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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. Ruby Washington says:

    I appreciate reading about the Holy Spirit/Holy Ghost. I have been thinking about what is the difference for a while.

  2. Janie Valley says:

    Thank you! Our Bible study has brought this question…. What is the difference… Holy Spirit/Holy Ghost

  3. Kathy Agan says:

    For the last couple of years my heart has been troubled with the lack of Christians willing to stand up and fight for our belief. I appreciated Franklin’s appearance at the Salem Capitol, Oregon. I couldn’t go but my sister held her cell phone up so I could listen. Fight for the platform of God not necessarily the candidate. I had been so upset with my church who would only say the candidates will answer to God and not voting was an option. I love my pastor but I had to leave. I want to be a part of God’s not backing down or retreating. My pastor said it’s not good to stand behind a platform like what you and others (Stanley, Robertson) have been calling us to. Feeling like I’ve done the right thing, waiting for His direction.

  4. dedjoe desmond says:

    You teach a lot. God bless you.

  5. vICKI Cameron says:

    I wasn’t quite sure about this. I thought they were the same but wanted to be sure. Thank you for the info.

  6. James P. Holmes says:

    I was told that the Holy Ghost and Holy Spirit was not the same, but all my life i was told there are the same, was just making sure that I know what I know that is real and true, they are the same….Thanks