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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. Rabson Jinaina says:

    Thanks for this explanation because I have been fighting to know this. Now I know. Thank you so much.

  2. Rabson Jinaina says:

    I’ve got the meaning now.

  3. Regina says:

    Thank you for your explanation.

  4. peteravador says:

    Thank you so much for the explanation.

  5. Cynthia Perry says:

    Thank you for the answer. It’s very helpful.

  6. Don Hensley says:

    Thank you. I was researching some material for some Bible study lessons I am going to teach and the Holy Spirit and Holy Ghost keep coming up.

  7. Dolores Lozano says:

    Thank you so much for the info. I always knew that. Just trying to explain it to my lil’ brother. God bless you.

  8. Brian says:

    Thanks, this answers a few questions I had. Every time I used to hear people say Holy Ghost, it made me think all Christians believed in ghosts.

  9. Lisa McCain- McNair says:

    Is there any difference in the Holy Spirit and the Holy Ghost? Does the Holy Ghost come with the gift of utterance?