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How does it feel to be filled with the Holy Ghost?

Submitted: 2/13/2006
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Question: I was baptized in the name of Jesus Christ 2 Sundays ago. I truly believe I have the Holy Ghost but have not spoken in tongues yet. I believe I have been filled with the Holy Ghost, simply because I no longer desire to do the things I used to do and the things I had a hard time controlling before I got baptized are no longer a problem for me. Every morning when I wake up, I look forward to my time with the Lord in prayer and reading the Word. Is speaking in tongues the only way you have been confirmed to be filled with the Holy Ghost? Thank you for your response.

Answer: Speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance is an essential element in obeying/experiencing the gospel of Jesus Christ and will take place as a person receives the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:3-4, Acts 10:46, Acts 19:6). The gospel of Jesus Christ is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and a person obeys/experiences the gospel in repentance (death), water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins (burial), and the baptism of the Holy Spirit (resurrection).

Please see the following articles 'What is the Gospel of Jesus Christ?' and 'Speaking in Tongues in the Church' in the Apostolic Free Library under the Doctrine shelf.