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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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26 Comments

  1. gloria miller says:

    I asked my priest about the difference. His answer was the same as yours. Thank you so much.

  2. jackiez says:

    I love the teachings thx to the most high Jesus christ

  3. Abby Branton says:

    Thank you so much for the Info, it really blessed my soul. God bless you all.

  4. Kenny says:

    Pray this scripture for yourself Ephesus 1:17 ,18 the spirit of wisdom and revelation in His knowledge that your eyes of understanding will be enlightened that you may know the hope of His calling for your life. It sounds like your gifts are being manifested.

  5. chris says:

    I have a question of the differences in perception of the holy spirit/holy ghost? I am a young disciple and press all in to god all the time. I experience the holy spirit every time as goose bumps ,trembling and pulses in my body. This is great and gives me confirmation of his presence.as of 6 days ago I was passed an anointment that has changed from goose bumps etc…to electricity and fire in my hands and arms with the presence of a tangible being a lot like 2 magnets being pushed together. The fire and electricity never stops being in my hands and will intensify when in prayer. Is this a normal? Has anyone else experienced this? I would not be concerned but it is the way I received this anointment. Thanks and God Bless!

  6. abelwitelson says:

    God bless you

  7. adenagbe success says:

    Sir,I really appreciate for this teaching and I pray God will give you more of him in jesus name.

  8. Latonja says:

    Fantastic….. Great information thank you

  9. Derrickson Adutwum says:

    thank you for making me understand.

  10. Victory Nazzy says:

    Really love your teaching, i need more of it sir.