Has Christ Forever Forfeited His Omnipresence?

Article by Paul Chung, Edited by Felix Liew

There are many Christians who believe that the incarnate Man Christ Jesus has forever forfeited His omnipresence. And because of this underlying assumption, many are led to believe that Christ is forever heaven-bound and that Christ’s mediatorial work here on earth is now left to another person called the Holy Spirit who is Christ’s “successor” and His “representative” on earth.

The following Scripture and the subsequent statements by Ellen White are partly to blame for the reason why many (Seventh-day Adventists) believe that Christ has forever forfeited His omnipresence.

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.” (John 16:7)

"By His life and His death, Christ has achieved even more than recovery from the ruin wrought through sin. It was Satan’s purpose to bring about an eternal separation between God and man; but in Christ we become more closely united to God than if we had never fallen. In taking our nature, the SAVIOUR HAS BOUND HIMSELF TO HUMANITY BY A TIE THAT IS NEVER TO BE BROKEN. Through the eternal ages He is linked with us. “God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son.” John 3:16. He gave Him not only to bear our sins, and to die as our sacrifice; He gave Him to the fallen race. To assure us of His immutable counsel of peace, God gave His only-begotten Son to become one of the human family, FOREVER TO RETAIN HIS HUMAN NATURE. This is the pledge that God will fulfill His word. “Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder.” God has adopted human nature in the person of His Son, and has carried the same into the highest heaven. It is the “Son of man” who shares the throne of the universe. It is the “Son of man” whose name shall be called, “Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6. The I AM is the Daysman between God and humanity, laying His hand upon both. He who is “holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners,” is not ashamed to call us brethren. Hebrews 7:26; 2:11. In Christ the family of earth and the family of heaven are bound together. Christ glorified is our brother. Heaven is enshrined in humanity, and humanity is enfolded in the bosom of Infinite Love. {DA 25.3}

“The Holy Spirit is Christ’s representative, but divested of the personality of humanity, and independent thereof. CUMBERED WITH HUMANITY, CHRIST COULD NOT BE IN EVERY PLACE PERSONALLY. Therefore it was for their interest that He should go to the Father, and send the Spirit to be His successor on earth. No one could then have any advantage because of his location or his personal contact with Christ. By the Spirit the Saviour would be accessible to all. In this sense He would be nearer to them than if He had not ascended on high.” {Desire of Ages, p. 669.2}

The expressions such as, “It is expedient for you that I go away...” or Christ is “forever to retain His human nature” and that “cumbered with humanity, Christ could not be in every place personally” have all been misunderstood (as you will see) to mean that Christ can no longer be omnipresent.

This misunderstanding of Christ’s omnipresence has led many to effectively obscure or undermine the full scope of Christ’s mediatorial work. Those who believe that the Holy Spirit is another being than Christ in His divine Spirit form would have to believe that Christ is no longer the “one mediator between God and men” (1 Timothy 2:5). They must believe that Christ is now sharing that mediatorial work with another being called God the Holy Spirit, thus effectively making two mediators between God and men. This is found nowhere in God’s Word.

With this view, Christ is physically bound by His humanity up in heaven while all the work that is being done in our behalf here on earth is done vicariously through another being called the Holy Spirit. It is no longer Christ who dwells in our hearts literally and personally through His own Spirit but rather Christ is replaced with another being called God the Holy Spirit.

But is this true? Did Christ really forfeit His omnipresence?

When the Scripture speaks of “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27), does that mean then that it is not really Christ Himself in His own Spirit but another “person” we refer to as God the Holy Spirit, who is not Christ but His representative?

When the Scripture says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock” (Revelation 3:20), is it not Christ who is knocking at the door of our hearts rather than another person?

When Christ says in the same verse above, “I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me,” is it not Christ who will come into my heart rather than another person?

When Christ says, “I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you” (John 14:18), are we to believe that it is not Christ who will come but another person?

And when Christ says, “If a man loves me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:23), is it not Christ who will come to us bearing the Father’s Spirit rather than another person?

Again, when the scripture says, "And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness." (Romans 8: 10), is it not Christ who is in you?

Is the Holy Spirit another person (who is not Christ) representing Christ? On the contrary, the evidence makes it clear that that is not the case.

Notice what Ellen White said,

“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. ‘But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall (although unseen by you), [This phrase was added by Ellen White.] teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.’ [John 14:26]... ‘Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will come not unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you.’ [John 16:7]” {Manuscript Releases, vol. 14, p. 23.3}

Note: The above statement says,

1. “The HOLY SPIRIT IS HIMSELF divested of the personality of humanity and independent thereof.” Who is “Himself”? This is pretty clear. The way that the statement is rendered makes it impossible for “Himself” to mean anyone else other than Christ. Now it has been pointed out that there are no commas within the sentence in this citation, but in her original letter addressed to her children Edson and Emma, the commas do in fact exist as it reads, “The Holy Spirit is Himself, divested of the personality of humanity, and independent thereof.” {Letter 119, (Feb. 19), 1895 par.18} However, with or without the commas, the meaning of the sentence remains unchanged. Only one divine person can be divested of the personality of humanity, and that is Christ who had clothed His divinity with humanity. In order to be divested of the personality of humanity, one needs to be invested with it first. You cannot be divested of something that you are not invested with in the first place.

2. “HE [Christ] WOULD REPRESENT HIMSELF AS PRESENT IN ALL PLACES BY HIS HOLY SPIRIT, AS THE OMNIPRESENT.” “HE” clearly refers to none other than Christ. If “HE” refers to the Holy Spirit, then the statement would read, “HE (Holy Spirit) would represent himself as present in all places by his Holy spirit, as the omnipresent.” This does not make any sense--the Holy Spirit does not have a Holy Spirit.

3. “(although unseen by you), [This phrase was added by Ellen White]” as noted by the publisher. Christ is literally present, though unseen; this is not referring to another being.

Take a look at a couple more statements below:

 “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.’” {The Southern Work, September 13, 1898}

“The Lord Jesus recognizes the REAL VALUE OF SINCERE BELIEF IN HIS PERSONALITY, WHICH THO UNSEEN, IS VIEWED BY THE EYE OF FAITH.” {Letter 248-1906.4}

Thus, it is Christ Himself by His own Holy Spirit (His divinity, divested of the personality of humanity), who is present with us, “WHICH THO UNSEEN, IS VIEWED BY THE EYE OF FAITH.”

Ellen White comments on John 14. “THE DISCIPLES STILL FAILED TO UNDERSTAND CHRIST’S WORDS IN THEIR SPIRITUAL SENSE, AND AGAIN HE EXPLAINED HIS MEANING. BY THE SPIRIT, HE [JESUS] SAID, HE WOULD MANIFEST HIMSELF TO THEM. ‘The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things.’ No more will you say, I cannot comprehend. No longer will you see through a glass, darkly. You shall ‘be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge.’ Ephesians 3:18, 19.” {Desire of Ages, p. 669.4-670.1}

“Christ tells us that the Holy Spirit is the Comforter, and the Comforter is the Holy Ghost, ‘the Spirit of truth, which the Father shall send in My name.’ ‘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’ [John 14:16, 17]. This refers to the OMNIPRESENCE OF THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST, CALLED THE COMFORTER.” {Manuscript Releases vol. 14, p. 179}

“Though the ministration was to be removed from the earthly to the heavenly temple; though the sanctuary and our great high priest would be invisible to human sight, yet the disciples were to suffer no loss thereby. They would realize no break in their communion, and no diminution of power because of the Savior’s absence. While JESUS ministers in the sanctuary above, HE is still by HIS SPIRIT the minister of the church on earth. HE is withdrawn from the eye of sense, but HIS parting promise is fulfilled, ‘Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.’ Matthew 28:20. While HE delegates HIS power to inferior ministers, HIS energizing presence is still with HIS church.” {Desire of Ages, p. 166}

The above statements and many others (too many to list them all here) clearly show in an unambiguous language that Christ is omnipresent through His own Spirit. A case in point.

Christ Himself appeared to Saul…

“And Saul,… as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. 7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. 8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.” (Acts 9:1-8)

“But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. And he declared to them HOW HE HAD SEEN THE LORD ON THE ROAD, AND THAT HE HAD SPOKEN TO HIM, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.” (Acts 9:27)

Ellen White comments on Paul’s experience at Damascus:

“Paul told the Thessalonian Jews of his former zeal for the ceremonial law and of his wonderful experience at the gate of Damascus. Before his conversion he had been confident in a hereditary piety, a false hope. His faith had not been anchored in Christ; he had trusted instead in forms and ceremonies. His zeal for the law had been disconnected from faith in Christ and was of no avail. While boasting that he was blameless in the performance of the deeds of the law, he had refused the One who made the law of value. But at the time of his conversion all had been changed. JESUS OF NAZARETH, WHOM HE HAD BEEN PERSECUTING IN THE PERSON OF HIS SAINTS, APPEARED BEFORE HIM AS THE PROMISED MESSIAH.” {Acts of the Apostles, p. 228}

“In the record of the conversion of Saul important principles are given us, which we should ever bear in mind. SAUL WAS BROUGHT DIRECTLY INTO THE PRESENCE OF CHRIST. He was one whom Christ intended for a most important work, one who was to be a “chosen vessel” unto Him; yet the Lord did not at once tell him of the work that had been assigned him. He arrested him in his course and convicted him of sin; but when Saul asked, “What wilt Thou have me to do?” the Saviour placed the inquiring Jew in connection with His church, there to obtain a knowledge of God’s will concerning him.” {AA 120.3}

On another occasion, Christ Himself appeared to John...

“I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, AND HEARD BEHIND ME A GREAT VOICE, as of a trumpet, saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, WHAT THOU SEEST, WRITE IN A BOOK, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. 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, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; and his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. AND WHEN I SAW HIM, I FELL AT HIS FEET AS DEAD. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.” (Revelation 1:9-20)

Ellen White comments on John’s encounter with Christ Himself on Patmos:

"Christ came to John on the Isle of Patmos to show him symbols and representations and to explain their meaning. He desires us to study this instruction." {Lt100-1906.9}

“The revelation of Christ to John is a wonderful, dignified, exalted, solemn message. To present this message with decided emphases, demands all the talents of capabilities that God has given to man. When John received it , he was worked (upon) by the Holy Spirit, FOR CHRIST HIMSELF CAME FROM HEAVEN and told him what to write.” {The Upward Look, p. 310.5}

"Patmos, a barren, rocky island in the Aegean Sea, had been chosen by the Roman government as a place of banishment for criminals; but to the servant of God this gloomy abode became the gate of heaven. Here, shut away from the busy scenes of life, and from the active labors of former years, HE HAD THE COMPANIONSHIP OF GOD AND CHRIST AND THE HEAVENLY ANGELS, AND FROM THEM HE RECEIVED INSTRUCTION FOR THE CHURCH FOR ALL FUTURE TIME. The events that would take place in the closing scenes of this earth’s history were outlined before him; and there he wrote out the visions he received from God. When his voice could no longer testify to the One whom he loved and served, the messages given him on that barren coast were to go forth as a lamp that burneth, declaring the sure purpose of the Lord concerning every nation on the earth." – {AA 570.4}

This shows that while ministering in the sanctuary above, the glorified Christ Himself (not another being) appeared to Saul on the road to Damascus and to John on the Isle of Patmos.

Let’s re-examine the expressions such as “It is expedient for you that I go away...” or that Christ is “forever to retain His human nature” and that “cumbered with humanity, Christ could not be in every place personally.”

Some have said that because Christ is “forever to retain His human nature,” He cannot possibly be omnipresent...

Some have said that because Christ is “forever to retain His human nature,” He cannot possibly be omnipresent, “...divested of the personality of humanity” (referring to the earlier statement, “The Holy Spirit is Christ's representative, but divested of the personality of humanity.” {Desire of Ages, p. 669.2}) These expressions do not necessarily mean that Christ’s entire personage is divested of humanity when He is omnipresent through His own Spirit.

Remember, Christ’s personage is both divine and human. Christ, in His divinity, while still retaining His humanity, can be omnipresent through His own Spirit. It is Christ’s omnipresence by His Holy Spirit that is divested of the personality of humanity, not His entire personage. Furthermore, Christ did not forever forfeit His omnipresence--this was done temporarily while He was still on earth.

Let us consider the nature of the Man Christ Jesus--He is both divine and human:

Looking upon Him in His humiliation, as He walked a man among men, they had not understood THE MYSTERY OF HIS INCARNATION, THE DUAL CHARACTER OF HIS NATURE. {DA 507.1}

“Was the human nature of the Son of Mary changed into the divine nature of the Son of God? NO; THE TWO NATURES WERE MYSTERIOUSLY BLENDED IN ONE PERSON--THE MAN CHRIST JESUS. In Him dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.” {Letter 280a to ‘Ministers, Physicians, and Teachers’, September 3, 1904}

“By Him the Father must be rightly represented. God committed His ideal to Christ, and sent Him into the world, INVESTED WITH DIVINITY, YET BEARING HUMANITY.” {Signs of the Times, May 16, 1900, par. 1}

“The Lord has UNITED HIS NATURE WITH HUMANITY expressly that He might become a more distinguishable and definite object for our contemplation and love. He invites us to draw near and contemplate the great light, THE INVISIBLE GOD INVESTED IN ROBES OF HUMANITY, emitting a glory so softened and subdued that our eyes can endure the sight. Christ is the light of heaven. In His face we shall see God. Bear in mind the prayer of Christ, that His people may be one with Him as He is one with the Father, that they may be with Him where He is and behold His glory.” {In Heavenly Places, p. 201.5}

"...The two expressions human and divine were, in Christ, closely and inseparably one, AND YET THEY HAD A DISTINCT INDIVIDUALITY...  {ST May 10, 1899, par. 11}

Note: The above statements reveal how Christ retained BOTH NATURES; His divinity and humanity are mysteriously blended into ONE PERSONAGE:

He lived a life, divested of the FORM OF GOD (personality of God) temporarily. Nevertheless, Christ still retained His divinity along with His humanity.

While Christ lived on earth, He lived a life, DIVESTED of the FORM OF GOD (personality of God) temporarily. Nevertheless, Christ STILL RETAINED His divinity along with His humanity. So you can say, Christ lived a life here on earth as a human, divested of His divinity and yet He still retained it. Notice the following statements:

“Christ could not have come to this earth with the glory that He had in the heavenly courts. Sinful human beings could not have borne the sight. He veiled His divinity with the garb of humanity, but HE DID NOT PART WITH HIS DIVINITY.” {Review and Herald, June 15, 1905}

“CHRIST HAD NOT EXCHANGED HIS DIVINITY FOR HUMANITY; but He had clothed His divinity in humanity.” {Review and Herald, Oct. 29, 1895}

"He united humanity with divinity: A DIVINE SPIRIT DWELT IN A TEMPLE OF FLESH.(The Youth’s Instructor, December 20, 1900)

“But although Christ’s divine glory was for a time veiled and eclipsed by His assuming humanity, yet HE DID NOT CEASE TO BE GOD when He became man. The human did not take the place of the divine, nor the divine of the human. This is the mystery of godliness. The two expressions ‘human’ and ‘divine’ were, in Christ, closely and inseparably one, and yet they had a distinct individuality. Though Christ humbled Himself to become man, THE GODHEAD WAS STILL HIS OWN.” {Signs of the Times, May 10, 1899 par.11}

“His finite nature was pure and spotless, divine nature that led Him to say to Philip, ‘He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father’ also, was not humanized; neither was humanity deified by the blending or union of the two natures; EACH RETAINED ITS ESSENTIAL CHARACTER AND PROPERTIES.” {Manuscript Releases, vol. 16, p. 182 par.1}

“He was God while upon earth, but HE DIVESTED HIMSELF OF THE FORM OF GOD, and in its stead took the form and fashion of a man. HE WALKED THE EARTH AS A MAN. For our sakes He became poor, that we through His poverty might be made rich. He laid aside His glory and His majesty. He was God, BUT THE GLORIES OF THE FORM OF GOD HE FOR A WHILE RELINQUISHED. Though He walked among men in poverty, scattering His blessings wherever He went, at His word legions of angels would surround their Redeemer, and do Him homage. But He walked the earth unrecognized, unconfessed, with but few exceptions, by His creatures.” {SDA Bible Commentary, vol.5, p. 1126.8}

“Contrast this with the riches of glory, the wealth of praise pouring forth from immortal tongues—millions of rich voices in the universe of God in anthems of adoration. But He humbled Himself and took mortality upon Him. As a member of the human family, He was mortal. But as a God, He was the Fountain of life to the world. HE COULD IN HIS DIVINE PERSON EVER HAVE WITHSTOOD THE ADVANCES OF DEATH AND REFUSED TO COME UNDER ITS DOMINION; BUT HE VOLUNTARILY LAID DOWN HIS LIFE, that in so doing He might give life and bring immortality to light. He must bear the sins of the world and endure the penalty which rolled like a mountain upon His divine soul. He died not through being compelled to die, but by His own free will. This was humility. The whole treasures of heaven were poured out in one Gift to save fallen man. He brought into His human nature all the life-giving energies that human beings will need and must receive. Wondrous combination of man and God! HE MIGHT HAVE ETERNALLY KEPT HUMAN NATURE WITHSTANDING THE INROADS OF DISEASE BY HIS DIVINE NATURE POURING IN VITALITY AND UNDECAYING VIGOR TO THE HUMAN. BUT HE HUMBLED HIMSELF TO MAN’S NATURE. HE DID THIS THAT THE SCRIPTURE MIGHT BE FULFILLED. The plan was entered into by the Son of God, knowing all the steps that He must descend in His humiliation to make an expiation for the sins of a condemned, groaning world.” {Letter 11-1887.17}

“Christ was the Majesty of heaven, the Commander of the heavenly hosts. But He put off His crown, and DIVESTED HIMSELF OF HIS ROYAL ROBE, to take upon Him human nature, that humanity might touch humanity. As the world’s Redeemer He passed through all the experiences through which we must pass. He found Himself in fashion as a man. He humbled Himself to do the greatest work that could be done for the human race. A beam of righteousness from heaven shone amid the moral darkness of this earth, to enlighten every man that cometh into the world.” {The Bible Echo, May 29, 1899, par. 7}

“Jesus Christ LAID OFF His royal robe, His kingly crown, and clothed His divinity with humanity, in order to become a substitute and surety for humanity, that dying in humanity He might by His death destroy him who had the power of death.” {Letter 97, 1898, p. 5. To "My Brethren in North Fitzroy," November 18, 1898}

“He could not have done this as God, but by coming as man, Christ could die.” {Ibid}

Note: The above statements make it clear that while Christ “relinquished” or was “divested” of the “form” of divinity for a time as He lived the life of a human, He still retained His divinity along with His humanity; He surrendered Himself fully to His human nature even unto death--He resisted the temptation to keep Himself alive through His own divinity.

This shows how it is possible for Him to retain His humanity even as He could retain His divinity. Again, Christ lived a life as a human being, divested of the personality of divinity, and yet retained His divinity all along.

Similarly, Christ can now operate in His Spirit (His divinity), which is just one aspect of His entire personage, divested of the personality of humanity, and yet still retain His humanity.

Notice how Christ received His former glory after His ascension in the following statements:

“After his humiliation, suffering, and death, the Son of God STEPS BACK TO THE POSITION OF HIS FORMER GLORY, and is ONE WITH THE FATHER IN POWER AND DOMINION.” {Signs of the Times, June 27, 1895}

“After his humiliation, suffering, and death, the Son of God STEPS BACK TO THE POSITION OF HIS FORMER GLORY, and is ONE WITH THE FATHER IN POWER AND DOMINION.” {Signs of the Times, June 27, 1895} “Christ’s ascension to heaven, amid a cloud of heavenly angels, glorified Him… The heavenly host prostrate themselves before Him, and raise their song of triumph and joy. Glory encircles the King of heaven, and was beheld by all the heavenly intelligences. No words can describe the scene which took place as the Son of God was PUBLICLY REINSTATED IN THE PLACE OF HONOR AND GLORY which He voluntarily left when He became a man.” {Signs of the Times, May 10, 1899 par.17}

"Though Christ humbled Himself to become man, the Godhead was still His own. His deity could not be lost while He stood faithful and true to His loyalty. Surrounded with sorrow, suffering, and moral pollution, despised and rejected by the people to whom had been intrusted the oracles of heaven, Jesus could yet speak of Himself as the Son of man in heaven. HE WAS READY TO TAKE ONCE MORE HIS DIVINE GLORY WHEN HIS WORK ON EARTH WAS DONE." 5BC 1129.3

Note: After Christ’s glorification, He regained His former glory but the difference now is that His nature is forever linked with humanity through incarnation and yet He has full access to His divinity. Therefore, Christ is now able to exercise His divinity in His Spirit, divested of the personality of humanity and yet still retain His humanity.

“‘It is the SPIRIT that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing; the words that I speak unto you, they are SPIRIT, and they are life.’ CHRIST IS NOT HERE REFERRING TO HIS DOCTRINE, BUT TO HIS PERSON, the divinity of his character.” {Review and Herald, April 5, 1906, par. 12}

"With his long human arm the Son of God encircled the whole human family, while with his divine arm he grasped the throne of the Infinite. His own individual presence was necessary, that in seeing him we might see the Father. He placed his throne, his spiritual kingdom, upon the earth. He revealed his special grace, and opened to our view the wonders of heavenly things. HE IMPARTED HIS OWN DIVINE SPIRIT TO HUMANITY, thus exalting humanity in the scale of moral worth with God. {YI July 29, 1897, par. 9}

Note: Regarding the “SPIRIT”, Ellen White referred to it as “HIS PERSON, THE DIVINITY OF HIS CHARACTER”, "DIVINE SPIRIT"; Thus, you can say that the Spirit represents the divinity of Christ’s Character that is divested of the personality of humanity.

“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.” {Review and Herald, January 27, 1903}

“‘He that hath the Son hath life.’ 1 John 5:12. THE DIVINITY OF CHRIST IS THE BELIEVERS’ ASSURANCE OF ETERNAL LIFE.” {Desire of Ages, p. 530.3}

The indwelling of the divinity of Christ (His Holy Spirit) is the believer’s assurance of eternal life. Christ comes to us personally and literally by His own Spirit.