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QUESTION: Who or What Is the Holy Ghost?

Red Question Mark[This question came to me via the Question Box on my church’s web-page, http://www.plymouth-church.com.]

Who or what is the Holy Ghost?

Holy Ghost is used in the King James Version of the Bible for what is normally translated Holy Spirit in later translations. This exact expression does not appear at all in the Old Testament, but occurs 90 times in the New Testament – 25 in the Gospels, 43 in Acts of the Apostles, and 22 in the epistles.

It refers to the third personage of the Godhead. Though the exact expression Holy Ghost is not found in the Old Testament, there are many references to Him, beginning in Genesis 1:2 where we are told “the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the deep” of the formless void of the primeval creation.

This is the same Spirit that descended on Jesus in the form of a dove when He was baptized, that led Him into the wilderness where He was tempted, and in whose power He returned to Galilee after His baptism and temptation (See Luke 3:22; 4:1, 14).

This is the Spirit in whose name Jesus said disciples are to be baptized, along with the name of the Father and the Son (Matthew 28:18-20). This is the Spirit of the new birth “of water and the Spirit” (John 3:3, 5-7) and which, if we do not have, we do not belong to Christ (Romans 8:9-10).

The Spirit is referred to in many ways: the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, or simply as the Spirit. He is the Comforter or Counselor in John 14:16-17 whom Jesus promised to ask the Father to send in His name to be with His disciples when He left them to return to the Father.

I hope these few words will be of some help to you in beginning to think about a very large body of teaching in the Word of God.


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