"The Holy Spirit is a person....The Holy Spirit has a personality..."

Posted Dec 10, 2010 by Bobby B in The Spirit of God Hits: 7,348

The compilation of EGW quotes concerning the Godhead found in the book "Evangelism" (1946), have been a MAJOR source of controversy between SDA Trinitarians and non-Trinitarians over the years.  As pointed out in some of my other blogs, many of EGW's Trinitarian sounding statements were copied from various Protestant authors.  The following is another example of "borrowing" directly from such authors.  There may be some who might be offended that I take the time to point this out.  Yet, my doing so is only for the purpose of clarifying the "context" of her Trinitarian sounding statements.  If all the writings of Mrs. White are NOT allowed public scrutiny; one would inevitably question the purpose, and value of them altogether.  Let the candid reader decide for oneself the method of harmonizing ALL of Mrs. White's statements concerning the identity of God.  The following is the infamous EGW quotation:

The Holy Spirit always leads to the written word. The Holy Spirit is a person; for He beareth witness with our spirits that we are the children of God. When this witness is borne, it carries with it its own evidence. At such times we believe and are sure that we are the children of God. What strong evidence of the power of truth we can give to believers and unbelievers when we can voice the words of John, "We have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him." The Holy Spirit has a personality, else He could not bear witness to our spirits and with our spirits that we are the children of God. He must also be a divine person, else He could not search out the secrets which lie hidden in the mind of God. "For what man knoweth the things of a man save the spirit of man, which is in him; even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God." (EGW, Ms 20, 1906;Evangelism p. 617; FLB p.52)

Rev. James Smith, 1863
The Holy Spirit always leads to the written word...  (p.128)  In these, and other ways, "the Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God." And whenever his witness is borne, it always brings its own evidence with it; and at such times we believe and are sure that we are the sons of God, and can say with John, "We have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him."

The Holy Spirit must be a person, or he could not bear witness to our spirits, and with our spirits, that we are the children of God. He must also be a divine person, or he could not search out this secret, which lay hidden in the mind of God. " For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God."
(The believer's triumph; or, No condemnation in Christ, and no separation from Christ, p. 127, By Rev. James Smith, 1863)

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