The Holy Spirit and The Holy Ghost - what the bible teaches: resubmitted and updated

Posted Jul 20, 2010 by Pauline Edwards in The Spirit of God Hits: 4,754

Thank you to all those who submitted suggestions as to how I could improve my initial study:The Holy Spirit and the Holy Ghost – What the Bible teaches. After considering the suggestions and talking to others I am now re-posting the study in its updated version.

Remember when studying the Bible to let the Bible explain itself and read all texts in context of chapter, book and whole Bible: -

2 Tim 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

1 Cor 2:13 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.

Isa 28 : 10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

Keep in mind that God does not contradict or confuse so what a word means in one verse it will mean the same in another.

1 Cor 14:33 God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

The word Spirit is mentioned in the King James Bible 546 times in at least 125 different ways as shown below:

God is a Spirit [1x]

the Spirit of God [20x]

spirit which is of God [1x]

the spirit of God [5x]

Spirit of our God [1x]

The Spirit of the Lord GOD [1x]

the Spirit of the living God [1x]

the Spirit of the LORD [20x]

the spirit of the LORD [5x]

the Spirit of the Lord [5x]

the Lord is that Spirit [1x]

the Spirit of your Father [1x]

his spirit (of God) [5x]

his Spirit (of the Lord God) [1x]

his spirit (of the LORD of hosts) [1x]

his spirit (of the LORD) [2x]

his spirit (of Jesus) [2x]

his Spirit (of the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ) [1x]

the Spirit of him (of GOD) [1x]

the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus [1x]

the Spirit of Christ [2x]

the Spirit of Jesus Christ [1x]

holy Spirit (of God) [5x]

Holy Spirit (of your heavenly Father) [1x]

holy spirit (of God) [1x]

my spirit(of the LORD of hosts) [1x]

My spirit (of the LORD) [2x]

my spirit (of the LORD) [2x]

my spirit (of the Lord GOD) [2x]

my spirit (of the LORD your God) [2x]

my spirit (of the Lord of all the earth) [1x]

my spirit (of God) [5x]

my spirit (of Jesus) [1x]

thy good spirit (of God) [1x]

thy free spirit (of God) [1x]

thy spirit (of God) [2x]

thy spirit (of the LORD) [2x]

the Spirit of his Son (God) [1x]

the Spirit [84x]

the spirit [58x]

seven Spirits (of God) [4x]

are spirit [1x]

is spirit [1x]

the Spirit of truth [3x]

spirit of truth [1x]

eternal Spirit [1x]

Spirit of adoption [1x]

quickening spirit [1x]

their spirit [1x]

the spirit of the living creature [3x]

The spirit that dwelleth in us [1x]

the same Spirit [4x]

the same spirit [1x]

same spirit of faith [1x]

selfsame Spirit [1x]

One Spirit [6x]

a meek and quiet spirit [1x]

newness of spirit [1x]

an humble spirit [1x]

a contrite and humble spirit [1x]

the spirit of [22x]

the spirit of jealousy [3x]

the spirit of meekness [2x]

his angels spirits [2x]

discerning of spirits [1x]

ministering spirits [1x]

a new spirit [3x]

the spirit of man [5x]

his spirit [10x]

his own spirit (human) [1x]

their own spirit (human) [1x]

my spirit (of man) [22x]

spirit of (a person or kingdom) [14x]

a spirit [13x]

our spirit ( of person) [1x]

by spirit ( of person) [2x]

your spirit ( of person) [5x]

your whole spirit ( of person) [1x]

her spirit [1x]

no more spirit in her [2x]

thy spirit human) [5x]

in spirit [18x]

neither was there spirit in them [1x]

the spirit and falsehood [1x]

a right spirit [1x]

and spirit [3x]

a contrite spirit [2x]

a faithful spirit [1x]

an excellent spirit [3x]

the spirit of deep sleep [1x]

the spirit of the holy gods [5x]

the spirit of the gods [1x]

every spirit [4x]

try the spirits [1x]

a wounded spirit [1x]

not spirit [1x]

nor spirit [1x]

whose spirit [4x]

what manner of spirit [1x]

another spirit [2x]

a broken spirit [2x]

of spirit [2x]

a sorrowful spirit [1x]

a haughty spirit [1x]

the spirits of [5x]

that spirit of antichrist [1x]

the spirit of whoredom[2x]

the spirits [4x]

four spirits of the heavens [1x]

Father of spirits [1x]

familiar spirits [9x]

familiar spirit [7x]

evil spirits [4x]

evil spirit [10x]

unclean spirits [10x]

unclean spirit [11x]

a spirit of an unclean devil [1x]

foul spirit [2x]

dumb spirit [1x]

deaf spirit [1x]

seducing spirits [1x]

seven other spirits [2x]

vexation of spirit. [10x]

lying spirit [4x]

a perverse spirit [1x]

(For all references to the Spirit and Holy Ghost see the attached Spirit and Holy Ghost Documents)

The majority of these references can be attributed directly to the Deity of Heaven or their characteristics; the remainder refer to humans or spirits of Satan and his angels.

The holy Spirit / Holy Spirit / holy spirit referring to the Deity of Heaven is used only 7 times.

My spirit referring to the Deity of Heaven is used 16 times.

Thy spirit referring to the Deity of Heaven is used 6 times.

His spirit referring to the Deity of Heaven is used 13 times.

His, My and Thy are all possessive pronouns meaning belonging to personally subsequently they belong to no one else:

His Mark 10:45 ‘to give his life a ransom’ and 1 John 4:13he hath given us of his Spirit.’

My Matthew 3:17 ‘This is my beloved Son,’ and Matthew 12:18 ‘I put my spirit upon him’

Thy Psalm 119:105 ‘Thy word is a lamp unto my feet’ and Psalm 143:10 ‘thou art my God: thy spirit is good’

In all these references His, My and Thy continue to have the same meaning and remain personal pronouns showing that they are God’s or Jesus’ personally - they belong to no one else. Hence the Spirit is mentioned 35 times as belonging personally to either God the Father or God the Son. (Websters Revised Unabridged 1913 edition Dictionary:)

Doesn’t the Bible teach that there is only One spirit involved in our Salvation?

1 Cor 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

1 Cor 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

Eph 2:18 For through him Jesus we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

Eph 4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

Phil 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

So who or what is this Spirit?

Let us first look at who is God, the Father,

Jhn 4:24 God the Father is a Spirit: and they that worship him the Father must worship him the Father in spirit and in truth. (Jhn 4:23)

This clearly states that God the Father is a Spirit – no argument!

Deut 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God the Father is one LORD:

1 Cor 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him the Father; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him Jesus.