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What is the difference between the Holy Ghost and the Holy Spirit? I've heard both terms all my life, but I've never asked my pastor or anyone else about it because I didn't want to appear stupid.


Don’t be afraid to ask your pastor or someone else who is spiritually mature if you don’t understand something. God doesn’t want you to be ignorant of His truth, and they will want to help you. God has given people like this to us “to strengthen and encourage you in your faith” (1 Thessalonians 3:2).

The terms “Holy Spirit” and “Holy Ghost” mean exactly the same thing; both refer to the third Person of the Trinity (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit). The phrase “Holy Ghost” is simply an older term that dates back several hundred years, and is found in some old versions of the English Bible (such as the King James Version). Because the word “ghost” has a different meaning today than it did several hundred years ago, modern translations of the Bible always use “Holy Spirit.”

Remember that the Holy Spirit is God Himself, and He is at work both in the world and in our hearts. When we come to Christ, the Holy Spirit comes to live within us; in fact, we can’t even come to Him until He convicts us of our sins and convinces us of our need to commit our lives 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).

But God has given His Spirit to us for another reason: to teach us and open our eyes to God’s truth as it is found in the Bible. Is this happening in your life?

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  1. Daniel Reid says:

    Thank you for the Great explanation and with appropriately included scripture references!

  2. Emmanuel says:

    Holy Spirit is awesome

  3. Jonathan Tagoe says:

    I have now get it clear, Glory be to God

  4. srh says:

    love the simplicity of your teaching; thank you.

  5. Albert Hall says:

    Love the word of God and thank you for your help

  6. William McClure says:

    This helps, as I read the Bible is seems that the wording changes between the old and new testament. I read mostly from the New King James and the King James, I guess the wording could be different. Thanks for your help.

  7. Janice Tyree says:

    This might be more scientific than religious, I consider it both. Is the same rain we feel upon our skin the same rain that fell upon Jesus?

  8. Henry says:

    I love ur way of response

  9. Kay wilson says:

    Love reading God word.

  10. Matthew H phillips says:

    thank you for your help