Who Is The Holy Ghost In The Bible

Let’s face it, the truth about God can be confusing. I mean, there’s just so much information out there! And sometimes it almost seems like everyone has a different view of Him. Well, if that sounds familiar to you, have no fear! In this post you’ll learn who the Holy Ghost (a.k.a the Holy Spirit) is in the Bible.

In the Bible, holy ghost is a term that refers to the third part of the triune God (Father, Son and Holy Ghost). The term is also used to refer to the doctrine of the Holy Spirit as one of the elements of the Christian religion. This article provides a detailed definition of holy Ghost according to its biblical contexts.

The Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead.[1] Holy, because he has been set apart to represent and attend to the things of God (Rom. 8:26-27), and Ghost, because he is a Spirit, and all spirits are by nature invisible to human eyes (John 4:24; 1 Tim. 1:17). He is also known as the Spirit of Truth, who testifies of Christ (John 15:26), and he is joined with the Father and the Son in their divine work (Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 3:17-18).

The Holy Ghost is one divine, eternal God. Despite not speaking directly, all true prophecies made by the Holy Spirit have been kept and fulfilled precisely. The New Testament describes him as a member of the Godhead. He is distinct from the Father and the Son (Jn 14:16, 24; 16:7). The Holy Ghost is referred to as a Spirit but has a body of “flesh and bones” (Num 27:18; Jn 20:20). He performs many roles in the church including sanctifier, comforter, teacher and baptizer in the Holy Spirit (Heb 9:14; 2 Cor 1:21-22; Rom 8:9).

Who Is The Holy Ghost In The Bible

Like other Christians, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe in the Bible’s teachings about God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost.  However, Latter-day Saints do not believe that the Bible teaches the doctrine of the Trinity—that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are one being. Instead, Latter-day Saints believe that the Bible teaches that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost work in complete unity but are separate individuals (see Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Only True God and Jesus Christ Whom He Hath Sent,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2007, 40–42). Latter-day Saints refer to these individuals collectively as the Godhead.

Additionally, while many Christians believe that God is only a spirit, Latter-day Saints believe that the Father and the Son each have glorified bodies and that the Holy Ghost is a spirit. Latter-day Saint doctrine, like the Bible, teaches that the Holy Ghost is the only member of the Godhead without a body. Here are just a few of the Bible’s teachings about the Holy Ghost.

Who Is The Holy Ghost In The Bible

Of the modern English translations of the Bible, it is only the King James Version of the Bible which uses the term “Holy Ghost.” It occurs 90 times in the KJV. The term “Holy Spirit” occurs 7 times in the KJV. There is no clear reason as to why the KJV translators used Ghost in most places and then Spirit in a few. The exact same Greek and Hebrew words are translated “ghost” and “spirit” in the KJV in different occurrences of the words. By “ghost,” the KJV translators did not intend to communicate the idea of “the spirit of a deceased person.” In 1611, when the KJV was originally translated, the word “ghost” primarily referred to “an immaterial being.”

With recent Scripture translations, “Spirit” has replaced “Ghost” in most instances. Some of this came about because words don’t always hold their meanings. In the days of Shakespeare or King James, ghost meant the living essence of a person. Looking back, we see that “breath” or “soul” were often used as synonyms of “ghost.” During these times, spirit normally meant the essence of a departed person or a demonic or paranormal apparition. As language evolved, people started saying “ghost” when speaking of the vision of a dead person while “spirit” became the standard term for life or living essence, often also for “soul.” With slight exceptions, “ghost” and “spirit” changed places over some 300 years.

The real issue is that both “Holy Ghost” and “Holy Spirit” refer to the Third Person of the Trinity, coequal and consubstantial with the Father and the Son (Matthew 28:19; Acts 5:3,4; 28:25,26; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6). He is the gift of the Father to His people on earth to initiate and complete the building of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13). He is also the agency by which the world is convicted of sin, the Lord Jesus is glorified, and believers are transformed into His image (John 16:7-9; Acts 1:5, 2:4; Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 2:22). Whichever term we use, we remember that this Holy Ghost is God’s active breath, blowing where He wishes, creating faith through water and Word.

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