‘Will the Holy Ghost get a body?’ is a fairly obvious area for speculation. I did a quick search on the ‘nackle and some other likely places but did not find any posts on it. I have to believe it has been discussed before, but I have not seen it. So, for those about to speculate, we salute you.
Now wait a minute Eric, this is supposed to be an orthodox blog, how can you speculate on that sort of thing here? I don’t know, this is all new to me. Let me suggest an approach for orthodox speculation.
1 – Pick something that has little to no revelation on it. This topic qualifies.
2 – Make a logical speculation, based on scripture and authoritative sources, about this unknowable topic. We’ll see about that.
3 – See if it violates any area of known doctrine. We’ll see about that also.
4 – Share it in a humble way, making sure everyone knows you are speculating.
5 – Take your lumps in a civil way when people object, and see what you can learn. Be kind.
And away we go.
Bruce R. McConkie says in Mormon Doctrine regarding the Holy Ghost, ‘In this dispensation, at least, nothing has been revealed as to his origin or destiny; expressions on these matters are both speculative and fruitless’. But because of this lack of revelation, is it not a ‘safe’ area of speculation? I mention this to show that this topic qualifies under item #1. We will check the fruit, if any, later.
We all know from D&C 130:22 that the Holy Ghost does not have a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of spirit. Also we have from Joseph Smith in Teachings that ‘The Holy Ghost is a personage, and is in the form of a personage’. From this I will make perhaps my first speculative assumption – the Holy Ghost is the same spirit race as Jesus, Lucifer, you, and me. A spirit child of God the Father. This seems reasonably logical to me.
There are also the verses in D&C 93:33-34 that read thus:
For man is spirit. The elements are eternal, and spirit and element, inseparably connected, receive a fulness of joy; And when separated, man cannot receive a fulness of joy.
I take this for what it says, and make another speculation that the Holy Ghost will not be able to experience a fulness of joy unless he also can have a glorified body of flesh and bones eventually. In connection with this I will add that perhaps bringing to pass the immortality and Eternal Life of the Holy Ghost is included in the work and glory of God.
Now for the next leap. I will speculate that the pre-existance was a very, very long period of time where there was the opportunity for substantial progress. A very productive time. Where spirits were able to become noble and great (Abraham 3:22-23) . Perhaps very noble and very great, even like unto God. I will now speculate that while the pre-mortal Jesus said something like, ‘Here am I send me’, perhaps the Holy Ghost volunteered, ‘Here am I, don’t send me’. Thus perhaps selflessly putting off getting a mortal probation in order to serve as the third member of the godhead having progressed to that caliber of being in the pre-existence.
I will now guess that getting a body for the Holy Ghost will be a near technicality as it was for Jesus and also apparently children who die before the age of accountability (D&C 137:10). How many levels up am I? I’ve lost track.
Now the question is when. It seems the obvious time would be the millennium. Perhaps at the beginning when the wicked are gone and Christ reigns on the earth. Or perhaps near the end, where his absence might be the cause of Satan being loosed for a season. Or maybe somewhere in the middle.
So to sum up, I have made at least the following speculations:
The Holy Ghost is the same spirit race as we are.
You need a resurrected body to have a fullness of joy, even if you are the Holy Ghost.
Part of Gods work and glory is to bring to pass the eternal life of the Holy Ghost.
The Holy Ghost progressed to god hood status in a productive pre-existence.
The mortal probation of the Holy Ghost (if any) will be a technicality.
This speculative mortal probation might take place during the millennium, possibly at the beginning, or at the end, or at the middle.
So, does this ladder of speculation lead to any fruit? Did I violate any revealed doctrine? Is this type of approach consistent with the goals of this blog and its intended audience? What do you think of all this? Let me have it.