Ellen G. White’s Understanding of the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit

  • Cory D. Wetterlin Andrews University, Theology and Christian Philosophy Department


Adventists have rejected the immortality of the soul, which provides for the classical theism view of indwelling and in reaction to Kellogg they have also rejected the immanent view. This then raises the question, how then do Adventists define the indwelling of the Holy Spirit? For the scope of this seminar on the theology of Ellen White, how does Ellen White define indwelling? The problem this research seeks to solve is to discern what definition for indwelling is left for the Adventist church, specifically for Ellen White, when both the classical transcendent and immanent positions have been rejected. The purpose of this research is to analyze the writings of Ellen White to determine how she defines the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The study will chronologically process four major passages from the writings of Ellen White. Each passage will be analyzed for the definition it provides of indwelling; the passages will then be compared to see if there is a development of thought. The information from each passage will then be compiled to determine a fuller definition of indwelling.