Truth #1: The Holy Spirit and the Holy Ghost Are Not The Same Thing

After I finished the Receiving The Keys to the Kingdom Class on Thursday, I received a great question on the first Truth that I wanted to share with you. This understanding is critical in realizing one of the reasons the Body of Christ is not operating in their power, dominion and authority.

“Hi Ericka. I was on the call tonight. I wanted to get clarification about the difference between the Holy Spirit & Holy Ghost. If these are not interchangeable how do we understand the trinity which is Father, Son & Holy Spirit? This is 3. To separate the Holy Spirit & the Holy Ghost…does that not make it 4?”

I am so glad you are wanting clarification on this. When the Lord brought it to me, it blew me away. I have always referred to the third aspect of Him as the Holy Spirit. There are still only three aspects or forms of God. The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. The Holy Ghost is actually used in the New Testament once Jesus was resurrected. Prior to that, the reference is to The (Holy) Spirit.

The Holy Spirit leads us into the knowledge of who Jesus is and when we move into the fullness of this knowledge and begin to operate in faith and belief, we are then baptized with the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is the power of the glorified body of Jesus – the power of The Son manifest inside of us. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God; The Holy Ghost is the Spirit of The Son or Jesus. The Holy Ghost came later, after Jesus was resurrected and went back to the Father in Heaven [John 7:39 – (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)]

When the Lord brought it to me, He said that the Holy Ghost is the transfigured or glorified form of Jesus. We don’t have to say, “in the name of The Father, The Son, The Holy Spirit and The Holy Ghost .” The Holy Ghost is the full form of Jesus that we now have access to in order to overcome Satan. It is the form of Jesus in which carries the fullness of His power. It is the evolved form of The Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God or the Holy Spirit and the Spirit of Christ or The Holy Ghost are two different things (Romans 8:9 –  9But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.)

I am also looking at these scriptures. Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God.

This form of Christ means “Messiah” and “The Anointed One.” Anyone who believes that Jesus is the Messiah, the one sent by God to save the world, moves in their full power, authority and dominion. There is no more of Satan in them and they are then born of God. When we believe that Jesus is the Christ, that means that they believe that Jesus came out of God and therefore has the full power of God in them. Someone is either faithless or believing, there is no in-between in Jesus (see John 20:27).

Yes, this is so true. The key to this scripture is “whoever believes…” The scripture is very clear about who truly believes. When someone believes, they are in 100% faith. No doubt, no fear. That is not the state of most of us who call ourselves “believers.”

Mark 16: 17-18 – 17And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;  18They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

John 14: 11-14 – 11Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.  12Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.  13And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  14If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Mark 9:23 –  23Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

John 12:46 –  46I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

Matthew 21:21-22 –  21Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.  22And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

Mark 11:22-24 –  22And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.  23For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.  24Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

1 John 3:9 – Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

Whoever loves the Father also loves the child who is born of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments.

Remember that the Word says that those who love the Lord obey Him. That is what this scripture is saying. No disobedience, no fear, nothing unclean. We follow and obey Him with the purity and innocence of a child. In order to love Him, you must know who He is. You must have moved into a place of certainty with your walk with Him. Believing and moving in the full power, authority and dominion He has given us through Christ Jesus.

His commandments are not grievous. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world.

When you are born of God, The Son has transformed into the form of The Holy Ghost. It is the Holy Ghost that gives us the power to overcome the world and Satan.

This is the victory that has overcome the world: your faith.

Faith is the unshakable and unmovable certainty about who Jesus is and moving in that. When you move into faith, you get the full power of Jesus and the Holy Ghost comes and overcomes all aspects of the world left in us. Satan was given charge over the world before  Jesus came to earth and defeated him. Now Satan has no right to be upon the earth and must be overcome.

Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with the water only, but with the water and the blood.

One of Jesus’ names is the Living Water. This is saying that who believes that Jesus is the Son of God and that he came with His atoning blood and as the Living water. This is to draw distinction between Jesus and John, as many thought John was the Christ and this had to be clarified for the people of that day. John baptized only by water, Jesus baptized the His atoning blood, the Spirit and the Living Water.

It is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three who testify in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.

The King James version (which is said to be the most thorough version of the translated scripture) has this scripture as, “1 John 5:7-8 –  7For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.  8And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

After Jesus died and was resurrected, the fullness of His power came as the Comforter/Intercessor and took up residence within those who believe in Him. Then we walk in the power of the Holy Ghost, not just the Holy Spirit. I actually searched the scripture and I cannot find a passage where it says that we are to be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and The Spirit. All of the references say”…and of the Holy Ghost.” This is eye opening to me. I have always read these as “…The Holy Spirit.” Whew! Praise God for revelation!!!

And there are three that testify on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and the three agree as one.

There are three that testify (that Jesus is the Son of God or the Christ) in Heaven and three on earth. The Holy Spirit, the Living Water and the Anointing or Atoning Blood of the Father through Jesus. These three agree as one on the earth. This and the following scripture is saying that we cannot rely on man to confirm that Jesus is the Messiah, even on earth we must rely on the Spirit, water and the blood.

If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is God’s testimony which he has testified concerning his Son. He who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. He who doesn’t believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son. The testimony is this, that God gave to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has the life. He who doesn’t have God’s Son doesn’t have the life… We know that the Son of God has come, and has given us an understanding, that we know him who is true, and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. I John 5:1-12, 20

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Matthew 28:18-20.

King James version says, Matthew 28:18-20 – 18And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Yes, this scripture is telling in what name(s) the disciples should baptize the true followers of Jesus. This is not what we traditionally think of as water baptism, this is the process of having man become perfected – sons of God. The Holy Spirit must come first, so people cannot be baptized in the name of the Father and of the Holy Ghost and of the Holy Spirit. Once they are baptized then they flow in the power of the Holy Ghost that causes people to overcome the world/Satan. The Holy Spirit leads the way to the Holy Ghost. You must have the Spirit of God/The Holy Spirit guides you within Himself to lead us to the power of the resurrected or glorified Jesus – The Holy Ghost.

That is why the Word is so specific about people who speak against the Holy Ghost as blaspheming God. The Holy Ghost is the full expression of the Son, Jesus, who is the name above all names within us moving in His full power, dominion and authority.

I pray that this helps you better grasp this word. Let me know your other questions.  Thanks! Have an amazing Monday!

Many blessings to you,