Jesus Told His Disciples He’d Continue with Them
𝑺𝒑𝒆𝒂𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒐 𝑯𝒊𝒔 𝒅𝒊𝒔𝒄𝒊𝒑𝒍𝒆𝒔 𝒃𝒆𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒃𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒊𝒎𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑺𝒑𝒊𝒓𝒊𝒕 𝒚𝒆𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒃𝒆 𝒈𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒏, 𝒘𝒉𝒐𝒎 𝒅𝒊𝒅 𝑪𝒉𝒓𝒊𝒔𝒕 𝒔𝒂𝒚 𝒘𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒖𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒃𝒆 𝒑𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒎?
Christ determined that when He ascended from this earth He would bestow a gift on those who had believed on Him and those who should believe on Him. What gift could He bestow rich enough to signalize and grace His ascension to the mediatorial throne? It must be worthy of His greatness and His royalty. He determined to give His representative, the third**person of the Godhead. This gift could not be excelled. He would give all gifts in one, and therefore the divine Spirit, converting, enlightening, sanctifying, would be His donation. ST December 1, 1898, par. 2
* *𝑳𝒆𝒕 𝒖𝒔 𝒃𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒇𝒍𝒚 𝒑𝒂𝒖𝒔𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒔𝒆 𝒕𝒘𝒐 𝒒𝒖𝒐𝒕𝒆𝒔 𝒃𝒆𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒘𝒆 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒖𝒆 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒖𝒓𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒙𝒕:
“Before he left them, Christ gave his followers a positive promise that after his ascension he would send them the Holy Spirit. “Go ye therefore,” he said, “and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father [a personal God,] and of the Son [a personal Prince and Saviour], and of the 𝐇𝐨𝐥𝐲 𝐆𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐭 [𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭]: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” (Ellen G. White, Home Missionary, July 1, 1897, ‘Words of Comfort’)
“They have ONE God and ONE 𝐒𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐫; and ONE Spirit--the 𝐒𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭--is to bring unity into their ranks.” — (Ellen G. White, 9T 189.3, 1909); See Rom. 8:9-10
𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐮𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐧 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝑺𝑻—𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐚. 𝟐, 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐯𝐞;
Standing near His trial, condemnation, and crucifixion, Christ said: “I tell you the truth: 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. And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” “I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of truth, whom the world can not receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him; but ye know Him; 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐇𝐞 𝐝𝐰𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐡 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐲𝐨𝐮, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮.” ST December 1, 1898, par. 3
This is a wonderful announcement. Christ longed to be in a position where He could accomplish the most important work by few and simple means. The plan of redemption is comprehensive; but its parts are few, and each part depends on the other, while all work together with the utmost simplicity and in entire harmony. 𝑪𝒉𝒓𝒊𝒔𝒕 𝒊𝒔 𝒓𝒆𝒑𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝒃𝒚 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑯𝒐𝒍𝒚 𝑺𝒑𝒊𝒓𝒊𝒕; and when this Spirit is appreciated, when those controlled by the Spirit communicate to others the energy with which they are imbued, an invisible chord is touched which electrifies the whole. 𝐖𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 the 𝒅𝒊𝒗𝒊𝒏𝒆 𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒐𝒖𝒓𝒄𝒆𝒔!
ST December 1, 1898, par. 4
 And 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 (𝟏)𝐡𝐢𝐦(𝟐); for he 𝒅𝒘𝒆𝒍𝒍𝒆𝒕𝒉(a) with you, and shall be in you.
(a) 𝒕𝒐 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒖𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒃𝒆 𝒑𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒆𝒏𝒕
the reflexive pronoun self used (alone or in the compound of G1438)-(𝟏) of the third person
(𝟏) alone her (own -self) (he) himself his (own) itself one (to) another our (thine) own (-selves)
own said ([self-] the) same
John 14:16-28 tells us many times that the Comforter is Christ by His Spirit, but the moment Jesus says “another Comforter,” most become blind to the fact He is referring to Himself by His Spirit despite His clear words that follow.
The Greek word for another is “allos,” which means another of the exact same kind and hence means another as the same kind as Christ. Jesus was present with His disciples in physical form but after His ascension He comes back in another form, that is, by His Spirit. Hence the “another” is His Spirit. Because Christ's Spirit can function independently of Himself, it is like His Spirit is “another.” And because it is His Spirit, it is “another” of the same kind.
If the Comforter was someone different, then John would have used the word “heteros,” meaning another of a different kind. Easy to understand once you know. Most also fail to notice that Jesus often speaks of Himself in the third person as He has in this passage. See John 17:1-3 for one such example.
Compare “heteros” with “allos”
HELPS Word-studies © 1987, 2011 by Helps Ministries, Inc.
G2087 héteros – another (of a different kind). 2087 /héteros (“another but distinct in kind”) stands in contrast to 243 /állos (“another of the same kind”). 2087 /héteros (“another of a different quality”) emphasizes it is qualitatively different from its counterpart (comparison). [2087 (héteros) sometimes refers to “another” of a different class group or type (as in Plato; Oxy. papyri).]
G243 állos (a primitive word) – another of the same kind; another of a similar type.
After Jesus was resurrected, he needed to be Glorified (in heaven) and receive God’s Spirit in full measure before he was able to send the Spirit to His disciples. That is why he had to go away first, before the Spirit of Truth, the Comforter, Christ’s Spirit, the Spirit of Christ could come. The Father would send the Spirit, in Christ’s name.
Pay close attention to the Spirit of Prophecy quotes after reading these scriptures. It doesn’t get any clearer than this. This of course is not what your Pastor is sharing because it goes against the General Conference’s mystery Comforter that is someone else. A doctrine introduced in full measure in 1980.
John 7:39 - But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.
John 11:4 - When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.
John 12:16, 23, 28 - v16 These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him. ... v23 And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. ... v28 Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.
John 13:31-32 - v31 Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him. v32 If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him.
John 14:13 - And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
Acts 3:13 - The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.
1 Peter 1:21 - Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
2 Peter 1:16-17 - For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. v17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
2 Thessalonians 1:10, 12 - v10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe because our testimony among you was believed in that day. ... v12 That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
John 17:1-5 - v1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: v2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. v3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. v4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. v5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
1 Timothy 3:16 - And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
Many translations for 1 Timothy 3:16 read "He was manifested in the flesh," as in Jesus. Because it was Jesus who was also justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached to the Gentiles, believed in the world and received up into Glory.
THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS NOT YET FULLY MANIFESTED; FOR CHRIST HAD NOT YET BEEN GLORIFIED!
“And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whosesoever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whosesoever sins ye retain, they are retained." The Holy Spirit was not yet fully manifested; for Christ had not yet been glorified. The more abundant impartation of the Spirit did not take place till after Christ's ascension. Not until this was received could the disciples fulfill the commission to preach the gospel to the world. But the Spirit was now given for a special purpose. Before the disciples could fulfill their official duties in connection with the church, Christ breathed His Spirit upon them. He was committing to them a most sacred trust, and He desired to impress them with the fact that without the Holy Spirit this work could not be accomplished. 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 imbues the receiver with the attributes of Christ. Only those who are thus taught of God, those who possess the inward working of the Spirit, and in whose life the Christ-life is manifested, are to stand as representative men, to minister in behalf of the church.” – Ellen White, Desire of Ages, page 805
The Spirit that Christ was breathing upon the disciples was coming from the Father.
“During His humiliation upon this earth, the Spirit had not descended with all its efficacy; and Christ declared that if He went not away, it would not come, but that if He went away, He would send it. It was a representative of Himself, and after He was glorified it was manifest.”- Ellen White, Signs of the Times, May 17, 1899, par. 3
“The reason why the churches are weak and sickly and ready to die is that the enemy has brought influences of a discouraging nature to bear upon trembling souls. He has sought to shut Jesus from their view as the Comforter.” — Ellen White, Review and Herald, August 26, 1890
It is very sad that Sister White had to write such a thing. Just think what the opposite of this quote would be. 'The churches are strong and healthy because they have and believe in Jesus as their Comforter, not someone else.'
“That Christ should manifest Himself to them, and yet be invisible to the world, was a mystery to the disciples. They could not understand the words of Christ in their spiritual sense. They were thinking of the outward, visible manifestation. They could not take in the fact that they could have the presence of Christ with them, and yet He be unseen by the world. They did not understand the meaning of a spiritual manifestation.” - Ellen White, The Southern Review, Sept. 13, 1898 par. 2; Manuscript 44, May 13, 1897, par. 3
Because of the sad state of our spiritual condition, the above quote could be directly told to the Adventist church today. And if so, it would read more like this:
‘That Christ could manifest Himself to the SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS and yet be invisible to the world was a mystery to the ADVENTISTS. They could not understand the words of Christ in their spiritual sense. INSTEAD THEY LIKE FABLES AND HAD ITCHY EARS THAT TURNED TO THEIR SCHOLARS AND THEOLOGIANS. THEY WERE TOLD TO THINK OF THE VISIBLE OUTWARD MANIFESTATION OF CHRIST IN THE FLESH AND STOP THINKING BEYOND THAT. They could not take in the fact that they could have the presence of Christ, personally with them THROUGH HIS SPIRIT, and yet be unseen by the world. They did not understand the meaning of a spiritual manifestation.' – Author’s explanation of Sister White’s original Southern Review quote
“Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” (English Standard version) - John 14:22
The disciples were asking Jesus "How" he was going to come unto them, in Spirit form, not "Who." Unfortunately today, the SDA denomination is taught that the Comforter is someone else.