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What did Ellen White believe regarding the Godhead?
Ellen White never used the term "trinity," although she did refer to the
"three living persons of the heavenly trio" (Evangelism, p. 615). She
believed in the full deity of Christ, stating that "Christ was God essentially,
and in the highest sense. He was with God from all eternity, God over all,
blessed forevermore" (Review and Herald, April 5, 1906). She also
referred to the Holy Spirit as "the Third Person of the Godhead" (The Desire
of Ages, p. 671). Her comments, as collected in Evangelism, pages
613-617, suggest that she believed that the Scriptures taught the existence of
three co-eternal divine persons.
Did Ellen White believe the Holy Spirit is a divine person?
Yes, but at times she used the pronoun "it" when referring to the Holy Spirit.
Several statements regarding the personality of the Holy Spirit are collected
in Evangelism, pages 616, 617. In 1906, for example, she wrote, "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'"
[1 Corinthians 2:11] (Evangelism, p. 617). (To view Ellen White's original,
unedited draft of this passage, click here.)
See also the PDF document: "Ellen White's Trinitarian
Statements: What Did She Actually Write?
Thought for the Day
Supreme love for God and unselfish love for one another - this is the best gift that our heavenly Father can bestow. - AA 551