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  • Verse 7:55. This is one of the very few places in the Bible where all three members of the Godhead appear. This verse and the following also support the view that God (the Father) and Jesus are separate beings.
  • Verses 10:44-47: The gift of the Holy Ghost.

What is the gift of the Holy Ghost? And what is its relation to with speaking with tongues in the way the Gentiles do in these verses (verse 46)?

The fact that the the Jewish Christians conclude that the Gentiles have received the gift of the Holy Ghost because they see them speak with tongues (vv 45-46) tells us that they saw speaking in tongues as evidence that the gift of the Holy Ghost had been received. Generalizing, it would seem that speaking in tongues requires the gift of the Holy Ghost. (Note though that Paul tells us in Corinthians 12 that the reverse is not true (i.e. not all who receive the gift of the Holy Ghost need speak with tongues). There (see vv 1-11) Paul tells us that different people will receive different gifts, the gifts of the Spirit are divided "to every man severally as [the Spirit] will" 1 Cor 12:11.)

A related question these verses raise is the relationship between baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost. Can one receive the gift of the Holy Ghost without baptism?

Certainly the text affirms this specific case where unbaptized people do receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (Verse 45 identifies the people as receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and verse 47 makes it clear that they hadn't yet been baptized.) However, the text also suggests that this is an unusual order of events. Specifically, Paul's question in verse 47 argues for baptism based on the fact that the people have already received the Holy Ghost. His argument seems to rely on the idea that the gift of the Holy Ghost typically follows baptism (rather than preceding it). The reversal is an important part of the story: it is a sign that the gospel was to be taken to the Gentiles.


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  • Verse 7:16. Is this the only record we have that Jacob and Abraham were buried in the same place?
  • Verse 19. Is this verse meant to suggest that "our fathers" (the Hebrews in Egypt) were partly guilty for casting out their young? What does it mean to evil entreat?
  • Verse 7:60. What significance is there in asking that God not count someone's actions as a sin? It would seem that it shouldn't make a difference in how God's justice and mercy are weighed.


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  • Verse 10:38. D. Todd Christofferson, "Let Us Be Men," Ensign, Nov 2006, pp. 46–48. Speaking of Christ, Elder Christofferson said: "He employed the divine powers of the holy priesthood to bless those in need... As His fellow servants, we may become great in His kingdom through love and service."


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