comforter. This I have proved Him to be.” — (Ellen G. White, 8MR 49.3)
And if the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ then Ellen White will say that the Spirit of truth is the Spirit of Christ and hence the Holy Spirit is NOT and CANNOT be a third being.
“JESUS comes to you as the SPIRIT of TRUTH; study the mind of the Spirit, consult your Lord, follow His way.” — (Ellen G. White, 2MR 337.1)
“To the guidance of this Comforter all who believe in CHRIST may implicitly trust. HE is the Spirit of truth, but this truth the world can neither discern nor receive.” — (E.G. White, 12MR 260.1)
“We cannot be with Christ in person, as were His first disciples, but HE has sent HIS Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth, and through this power we too can bear witness for the Saviour. [John 16:13 quoted]” — (E.G. White, Ms30, June 18, 1900)
Whose Spirit did Christ send to guide us into all truth? It was HIS Spirit!
And if the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ then Ellen White will say that the Holy Spirit that Christ breathed on His disciples was HIS Spirit and hence the Holy Spirit is NOT and CANNOT be a third being.
“And when He had said this, He [Christ] breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: ... Before the disciples could fulfill their official duties in connection with the church, CHRIST breathed HIS Spirit upon them.” — (Ellen G. White, Desire of Ages, p. 805)
“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.” — (Ellen G. White, Signs of the Times, October 3, 1892)
And if the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ then what Ellen White called the “third power” will be the Spirit of Christ as she will state that HIS Spirit is divine power and hence the Holy Spirit is NOT a third being.
“Christ has given HIS Spirit as a divine POWER.” — (Ellen G. White, Review and Herald, November 19, 1908)
And so Ellen White is 100% consistent in all that she wrote and the evidence is undeniable. Only the prejudiced will not see the real and obvious truth rather than the lie so many have been indoctrinated with that came from the Catholic Church.
She wrote that:
The third person is the Spirit of Christ,
the third great power is the Spirit of Christ,
the third living person is the Spirit of Christ,
the Spirit of Truth is the Spirit of Christ,
the Comforter is the Spirit of Christ,
the Spirit Jesus breathed on His disciples was His Spirit,
the Holy Spirit Christ sent to represent Himself was His own Spirit,
the Spirit given at Pentecost was His own Spirit.
And we saw that Ellen White reveals again and again that there are only two beings in the Godhead. All you have to do is want the truth and to stop reading some of those unclear quotes from her with the mindset of a Trinitarian. The early pioneers had no problem with these few quotes because they knew who the Holy Spirit is and would never read them the wrong way. But if your belief is that the Holy Spirit is another being, then that is what you will see when you read them. And if you believe this, then you will be inadvertently giving your adoration to a creation of Satan. Getting this wrong has eternal consequences.