Ellen White Quotes on the Holy Spirit

"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)

"CHRIST the Word, the only-begotten of God, was one with the eternal Father,-one in nature, in character, and in purpose,-the ONLY being in all the universe that could enter into all the counsels and purposes of God. By Christ, the Father wrought in the creation of all heavenly beings." (Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy, p. 493)

Further down the page you will see a selection of the many quotes from Ellen White showing beyond doubt that the Holy Spirit is in fact the Spirit of Jesus, which is one and the same Spirit that He shares with the Father. It is 'God's Spirit' and 'Christ's Spirit', and NOT a separate literal third 'god' of the Godhead.

Look at this VISION FROM GOD, written by Ellen Harmon in 1846 ... "And I saw those who rose up with Jesus send up their faith to Jesus in the Holiest, and praying, Father give us thy spirit. Then Jesus would breathe on them the Holy Ghost. In the breath was light, power and much love, joy and peace." (The Day Star, March 14, 1846, Par.1)

Mr LeRoy Froom was one of the main people responsible for bringing the trinity doctrine into the Adventist church. Some claim that he was a Jesuit infiltrate. It is notable that Froom and those who helped him had to search over one hundred thousand pages that Ellen White wrote just to find the handful of statements, that on the surface, appeared to fit the Trinitarian concept on the Holy Spirit. But only if you disregard the thousands of non-Trinitarian statements she wrote. This would be a deceitful way to read her writings and certainly would be a dishonest way to determine what she believed. This should never be done with Scripture and neither should it be done with Ellen White. Le Roy Froom openly admitted in his book 'movement of destiny' that there was nothing in the writings of our pioneers that supported the trinity, and that he had to search out the books of Babylon to get ideas for the trinity. He even had the audacity to suggest that the men of Babylon had a deeper spiritual insight into the things of God than our own pioneers! And he laid out his plan to CHANGE the belief that our pioneers had concerning the Godhead. (Movement of Destiny, p.322 and 422) Such open blatant wickedness!

Important Point 1 - Now there are many leaders in the Seventh-day Adventist church today who say that Ellen White and our Pioneers MOVED AWAY from the non-trinitarian stance. I have also heard some leaders say that we are NOT to base our faith on the foundations of the early Advent movement, because it was a 'progressive' one. Well, this is complete falsehood and one that Ellen White herself warned us about ...

'Let none seek to tear away the foundations of our faith, - the foundations that were laid at the beginning of our work, by prayerful study of the Word and by revelation. Upon these foundations we have been building for the last fifty years. Men may suppose that they have found a new way, and that they can lay a stronger foundation than that which has been laid. But this is a great deception. Other foundation can no man lay than that which has been laid.' (Ellen White, Review and Herald, March 3, 1904)

'That which I have written is what the Lord has bidden me write. I have not been instructed to change that which I have sent out ... The straight line of truth presented to me when I was but a girl is just as clearly presented to me now.' (E.G. White, RH, Jan 26, 1905)

'We want solid pillars for the building. Not one pin is to be removed from that which the Lord has established.' (Ellen White, Review and Herald, May 25, 1905)

Important Point 2 - Ellen White said that the book 'Living Temple' by Kellogg contained the Alpha of apostasy, in which he confirms his new belief in the trinty! And look at what Ellen White said about this ...

'Living Temple contains the alpha of these theories. I knew that the omega would follow in a little while; and I trembled for our people. I knew that I must warn our brethren and sisters not to enter into controversy over the presence and personality of God. The statements made in Living Temple in regard to this point are incorrect. The scripture used to substantiate the doctrine there set forth, is scripture misapplied. I am compelled to speak in denial of the claim that the teachings of Living Temple can be sustained by statements from my writings.' (Ellen White, Selected Messages, p.203)

Important Point 3 - Ellen White warned that apostasy would enter the Seventh-day Adventist church and that her testimonies would be rejected and 'books of a new order' would be brought forth. We have seen this happen and are still seeing it happen today. One example is this 'Great Hope' book, which destroys and replaces the 'Great Controversy'. Take a look at what sister White said ...

'The enemy of souls has sought to bring in the supposition that a great reformation was to take place among Seventh-day Adventists, and that this reformation would consist in giving up the doctrines which stand as the pillars of our faith, and engaging in a process of reorganization. Were this reformation to take place what would result? The principles of truth that God in His wisdom has given to the remnant church would be discarded. Our religion would be changed. The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the last fifty years would be accounted as error. A new organization would be established. Books of a new order would be written.' (Ellen White, Battle Creek Letters, St. Helena, Calif., Oct. 1903)

But didn't Ellen White say 'heavenly trio' and 'third person' in other writings? Yes she did. But it is clear from Mrs White's writings that her 'heavenly trio' was not the 'heavenly trinity' that is taught today. When you take her writings as a WHOLE and in context, like we should do with the Word of God in the Bible, rather than taking a few quotes on their own, you will see that Mrs White was referring to God the Father, Jesus Christ, AND THEIR SPIRIT as the 'heavenly trio'. Jesus sends His and His Father's Spirit (in a way we cannot understand) to this earth to help His people, and it is that Spirit which is the 'third personality' of the Godhead. But it is NOT a separate literal being.

See further down the page for more info on the 'third PERSON' quotes

Question: Who were the three HIGHEST beings in heaven before the fall according to Ellen White? ... "The Son of God was next in authority to the great Lawgiver. He knew that His life alone could be sufficient to ransom fallen man." (Ellen White, Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 2, page 9, also in Lift Him Up, page 24) ... "Satan's position in heaven had been next to the Son of God. He was first among the angels." (Ellen White, Selected Messages, book 1, page 341)

1. God the Father

2. Jesus the Son of God

3. Lucifer (Satan)

So it was Lucifer who was third in line to God the Father and Jesus Christ, NOT the Holy Spirit. How could that be? Because the Holy Spirit is PART of God the Father and Jesus Christ. It is THEIR Spirit, not another divine being ... "Speaking of Satan, our Lord says that 'he abode not in the truth.' He was once the covering cherub, glorious in beauty and holiness. He was next to Christ in exaltation and character. It was with Satan that self-exaltation had its origin. He became jealous of Christ, and falsely accused him, and then laid blame upon the Father. He was envious of the position that was held by Christ and the Father, and he turned from his allegiance to the Commander of heaven and lost his high and holy estate." (Ellen White, Review & Herald, October 22, 1895)

Ellen White Quotes:

"This is our work for this time, to open the door to Jesus, and HE will so fill the soul that there will be no room for self and selfishness ... 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." (E.White, Letter 66, April 10, 1894, par.17-18)

"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 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." (Ellen G. White, 14MR 23.3, 1895)

"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)

"Christ declared that after his ascension, he would send to his church, as his crowning gift, the Comforter, who was to take his place. This Comforter is the Holy Spirit,- the soul of his life, the efficacy of his church, the light and life of the world. With his Spirit Christ sends a reconciling influence and a power that takes away sin." (E.White, The Review and Herald, May 19, 1904 par. 1)

"The Lord Jesus, standing by the side of the canvassers, walking with them, is the chief worker. The Holy Guest by their side makes impressions in just the lines needed, if the worker recognizes Christ as the one who is with him to prepare the way. Thus the worker can move forward representing the sacred truth he is handling, in the books he is finding a home for in families. Just as the truth presented in the books becomes woven into his own experience and developed in his character, will be his strength, his courage, his life. The experience gained will be more benefit to him than all the advantages he might otherwise obtain in fitting for the work of the ministry. It is the accompaniment of the Holy Spirit OF God that prepares the workers, both men and women, to become pastors unto the flock of God. As they cherish the thought that Christ is their companion, a holy awe, a sacred joy will be felt by them amid all their trying experienes and all their tests." (E.White, Bible Echo, September 18, 1899 par. 12-13)

"The influence of the Holy Spirit is the life of Christ in the soul. We do not now see Christ and speak to Him, but His Holy Spirit is just as near us in one place as another. It works in and through every one who receives Christ. Those who know the indwelling of the Spirit reveal the fruits of the Spirit,-'love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith." (E.White, Bible Echo, June 17, 1901 par. 6)

"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. He would have them understand that henceforth they cannot serve two masters. Their lives cannot be divided. Christ is to live in his human agents, and work through their faculties, and act through their capabilities. Their will must be submitted to his will, they must act with his spirit, that it may be no more they that live, but Christ that liveth in them. Jesus is seeking to impress upon them the thought that in giving his Holy Spirit he is giving to them the glory which the Father has given him, that he and his people may be one in God. Our way and will must be in submission to God's will, knowing that it is holy, just, and good." (E.White, Signs of the Times, October 3, 1892 par. 4)

"True faith and repose in God are always accompanied by the illumination of the Holy Spirit, whose temple we are. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ; it is His representative. Here is the divine agency that carries conviction to hearts." (Ellen G. White, 13 Manuscript Releases, p. 313)

"O, how we grieve the pure, holy Spirit OF Christ with our defiling sins! We are not prepared for the appreciation of the holy communion with Christ and with one another unless we are cleansed by his efficacy." (E.White, The Review and Herald, July 5, 1898 par. 7)

"The office of the Holy Spirit is to take the truth from the sacred page, where God has placed it for the benefit of every soul whom he has created, and stamp that truth upon the mind. The Spirit OF God has unconfined range of the heavenly universe ... So the life-giving power of the Holy Spirit, proceeding from Christ, and imparted to every disciple, pervades the soul ... Christ is our advocate, pleading in our behalf. The Spirit pleads within us. Then let us show perfect trust in our Leader, and not inquire of false guides ... Christ's methods, and every fierce passion, every defective trait of character, is worked upon the molding influence of the Spirit OF Christ, until the man has a new motive power, and becomes filled with the Holy Spirit of God, after the likeness of the divine similitude ... The Holy Spirit is the source of all power, and works as a living, active agent in the new life created in the soul. The Holy Spirit is to be in us a divine indweller ... Christ is to live in his human agents, and work through their faculties, and act through their capabilities. Their will must be submitted to his will, they must act with his Spirit, that it may be no more they that live, but Christ that liveth in them ... Wherever we go, we bear the abiding presence of the One so dear to us; for we abide in Christ by a living faith. He is abiding in our hearts by our individual, appropriating faith. We have the companionship of the divine Jesus, and as we realize his presence, our thoughts are brought into captivity to him." (E.White, Healthful Living - The Office of the Holy Spirit, p.300-302)

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

"When a sense of the loving-kindness of God is constantly refreshing the soul, it will be revealed in the countenance by an expression of peace and joy. It will be manifest in the words and works. And the generous, holy spirit of Christ, working upon the heart, will yield in the life a converting influence upon others." (E.White, The Review and Herald, May 7, 1908 par. 1)

"We are in the anti-typical day of atonement, and every soul should now be humbling himself before God, seeking pardon for his transgressions and sins, and accepting the justifying grace of Christ, the sanctifying of the soul by the operations of the Holy Spirit of Christ; thus the carnal nature is transformed, renewed in holiness after the image of Christ's righteousness and true holiness." (E.White, Appeal and Suggestions to Conference Officers, p. 25)

"It is the accompaniment of the Holy Spirit of God that prepares workers, both men and women, to become pastors to the flock of God. As they cherish the thought that Christ is their Companion, a holy awe, a sacred joy, will be felt by them amid all their trying experiences and all their tests ... They will practice true Christian courtesy, bearing in mind that Christ, their Companion, cannot approve of harsh, unkind words or feelings." (E.White, Colporteur Ministry, p. 33)

"What we want is the spirit of Jesus. When we have this, we shall love one another. Here are the credentials that we are to bear: 'By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. We need to pray more; and when we have Christ abiding in the soul, HIS SPIRIT in me will harmonize with HIS SPIRIT in you; and he who controls our minds, controls also the heavenly intelligences, and they co-operate with us." (The Ellen G. White 1888 Materials, p. 903)

"In this life we are to be controlled by the spirit that rules in the heavenly courts." (E.White, In Heavenly Places, p. 113)

"We need, my sister, greater benevolence, greater humility first, then the simplicity of Christ will appear; contention will cease, because it is an offensive thing and grieves the Holy Spirit of God. No one who truly enjoys the Spirit of Jesus Christ will be fractious, suspicious, criticizing, accusing. Why? Because Christ is abiding in the soul temple. Under the influence of the Holy Spirit, the whole multitude of them that believed were of 'one heart and of one mind.' The Spirit of Christ animated the whole and became the whole heart of the whole community." (E.White, Manuscript Releases, Volume 21, p. 155)

"And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Eph. 4:30. When we seem to doubt God's love and distrust His promises we dishonor Him and grieve HIS Holy Spirit. How can our heavenly Father regard us when we distrust His love, which has led Him to give His only-begotten Son that we might have life?" (E.White, God's Amazing Grace, p. 216)

"When the truth in its practical character is urged upon the people because you love them, souls will be convicted, because the Holy Spirit of God will convict of the truth. Satan will be on the ground, that with his hellish shadow he may obtrude himself between man and God, to intercept every ray of light that will shine on the soul." (E.White, Camp Meetings, p. 25)

So Satan is the literal being whom is 'on the ground' on earth.

"the one rebuked would afterward take his brother by the hand, and say, 'Let us not grieve the Holy Spirit of God. Jesus is with us; let us keep a humble and teachable spirit." (The Ellen G. White 1888 Materials, p. 991)

"Conscience is the voice of God, heard amid the conflict of human passions; when it is resisted, the Spirit OF God is grieved." (E.White, The Faith I Live By, p. 58)

"God will not pour out gold and silver from the windows of heaven, but that which is of infinitely greater value. He says, 'I will pour out MY Spirit upon you.' The Holy Spirit of God will bless those who are faithful in the discharge of their duty." (E.White, The Home Missionary, April 1, 1895 par. 5)

"The command was, 'Tarry in Jerusalem, until you receive the Holy Ghost.' You must be so fitted that there will not be any appearance of evil. Brethren, we need the Spirit of God in our midst and when God puts His Spirit upon us, this seeking for the supremacy will cease." (E.White, Manuscript Releases, Volume 9, p. 255)

"Baptized with the Spirit of Jesus, there will be a love, a harmony, a meekness, a hiding of the self in Jesus that the wisdom of Christ will be given, the understanding enlightened; that which seems dark will be made clear." (E.White, Counsels to Writers and Editors, p. 81)

"This grace had moved upon the heart of Cornelius. The Spirit OF Christ had spoken to his soul; Jesus had drawn him, and he had yielded to the drawing." (E.White, God's Amazing Grace, p. 86)

"In order to confess Christ, we must have Him to confess. No one can truly confess Christ unless the mind and spirit of Christ are in him." (E.White, God's Amazing Grace, p. 277)

"Human sympathy, sanctified by the spirit of Jesus, is an element that can be productive of great good." (E.White, The Bible Echo, December 1, 1886 par. 6)

"Children who have been taught to yield their will and wishes to their parents, will the more easily and readily yield their wills to God, and will submit to be controlled by the Spirit of Christ." (E.White, A Solemn Appeal, p. 138)

"The heart of the true minister is filled with an intense longing to save souls. Time and strength are spent, toilsome effort is not shunned; for others must hear the truths that brought to his own soul such gladness and peace and joy. The Spirit OF Christ rests upon him. He watches for souls as one that must give an account." (E.White, Acts of the Apostles, Volume 4, p. 371)

"So it will be with all who will live godly in Christ Jesus. Persecution and reproach await all who are imbued with the Spirit of Christ." (E.White, The Acts of the Apostles, Volume 4, p. 576)

"The first work to be done in a Christian home is to see that the Spirit of Christ abides there, that every member of the household may be able to take his cross and follow where Jesus leads the way." (E.White, The Adventist Home, p. 21)

"Constant faultfinding is wrong, and the Spirit of Christ cannot abide in the heart where it exists." (E.White, The Adventist Home, p. 272)

"They must have His grace, the spirit of Christ, to help their infirmities, or they cannot resist evil." (E.White, God's Amazing Grace, p. 82)

"Every soul thus worked by the Spirit of Christ receives so abundant a supply of the rich grace that, beholding his good works, the unbelieving world acknowledges that he is controlled and sustained by divine power, and is led to glorify God." (E.White, God's Amazing Grace, p. 138)

"When one is fully emptied of self, when every false god is cast out of the soul, the vacuum is filled by the inflowing of the Spirit of Christ. Such a one has the faith that purifies the soul from defilement. He is conformed to the Spirit, and he minds the things of the Spirit. He has no confidence in self. Christ is all and in all." (E.White, God's Amazing Grace, p. 212)

"Live in the sunshine of the Saviour's love. Then your influence will bless the world. Let the Spirit of Christ control you." (E.White, God's Amazing Grace, p. 299)

"Let the Spirit of Jesus vitalize the souls of the workers. Then their plans and methods of labor will be of that character to win souls to Jesus Christ." (E.White, Counsels on Sabbath School Work, p. 164)

"Many of the young have not the spirit of Jesus. The love of God is not in their hearts, therefore all the natural besetments hold the victory instead of the Spirit of God and salvation." (E.White, The Early Years, p. 360)

"Do not stop to try to convert the one who is speaking words of reproach against your work; but let it be seen that you are inspired by the Spirit of Jesus Christ; and angels of God will put into your lips words that will reach the hearts of opposers. If these men persist in pressing their way in, those who are of a sensible mind in the congregation will understand that yours is the higher standard. So speak that it will be known that Jesus Christ is speaking through you." (E.White, The General Conference Bulletin, p. 57)

"You are a false guidepost, pointing the wrong way, misleading souls who are blinder than yourself, who have never known what it is to be under the control of the Spirit of Jesus Christ." (E.White, Manuscript Releases, Volume 1, p. 378)

"Satan will have no power over a soul who is emptied of self and imbued with the Spirit of Jesus Christ." (E.White, Manuscript Releases, Volume 12, p. 107)

"The hearts of those who advocate this cause must be filled by the Spirit of Jesus. The great Physician alone can apply the balm of Gilead." (E.White, Manuscript Releases, Volume 16, p. 167)

"The Spirit of Jesus dwells in us richly by faith." (E.White, Manuscript Releases, Volume 21, p. 306)

"Jesus said, 'Ye shall ask in My name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: for the Father Himself loveth you.' 'I have chosen you: ... that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in My name, He may give it you.' John 16:26, 27; 15:16. But to pray in the name of Jesus is something more than a mere mention of that name at the beginning and the ending of a prayer. It is to pray in the mind and spirit of Jesus, while we believe His promises, rely upon His grace, and work His works." (E.White, Steps to Christ, p. 100)

Third PERSON of the Godhead

For a thorough study of this, please also see our page WHO IS THE THIRD PERSON OF THE GODHEAD?

There is no denying that Ellen White used the words 'third person' in her writings (providing those writings have not been altered and the words added by someone else). But instead of taking those little statements on their own, like many Adventist leaders do over and over again. We need to look at it in context and combine it with the her writings above to get a clear understanding of what was meant. Just like we do with the Bible. So let us take a look at a couple of these statements Mrs White made with reference to the Holy Spririt being a 'PERSON'.

"In describing to His disciples the office work of the Holy Spirit, Jesus sought to inspire them with the joy and hope that inspired His own heart. He rejoiced because of the abundant help He had provided for His church. The Holy Spirit was the highest of all gifts that He could solicit from His Father for the exaltation of His people. The Spirit was to be given as a regenerating agent, and without this the sacrifice of Christ would have been of no avail. The power of evil had been strengthening for centuries, and the submission of men to this satanic captivity was amazing. Sin could be resisted and overcome only through the mighty agency of the Third Person of the Godhead, who would come with no modified energy, but in the fullness of divine power. It is the Spirit that makes effectual what has been wrought out by the world's Redeemer. It is by the Spirit that the heart is made pure. Through the Spirit the believer becomes a partaker of the divine nature. Christ has given His Spirit as a divine power to overcome all hereditary and cultivated tendencies to evil, and to impress His own character upon His church." (Ellen White, Lift Him Up, p.191)

Can you see IN CONTEXT what Mrs White was saying? She was saying that this 'third person' of the Godhead is in fact the Spirit OF Jesus, which He received from the Father. And it is THAT Spirit OF Jesus, a 'divine power', which Ellen White relates as the 'third person'. But it is clearly not an actual separate being. It is the Spirit OF Christ, and another personality OF Christ.

It's the 'Person' of Christ, through His Spirit.

"During the Jewish economy the influence of God's Spirit had been seen in a marked manner, but not in full. For ages prayers had been offered for the fulfillment of God's promise to impart His Spirit, and not one of these earnest supplications had been forgotten. Christ determined that when He ascended from this earth He would bestow a gift on those who had believed on Him and those who should believe on Him. What gift could He bestow rich enough to signalize and grace His ascension to the mediatorial throne? It must be worthy of His greatness and His royalty. He determined to give His representative, the third person of the Godhead. This gift could not be excelled. He would give all gifts in one, and therefore the divine Spirit, that converting, enlightening, and sanctifying power, would be His donation. It came with a fullness and power, as if for ages it had been restrained, but was now being poured forth upon the church." (E. White, My Life Today, p. 36)

Please notice that Ellen White refers to the Holy Spirit a number of times as an 'it'. She would NEVER refer to a literal divine being as an 'it'. Never!

Can you see? Mrs White is telling us that this 'third person of the Godhead', again, is the Spirit OF God and Christ, but also that it is a 'divine POWER'. A converting POWER. It's not a literal separate being apart from God and Jesus. It is THEIR DIVINE SPIRIT, which acts as a 'third power' so to speak, of the Godhead.

"The Lord [Jesus] says this because He knows it is for our good. He would build a wall around us, to keep us from transgression, so that His blessing and love may be bestowed on us in rich measure. This is the reason we have established a school here. The Lord [Jesus] instructed us that this was the place in which we should locate, and we have had every reason to think that we are in the right place. We have been brought together as a school, and we need to realize that the Holy Spirit, who is as much a person as God is a person, is WALKING through these grounds, UNSEEN by human eyes; that the Lord God is our Keeper and Helper. He hears every word we utter and knows every thought of the mind." (Ellen G. White, Sermons and Talks Volume 2, pp. 136-137, 1899)

So who exactly is this 'UNSEEN PERSON WALKING' on earth with us?

"CHRIST WALKS UNSEEN through our streets. With messages of mercy He comes to our homes." (Ellen G. White, The Ministry of Healing, p. 107)

"How few realize that JESUS, UNSEEN, is WALKING by their side! How ashamed many would be to hear His voice speaking to them, and to know that He heard all their foolish, common talk!" (Ellen G. White, 14 MR 125.3)

It is Jesus, through HIS Spirit whom is unseen and walking by our sides on earth!

It is our prayer that from the above clear writings and our main page on the trinity, that you will be able to see the truth of the matter. That the mainstream trinity doctrine is false. That Ellen White is clear concerning the Holy Spirit, being the Spirit OF God and Jesus. And that the Godhead consists of God the Father and Jesus Christ His only begotten Son.

For much more information see http://www.trinitytruth.org/wasellenwhiteatrinitarian.html