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Summary: This sermon explains why the King James Bible uses the words "Holy Ghost" while newer translations use "Holy Spirit".

Is The Holy Spirit The Same As The Holy Ghost?

Matthew 1:18

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.

If you use a King James Bible, Matthew 1:18 says,

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

Last Sunday I preached a sermon

on the sin for which there is no forgiveness.

Matthew 12:31

"Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men.

In the King James Bible, it reads like this:

Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

So last Sunday after church, I was asked if there is a difference

between the Holy Spirit and the Holy Ghost.

I said that there is no difference,

but didn’t have the time to explain.

Apparently some preachers have said there is a difference.

So today, I want to clear that up.

Let me give you a few examples of differences in the Bible.

In the King James Bible, Matthew 3:11 says,

I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

In the New King James Bible, Matthew 3:11 reads like this,

I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Acts 1:2 King James

Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:

Acts 1:2 New King James

until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen,

Romans 5:5 King James

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Romans 5:5 New King James

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

1 Corinthians 2:13 King James

Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

1 Corinthians 2:13 New King James

These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

1 Thessalonians 1:5 King James

For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

1 Thessalonians 1:5 New King James

For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake.

Those are just a few examples of the differences.

Now, here’s where confusion can come for some people.

In the King James Bible, Matthew 3:16 says,

And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

Acts 2:17

And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God,I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

Romans 1:4

And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:

1 Corinthians 2:4

And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

1 Thessalonians 4:8

He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.

So in some places, the King James Bible

uses the words “Holy Ghost” and in other places “Spirit” .

Some people say the King James Bible is the true word of God

and all other translations are NOT God’s word.

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