Part 180 After His resurrection, Christ gathered His disciples together on Mt. Olive before ascending to the right hand of God. At this assembly, Christ commanded, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matt. 28:19). In reading this verse in other translations, the word “Ghost” is translated “Spirit” (ASV, NKJV, ESV, etc…). Someone asked in this observation, “Why is it sometimes called “Holy Ghost” and other times “Holy Spirit”? Is there a difference?” The world attributes a plethora of traits and ideas to the third Person of the Godhead, and those characteristics are not always biblical. I have heard people try to make a distinction between the phrases “Holy Ghost” and “Holy Spirit,” claiming one could have the Holy Spirit and later “get” the Holy Ghost. Let us consider the translations and biblical teachings to know if there is a difference between the two.

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