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Stephen. N. Haskell on the Trinity

“Let us 'consider some of the leading thoughts: in the preceding chapters. The first chapter presents Christ — His character and position. He is the brightness of the Father's glory and the "express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word Of His power." He is better and much more exalted than the angels, "as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they." He is the Son of God, and therefore has inherited every name which is applied to God, the Creator of 'the heavens and the earth. He also is the Creator, and is called God. "Thy throne, 0 God, is forever and ever," Again, "Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid; the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands." Here Christ is presented on an equality with the Father, NOT CREATED AS WERE THE ANGELS BUT AS THE CREATOR OF ANGELS -- the great "I AM," He who inhabiteth eternity. It is thus the apostle introduces us to the subject of the sanctuary. It is not to such and such dimensions, to the material of which the earthly sanctuary was made, but to Christ its minister, and to the Father, to whom the sanctuary belongs. The High Priest is ours, but the sanctuary is God's. We are the worshipers in the sanctuary.” S. N. Haskell, The Sanctuary Question, Review and Herald August 20, 1901

“The rainbow in the clouds is but a symbol of the rainbow which has encircled the throne from eternity. Back in the ages, which finite mind cannot fathom, the Father and Son were alone in the universe. Christ was the first begotten of the Father, and to Him Jehovah made known the divine plan of Creation. The plan of the creation of worlds was unfolded, together with the order of beings which should people them. Angels, as representatives of one order, would be ministers of the God of the universe. The creation of our own little world, was included in the deep-laid plans. The fall of Lucifer was foreseen; likewise the possibility of the introduction of sin, which would mar the perfection of the divine handiwork. It was then, in those early councils, that Christ’s heart of love was touched; and the only begotten Son pledged His life to redeem man, should he yield and fall. Father and Son, surrounded by impenetrable glory, clasped hands. It was in appreciation of this offer, that upon Christ was bestowed creative power, and the everlasting covenant was made; and henceforth Father and Son, with one mind, worked together to complete the work of creation. Sacrifice of self for the good of others was the foundation of it all.” (Stephen N. Haskell, The Story of the Seer of Patmos, pages 93, 94, 1905)

“Before the creation of our world, “there was war in heaven.” Christ and the Father covenanted together; and Lucifer, the covering cherub, grew jealous because he was not admitted into the eternal councils of the Two who sat upon the throne.” (Stephen N. Haskell, The Story of the Seer of Patmos, pages 217, 1905)

“Christ was the firstborn in heaven; He was likewise the firstborn of God upon earth, and heir to the Father’s throne. Christ, the firstborn, though the Son of God, was clothed in humanity, and was made perfect through suffering. He took the form of man, and through eternity, He will remain a man.” (Stephen N. Haskell, The Story of the Seer of Patmos, pages 98, 99, 1905)