96: Why Do Some Call Him the “Holy Ghost” Instead of the “Holy Spirit”?
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The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead, but why is there confusion around His name? Why do some Christians refer to Him as the “Holy Ghost” instead of calling Him the “Holy Spirit”?
In this episode, Kenny answers this question by reminding us that language evolves and transforms over the course of time. The term “ghost” meant something different several hundreds of years ago, which is why many Bible translations used that term. However, as language has evolved, the term “ghost” has taken on a different meaning, which is why the term “Holy Spirit” is now more accurate.
Kenneth E. Ortiz (M.Div.) is a professor and recruiter at Bethlehem College and a pastor at Cities Church in St. Paul, MN. He has 15+ years of vocational ministry experience. He’s also a podcaster, author, and Ph.D. student. Kenneth lives in Bloomington, MN with his wife Malaina, they have one daughter.