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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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123 Comments

  1. Rungano says:

    Thanks for the clarification

  2. Chalushya kaonga says:

    I have come to understand the difference between holy ghost and holy spirit through your touching and i love this bible verses in Jesus name

  3. Nido sammy says:

    Please, is it possible for someone to be a born again without him going to church?

    1. BGEA says:

      This article on baptism may help answer your question: https://goingfarther.net/basics-of-christianity/baptism/

  4. Earl Gregory says:

    I do not think the holy ghost and the holy spirit is the same. The book of Acts tells us the holy ghost is a gift given to his people on the day of Pentecost. His disciples were already Christians which means the already had a holy spirit. The holy spirit replaces the evil spirit that everyone has before they become Christians. The holy ghost is a gift from god that Jesus promised he would send back to them after he was gone back to his father. If you believe they are the same, you will never receive the wonderful gift that controls the nine spiritual gifts that god wants us to have also.

  5. Jamaal Jenkins says:

    Thanks…

  6. Sherman says:

    I thank you for your answer. I have heard people say you can’t have the Holy Spirit until you first get the Holy Ghost. You get the Holy Ghost first after you receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. Sad to say these are Pastors and learned people I mean theologians. Be blessed.

  7. olorunsogo joshua says:

    VERY GOOD, BUT WHY DO SOME PEOPLE SAY THAT GHOSTS CANNOT BE USED FOR THE SPIRIT OF GOD BUT FOR DEAD PEOPLE WHOSE SPIRIT IS MOVING ABOUT?

  8. Alexander says:

    Am impressed with the answer, thanks

  9. Henry says:

    Thanks for the clarification, now I know better and I can teach others who don’t understand.

  10. Lora Smith says:

    Thank you for for the info it was very helpful