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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. Elizabeth Freeman says:

    Enjoyed information, thank you

  2. EDWARD WATERS says:

    was john the baptist also a high priest?

  3. Craig Farinella says:

    Thank you so much, it clears up most of it.

  4. Sphiwo Christian says:

    Clearly explained

  5. Rhonda Young says:

    Beautiful…..simply beautiful…..

  6. cherrimox97@hmailc says:

    Great answer thanks

  7. Kate Shaw says:

    I believe everyone is born with God’s spirit, the gift of life. At conversion, we are sealed with the Holy Spirit.
    Baptism with the Holy Ghost affords us the spiritual gifts to Glorify God. Some gifts are for specific tasks and others could be life long. As we study and live God’s word our gifts are more prevalent.

    1. sharon otis says:

      There’s a difference between being Filled with the Spirit and being lead by the Spirit. In the old testament the men and women of God were lead by the Spirit, because Jesus was not on earth. When Jesus came He said I Will send you another comforter He will lead and Guide you in all Truth in Acts 1 the were filled on the day of Pentecost. And yes we wouldn’t be alive if God Didn’t breathe Life(his spirit) in Adam He became a living Soul. We have life also. And Gifts from God is without repentance everyone has a gift or gifts. That’s a Gift from God.

  8. Patricica David says:

    Thank you for that answer. I agree.