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By   •   February 20, 2006

Q:

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.


A:

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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16 Comments

  1. Victory Nazzy says:

    I now know that there’s no difference between the two.

  2. Judy Bell says:

    That is the way I believe. He is one person and very powerful.

  3. mutakilu seidu says:

    I love your teaching

  4. oy the survivor says:

    I understand now,feed me more please

  5. Marian says:

    I would like to learn more about God

  6. selly sambo selasseh says:

    i am alrite now,stay blessed

  7. Promise says:

    One of my pastor is saying they are different but has not given us reasons but with yours am ok

  8. Carolyn Varnado says:

    I was told that i need to ask God for the holy ghost in order to speak in tongues

    1. Alena says:

      Salvation isNOT Conditional, in the since that beyond JESUS Christ redeeming you to God through His living of a perfect life, being crucified in our place and rising to be our advocate in heaven you still have to through behavioral modification, morality, or ” speaking in tongues” need to do something beyond what JESUS has done to ensure your Grace and Mercy……the Holy Spirit and Holy Ghost in a Pentecostal Church are touch differently….Holy Ghost refers to speaking in tongues to them….& speaking in tongues is your proof of salvation….that is false theology and NOT biblical….(I was raised that way and begged and begged cried, tarried for hours to speak in tongues…because I thought without it I was going to HELL)….it’s A LIE…..

  9. Sara Walker says:

    Yes. Yes. Yes.
    Thanking God in the name of Jesus.
    amen

    1. Loretta says:

      Acts 19:6
      And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying.

  10. frankie witherspoon says:

    you never too old to learn

    1. Sara Walker says:

      That is so true. God Is Great! <3

    2. Loretta says:

      Mark 16:15-18
      And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”