There is a teaching today by some leaders in the Godhead movement that the Spirit of God since 31 AD is a Divine/Human Spirit, and that since the cross, that spirit is something more, or something different.
But Ellen White said: ”The Holy Spirit is Himself divested of the personality of humanity.” (Ellen White, Manuscript Releases, vol. 14, pages 23, 24)
Divested = Stripped
The Holy Spirit is stripped of Humanity. It is not the physical presence of Christ in you either, nor is it the intelligent presence. It is not a divine/human spirit.
I’ve spoken to some who have said that now they have Christ dwelling in them and that since he is dwelling in them, that they have his thoughts, and therefore cannot err. This is the teaching similar to Kellogg which teaches that there is a “universal intelligence” dwelling in them. That they have the intelligence of God himself in them thinking for them.
The bible teaches us that God’s love, joy, peace and power is the same love that was made in the covenant before Christ became a man. This fruit was the same before and after 31AD. The spirit was in the creation, and the bible says that creative power is the same power that creates a new heart in the believer. That power has not changed, it is as powerful as it was when God said “Let there be light”. The power of the gospel is the same power and divine nature that was in creation six thousand years ago. It is no different.
- It is the same love, joy, peace, etc. that God had when he first made the plan of salvation.
- It is the same gifts that were in the prophets of old who also had the gift of prophecy.
Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
“The divine Spirit that the world’s Redeemer promised to send, is the presence and power of God.” (Ellen White Sign of the Times, November 23, 1891 par. 1)
We see this spirit in creation Genesis 1:2, as well as Psalms 33:6-9 among other places in scripture.
It is the same spirit! If God’s power and divine nature are seen in the created works, was not his spirit in creation? The words of God are spirit.
We are told:
Psalms 19:1-2 … The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
The heavens utter speech. They speak the word of God. And the word of God is spirit. (John 6:63)
“A mysterious life pervades all nature–a life that sustains the unnumbered worlds throughout immensity, that lives in the insect atom which floats in the summer breeze, that wings the flight of the swallow and feeds the young ravens which cry, that brings the bud to blossom and the flower to fruit… From Him all life proceeds.” (Ellen White Education 99)
From his throne, the river of life proceeds, which is the spirit of God. (Rev 22:1, 2, John 7:38, 39)
“The theory that God is an essence pervading all nature is one of Satan’s most subtle devices.” (8 Testimonies Page 291)
God’s Spirit “pervades all nature”, but God does not pervade all nature. Ellen said:
“The Lord puts His own Spirit into the seed, causing it to spring into life. Under His care the germ breaks through the case enclosing it and springs up to develop and bear fruit.” (Ellen White 8 Testimonies Page 326)
It is not “God the Spirit” or “Christ the Spirit”. Christ is not personally present everywhere, He is in heaven.
Is it possible to be present with someone in spirit, but yet not physically present according to the bible?
1 Cor 5:3 “For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit”
Was Paul physically present with the Corinthians? No!!! He was absent physically!! But yet spiritually He was there? Was Paul intelligently with them? No. Does the same principle apply with the spirit of Christ as with the spirit of Paul?
“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 White, Manuscript Releases, vol. 14, pages 23, 24; written February 18 and 19, 1895)
Christ’s Spirit is “in all places”, yet Christ himself is not “in every place personally”.
In the same sense Jesus speaks of our “Father in heaven”(Matt 5:45, 48, 6:1, 6:9, 7:11, 16:18 etc. etc.) God is not in “every place personally” but is “present in all places by His Holy Spirit”. There is a distinction between being spiritually present, and personally present.