The Holy Ghost
When you heard the true teaching—the Good News about your salvation—you believed in Christ. Then in Christ, God put his special mark of ownership on you by giving you the Holy Spirit-Ephesianis 1:13 NCV
A friend of mine asked me to pray that God would give her the gift of the Holy Ghost. My response was if you've accepted Christ as your personal Savior, then the Holy Spirit already resides in you. Still not fully understanding that she was already in possession of what she was seeking, our conversation continued on. Let's examine the words ghost and spirit before we go any further-first, the word ghost, which means the spirit of a dead person, especially one believed to appear in bodily likeness to living persons (does this not describe Jesus); now spirit, which means a supernatural being inhabiting or embodying (again I say does this not describe Jesus). I think that it's safe to say that the words spirit and ghost are one in the same.
Since the Holy Spirit immediately enters into our bodies the moment that we proclaim Christ as our personal manager; we can then be certain that we don't need to continue to ask Him to become apart of our inner beings. Funny that I should say that because my friend as many others believe that we can catch the "Holy Ghost" at any moment. This puzzles me because if Christ already resides within you, how then can you catch His Spirit at any given time? Does He give it to you then take it back? The answer of course is NO. In Romans 8:9 (but by God's Spirit who lives in you) the Bible uses an interesting word to describe our relationship with the Holy Spirit. That word is LIVES, which means to be alive; exist; dwell and or inhabit. Having said that one can easily conclude that the Holy Spirit and or Holy Ghost is always with you going where ever you may go (just as Mary's lamb).
The Holy Spirit-designed to live and work in the hearts and minds of ALL believers!
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Amen - a great explanation here. Thanks.