Rattigan350: The holy spirit is the means that God knows things. Jehovah God does not know things because he is God. He knows things because the holy spirit acts to convey to him.
The term “Godhead” refers to the administrative group that includes the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, according to many Adventists, isn’t a being or an entity, but the “active force” of God. Rattigan believes that God’s omnipresence is dependent on this force; however, his view is not supported by the scriptures.
The law of witnesses states that in the mouth of two or three shall every word be established (Deut. 19:15; 2 Cor. 13:1; 1 Tim. 5:19), and at Jesus’ baptism both the Father and the Holy Spirit both served as witnesses to Jesus’ identity. In fact, since the members of the Godhead bear witness of one another (John 5:31-37), it requires three in order for two to be witnesses of the other.
The Father is the head, the Son is the mediator/intercessor, and the Holy Spirit is the testator. Each are individual beings with independent thoughts and purposes. The Father, known as El, or Elyon; the Son, Jesus, or Yahweh; and the Holy Spirit, the revealer of truth. When man fell, the Father withdrew and Jehovah became the Intercessor, the great I AM of the Old Testament and the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It was Jehovah who appeared to the ancient patriarchs, and to Moses and who was later born into mortality as Jesus.
As one scholar notes:
A witness gives personal verification of, or attests to the reality of, an event. To “witness” in the scriptural sense is much the same as in the legal sense: to give personal testimony based on firsthand evidence or experience. To bear false witness is a very serious offense (Deut. 5:20; 19:16-21). When prophets have an experience with the Lord, often he commands them to “bear record” of him and of the truths that have been revealed.... In legal affairs, testimony is usually related to what a person knows by the physical senses. In spiritual matters there is additional knowledge or information received through the Holy Spirit.
Again, the Holy Spirit must be an individual entity to bear witness to anything. The Father and his active force cannot serve as two witnesses.