“The Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead. He is a ‘personage of Spirit.’ He can be in only one place at a time, but His influence can be everywhere at the same time. Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are called the Godhead.
They are unified in purpose. Each has an important assignment in the plan of salvation. Our Heavenly Father is our Father and ruler. Jesus Christ is our Savior. The Holy Ghost is the revealer and testifier of all truth. The Holy Ghost is our Heavenly Father’s messenger and is a special gift to us” (32).
With that in mind, we can relate in a sense to the Lord’s apostles, knowing the Lord would soon leave the earth. Christ shared the following with them, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you” (John 14:16-17).
The Lord wants nothing more than for us to endure the trials that we face in this life and return to live with Him and our Heavenly Father in peace and joy. He also knows that we cannot make it alone through this life. This is in part why He has given us this second comforter of the Holy Ghost. What a tremendous blessing this is! I know that for me personally the Holy Ghost has been one of the greatest comforts in my life. Christ does not leave us comfortless!
The Bible Dictionary shares that the light of Christ is “enlightenment, knowledge, and an uplifting, ennobling, persevering influence that comes upon mankind because of Jesus Christ…The light of Christ should not be confused with the personage of the Holy Ghost, for the light of Christ is not a personage at all. Its influence is preliminary to and preparatory to one’s receiving the Holy Ghost. The light of Christ will lead the honest soul who ‘hearkeneth to the voice’ to find the true gospel and the true Church and thereby receive the Holy Ghost” (725).
The following are ways the Spirit may reach out to us. They are found throughout the scriptures, and I will share a few of them. If you’d like to refer to this list, it’s on page 96 of Preach My Gospel:
- The Spirit gives feelings of love, joy, peace, patience, meekness, gentleness, faith, comfort and hope.
- He offers ideas within our mind and feelings in our heart.
- He occupies the mind and presses on our feelings.
- He helps scriptures have strong effect.
- He gives good feelings when something is true.
- He enlightens the mind.
- He replaces darkness with light.
- He strengthens the desire to avoid evil and obey the commandments.
- He teaches truth and brings it to our remembrance.
- He guides us to truth and shows things to come.
- He reveals truth.
- He guides and protects us from deception.
- He glorifies and bears record of God the Father and Jesus Christ.
- He tells us what to do.
- He helps the righteous speak with power and authority.
- He testifies of truth.
- He sanctifies and brings remission of sins.
- He carries truth to the heart of the listener.
- He enhances our skills and abilities.
- He edifies both the teacher and the student.
- He will give us comfort.
We are not perfect. I know I am definitely far from it! Being worthy simply means trying our best each day to be a little better than we were yesterday. Progress is the goal. We may stumble. We will make mistakes and sin. But the point is to repent. We cannot dwell in sin and expect the Holy Ghost to stick around.
So from this we learn our choice is to receive Christ, come unto Him...or to suffer—even as the Savior of the world suffered because He loves us. He doesn’t want us to suffer. He wants us back. He loves us.
Jesus Christ loves us beyond our comprehension. He just wants us back. The Holy Ghost can help us do that.