13 – The Only Power to Overcome

Third person of the Godhead

It is not essential for you to know and be able to define just what the Holy Spirit is. 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. Again Jesus says, “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth is come, He will guide you into all truth” [John 16:12, 13]. {14MR 179.2}

Sin could be resisted and overcome only through the mighty agency of the Third Person of the Godhead, who would come with no modified energy, but in the fullness of divine power.”  DA p. 671

Christ has given His Spirit as a divine power  to overcome all hereditary and cultivated tendencies to evil, and to impress His own character  upon His church.”       Desire of Ages  p. 671

“There is but one power that can break the hold of evil from the hearts of men, and that is the power of God in Jesus Christ.”  Testimonies vol. 8 p. 291  1903

Only through the blood of the Crucified One is there cleansing from sin. His grace alone can enable us to resist and subdue the tendencies of our fallen nature.”  Testimonies vol. 8 p. 291  1903

“…greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father.” (John 14:12).  He did not refer merely to miracle working, but to all that would take place under the agency of the Holy Spirit. The wonderful teaching of the apostles, their words of courage and trust, would assure all that it was not in their own power that they worked, but in the power of Christ.”   AA p. 22

“By an agency as unseen as the wind, Christ is constantly working upon the heart.”  Desire of Ages p. 172

“There is no comforter like Christ, so tender and so true. He is touched with the feeling of our infirmities. His Spirit speaks to the heart.” “The influence of the Holy Spirit is the life of Christ in the soul.”   Review and Herald Oct 26, 1897

His Spirit = the life of Christ

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13 – The Only Power to Overcome

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