October 29, 2013 Acts 18-20 By Diane Adair

 Audio October 29, 2013 Lesson 8

Acts 18-20

On the Holy Ghost, the Will of God & the Atonement

“An intelligent being, in the image of God, possesses every organ, attribute, sense, sympathy, affection that is possessed by God Himself…  These…attributes…possessed by man are in embryo, and are to be gradually developed.  They resemble a bud, germ, which are to be gradually developed… The gift of the Holy Ghost adapts itself to all these organs and attributes.  It quickens all the intellectual faculties, increases, enlarges, expands and purifies all the natural passions and affections, and adapts them…to their lawful use.  It inspires, develops…and matures all the fine toned sympathies, joys, tastes, kindred feelings, and affections of our nature.  It inspires virtue, kindness, goodness, tenderness, gentleness and charity.  It develops beauty of person, form and features.  It tends to health, vigor, animation and social feeling.  It invigorates all the faculties of the physical and intellectual man.  It strengthens and gives tone to the nerves.  In short, it is, as it were, marrow to the bone, joy to the heart, light to the eyes, music to the ears, and life to the whole being.”
Parley P. Pratt, Key to Theology, Deseret News Press, pp. 99-101.

“You can invite the Holy Ghost’s companionship into your life.  You can know when he is there and when he withdraws.  And when he is your companion, you can have confidence that the Atonement is working in your life.  Reception of the Holy Ghost is the cleansing agent as the Atonement purifies you.”
Henry B. Eyring, “Come Unto Christ,” BYU Fireside, October 29, 1989.

“Make up your minds to live by the Spirit.  Make up your minds to live humbly and in such a way that you will always have the Spirit of the Lord to be your friend, to make suggestions to you from time to time as shall be needed under the peculiar circumstances in which you may be placed…It is your privilege, every one of you, to have enough of the spirit of revelation to know exactly what is proper for you to do.”
Lorenzo Snow Teachings, p. 114.

“Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can… He will deepen their joys, strengthen their souls, raise up friends and pour out peace.”
President Ezra Taft Benson, The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1988, p. 361.

“The cumulative weight of all mortal sins – past, present, and future pressed upon that perfect, sinless and sensitive soul!  All our infirmities and sicknesses were somehow, too, part of the awful arithmetic of the Atonement.  The anguished Jesus not only pled with the Father that the hour and cup might pass from him, but with this relevant citation, “He said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me”…  Jesus’ request was not theater! … His suffering, as it were, enormity multiplied by infinity, evoked His later soul cry on the cross, and it was a cry of forsakenness.  Even so, Jesus maintained His sublime submissiveness as He had in Gethsemane.  “Nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.”  While bearing our sins, our infirmities, our sicknesses, bringing to pass the Atonement, Jesus became the perfect Shepherd, making these lines of Paul’s especially relevant and reassuring:  “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword” (Romans 8:35).  Indeed we are in His hands, and what hallowed hands!  The wondrous and glorious Atonement was the central act in all human history.  It was the hinge on which all else that finally matters turned.  But it turned on Jesus’ spiritual submissiveness.  May we now, in our time and turn, be willing to submit.  I pray…”
Neal A. Maxwell, “Willing to Submit,” April 1995

“One of the great consolations of this Easter season is that because Jesus walked such a long, lonely path utterly alone, we do not have to do so.  His solitary journey brought great company for our little version of that path – the merciful care of our Father in Heaven, the unfailing companionship of the Beloved Son, the consummate gift of the Holy Ghost, angels in heaven, family members on both sides of the veil, prophets and apostles, teachers, leaders, friends.  All of these and more have been given as companions for our mortal journey because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the restoration of His gospel.  Trumpeted from the summit of Calvary is the truth that we will never be alone nor unaided, even if sometimes we may feel that we are.  Truly the Redeemer of us all said “I will not leave you comfortless.  My Father and I will come to you and abide with you.”  My other plea at Easter time is that these scenes of Christ’s lonely sacrifice, laced with moments of denial and abandonment and, at least once, outright betrayal, must never be reenacted by us.  He has walked alone once.  Now, may I ask that never again will He have to confront sin without your aid and assistance, that never again will He find only unresponsive onlookers when He sees you and me along His Via Dolorosa in our present day…May we declare ourselves to be more fully disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, not in word only and not only in the flush of comfortable times but in deed and in courage and in faith, including when the path is lonely and difficult to bear…May we stand by Jesus Christ at all times and in all things and in all places that we may be in…for surely that is how he stood by us…when He had to stand entirely alone.”
Jeffrey R. Holland, “None Were With Him,” May, 2009, Ensign.

“The hours that lay immediately ahead would change the meaning of all human history.  It would be the crowning moment of eternity, the most miraculous of all the miracles.  It would be the supreme contribution to a plan designed from before the foundation of the world for the happiness of every man, woman, and child who would ever live in it.  The hour of atoning sacrifice had come.  God’s own Son, His Only Begotten Son in the flesh, was about to become the Savior of the world…That is why every ordinance of the gospel focuses in one way or another on the atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ, and surely that is why this particular ordinance with all the symbolism and imagery comes to us more readily and more repeatedly than any other in our life…Do we see it as our Passover, remembrance of our safety and deliverance and redemption?…It should be a powerful, relevant, reflective moment.  It should encourage spiritual feelings and impressions.”
Jeffrey R. Holland, “This Do In Remembrance of Me,” May, 1995, Ensign.

Other References

Moses 1:18
John 14
John 15:26
Alma 14:10 and Isaiah 53:10

Good Better Best by Elder Dallin H Oaks, Oct 2007 General Conference