Could you please explain the difference in "Holy Spirit" and "Holy Ghost"?
Answered By: Pastor Adrian
Question: Could you please explain the difference in "Holy Spirit" and "Holy Ghost"?
Answer: There is no difference. The word "spirit" and the word "ghost" each translate both the Hebrew word ?????? (ruach) and the Greek word ?????? (pneuma). The word "ghost" was a 17th century English word that came from the Old English gast which in turn came from the old German geist. (English was originally a Germanic language.) Geist was --and is-- the German word for "spirit". The meaning of "ghost" therefore, is actually "spirit". That is where we get the word "ghosts" from in referring to the spectral appearances of the dead: it really means we are supposedly seeing their disembodied spirits.
Therefore when we refer to "the Holy Ghost" we are merely using an old, old word meaning "the Holy Spirit".