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THE HOLY GHOST

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Matthew 12:31: "Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and
blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy
Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men."

What a declaration!

Matthew 12:32: "And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it
shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it
shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world
to come."

Why? Is it because perhaps the Holy Ghost is greater than Jesus? That
couldn't be! Therefore, there has to be another reason. Let's see if the
scriptures give us the answer.

Luke 2:25-26: "Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was
righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and
the Holy Spirit was upon him. it had been revealed to him by the Holy
Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

We can see here that the Holy Ghost was at work before Jesus was even
born providing revelation to Simeon. In fact, the scriptures indicate
that He has been working from the beginning.

Luke 4:1,14 " Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan
and was led by the Spirit in the desert... Jesus returned to Galilee in
the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole
countryside."

Here we learn that Jesus was led by the Spirit and He had power because
of the Spirit.

Luke 12:12 "For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye
ought to say."

Besides being a revelator, the Holy Spirit is also a teacher.

John 16:7-14: "Nevertheless 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: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness,
because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because
the prince of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say unto
you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth,
is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of
himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will
show you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of
mine, and shall show it unto you."

This is very interesting but also quite clear: Jesus had to leave in
order for the Holy Ghost to start working again. But why? For me the
answer is very simple. Through the revelations which Joseph Smith
received we know that the Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit. As such,
He can dwell in our body and speak to our spirit in a way we that can't
deny His words or be deceived by them. Also He has the power to be
everywhere, just like the rays of the Sun come from one place yet they
can light up all the earth at the same time. However, Jesus could only
be in one place at one time. That's why He said it was expedient for his
disciples that He go, so that the Holy Ghost could come.

John 14:25-26 "These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present
with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father
will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all
things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. The
Comforter, whom the Father will send in my name He shall teach you all
things." Does not "all things" include teaching the truth?

John 15:26 "But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you
from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the
Father, he shall testify of me." (The Spirit of Truth)

From these several scriptures we see that, after Jesus left, the Holy
Ghost became the being who lead the Church. Consider these examples:

Acts 1:2,8 "Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he
through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he
had chosen... But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is
come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and
in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the
earth."

Acts 5:3 "But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to
lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?

Acts 13:2,4: "As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost
said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called
them... So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto
Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus."

Acts 15:28 "For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon
you no greater burden than these necessary things."

Acts 16:6-7 "Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of
Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in
Asia, After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia:
but the Spirit suffered them not."

Acts 20:23,28 "Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city,
saying that bonds and afflictions abide me... Take heed therefore unto
yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath
made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased
with his own blood."

Revelation 2: 7,11,17,29 "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the
Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to
eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God...
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the
churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death... He
that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the
churches... He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto
the churches."

Clear isn't it? But there are even more scriptures that show the role of
the Holy Ghost in leading and directing the affairs of the Church.

Acts 10:19: "While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto
him, Behold, three men seek thee."

Acts 11:12,16-17: "And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing
doubting. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered
into the man's house... Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that
he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with
the Holy Ghost. Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did
unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could
withstand God?"

Here we see the Holy Ghost convinced Peter to do something different
than what he was planning on doing.

Luke 11:10-13: "For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh
findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask
bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he
ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an
egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 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?"

Here we see the same promise repeated, with one further clarification.
Notice that it specifically states that the Holy Ghost will provide the
answer to our questions.

I Corinthians 2:10-12: "But God hath revealed them unto us by his
Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of
God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man
which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the
Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but
the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are
freely given to us of God."

Again we see that it is the Holy Ghost that gives us all things from
God. It's so clear, that there's no way we can deny His role in the
Church.

I Corinthians 12:3: "Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man
speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man
can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost."

Here we have yet another scripture that clearly states His role.

At this point it is easy to understand why we were warned at the
beginning about sinning against the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost has the
power to convince our spirit about everything related to the truth, and
it is for this particular reason the first Christians preferred to be
killed by lions rather than deny the testimony they received from the
Holy Ghost.

II Peter 1:20-21: "Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture
is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time
by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the
Holy Ghost."

For me, this scripture is the KEY. How did we get the scriptures? They
came to us only because holy men of God were moved by the Holy Ghost.
Therefore, it's clear that the Holy Ghost is more important of the
scriptures because He is the Author of them. Think about that! If you
seek to find the truth about God only by reading the scriptures you are
using a tool but not the KEY. If we really want to know the truth (and
it's the truth that will set us free), then we need to receive it from
the Holy Ghost. And is this not what the Book of Mormon states?
Therefore we see that the Bible confirms and supports the promise of
Moroni found in the Book of Mormon.

Brigham Young illustrated the importance of the Holy Ghost in the conversion process:" I had only traveled a short time to testify to the people, before I learned this one fact, that you might prove doctrine from the Bible till doomsday, and it would merely convince a people, but would not convert them. You might read the Bible from Genesis to revelation, and prove every iota that you advance, and that alone would have no converting influence upon the people. Nothing short of a testimony, by the power of the Holy Ghost  would bring light and knowledge to them, bring them in their hearts to repentance. Nothing short of that would ever do. Journal of Discourses 5:327

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