Today my lessson in Sunday school was about the Holy Ghost. The first question i asked was 'how would you explain the Holy Ghost to someone who had no idea?' The answers were slow in coming, like i was asking them about an unknown quantity not something they think about and maybe even talk about every day. Two answers were 'that he teaches us things,' and 'he gives us comfort'. Both good, correct answers but sometimes we need to search a little deeper to find out what our Heavenly Father is really telling us.
I said the Holy Ghost was like a comfortable blanket, a bar of chocolate and a good book. He gives us confort, feeds us and teaches us good things. My analogy may not have been the most enlightening but at least it proved a point and created a visual aid.
In John 14:26 we read - '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 rememberence, whatsoever I have said unto you'.
3 points - brings comfort
- teaches us all things
- brings truth to our remembrance
In John 15:26 we are told that the Comforter ...'he shall testify of me:' The 'me' being Jesus Christ. So we are also told that the Holy Ghost will testify of the divinity of Jesus Christ.
I also taught about the fact we can have the Holy Ghost to be with us
always as long as we remain worthy; by taking upon us the name of Christ, to always remember Him and keep his commandments. The Gift of the Holy Ghost is something we are offered after we are baptised to have with us as our constant companion, but we have to chose to live in harmony with His teachings.
It was interesting to note that we feel the absence of the Holy Ghost more then we feel its presence and that sometimes we take its presence as a 'done deal', like He is always going to be there. Also we should come to know how it feels to have the Holy Ghost with us even when we are going about our every day lives.
The Holy Ghost can;
- be our constant companion
- give us comfort
- bear witness to the divinity of Christ
- bring all truth to our remembrance
- protect us
- teach us truth
- help us and guide us in every day things, even the shopping.