Fitted for the Conflict

Posted Aug 09, 2012 by Allen Powell in The Spirit of God Hits: 3,162

 It is said of Desire of Ages that this is the book that shows that Ellen White changed and  became a trinitarian. I beg to differ. It is also said by trinitarian apologists of the SDA church that the Holy Spirit is not a ‘mere’ influence. On this point I agree with them because the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ is a ‘divine’ influence.

 There are a few statements in the book that, when twisted or taken out of context, can and are being used to insist that Mrs. White turned 180 degrees to become a trinitarian but I would ask that the ‘weight of evidence’ of the whole tenor of the book be investigated. For the past few months I have been listening to an audio version of Desire of Ages while also reading the book. I can unequivocally say that Desire of Ages presents the truth of the Father and His Son. D of A also present throughout the book the truth about Their Spirit. But don’t take my word for it, test it and see. I know I am writing to a group that have already found many treasures in D of A. However, yesterday and today, I heard two portions that again fortifies the truth about how the Spirit of God dwells in Christ and how the Spirit of Christ dwells in us. The two quotes are from page 110 and 123 of D of A. I have also added some quotes from other EGW writings and scripture to provide linkage. Emphasis and bold words are added.

When Jesus came to be baptized, John recognized in Him a purity of character that he had never before perceived in any man. The very atmosphere of His presence was holy and awe-inspiring. Among the multitudes that had gathered about him at the Jordan, John had heard dark tales of crime, and had met souls bowed down with the burden of myriad sins; but never had he come in contact with a human being from whom there breathed an influence so divine. All this was in harmony with what had been revealed to John regarding the Messiah. {DA 110.1} 

John 20:21  Then said Jesus to them again, Peace [be] unto you: as [my] Father hath sent me, even so send I you. 

 20:22  And when he had said this, he breathed on [them], and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

  So mightily can God work when men give themselves up to the control of His Spirit.  {AA 49.1} 
    
The promise of the Holy Spirit is not limited to any age or to any race. Christ declared that the divine influence of His Spirit was to be with His followers unto the end.  {AA 49.2} 
 By resisting the divine influence he dishonored the Master whom he professed to love. John warred earnestly against his faults; but Judas violated his conscience and yielded to temptation, fastening upon himself more securely his habits of evil. {AA 557.2} 
 Teach them to love God and to be true to the principles of right. With lofty, earnest faith, directed by the divine influence of the Holy Spirit, work, work now. Do not put it off one day, one hour.  {CG 557.1} 
     "The prince of this world cometh," said Jesus, "and hath nothing in Me." John 14:30. There was in Him nothing that responded to Satan's sophistry. He did not consent to sin. Not even by a thought did He yield to temptation. So it may be with us. Christ's humanity was united with divinity; He was fitted for the conflict by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. And He came to make us partakers of the divine nature. So long as we are united to Him by faith, sin has no more dominion over us. God reaches for the hand of faith in us to direct it to lay fast hold upon the divinity of Christ, that we may attain to perfection of character.  {DA 123.3} 

 Conclusion: Christ has in Him the indwelling Spirit of God!

 John 3:34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God (the Father) giveth not the Spirit by measure [unto him](the Son).   ( ) are words added.

 The Father has given Christ a full measure of His own Spirit.

I have been finding that as I share this beautiful truth about the Father and His Son there is a tendency to ‘proof text’ away anything that was said or to go to a page or two of Evangelism to prove that trinitarianism (or tritheism) is correct. As with the scriptures, so with the writings of Mrs. White, we must go with the weight of evidence. There is abundant evidence of truth of the Father and His Son in the scriptures, in the writings of Mrs. White and in D of A. And if I may say, there is overwhelming evidence. Read this:

     God does not compel men to give up their unbelief. Before them are light and darkness, truth and error. It is for them to decide which they will accept. The human mind is endowed with power to discriminate between right and wrong. God designs that men shall not decide from impulse, but from weight of evidence, carefully comparing scripture with scripture. Had the Jews laid by their prejudice and compared written prophecy with the facts characterizing the life of Jesus, they would have perceived a beautiful harmony between the prophecies and their fulfillment in the life and ministry of the lowly Galilean.  {DA 458.3}
 
     Many are deceived today in the same way as were the Jews. Religious teachers read the Bible in the light of their own understanding and traditions; and the people do not search the Scriptures for themselves, and judge for themselves as to what is truth; but they yield up their judgment, and commit their souls to their leaders. The preaching and teaching of His word is one of the means that God has ordained for diffusing light; but we must bring every man's teaching to the test of Scripture. Whoever will prayerfully study the Bible, desiring to know the truth, that he may obey it, will receive divine enlightenment. He will understand the Scriptures. "If any man willeth to do His will, he shall know of the teaching." John 7:17, R. V.  {DA 459.1}

May we all be fitted for the conflict by the indwelling of the Spirit of Christ, who is also known as His Holy Spirit. May we all be noble Bereans and search for truth below the surface, into the word of God.