Various Published Articles on the subject of the Holy Spirit
Following articles are arranged by date.
NATURE OF THE WORD OF GOD
I. J. HANKINS
Present Truth July 28, 1892, pg. 227
...Paul says, " All Scripture is given by inspiration of God " ; and Peter tells us that " holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost," and explains in another place, identifying the Holy Ghost with the "Spirit of Christ which was in them,"—the prophets, --1 Pet. i. 11, 12. Thus we learn that the Spirit of Christ is in the Word.
...When the word of God is received into the heart by living faith, Christ is received, eternal life is received; for in Christ is our life, and He says: " The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." John vi. 63.
Signs of the Times, August 13, 1902; pg. 7, “Question Corner”
1264.-What is the Holy Spirit?
Is the Holy Ghost the angel Gabriel? If not, do we have any means of knowing who it is? L. E. H:
To the first question, No. Gabriel was a servant of God, created by the Spirit, inspired by the Spirit, but not the Spirit more than any other angel of God. The angels are creatures. The power by which all things are created and wrought is the Holy Ghost, or better the Holy Spirit. GOD'S ANGELS MINISTER HIS SPIRIT; so do men. The whole teaching of the Bible, it seems to the writer, is that the SPIRIT IS GOD'S GREAT LIFE, FLOWING OUT FROM HIM TO ALL PARTS OF THE UNIVERSE in harmony with His perfect righteousness, and so connecting every part of His dominion BY A LIVING CONSCIOUS CONNECTION. To feebly illustrate: In the office where this is being written there are fourteen departments connected by telephone with the manager's office. Men in each department may talk with him separately: He is in a way present in that department. All the departments may be connected at once, all may hear the same message. To all departments he is personally present so far as voice and message is concerned. The current of electricity and harmony has effected the wonder. So men in harmony with God's law are everywhere vitally connected with Him; to each one is HE MADE PRESENT BY THE PRESENCE OF HIS LIFE GIVING, KNOWLEDGE-BEARING, WISDOM-BESTOWING, LOVE IMPARTING SPIRIT.
READING OF PERNICIOUS LITERATURE
BY D. H. KRESS, M.D.
Bible Echo – December 15, 1902, pg. 402
...In reading and studying God's word that word becomes a part of us. The word is unconsciously made flesh, and we live it. We become living epistles, known and read of all men. Men will see the word of God in living characters in God's people… That is why God desires to write His law, or word, in our minds, that 'we may delight to do His will...
...It is the SPIRIT OF CHRIST THAT IS IN GOD'S WORD THAT GIVES LIFE. We partake of this Spirit as we read His word…
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" Eternal life,' as defined by Christ in His intercessory prayer, consists in the knowledge of God the Father as the only true God,' and of Jesus Christ Himself whom God had sent. John 17:3. The saving knowledge of Christ is the saving knowledge of God. These two forms of knowledge are essentially the same."
Signs of the Times, July 19, 1905, pg. 5, “Questions Corner”
1691.—The Holy Spirit and Ministering Spirits.
What is the difference between the Holy Spirit and the ministering spirits (angels), or are they the same. L. R. D.
The Holy Spirit is the mighty energy of the Godhead, THE LIFE AND POWER OF GOD FLOWING OUT FROM HIM TO ALL PARTS OF THE UNIVERSE, and thus making living connection between His throne and all creation. As is expressed by another: "The Holy Spirit is the breath of spiritual life in the soul. The impartation of the Spirit is the impartation of the life of Christ." IT THUS MAKES CHRIST EVERYWHERE PRESENT. To use a crude illustration, a telephone carries the voice of a man, and so makes that voice present miles away, SO THE HOLY SPIRIT CARRIES WITH IT ALL THE POTENCY OF CHRIST IN MAKING HIM EVERYWHERE PRESENT WITH ALL HIS POWER, and revealing Him to those in harmony with His law. THUS THE SPIRIT IS PERSONIFIED in Christ and God, BUT NEVER REVEALED AS A SEPARATE PERSON. Never are we told to pray to the Spirit; but to God for the Spirit. Never do we find in the Scriptures prayers to the Spirit, but for the Spirit.
THE SPIRIT IS THE CREATIVE POWER OF GOD by which angels and all other creatures came into existence. GOD FILLS THEM WITH HIS SPIRIT, HIS LIFE, AND MAKES THEM MINISTER'S OF HIS LIFE AND POWER TO OTHERS, ESPECIALLY TO HIS PEOPLE. He takes His consecrated people and makes them also ministers of His blessings to mankind. The angels are no more the Spirit of God than are His people. God is love.
HE IS CONSTANTLY BY HIS SPIRIT SENDING FORTH THE BLESSINGS OF LIFE. But He will not send one blessing out to the world alone; He wants others associated with Him in the joy of giving to others. Hence He uses angels and men for all His work in this world.
Signs of the Times, May 22, 1907; pg. 2, “With Our Inquirers”
2089.—The Holy Spirit.
Do Seventh-day Adventists believe that the Holy Ghost is the third person in the Godhead, and is therefore God, as the Methodists believe, or do they believe that the Holy Spirit is only an essence or attribute? Which does the main body believe? S.
IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR US TO DEFINE THE BELIEF of the Seventh-day Adventists IN REGARD TO THE SPIRIT OF GOD. WITHOUT QUESTION THEY BELIEVE THE HOLY SPIRIT TO BE THE THIRD PERSON OF THE GODHEAD, BUT AS TO JUST HOW THAT PERSON IS TO BE UNDERSTOOD IS A QUESTION THAT WE CAN NOT ANSWER FOR THE BODY. There has been NO DEFINITE, FORMULATED BELIEF REGARDING THE SPIRIT. In broad terms Seventh-day Adventists believe the Bible and what the Bible says of the Spirit of God. WISELY they have not attempted to define just exactly what that great, infinite Power is. THE GREAT ANXIETY OF CHRISTIANS OUGHT TO BE TO BE POSSESSED OF THE LIFE-POWER OF GOD THROUGH THE SPIRIT.
Signs of the Times, March 4, 1908, pg. 2, “With Our Inquirers”
We speak of the Trinity, the Father, the Son, and Holy Ghost; do we understand that the Holy Ghost, or Spirit, is a personal being as God the Father and Jesus the Son? In Christ's talk with the disciples, in John 14, He uses the personal pronoun in referring to the Comforter.
J. B. J.
THERE ARE VARIOUS INTERPRETATIONS AND DIFFERENCES OF OPINION IN REGARD TO THE MATTER. To the mind of the writer, THE SPIRIT IF THE LIFE OF GOD, or better, the life of the Godhead, COMMON BOTH TO THE FATHER AND THE SON. IT IS THAT WHICH MAKES DEITY EVERYWHERE PRESENT. In Acts 2 it is spoken of as that which came into the room and filled all who were there. In the thirty-third verse Peter speaks of it as the power which Christ had poured forth. IT IS SPOKEN OF AS A PERSON, BECAUSE BY THE SPIRIT the Father and the Son come personally to us. In John 16: 7 Jesus tells us, "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." JESUS WAS A PERSON LOCATED IN ONE PLACE; THE SPIRIT WAS THAT WHICH WAS SHED ABROAD among all His children, but it BROUGHT to every one of those children THE PRESENCE OF CHRIST. So we read again, "He [the Spirit] shall glorify Me; for He shall take of Mine, and shall declare it unto you."
Signs of the Times, May 20, 1908; pg. 2, “With Our Inquirers”
2506.—Personality of God.
Who is meant by this, the Father, the Son, or both? If both are meant, should it not be personalities of God? God who talked with Moses at the burning bush is God the Son, God who gave His only-begotten Son is God the Father; and then there is the Comforter, the Spirit of God. B. B. No. 1410.
The term ''personality of God" ALMOST INVARIABLY USED WITH REFERENCE TO THE INVISIBLE GOD, THE FATHER, concerning whom no image or representation should be made by His children. Thru all Biblical times the Son was in subjection, a representative of the Father. He "gave Himself" "from the foundation of the world," "became a servant; " and in all the manifestations of Him, either as the "Angel of the covenant" or as Jesus of Nazareth, He was still in the capacity of a servant, the representative of God. During all this time He did not reveal Himself; that was not His object. The purpose of Satan was to reveal himself; the purpose of Christ to reveal the Father, and therefore He tells us, "No man knoweth the Son save the Father; nor knoweth any man the Father, save the Son and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him."
THE SPIRIT OF GOD IS COMMON BOTH TO THE FATHER AND SON, "the Spirit of God," "the Spirit of Christ." IT IS THAT WHICH BRINGS BOTH THE FATHER AND THE SON TO THE INDIVIDUAL, and this is so stated in those wonderful discourses in John 14 to 16. "I will play the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He [the Father] may abide with you forever." John 14:16. Verse 17 states the Spirit "dwelleth with you, and shall be in you; " but He brings Christ, for the eighteenth verse declares, "I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you." And again in verse 23, !' If a man love Me, he will keep My words; and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make Our abode with him." THEY DO THIS BY THE SPIRIT, WHICH BRINGS THEIR PRESENCE. That Spirit is said to be "poured out," "shed forth." "The Holy Spirit is the breath of the spiritual life of the soul. The impartation of the Spirit is the impartation of the life of Christ." "It is thru the Spirit that Christ dwells in us, and the Spirit of God received in the heart by faith is the beginning of the life eternal." The expression, the "Godhead bodily," is found in Col. 2:9. It simply means that dwelling in the flesh of . Jesus Christ was all the power of the Godhead; simply an equivalent of chapter 1:19, "For it pleased the Father that in Him should all the fulness dwell.
Christian Science and Pantheism (excerpt)
L. A. Reed
Signs of the Times – February 8, 1910; pg.8
In the letter of Mr. Farlow, he says, " [Christian] Science does not deny the tangibility or infinite personality of God, altho it does affirm that God is not person or form in the humanized sense."
This denial of God's having form marks again the kinship between pantheism and Christian Science. The Word is never in hesitancy on this point. It plainly teaches that God has form. Christ is the "brightness of God's glory, the express image of His person." Christian Science makes this entirely a matter of character or principle. But if the word "image" does not present the idea of form or outline, I do not know what word could. . .
To bolster up the Christian Science (and it is also the pantheistic) idea that God is everywhere, Mr. Farlow quotes Ps. 139:8-10. But in the verse that introduces this statement of the psalmist, which Mr. Farlow does not quote, we have the expression:
"Whither shall I go from Thy Spirit? Or whither shall I flee from Thy presence?"
This question the psalmist then answers in the words quoted by Mr. Farlow:
"If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there: If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, Thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall Thy hand lead me, And Thy right hand shall hold me."
This shows us at once how we are to understand this scripture. We are to understand that GOD IS OMNIPRESENT BY HIS SPIRIT. This is exactly in accordance with the teaching of Christ over and over again:
"And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may be with you forever. ...I will not leave you desolate: I come unto you." John 14:16, 18.
"But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He shall bear witness of Me." John 15:26.
'For through Him we both have our access in one Spirit unto the Father." Eph. 2:18.
To say that God has form is not to say per se that He is finite. I CAN IN A MEASURE PROJECT MY PERSONALITY OUT FROM BEYOND MY BODY. For example, these lines I am now writ'ng in the quiet of the editorial rooms, will be read by hundreds far from sight or sound of him who wrote them. With the telephone I have talked across a state. With my voice I have reached hundreds in a room or a pavilion or in the open air. Where I can project my personality feebly and imperfectly, GOD CAN PROJECT, THROUGH HIS SPIRIT, HIS PERSONALITY FULLY AND PERFECTLY.
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God's Presence in His Word
GOD'S presence cleanses from sin. When our Lord appeared to Moses in the burning bush and to Joshua as the Captain of the Lord's host, His Presence made the ground holy. Ex. 3:5; Joshua 5:15. Mount Sinai was made holy by the same Presence, and it seemed to sinful Israel as a consuming fire, but it only consumes sin. GOD'S LIVING PRESENCE IN HIS WORD GIVES IT POWER to cleanse whoever receives it. Jesus spoke, and the leper was cleansed. Matt. 8:3. He said to the disciples: "Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you." John 15:3. He cleanses His church "with the washing of water by the Word." Eph. 5:26. Let God's Word reign in the heart, and it will purify and sanctify the life.
Signs of the Times, June 28, 1910; pg. 2, “Question Corner”
3168.— The Angel Gabriel
Please give us a little light on Dan. 8:15, 16; 9:21-23; Luke 1:19. A Bible study before me on the Personality of the Holy Spirit cites these texts as evidence that it is Gabriel who occupies the place from which Satan fell. Eze. 28:11-16. A. C. C.
We do not know what the endeavor to prove that Gabriel occupies the place once occupied by Satan, has to do with the personality of the Holy Spirit. All that the passages in question reveal to us is that Gabriel was sent to Daniel with instructions from Christ, and to Zacharias with instructions concerning his son John. They teach us this and nothing more. The same angel appears to us in the Revelation, and is called Christ's angel, whom He sent unto John, a fellow servant with the prophets of the past. Rev. 1:1-3; 22:8, 9. We do not believe that the place occupied by Satan has yet been filled, and there seems every reason to believe that it will not be until the great problem of sin is settled and all strife is banished from God's universe; then the one to whom it belongs will be, given the position. If it is designed to imply by this question 'that Gabriel is the Holy Spirit, we can only say this,— that GOD PLACES HIS SPIRIT UPON HIS ANGELS as He does upon human beings, and the angels in that way become the bearers of the blessings of God's Spirit even as do human beings become the bearers of the blessings. The whole thing is expressed when Gabriel addressing John speaks of himself as a fellow servant with John.