In Mormonism, the Holy Spirit (or Holy Ghost) plays a prominent role. In biblical Christianity, there are similarities, but also a whole new way to experience what God wants to do in our lives through the Holy Spirit. Let’s understand what the riches of the Holy Spirit are for us as we transition to a biblical faith.
My experience of the Holy Spirit in Mormonism
My first encounter with this was at age eight, when I was baptized by my father. A man holding the Melchizedek Priesthood laid his hands on me and conferred the gift of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost was supposed to give us feelings of confidence in Joseph Smith and the LDS Church.
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What the Bible says about the Holy Spirit
No man can give the gift of God. Jesus is our only high priest. As such, he is the one who gives the Holy Spirit. Human beings cannot confer the gift of the Spirit.
John 16:7 (NKJV) “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.”
Luke 24:49 (NKJV) “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”
Acts 1:5 (NKJV) “For John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.
John 1:33 (NKJV) “I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’”
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Benefits of the Holy Spirit
We are enabled to truly love others through power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). The Spirit teaches us truth (John 16:13). He gifts and equips us for serving others (1 Corinthians 12:4-7). The Spirit refines our personality and character, producing in us the fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, and more (Galatians 5:22-23). The Holy Spirit assures us of our salvation and relationship with God (Ephesians 1:13-14). The Spirit initiates us into the family of God (1 Corinthians 12:12-13).
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How to receive the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is given as a gift of God’s grace at the moment a person trusts Jesus for salvation (Ephesians 1:13). At that moment, the Holy Spirit immediately begins a process of transformation, changing our character and renewing our relationships.
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The Holy Spirit is God. His work is so vast that there are many others aspects beyond what has been mentioned here. Ask God to reveal the Holy Spirit to you. Do some study about all the amazing things the Holy Spirit is available for: his gifts, his fruit, and his power.