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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. charity Abanno says:

    You are 100% right. Holy ghost and Holy spirit are one. He is the third person in Trinity. He is the comforter, teacher etc.


    Thanks for your explanation

  3. Daisy Moo says:

    The Holy Ghost is the third personage of the Godhead. God our father has a body as his son, Christ. The Holy Ghost does not at this time.

  4. john says:

    I was wondering if I could get some info on this subject.

    1. BGEA says:

      Here are some resources on the Holy Spirit from our online bookstore if you’re interested:

  5. Maxine Jackson says:

    Just confused about the two words. trying to grow and teach my grandkids. don’t want to teach them or myself wrong. Still confused about the two words

    1. BGEA says:

      Here are some resources on the Holy Spirit from our online bookstore if you’re interested: These might help answer your questions.


    I have always been taught that the holy ghost and the holy spirit (is not the same). My desire is to know the truth. And have a good understanding what I bring to the table. Rev. Meyers S. Bruinton III

  7. NJAR PATRICK E. says:

    According to the dictionary meaning of a ghost, can any ghost be holy, And why would a ghost have the same meaning with the spirit?

  8. Omoruyi says:

    I believe in god

  9. Symbo says:

    I enjoy the word of God, though still a baby Christian.