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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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101 Comments

  1. wilhelmina Davis says:

    Thank you

  2. Jimmy says:

    The Holy Ghost is much different in many ways. Carnal minds have diluted the power and Pureness of the Holy Ghost and are now changing him into something more acceptable. Versions have changed Gods word, when God warns not to do that. You do not receive the Holy Ghost when you you are born again (it is something totally separate) doesn’t mean that one can’t be saved and baptized with the Holy Ghost at the same time but it doesn’t happen often. It is a separate work and gift. This in dwelling of gods spirit when we repent and are saved is not the same as the baptism of the Holy Ghost do not let people deceive you into believing it is the same. Gods spirit is holy, but that isn’t the same as the Holy Ghost. God cannot change remember this.

  3. Jan Walters says:

    Your article greatly helped me.

  4. Becky L says:

    What is the difference in the Holy Spirit and the Spirit of God?

  5. Oturubo Promise Opuye. says:

    Thank u very much for the exposition. I was on a study and getting a little bit confused so I decided to make a research, am so happy

  6. Ronald says:

    What do the Holy Spirit feel like

  7. Enock Kuhlman Angel says:

    Is Lovely To Know More About The Spirit

  8. DOGARA ISHAKU says:

    I WILL LOVE TO RECEIVE YOUR NEWSLETTER. GOD BLESS YOU FOR THE GOOD WORK.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Dogara,

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  9. Pelagia Nakatana says:

    Yes. Thank you I still need more advice.

  10. ORIBHABOR JOSHUA says:

    What an explicit lesson! I have learnt alot today. Thank you and GOD bless you.