This is how the Holy Spirit is described in the inspired writings of Ellen White. However, I am not in agreement with those who
twist Ellen White’s writing to make them conflict with the Bible.
For some have taken the above designation by Ellen White and concluded that
Ellen White implied by it the existence of a third divine “being,”,i.e.
the Holy Spirit, besides the Father and His only begotten Son. This
she never meant to be. In all her writings, she never ever referred to
the Holy Spirit as a third divine “being."
This may seem like a paradox to some: how can she speak of a third person of the Godhead and not
mean by it a third divine “being”? A casual reader of her writings may
be confused by this apparent dilemma. However, her writings are not to
be blamed for such a faulty conclusion. There is no basis whatsoever to
arrive at the wrong conclusion of the existence of a third divine
“being,” for the following reasons:
How is the Holy Spirit a “mystery” then according to the writings of Ellen White? Certainly, neither the role
nor the mission of the Holy Spirit is a mystery in the Bible (see John 14:26; 16:8, 13).
Furthermore, the identity of the Holy Spirit is not a mystery.
While the Bible clearly reveals that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ
(see John 14:16-18), it also states that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father (see John 15:26).
More importantly, the Bible while speaking distinctly of Spirit of the
Father and the Spirit of the Son in several places (for example, see Romans 8:14; Galatians 4:6; Philippians 1:19),
does equate the Spirit of Christ with the Spirit of God (see Romans
We can therefore surmise from these Bible verses that the Holy Spirit in that holy divine mechanism through which both the Father and
Son jointly work for the salvation of the human race, and represents
the means through which they can both abide in us for fellowship (see 1 John 1:3) and to sanctify us to overcome the evil one and sin.
So, if the mission and the identity of the Holy Spirit have been clearly revealed in the Bible, where does the mystery of the Holy Spirit lie?
We can only conclude that the “mystery” lies in the following: How can the Holy Spirit which represents the
joint effort of the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ act as a
person and not be a separate third being of the Godhead?
We can’t explain this unprecedented phenomenon, from a human point of view. And since we can’t explain it as, it is a mystery about which we should not speculate.
But sadly, most SDAs when confronted with this mystery jump to the
wrong conclusion and conclude the existence of a third divine being, or
a third independent co-equal person to the Father and His Son. Instead
of recognizing where the mystery lies, they resolve it erroneously.
Lastly, we are to rejoice in knowing that in our earthly sojourn towards heaven we have two divine beings
cooperating together through their joint Spirits (aka the Holy Spirit)
to save us. And that the Father’s Spirit which aided our Lord in
overcoming sin during His life on earth, is there to also aid us along
with the Spirit of His Son, jointly as the Holy Spirit, so that we have
all that is needed to overcome sin, and fulfill their divine mission in
each of our lives.
Counterfeiting the genuine ?
That is exactly how I see it.