I think that this is a profound divine statement in regards to the personality of the Holy Spirit; we just need to rightly interpret the words. First, let’s read the quote in question.
The Holy Spirit is the Comforter, in Christ’s name. He personifies Christ, yet is a distinct personality.
— Manuscript 93, 1893
Breaking It Down
Now, let’s break this amazing statement down, piece by piece.
“The Holy Spirit is the Comforter”
The Bible says that the Holy Spirit is “another Comforter” (John 14:16); thus, it is not the same personality as that of Christ. Yet Christ says, “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you” (v. 18). This is because the Greek word for “another” is allos, which means ‘another of the same’. In this context, this means the same life of Christ — who was “touched with the feeling of our infirmities” and “in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Heb. 4:14) — but a different personality.
“In Christ’s Name”
This helps us to understand the following passage and other like passages: “…this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27). Is Christ Himself in you? No, the Holy Spirit is personifying Him, using Christ’s name. This is similar to how it was Jesus who spoke to Israel of old, but using the Father’s Name (Yahuah).
“He personifies Christ”
Dictionaries say that to ‘personify’ is to represent all of the characteristics of another. Jesus can readily do this of the Father because He is in the express image of the Father and is one with the Father; and the Holy Spirit can do this of Christ because “the impartation of the Spirit is the impartation of the life of Christ” (Desire of Ages, 805).
“A Distinct Personality”
Dictionaries define ‘personality’ as being the totality of the characteristics of a person or entity. Sister White’s son, Willie, who knew her longer and better than anyone, said that the Spirit is “without individuality … the representative of the Father and the Son throughout the universe” (Letter to H.W. Carr, 4/30/1935). This is the only way to avoid panentheism. After all, if the Holy Spirit is an individual, it would have to be Deity, but Deity being everywhere throughout creation is the very definition of panentheism.
Thus, the “person” of the the Holy Spirit is a ‘character of office’ — one of the 1828 Webster’s definitions, which makes the most sense since Sister White speaks many times about the Holy Spirit being an “office” or an “agency,” and she just does not speak that way concerning God and His Son. Thus, it is a person only in economic terms — that is, pertaining to its work in the plan of redemption.
Since the Holy Spirit is a distinct personality, it must have having distinct characteristics from Christ. One of these characteristics would be omnipresence. Christ Himself could not be in all places at once, but He can through this agency. Another characteristic is that of sanctifying individuals rather than justifying them legally in heaven like Christ does. Another characteristic includes being unseen, having no body, yet at the same time using a multitude of angelic and human ministers as messengers conveying the unseen life of God, whereas Christ Himself only can work in His own body. No wonder Sister White calls the Holy Spirit the highest power of the universe!
“Personality in Those Who Believe”
Following this same thought, I would like to share several quotes showing how we ourselves are to become that same Spirit, making up the third spiritual person of God’s family, even the bride of Christ, the daughter of God called Zion:
Christ became one flesh with us, in order that we might become one spirit with Him. It is by virtue of this union that we are to come forth from the grave—not merely as a manifestation of the power of Christ, but because, through faith, His life has become ours.
— Desire of Ages, p. 388
He that is joined unto the Lord is one Spirit.
For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body … and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
— 1 Corinthians 6:17; 12:13
Powerful! The end product of the personality of the Holy Spirit is ultimately to be Christ in us, having a multitude of characteristics according to the multitude of personalities that make up the redeemed — all married to the divine characteristics of God, receiving His Name.
Yahuah our Righteousness
In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the Name wherewith she shall be called, Yahuah our Righteousness.
— Jeremiah 33:16
Amazing! Now, watch this:
The Son of God alone can do the great work of illuminating the soul. No wonder Paul exclaims, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth.” The gospel of Christ becomes PERSONALITY in those who believe, and makes them living epistles, known and read of all men. In this way the leaven of godliness passes into the multitude.
— Review and Herald, 12/15/1891
The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation and “the divine Spirit that the world’s Redeemer promised to send, the presence and power of God“
— Signs of the Times, 11/23/1891
The Holy Spirit Becomes Personality in Us
Thus, the Holy Spirit having the personality of Christ as well as its own characteristics as it operates through a multitude of beings, is to become personality in us, making us the Bride, who “shall be called, Yahuah our Righteousness,” just as Christ inherited the Name of Yahuah His Father as well; the Bride is married in to the Father’s Name and she makes up the everlasting Kingdom of God. The end goal is for humanity to shine forth in divine diversity the character of God to the universe, being the recipients and messengers of the Gospel of the power of God unto salvation. Let us pray that the Holy Spirit will become personality in us today, so we can manifest His righteousness to the world!