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Q:

When I was a child, I used to hear our pastor talk about the "Holy Ghost," but now our church never uses that term. Does "Holy Ghost" mean the same thing as the Holy Spirit?


A:

Yes, the terms “Holy Ghost” and “Holy Spirit” are identical; the “Holy Ghost” is simply an older way of speaking of the Holy Spirit.

The reason the term “Holy Ghost” isn’t as common as it once was is because our English language has changed over the years. The word “ghost” is a good example of this. Today it means something different to most people than it did several centuries ago. Then, the word “ghost” simply meant “spirit,” but today most people think only of haunted houses or Halloween when they hear the word “ghost.” For this reason, almost all modern translations of the Bible use “Holy Spirit” instead of “Holy Ghost,” to avoid any misunderstanding.

The important thing, however, is to understand who the Holy Spirit is and what He wants to do in our lives. The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit is God Himself, and when we come to Christ, God comes to live within us by His Spirit. One reason He does this is to give us the power to live the way we should.

In fact, we can’t even come to God unless His Spirit first convicts us of our sin and draws us to Christ. Jesus said, “When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment” (John 16:8). Have you responded to God’s call by repenting of your sins and opening your heart to Christ? If not, do so today.

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7 Comments

  1. Loyce Ann Peard says:

    I was confused, as some people still call Him the Holy Ghost, and some the Holy Spirit. This clears it up for me. Thank you

  2. Temitope Olanrewaju says:

    I love this simple way of explanation. But the question now is why calling him Holy ghost?

  3. wilma says:

    my husband use to say why do people call it Holy Ghost when they are preaching the word of God, he thinks they are wrong when they say Holy Spirit when it say’s that they shall receive the Holy Ghost. I just explained it to him the way you explained it on here. so now he understands that they mean the same thing. thanks for this miss understanding that people have in the word of Holy Ghost and Holy Spirit. my husband thought they were trying to change the word of God by saying it a different way. thanks.

  4. Emmanuel says:

    I like this,i was a bit confused between hholy spirit and holy ghost.

  5. Lester Walker says:

    Thank You For The Interpretation of the 2 commonly used references in the different bibles, In what Holy Ghost and Holy Spirit Means. God Bless.

  6. aleaxandrena says:

    Thank you so much for this an swear and thankou JESUS the most high for your holy spirit!BLESS your HOLY NAME FATHER•

  7. Elaine Karns says:

    Thank for the info I was looking for.