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Defending the TRUE Godhead
Exposing Satan's Greatest Deception on God's Remnant Church


Another Comforter
Chapter 4

In John 14:16, Jesus promised His disciples another comforter will come and abide with them. “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;” Exactly what did He mean by another Comforter? While He was with them in the flesh, His presence was a daily comfort to them. But soon He was to depart and He did not want them to feel abandoned as the church was going to be facing many trials.

In John 14:17 He went on to say, “[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.” So Jesus is describing the other Comforter as a Spirit who would dwell within them. Does He get specific and say whose Spirit that will be?

In John 14:18 He clearly states that it will be His own Spirit as He promises this, “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” Jesus is promising that He will by His Omnipresent Spirit be with them. In the previous chapter we read the quote from DA “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 He is withdrawn from the eye of sense, but His parting promise is fulfilled, "Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." Matthew 28:20. While He delegates His power to inferior ministers, His energizing presence is still with His church.” {DA 166.2}

John 14:19-21 “Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that hath my commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” What did Jesus mean when He said I, “…will manifest myself to him?” This is the time that we must hear what God has said through His prophet:

“That Christ should manifest Himself to them, and yet be invisible to the world, was a mystery to the disciples. They could not understand the words of Christ in their spiritual sense. They were thinking of the outward, visible manifestation. They could not take in the fact that they could have the presence of Christ with them, and yet He be unseen by the world. They did not understand the meaning of a spiritual manifestation.” The Southern Work, September 13, 1898

John 14:22, 23 “Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? 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.”

This would only be possible by that external omnipresent Holy Spirit of the Father and the Son, the only two Divine Beings in the Godhead. Listen to how God’s prophet backs up that scripture,
“By the Spirit the Father and the Son will come and make their abode with you.” BEcho, Jan 15, 1893, par. 8. (The Bible Echo)

“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….” DA 805

What Ellen White believed and taught was believed and taught by our pioneers. Here are two such statements:

“The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God; it is also the Spirit of Christ. It is that divine, mysterious emanation through which they carry forward their great and infinite work.” — (Uriah Smith, GC Bulletin, March 18, 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)

Continuing now with more quotes from God’s prophet:
"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." (Ellen G. White, 14 Manuscript Releases, p. 84)

"The holy Spirit is the comforter, as the personal presence of Christ to the soul." (Ellen G. White, Review and Herald, November 29, 1892)

What else does the Servant of the Lord say? “There is no Comforter like Christ, so tender and so true.” Review & Herald, Oct. 26, 1897.

And this, “The Savior is our Comforter. This I have proved Him to be.” Manuscript Releases, vol. 8, p. 49.
John 14:25-27 “These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. 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. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

“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}

Now what comfort would you receive from someone who was not made flesh, who was not tempted in all points like as we are, who is not able to succor us as we are tempted? That’s not very comforting, is it? So here is Jesus. He came to earth, lived for 33-1/2 years, experienced everything that we have to experience, and then left us and sent someone else to help us. I don’t think so.

Listen carefully to this next quote as it is very telling: “The Lord is soon to come. We want that complete and perfect understanding which the Lord alone can give. It is not safe to catch the spirit from another. WE WANT THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHICH IS JESUS CHRIST. If we commune with God, we shall have strength and grace and efficiency.” {Lt66-1894 (April 10, 1894) par. 18} It is not safe to catch the spirit from another. Do you comprehend what God’s prophet just said?

In order for Jesus to be with every believer, He would have to come in the personal presence and power of His Omnipresent Spirit. Listen to this next quote: “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 (Jesus) 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.” {14MR 23.3}

“Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.” John 14:28, 29.

This is very revealing scripture in that Jesus clearly states that His physical presence was being removed from them, however He is stating that He will come again to be with them and that He was telling them before it was to happen so that when it happens they will believe. Jesus was not referring to His future second coming in visible, physical form.

He spoke of something that would soon occur to the apostles, and that is Pentecost.

“…On the day of Pentecost the promised Comforter descended, and the power from on high was given, and the souls of the believers thrilled with the conscious presence of their ascended Lord….” GC88 351.

“Henceforth through the Spirit, Christ was to abide continually in the hearts of the children…. All that Christ was to the disciples, He desires to be to His children today. {FLB 62.6}

“…Christ is present by his Holy Spirit….” RH 11.4.02

With what has been presented, the question can be asked: "Who is Your Comforter?" A few of the quotes God has given us through His prophet Ellen White have been presented for your understanding. There are many more but here are three more about Christ being the Comforter:

“Christ is to be known by the blessed name of Comforter. ‘The Comforter,’ said Christ to His disciples, ‘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….’” Ms. 7 (Jan. 26, 1902), par. 10. This quote comes from the newly-released, formerly-unpublished writings of Ellen White, which were released on the one-hundredth anniversary of her death and can be found at https://egwwritings.org.

“…Christ is everything to those who receive Him. He is their Comforter, their safety, their healthfulness….” LHU 221.

“…We adore God for His wondrous love in giving Jesus the Comforter.” 19MR 297.3

“There is no comforter like Christ, so tender and so true. He is touched with the feeling of our infirmities. His Spirit speaks to the heart.” AG 187.2

The scriptures are clear on this as we read in Romans 8:9: “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.” Do you understand what Paul was teaching? He was certainly referring to the omnipresent Spirit of Christ, which is the Comforter.

Listen carefully to this question. What is the reason that the Laodicean church is so weak and so sickly today? Could it be that the church embraces a third God that they have made their comforter? God’s prophet provides the answer,

“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 the one who reproves, who warns, who admonishes them, saying, ‘This is the way, walk ye in it.’” Review and Herald, August 26, 1890 par. 10.

So what has the devil tried to do to weaken the churches? Shut Jesus from our view as the Comforter. In other words, he gives us another Comforter. This Comforter today goes by the name of “God the Holy Spirit,” a different individual to Christ, who is being exalted today when inspiration has warned us that "Jehovah, our Father, and His Son Jesus Christ are alone to be exalted.”

“Satan is not asleep; he is wide awake to make of no effect the sure word of prophecy.” {CCh 342.5}

We need to have this understanding correct for Satan would have us embrace the error as the major part of the church has done today. With time on his side, he has brought in the error stealthily and practically imperceptibly. He even has a major part of the denominational churches throwing out the Spirit of Prophecy.

Paul warned God’s end-time church in 2 Corinthians 11:3, 4 where he wrote: “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” Who is your comforter?

What did God’s Prophet mean when she referred to the Holy Spirit as the Third PERSON of the Godhead? We will examine this question in chapter 5.



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