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Ellen White wrote a "Letter to my brethren in America" dated February 6, 1896 in which she wrote:
“Evil had been accumulating for centuries, and could only be restrained and resisted by the mighty power of the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Godhead, who would come with no modified energy, but in the fullness of divine power.” First published in 2MR p. 34 1987 as Letter 8, 1896, pp. 1, 5.
This was the first time in which the expression “third person of the Godhead” appeared in Ellen's writings. It was later to appear in the 1898 Desire of Ages on page 671 as:
“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.”
Though differing slightly ("evil" is now "sin", "restrained and resisted" has become "resisted and overcome", and "power" is now "agency"), our focus is on the word "only." This superlative excludes all others; no other power or agency can restrain, resist and overcome sin and evil.

In light of this information, it is illuminating to discover Who else shares this same exclusive status.

“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. 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

“There is only one power that can turn the sinner from sin to holiness—the power of Christ. Our Redeemer is the only one who can take away sin.” Review & Herald, June 2, 1903

“The power of Christ alone can work the transformation in heart and mind that all must experience who would partake with Him of the new life in the kingdom of heaven.” Review & Herald, March 19, 1908; Testimonies vol. 9 p. 156 May 31, 1909

“The only defense against evil is the indwelling of Christ in the heart through faith in His righteousness.” Desire of Ages p. 324

“Christ is the source of every right impulse. He is the only one that can implant in the heart enmity against sin.” Steps to Christ p. 26 1893

“Union with Christ is our only means for overcoming sin.” That I May Know Him p. 318.4

Only He who reads the heart knows how to bring men to repentance.” Ministry of Healing p. 163
None but the Son of God could accomplish our redemption.” Steps to Christ p. 14
“He alone could place their feet in the right path.” Manuscript 18, 1898
“He alone could respond to the poor suffering thief.” Our Father Cares p. 240
“He alone could be a mediator between God and man” RH April 3, 1894
“He alone could give them the oil which they must have” RH June 13, 1899
“Christ knew that he alone could break the enemy's power...A counter-working influence, coming from the highest authority, was to hold the enemy in check, and resist his power.” RH Jan. 21, 1909
“he alone could conquer the powers of darkness.” Signs of the Times, Apr. 18, 1892
“he is able to succor (help) them that are tempted” Heb 2:18
“He here referred to the divine grace which he alone could bestow” Spirit of Prophecy vol. 2 p. 140
“He alone could bridge the gulf that sin had made.” The Home Missionary, Oct. 1, 1897
“Through Christ, God has made every provision that fallen humanity may be restored” HM 10-97
“He alone could rebuke the cruel power of the enemy” RH Dec. 11, 1883
“He alone could give peace and comfort and hope” RH Dec 11, 1883

Why? “for He possessed divinity and humanity.” RH April 3, 1894 in 7BC p. 914.7

Thus, he is the “one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus” 1Tim 2:5
In heaven “we have an Advocate (parakletos) with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” 1John 2:1
But “God sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts” Gal 4:6
So that here on earth we have a “Comforter (parakletos), even the Spirit of truth” John 14:16
Jesus is the only one who can give us the power to resist sin because
he is the only one who has “condemned sin in the likeness of sinful flesh” Rom 8:3.
His humanity is in heaven; his divinity (divested of the personality of humanity) dwells in us on earth.

“Christ the Word, the only begotten of God, was one with the eternal Father,—one in nature, in character, and in purpose,—the only being in all the universe that could enter into all the counsels and purposes of God.” GC p. 493

“The Father gave his Spirit without measure to his Son, and we also may partake of its fullness. Jesus says: ‘If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?’ [Luke 11:13.]” GC p. 477 1888

Only Jesus, the word, was made flesh and dwelt among us;
Only Jesus was touched by the feelings of our infirmities;
Only Jesus was acquainted with grief and carried our sorrows;
Only Jesus was tempted in all points like as we are;
Only Jesus learned obedience by the things which he suffered;
Only Jesus was both the Son of God and the Son of man.

Now we can understand the last sentence of this paragraph on page 671 of Desire of Ages:
“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.”

Grace and peace be unto you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ
the Son of the Father in truth and love. 2 John 3

Gary Hullquist