Who is the Holy Spirit?

The Majority of Christians today believe the Holy Spirit is the 'third being' of the Godhead. They believe that the Holy Spirit is a separate being from God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son of God. But is this truth? Does the Bible really teach this? You may be surprised to learn that the Bible does not teach this. So who or what is the Holy Spirit? The book of Revelation holds the key to this question.

Revelation 5:1,6,7 ...'And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within Seven Spirits of Godand on the backside, sealed with seven seals ... And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.'

This is a very revealing verse regarding the Holy Spirit. Notice that the Lamb, which is Christ has 'seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God to send forth into all the earth'. This is a reference to the Holy Spirit, and who is it that HAS the Holy Spirit to send? It is Christ, 'the Lamb'. And this lines up with what is revealed in Revelation, chapters 1 and 2. Notice the following in Revelation 1 and 2.

Revelation 1:12-16 ...'And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man ... And he had in his right hand seven stars.'

Revelation 2:1,7 ...'Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks ... He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.'

First of all, who does John see 'speaking' to him? He sees Jesus Christ right? Then Jesus confirms it is He who is holding the seven stars and walking in the midst of the candlesticks, who is speaking to the churches. It is Jesus Himself speaking to the churches. Now look at what Christ says at the end of each message to the churches ... He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Jesus confirms that HE is the Spirit speaking to the churches. Which confirms what Revelation 5 says regarding Christ being the one who HAS the Holy Spirit to send to us. It is Christ's OWN divine Spirit, which He sends, not another 'third being' like the trinity teaching says.

Revelation 3:1 ...'And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars.'

So the 'Spirit' speaking in Revelation was Jesus Christ Himself! Not some third being separate from the Father and Son. Now, this isn't just limited to the book of Revelation. There are many other New Testament verses which support this truth of the Holy Spirit actually being the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Let's take a look at some of them.

John 14:16-20 ...'And 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. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. 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.'

Matthew 18:20 ...'For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.'

Now, many people look at this 'comforter' quote and just automatically think that Jesus was talking about sending someone else. And yet Jesus reveals in these verses exactly who the comforter was going to be. Jesus told the disciples that they knew the comforter, because He was actually with them in physical form. Who was with them? Christ Himself! Jesus told the disciples that He would not leave us comfortless, HE would come to us HIMSELF! And Jesus also confirmed that HE would be the one inside us, not someone else!

Where many people stumble regarding the comforter is when Jesus refers to the comforter as 'he'. But there need not be any confusion. Take a look at the following verses and you will see how Jesus refers to HIMSELF as 'He' and 'Him'...

John 17:1-2 ...'These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.'

John 5:19 ...'Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.'

John 4:10 ...'Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of Him, and He would have given thee living water.'

Can you see how Jesus is referring to HIMSELF as 'he' and 'him'? And this is exactly what He was doing in John 14 speaking of the comforter. He was referring to HIMSELF as the comforter, which is why He said ..."I will come to you."

"They did not think that the subject of their conversation was walking by their side; FOR CHRIST REFERRED TO HIMSELF AS THOUGH HE WERE ANOTHER PERSON." (E.White, Desire of Ages, p.800)

John 17:22-26 ...'And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.'

Satan is leading the ministers today to keep the truth concerning the Holy Spirit away from the people, so that they will have no power in their lives. And yet the truth is so clear when we have eyes willing to see. LOOK!

Holy Spirit"Jesus said, 'Touch Me not; for I am not yet ascended to My Father: but go to My brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto My Father, and your Father; and to My God, and your God.' Joyfully she [Mary] hastened to the disciples with the good news. Jesus quickly ascended to His Father to hear from His lips that He accepted the sacrifice, and TO RECEIVE ALL POWER in heaven and upon earth ... I saw that while Jesus was with that bright heavenly host, in the presence of God, and surrounded by His glory, He did not forget His disciples upon the earth, but RECEIVED POWER FROM HIS FATHER, that He might return and IMPART POWER TO THEM. The same day He returned and showed Himself to His disciples. He suffered them then to touch Him; for He had ascended to His Father and HAD RECEIVED POWER." (E.White, Early Writings, p.187)

Sister White confirms that Jesus quickly went back to the Father after He saw Mary at the tomb. And why? To receive POWER from His Father, so that HE COULD GIVE IT to the disciples. Then Jesus returns and appears among the disciples again after seeing the Father in heaven.

John 20:19-22 ...'Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you ... And when he had said this, HE BREATHED ON THEM, and saith unto them, RECEIVE YE THE HOLY SPIRIT.'

Did Jesus 'breath' another 'third being' onto the disciples? No, of course not. He breathed the Spirit and power of God the Father, which Jesus now had HIMSELF. This was a 'taster' of what was to fully come at Pentecost after Jesus was glorified. But can you see that it is CHRIST HIMSELF giving the Holy Spirit to the disciples? And this is the 'POWER' that Christ received from the Father, not some 'other third being'. Look..

Acts 2:32-33 ...'This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and HAVING RECEIVED OF THE FATHER THE PROMISE OF THE HOLY GHOST, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.'

This is now after Pentecost, when Jesus is back in heaven and has received the full promise of the Holy Spirit, which Jesus HIMSELF in turn gives to the disciples. The Father didn't give Jesus 'another being', that is just ridiculous. No, God the Father, the source of all things (1 Corinthians 8:6) gave Jesus HIS OWN divine Spirit, which is His very own life and power!

"Those who were bowed before the throne would offer up their prayers and look to Jesus; then He would look to His Father, and appear to be pleading with Him. A light would come FROM THE FATHER TO THE SON AND FROM THE SON TO THE PRAYING COMPANY. Then I saw an exceeding bright light come FROM THE FATHER TO THE SON, AND FROM THE SON IT WAVED OVER THE PEOPLE BEFORE THE THRONE ... Those who rose up with Jesus would send up their faith to Him in the holiest, and pray, 'My Father, GIVE US THY SPIRIT.' Then Jesus would BREATHE UPON THEM THE HOLY GHOST. In that breath was light, power, and much love, joy, and peace." (E.White, Early Writings, p.54-55)

Acts 2:32-33 ...'This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.'

Galatians 4:6 ...'And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.'

2 Corinthians 3:17 ...'Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.'

Philippians 1:19 ...'For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.'

This is the same Spirit which guided the prophets in the Old Testament ... 1 Peter 1:10-11 ...'Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.'

The Holy Spirit is the LIFE and POWER of Jesus Christ Himself, which He has received from God the Father.

"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 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)

It is Christ who 'dwells in our hearts' (Ephesians 3:17). It is Christ who lives in us (Galatians 2:20). It is Christ in us, that 'Spirit' which gives us life (Romans 8:10-11). And as Paul confirmed in Galatians 4:6, God was to send the Spirit of HIS SON to us, not some other third being. Which is why Paul also said in 2 Corinthians 3:17, that the LORD [Christ] is that Spirit.

This is so important friend. We need the Spirit of Christ, as the Holy Spirit, not 'another spirit being' ... 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.' ... The Holy Spirit that Christians have in them is NOT 'another third being'. We have the Spirit of God the Father, which is manifested through His Son, Jesus Christ.

We do not need a being who cannot sympathize with our affirmities. We do not need a being who cannot understand what it's like to be tempted in this mortal, sinful flesh. We need a being who has been tempted in all points as we are. We need a being who knows how to deliver us from sin and temptation. We need a being who gained the victory over sin and knows what it takes to live a perfect life in obedience to, and full dependence upon God the Father. We need JESUS CHRIST as our Comforter! And the Bible confirms that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ. He is the one who comes to us and helps us.

"It is not safe to catch the spirit of another. We want the Holy Spirit, which is Jesus Christ." (E.White, Letter 66, April 10, 1894, par.17-18)

"The Saviour is our Comforter. This I have proved Him to be." (E.White, 8MR 49)

The 'Life Giving Water' comes FROM CHRIST

This is a beautiful truth that all of God's people MUST understand, so as to not be deceived. Spirit WaterWhen the Israelites complained of thirst in the wilderness, Moses was told to speak to the rock of Meribah, and it would provide them with 'abundant water', as recorded in Numbers 20. Now who does that 'rock' represent, and what does the water out of the rock represent? Let's allow the Word of God itself to tell us:

1 Corinthians 10:1-4 ...'Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual rock that followed them: and that rock was Christ.'

As clearly stated by Paul above, the Rock represented CHRIST JESUS. But what about this 'spiritual drink', which was the water that came FROM the Rock, Christ? What is this?

John 7:38-39 ...'He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (but this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.')

Wow! So the 'flowing water' represents the Holy Spirit. And where does this flowing river of living water come from? Don't miss this point. The water flowed FROM THE ROCK ITSELF. So too does the Holy Spirit flow from CHRIST HIMSELF, look:

John 4:10 ...'Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and He would have given thee living water.'

Acts 2:33 ...'Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, He hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.'

So the Holy Spirit comes from the Father to the Son, and then from the Son (the Rock), direct to us. There is no 'third being' involved. This 'living water' comes DIRECT FROM CHRIST to us. It is HIS LIFE and POWER, which He has received from God the Father. Look at where John sees the river of life flowing from:

Revelation 22:1 ...'And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.'

So this 'living water' comes from God the Father and His Son (the Lamb), not some other 'third being'. Again, do not miss the significance of the Rock in the wilderness. The water came DIRECTLY FROM THE ROCK ITSELF, which represented Christ. Look what Sister White confirmed in vision:

"Those who were bowed before the throne would offer up their prayers and look to Jesus; then He would look to His Father, and appear to be pleading with Him. A LIGHT WOULD COME FROM THE FATHER TO THE SON AND FROM THE SON TO THE PRAYING COMPANY. Then I saw an exceeding bright light come FROM THE FATHER TO THE SON, AND FROM THE SON IT WAVED OVER THE PEOPLE before the throne ... Those who rose up with Jesus would send up their faith to Him in the holiest, and pray, 'My Father, give us Thy Spirit.' THEN JESUS WOULD BREATHE UPON THEM THE HOLY GHOST. In that breath was light, power, and much love, joy, and peace." (E.White, Early Writings, p.55)

That 'power', the Holy Spirit, comes from the Father to the Son and from the Son DIRECTLY to us!

Revelation 5:6 ...'And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, WHICH ARE THE SEVEN SPIRITS OF GOD SENT FORTH INTO ALL THE EARTH.'

Galatians 4:6 ...'And because ye are sons, GOD HATH SENT FORTH THE SPIRIT OF HIS SON into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.'

There can be no doubt as to what the Holy Spirit is. It is the Spirit of Christ. It is His life, which He has received from God the Father. The 'living water' is the life of Christ, which is given to us, to help us, comfort us, and give us true LIFE!

"When the soldier pierced the side of Jesus as He hung upon the cross, there came out two distinct streams, one of blood, the other of water. The blood was to wash away the sins of those who should believe in His name, and THE WATER WAS TO REPRESENT THAT LIVING WATER WHICH IS OBTAINED FROM JESUS to give life to the believer." (E.White, Early Writings, p.209)

"The words that I speak unto you, they are SPIRIT, and they are life (John 6:57, 63). Christ is not here referring to His doctrine, but to HIS PERSON, the divinity of HIS CHARACTER." (E.G.White, 1 Selected Messages, p.249)

"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)

This is such a beautiful truth that the majority of churches are resisting. Just like the Pharisees of old, who rejected Christ as the TRUE Son of God, and rejected HIS SPIRIT in their lives. No wonder there is no power in the churches today! They are seeking after the wrong spirit! But those who embrace this precious truth can receive abundant life and power to live victorious lives. We want that 'living water' that COMES FROM THE ROCK, JESUS CHRIST. That water of life that comes from both the Father and the Son. THIS is the Holy Spirit of promise!

Ellen White Quotes on the Comforter

"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." (E.White, Review and Herald, August 26, 1890)

"As by faith we look to Jesus, our faith pierces the shadow, and we adore God for His wondrous love in giving Jesus the Comforter." (E.White, Manuscript Releases 19, p. 297.3)

All who love Christ will be loved of the Father, and He will manifest Himself to them. In all their emergencies and perplexities, they will have a helper in Jesus Christ. 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." (E.White, The Southern Review, Sept. 13, 1898 par. 1-2)

"Christ is to be known by the blessed name of Comforter." (E.White, Manuscript 7, January 26, 1902, par. 10)

"The Saviour is our Comforter. This I have proved Him to be." (E.White, Manuscript Releases 8, p.49)

"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." (E.White, Review & Herald, January 27, 1903)

"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." (E.White, Review and Herald, October 26, 1897)

"The holy Spirit is the comforter, as the personal presence of Christ to the soul." (E.White, Review and Herald, November 29, 1892, par. 3)

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